Ubaka, CAL stun UCLA
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Ayinde Ubaka scored eight of his 29 points
in overtime as California stunned No. 4 UCLA, 76-69, in the quarterfinals of
the Pac-10 Tournament at Staples Center.
Ubaka was 9-of-12 from the floor and a sizzling 5-of-6 from beyond-the-arc for
the eighth-seeded Golden Bears (16-16), who were coming off a 70-51 triumph
over Oregon State in the opening round and will now move on to face Oregon in
the semifinals on Friday. Ryan Anderson added 18 points and Eric Vierneisel
chipped in with 10 points.
Darren Collison tallied 20 points for the top-seeded Bruins (26-5), who were
the Pac-10 regular season champs and still have a chance at a No. 1 seed in
the upcoming NCAA tourney despite the loss. Josh Shipp finished with 19 points
and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 13.
Reigning Pac-10 player of the year, Arron Afflalo had just three points in the
game and did not have a field goal until overtime.
Afflalo opened the extra period with a beautiful reverse lay-in but Cal
methodically took over from there. The Bears went on a 11-1 run to gain the
A Ubaka three from the top of the circle put the punctuation on the burst
and gave the Bears a comfortable 72-64 lead with just a 1:14 left.
UCLA had nothing left after fighting back from a 16-point deficit during
regulation and Cal held on for the win.
After a miserable first half, the more-talented Bruins awoke and stormed out
of the gates in the final frame with a 20-4 burst. The vaunted UCLA defense
clamped down and Collison highlighted the flurry with a big three as the
Bruins took over the lead, 45-41, with just under 11 minutes to go in
The Bears responded, however, and hung in the game over the next several
minutes. Ubaka used an up and under move to get loose for a three. He buried
the jumper and put Cal back on top, 56-53, with just over four minutes to go.
But, Cal went cold again and the Bruins scored the next six points of the
game to regain control. After three consecutive free throws deadlocked
things, Mbah a Moute deposited a bucket and Mata drained 1-of-2 from the line
to make it a 59-56 game with under two minutes to go.
The Bears still had life in them after Ubaka drilled another three to deadlock
things at 59 less than a minute later.
The see-saw continued from there, Collison put UCLA back on to with 39.2 ticks
left but Ubaka answered with a beautiful mid-range floater.
The Bruins then tried to win it with the pick-and-roll but Collison’s long
three came up empty at the buzzer and sent the game to overtime.
Cal broke open a close game with a 20-5 run in the first half. Ubaka fueled
the run with a three and closed it with a pair of free throws to give the
Golden Bears a 31-15 advantage with around five minutes left in the half.
UCLA rebounded a bit to close out the half. Shipp drained a three to close the
scoring in the frame but the Bruins still found themselves trailing, 37-25.
UCLA still owns a 126-94 lead over Cal in the all-time series…The Bears
snapped a four-game skid against the Bruins…This was a rematch of last
year’s Pac-10 title game.