Bears Beat Bruins For Eighth Straight Win
By ROB GLOSTER
AP Sports Writer
BERKELEY, Calif. - Joe Shipp had 23 points to lead No. 25 California toan 80-69 win Saturday over struggling UCLA, which lost its sixth consecutivegame for the first time in 55 years.
UCLA's last six-game losing streak was during the 1947-48 season, the yearbefore John Wooden took over as coach and led the Bruins to 10 of their 11 NCAAtitles. Three of those losses came to Cal.
Amit Tamir added 21 points and 10 rebounds for Cal (14-2, 7-0 Pac-10), whichhas won eight straight games for the first time since a similar run late in the1992-93 season.
Jason Kapono scored 23 points to lead the Bruins (4-11, 2-5) and move pastToby Bailey into fourth place on the school's career scoring list with 1,861points - trailing only Don MacLean, Lew Alcindor and Reggie Miller.
Dijon Thompson added 18 points for UCLA, which was missing sophomore forwardAndre Patterson, the team's leading rebounder, who rolled his left ankle inThursday's loss at Stanford.
Trailing by 17 points at halftime, the Bruins opened the second half with a16-7 run that ended with a dunk by Ryan Hollins and Kapono's 3-pointer. Thatmade the score 47-39, the first time the Cal lead had been below double digitssince early in the game.
But Cal responded with a 8-0 run, including fast-break layups by Shipp andRichard Midgley, while holding the Bruins scoreless for more than five minutes.UCLA never got closer than 10 points the rest of the game.
UCLA returns home to face Oregon on Thursday, and will try to avoid itsfirst seven-game losing streak since the 1945-46 season. UCLA also lost sevenin a row during the 1944-45 season.
Hitting the road didn't cure the Bruins' ills. After losing four straight atPauley Pavilion - UCLA has already set a school record with seven home lossesthis season - the Bruins had hoped for a change of fortune when they hit theroad.
But UCLA lost Thursday night by one point at Stanford, and was never inSaturday's game.
Tamir had 16 points and Shipp added 13 in the first half for the Bears, whojumped out to a 20-8 lead and built their margin to 32-13. Cal maintained adouble-digit lead the rest of the half.