Saturday , Dec , 31 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Cal snaps No. 11 UCLA’s eight-game win streak

=== Cal snaps No. 11 UCLA’s eight-game win streak ===

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Ayinde Ubaka scored 18 points to help lead
California over 11th-ranked UCLA, 68-61, at Pauley Pavilion.

Omar Wilkes and Richard Midgley each had 12 points for the Golden Bears (8-3,
2-0), who won for the second consecutive time. DeVon Hardin also reached
double figures for California with 10 points, while Leon Powe had a game-high
12 rebounds.

Arron Afflalo paced the Bruins (11-2, 1-1) with 19 points and five rebounds
while Josh Shipp chipped in 10 points. UCLA lost for the first time in nine
games.

The Bears clamped down on UCLA’s star guard, Jordan Farmar, who managed just
six points on 2-of-11 shooting. The preseason Wooden Award and Naismith
candidate was 0-for-5 from long range.

A 9-0 run capped by Ryan Wright’s three-point play with just over nine minutes
left put the Bruins in control at 44-41, but the Golden Bears answered quickly
with a quick 7-0 burst.

A Hardin hook gave the Bears a 48-44 lead with just over eight minutes left.

After a pair of Ubaka free throws extended the lead to seven, Afflalo answered
with a deep trey from the right wing to make it 54-50 with 3:58 left.

An ill-advised Farmar foul later on put Ubaka on the charity stripe, and the
junior guard calmly stroked two shots to extend the Bears lead to 58-51 with
2:34 remaining in the game.

Darren Collison’s three brought UCLA back to 58-54 with just over two minutes
left. A subsequent foul on Wilkes gave the ball right back to the Bruins for
two Collison freebies to make it a two-point game, 58-56, with 1:46 left.

A follow-up layup by Rod Benson gave the Bears some breathing room at 60-56
and California coasted in the final minute.

California’s hot shooting carried then to a 30-25 advantage at the half. The
Golden Bears shot 57.1 percent from the field, including 4-of-7 from beyond-
the-arc. Ubaka paced California with eight first-half points while Afflalo had
nine for the Bruins.

Game Notes

Cal won the battle of the boards, 32-25…Wilkes and his brother Jordan, a
freshman center for the Golden Bears, are both the sons of former UCLA great
Jamaal Wilkes…UCLA now leads the series 121-94. The teams split two meetings
last season, with California winning in Pauley (64-51) and UCLA winning at
Berkeley (77-62).

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