Saturday , Mar , 11 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

UCLA captures Pac-10 title

=== UCLA captures Pac-10 title ===

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Jordan Farmar scored 19 points to lead
13th-ranked UCLA to the Pac-10 Tournament title, as the Bruins posted a 71-52
victory over California in the championship game at the Staples Center.

Cedric Bozeman added 13 points while Ryan Hollins tallied 12 for the top-
seeded Bruins (27-6), who won the tournament for the first time since its
inaugural year in 1987 and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Luc
Richard Mbah a Moute tallied 10 points in UCLA’s seventh consecutive victory.

Ayinde Ubaka had 18 points and Leon Powe scored 17 for the third-seeded Golden
Bears (20-10), who now await word at a possible at-large bid to the NCAA
Tournament. This was Cal’s first-ever trip to the Pac-10 final.

The Golden Bears were within a point twice in the early moments of the second
half, the last time at 36-35 on after a layup from Powe. The Bruins then
scored the next seven points, with Bozeman’s three-point play capping the

A 13-2 spurt by UCLA later in the half, with Farmar ending the run with
consecutive three-pointers, gave the Bruins a 60-43 margin with under five
minutes left that proved to be insurmountable.

A jumper by Hollins capped an early spurt that had the Bruins ahead 9-3. They
remained in front the rest of the contest.

A three by Farmar extended the advantage to 16-8, but the Golden Bears made a
furious rally at the end of the half.

UCLA built its cushion to 16 points in the first half, the last time at 32-16
following a jumper by Lorenzo Mata with 4 1/2 minutes left before the break.
However, Cal scored the final 13 points of the half, with eight coming from
Powe, to get within 32-29.

Game Notes

The Bruins shot 53.1 percent, compared to 39.6 percent for Cal…Arron Afflalo
had nine points and seven assists for UCLA.