The California Golden Bears finally shook off the huge monkey on their back by defeating Arizona State on Saturday 62-46, which gave them at least a share of the Pac-10 title in front of a packed Haas Pavilion. The victory ends a 50 year drought for the Bears atop the Pac-10 standings, and to secure the conference title alone it needs either an ASU loss or a victory over hated rival Stanfurd this Saturday. Either way, Bears fans partied as the players cut down the nets, fans rushed the court, and confetti dropped from the rafters. We finally can hang something worthwhile in the rafters of Haas, and hopefully can put away those embarrassing NIT banners!
Saturday was all about the seniors, and Cal was lead by Jamal Boykin as he paced the Bears with 14 points and 7 boards. It was a balanced effort by all the seniors as Jerome Randle only had 7, but Theo Robertson added in 13 and Patrick Christopher had 14 as the seniors finished off their final game in Berkeley as co-champs of the conference. You had to think that if we couldn't get it done with 4 senior starters and a horrible Pac-10, when else would the streak end! After trialing by 1 at the half, the Bears found a way to pull away in the second half so that Cal fans could breathe easily and not suffer another sports-induced heart attack. Congrats to the seniors, to the whole team, & to Mike Montgomery for bringing us a Championship in only his second year! Let's not get complacent, let's hope that they take care of business on Saturday and that we keep this momentum going into the Pac-10 Tourney and hopefully the NCAA Tourney. GO BEARS!