The three-headed monster of Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher, and Theo Robertson carried the California past a very game Washington State team as the Golden Bears pulled out a key Pac-10 conference win.
Christopher had not scored in double-digits in three games. But he broke out of that slump with 20 points, three rebounds and one steal. Randle was deadly from the outside going 4-of-5 from "downtown" and many coming from way beyond the arc.
The night did not start so well for Cal as the Cougars jumped out to a 16-5 lead behind the shooting duo of Taylor Rochestie and Klay Thompson. They drained seven three-pointers between them.
After falling down by 11 early, Cal went on a 20-2 run of their own. Great defense and hustle by Harper Kamp and Jorge Gutierrez sparked the comeback. But the 3-point shooting was the key to the win. Cal is the nation's leader in 3-point shooting as a team and has the nation's No. 1 shooter in that category in Robertson.
As well as the Bears shot from 3-point range, the game was still in doubt as the Cougars also shot the ball well and proved hard to put away.
Former NBA Player Mycheal Thompson's son, Klay, hit back to back deep 3's to tie the game with 2;51 left to tie the game at 60. Then the man Cal counts on most in the clutch, Junior guard Jerome Randle made two from the charity stripe and followed it up with the assist of the season on a pick-and-roll play to Robertson. The Bears went on to finish the game on an 11-3 run.
The win keeps Cal three games behind first place UCLA in the Pac-10.
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