But the 6-foot-5 sophomore was merely getting started when he soared into the key for a spectacular spike tip-in against Alaska Fairbanks.
Christopher unveiled a well-rounded game rarely seen a year ago, sinking five 3-pointers on the way to a 32-point performance in Cal's 100-42 exhibition victory at Haas Pavilion.
"A lot of it has to do with confidence," Christopher said. "I'm not a freshman anymore."
Ryan Anderson, a 6-10 sophomore, added 23 points as the Bears exploited a huge size advantage against the Nanooks, a Division II team with no player taller than 6-8.
Senior 6-11 center DeVon Hardin, who missed the final 22 games last season with a foot injury and then flirted with entry into the NBA draft, had eight points and six rebounds in 16 minutes.
Cal opens the regular season Wednesday at home against Southern Miss.
Oklahoma 71, USF 55: Freshman Blake Griffin, lauded as the Sooners' best basketball recruit in more than two decades, had 18 points and 13 rebounds as USF lost in the first round of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic in Norman, Okla.
Oklahoma (1-0) advanced to face Denver -- which held off Division II East Central 76-75 in overtime -- in the second round on Friday. The winner of the Norman regional will play No. 3 Memphis on Nov. 15 in the tournament semifinals.
Dior Lowhorn, a 6-foot-7 sophomore playing in his first game since transferring from Texas Tech, led the Dons (0-1) with 26 points on 11-of-22 shooting. Manny Quezada had 13 points for San Francisco, which went 2-for-20 from 3-point range.
San Francisco played without forwards Vince Polakovic and Jay Watkins. Watkins, a sophomore, is academically ineligible, while the university is working with the NCAA to determine Polakovic's eligibility.
No. 6 West Virginia 38, Louisville 31: Pat White scored on a 50-yard run with 1:36 remaining and threw two touchdown passes to help the Mountaineers beat the Cardinals in Morgantown, W. Va.
Brian Brohm brought Louisville back from 17 points down in the second half, with the Cardinals (5-5, 2-3 Big East) tying it on Art Carmody's 37-yard field goal with 3:05 left. White then capped a 65-yard drive with his scoring run up the left sideline.
Brohm, who broke his own Big East record with his seventh 300-yard game of the season, threw a desperation pass that Antonio Lewis intercepted at the West Virginia 7.
The victory allowed West Virginia (8-1, 3-1) to remain on Connecticut's heels for a berth in the Bowl Championship Series.
San Jose State: Senior quarterback Adam Tafralis broke his left thumb in his non-throwing hand late in the first half of the Spartans' 42-7 loss at Boise State last weekend. Tafralis is expected to start Saturday against New Mexico State.
Tafralis threw a touchdown pass to Kevin Jurovich, SJSU's only score the past two games, later in that drive and played the entire third quarter -- completing 4 of 8 attempts for 30 yards -- before he was taken out with the Spartans trailing by 28 points.
Stanford: Nose tackle Ekom Udofia has a fractured left ankle and will not play again this season, coach Jim Harbaugh said after practice Thursday. Udofia, who has had problems with the ankle much of the season, should be ready for spring practice.
Udofia started six games this season -- the first three and the past three. The redshirt sophomore missed two games in October because of a high-ankle sprain. He finished with 18 tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage.