Moments after the end of a first half in which Jacksonville converted just 27 percent from the field, a Cal student won a free airline ticket by making a shot from halfcourt.

The Dolphins didn't sign the kid at halftime, and never made a move on the Golden Bears, either, in a 79-47 Cal victory Tuesday night at Haas Pavilion.

Shaking off losses to Syracuse and Ohio State at New York's Madison Square Garden last week, Cal (3-2) was ahead 36-19 at the break and led by as many as 30 midway through the second half against the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic Sun Conference.

"It was good for us to come in and get our bounce back, get our confidence back and get a win," said senior Patrick Christopher, who scored a season-best 23 points. "Guys were just anxious to get back on the floor after not performing the way we wanted to."

Coach Mike Montgomery said the performance was far from perfect, but he saw lots he liked.

"Coming out of New York we were a little bit wounded," he said, "and I wanted to get them to play hard, and I thought they did that."

The best news of the night for Cal was that senior Theo Robertson, who missed his third straight game with an injury to his right foot, said results of an MRI on Monday showed no stress fracture.

"Things are looking up," he said. "It's nothing major."

Robertson, who averaged 18 points in Cal's first two games, isn't likely to play Sunday against Princeton. But the De La Salle High grad shouldn't miss an extended period of time, either.

Tuesday's game provided Montgomery the opportunity to use a large cast of players, including freshman Bak Bak, the 6-foot-10 native of the Sudan who scored his first collegiate points. Bak had four points, two rebounds and a blocked shot in six first-half minutes.

Christopher, who struggled with his shooting in New York, scored 16 points in the first 81/2 minutes of the second half to help Cal push out to a 30-point lead.

Sophomore Omondi Amoke came off the bench to provide a career-high 15 points and eight rebounds, his second straight double-digit scoring game.

"Having Theo out, and obviously Harper (Kamp) out, guys have had some opportunity to get some playing time and help out," Amoke said. "I'm just trying to get in there and rebound. Tonight the lanes were open for me to get to the basket."

Senior point guard Jerome Randle, the Pac-10's No. 3 scorer at 22.8 per game, had 10 points and played well defensively against Ben Smith, Jacksonville's best scorer. Randle limped off after a collision with 13:13 left but is fine, Montgomery said.

Jacksonville (0-2) wound up shooting 28.3 percent for the game, with 17 turnovers.

Cal led by 17 points at halftime despite committing eight turnovers and shooting just 1-for-7 from 3-point range.

The Bears removed any remaining doubt by running off nine straight points — seven by Christopher — to push into a 45-19 lead after three minutes of the second half.

CAL 79,
JACKSONVILLE 47
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