STOCKTON — The "Stockton Showcase" turned out to be the latest in a long line of Cal victories over Pacific.
The Golden Bears took the energy out of the Stockton Arena early Wednesday night, racing to a double-digit lead and cruising to a 79-54 victory behind 22 points and 10 rebounds from senior guard Patrick Christopher.
Pacific's players wore "I love Stockton" T-shirts during warmups and game jerseys that read "Stockton."
A crowd of 8,704 — the largest ever to watch a Pacific home game — hoped for something special in just the second visit by the Bears since the 1932-33 season.
But Cal was too much, winning for the 25th time in 27 tries in a series that dates back to the 1908-09 season. The Tigers haven't beaten the Bears since an 82-77 overtime conquest on Dec. 10, 1954.
Christopher, who hit his first five shots, said Bears coach Mike Montgomery stressed that this was a big game for Pacific.
"We didn't want to come in and get rocked on our heels," Christopher said. "That's the fun thing about playing on the road — hitting a shot and silencing the crowd."
Four days after a dominating victory over Iowa State, Cal (6-3) played well again, a nice jump into a 12-day break for final exams. The Bears' next game is Dec. 22 at No. 1 Kansas.
Pacific coach Bob Thomason was disappointed his team didn't give a better performance in its first appearance at the Stockton Arena, but he was impressed
"Obviously, Cal was the best team we've played, and they played well," he said. "You can't let a good team play well."
The Bears shot 52.5 percent from the field and outrebounded the Tigers 45-30. They led by double digits the final 28 minutes of the game.
Pacific (6-2) struggled in every aspect. The Tigers shot just 33.3 percent from the field, made just 4-for-23 from 3-point distance and hoisted at least six airballs. They gave up more than 63 points for the first time all season, as Cal reached that threshold with 7:22 left.
Cal's Jerome Randle scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half, Jamal Boykin had 13 points and Jorge Gutierrez had 10. Christopher contributed nine rebounds, and Randle had six assists, giving him 22 in the past three games.
The game featured the return of senior forward Theo Robertson, who had missed Cal's previous six games with a right foot injury. The De La Salle High product played 22 minutes off the bench, contributing eight points and three rebounds.
"He was a little rusty early, then he started doing some things in the second half," Montgomery said. "The depth thing started to play itself out. With Theo back, we've got enough players."
Cal shot 58.8 percent in the first half on the way to a 41-27 lead, then scored the first eight points of the second half to go up by 22.
"We were up 14 at half and it could have been 20, but we started forcing some things," Montgomery said. "The second half we really played well defensively. We kind of took away any thought they had of coming back."
Michael Nunnally had 16 points to lead the Tigers, their only player to score in double digits.