Bears Pound UCLA, 92-63
Feb. 1, 2001
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Ryan Forehan-Kelly scored 16 points asCalifornia beat UCLA 92-63 on Thursday night to extend its winning streak tofour games.
Cal also has won 14 of its last 16, its best stretch since Jason Kidd andLamont Murray led the Bears in 1994. Cal's only losses since Dec. 5 have beento Arizona and Stanford.
It was Cal's largest margin of victory since a 34-point win over Albany onDec. 11, and UCLA's worst loss of the season.
Jason Kapono scored 15 points and Earl Watson had 13 for the Bruins (6-2,12-6), who had a two-game winning streak snapped. UCLA had won eight of itsprevious nine.
Last season, UCLA overcame a 19-point first-half deficit to beat Cal 83-62at Haas Pavilion.
After the Bruins opened the second half with a basket, Cal went on a 17-7run to open a 30-point lead. Cal eventually led by as many as 32 points, UCLA'slargest deficit of the season.
While neither team was ranked, both are among the top 20 in the powerratings.
Anything the Bears tried in the first half seemed to work, as nine playersscored in the game's first 10 minutes to help Cal open a 32-12 edge. Cal used a14-2 run early in the contest to build the lead. The Bears made 12 of theirfirst 15 shots (80 percent), including 5-of-6 from 3-point range.
Meanwhile, the Bruins struggled from everywhere on the court. They missednine of their first 13 shots and finished the half shooting just over 32percent. UCLA was 1-of-11 from 3-point range.
At one point during a first-half timeout, Bruins coach Steve Lavin came outto argue a call with an official. The Cal rooting section greeted him with thechant, 'Get Pitino, Get Pitino,' and held up signs with Rick Pitino's face onit that read 'I got next, Lavin.'
Cal led by 10 points or more for all but six minutes of the game.
The Bears led by as many as 22 points before settling for a 48-28 halftimeadvantage.