California 83, Colgate 48
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Jerome Randle scored 16 points, Patrick Christopher had 15 and California beat Colgate 83-48 on Monday night for its fourth win in five games.
Jamal Boykin added 13 points and Christopher hit three straight 3-pointers during one stretch late in the second half. Cal (9-2) took advantage of sloppy play by Colgate, the New York school out of the Patriot League. The overmatched Raiders (3-7) continued an eight-game road trip that will cover 10,629 total miles and span seven states.
Randle, Cal's point guard and leading scorer, earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after leading the Golden Bears with 23 points in a 75-66 win over Nevada on Saturday. He followed up that performance with another solid outing, shooting 5-for-9 and going 5-of-7 from the free-throw line as the Bears showed again they are making big strides under first-year coach Mike Montgomery. Four other Cal players scored at least six points and the Bears held a 35-33 rebounding edge.
Anthony Hill and Ben Jonson each scored 10 points for the Raiders, who played for the first time in nine days after a break for final exams since beating Monmouth 54-53 on Dec. 13 to end a six-game losing streak.
Cal came out cold and began the game 3-for-17 but forced six turnovers in the opening 10 minutes. After Colgate took a 15-11 lead, the Bears answered with a 9-0 spurt and later a 19-2 run on the way to a 39-24 lead at the break. Cal missed its first four 3-point attempts before Theo Robertson connected with 1:13 left in the half.
Colgate committed 12 of its 20 turnovers in the first half and shot only 36 percent, then opened the second half by missing 10 of its first 13 shots. The Bears scored 32 points off the turnovers.
This marked only the second meeting between the schools, with Cal having won 77-47 during the 1981-82 season.
Cal had been scheduled to host a men's-women's doubleheader but the early game between the No. 13 Cal women and seventh-ranked Baylor was canceled because Baylor had been stuck in a snowstorm in Oregon and couldn't make it to the Bay Area. It's unlikely the teams will find a makeup date.
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