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After torching UA, Cal's Randle falls off

2010-02-28T00:00:00Z 2014-07-24T09:40:31Z After torching UA, Cal's Randle falls offBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 28, 2010 12:00 am  • 

STANFORD, Calif. - Maybe California guard Jerome Randle should have taken Sean Miller's "advice."

Randle shot just 3 of 11 from the field Saturday against ASU, after the UA coach warned him what could happen if he kept torpedoing the Wildcats on Thursday.

After Randle scored 17 points in less than five minutes during the second half of the Bears' 95-71 win over Arizona on Thursday, Miller shouted at him during a break in the action:

"Save some for ASU!" Miller said.

But still, for those who subscribe to the best-player-on-the-championship-team theory of determining a conference's top player, Randle sewed up the Pac-10 Player of the Year award Saturday because Cal knocked off ASU for at least a share of its first conference championship in 50 years.

At the same time, Washington's Quincy Pondexter and Stanford's Landry Fields are both also believed to be in the thick of the running.

"I have no idea" who will win, Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said Friday. "For me, I know he's our best player and … I don't think anybody is playing better than he is. That's for somebody else to decide. I'm just glad he's on our team.

"I think you have to look at Randle and look at Pondexter. Those three guys are pretty much the guys that seem to be separating themselves."

Landry entered Saturday's game averaging 22.1 points and 8.7 rebounds despite being a constant focus of opposing defenses. He had 31 points and 11 rebounds against Arizona last month at McKale Center and 12 points in the first half Saturday.

"Teams are preparing for Landry every which way," Dawkins said. "To his credit he always seems to find a way to help his team, whether it's scoring points, assisting or rebounding. That's what I love about him. He's not one-dimensional and he's helped us in a number of ways to be competitive in games and win games."

Same starters

Miller stuck with his usual starting lineup Saturday, with some immediate modifications.

Jamelle Horne started at power forward and Solomon Hill at small forward, while freshman center Kyryl Natyazhko came in the game with 16:21 remaining in the first half for Derrick Williams.

MoMo Jones and Brendon Lavender also entered the game quickly, after just six minutes were played. Lavender played 10 minutes in the first half.

Rim shots

• UA guard Nic Wise said his father, Greg, a high school coach and real estate agent in Houston, is helping former teammate Jordan Hill find a home after Hill's trade to the Houston Rockets earlier this month.

• Stanford has only five scholarship players this season, but the Cardinal is bringing in a highly rated five-man class for next season.

It is ranked No. 9 by Rivals.com and No. 13 by Scout.com.

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