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Thursday, February 11, 2010
Halftime in Berkeley: Randle dominating

By Diamond Leung

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Last week right around this time, Cal was on the short end of a 25-0 run by USC. 25-0! After the game, Trojans coach Kevin O'Neill told reporters that a bunch of guys from the press tables in shorts probably wouldn't have let that happen.

Cal point guard Jerome Randle, who has the height of a random schmoe, at least helped keep things close that night. Tonight, he's showing his ability to carry this senior-laden team on his back when he needs to.

The 5-foot-10 (at best) Randle has 21 first-half points, and Cal is leading 48-34 at Haas Pavilion.

Randle is best known for his willingness to shoot the deep 3 from seemingly anywhere on the court. He's done that in this game at times, but he's also chosen to go to the rim. Washington's Isaiah Thomas was sent to the bench with three fouls trying to guard him.

The play that encapsulated Randle's aggressiveness came with 2:39 left in the half when he slithered between two defenders and was fouled on a floater that went in over a third Husky.

Cal led by 17 after that, and if UW can't do anything to stop the little guy (8-of-11 shooting), the Bears could cruise in this second half.