Bears Buck Cowboys 80-55
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Freshman Marquise Kately scored a season-high 18points and sparked an impressive second-half run to lead California to itsthird straight home win, 80-55 over Wyoming on Tuesday night.
Golden Bears guard Richard Midgley didn't start after having a wisdom toothremoved Sunday, but came off the bench to score 13 points. Leon Powe added 12points and Ayinde Ubaka 10.
Mory Correa had 22 points - making 12 of 13 free throws - and seven reboundsfor Wyoming (3-3), which was held to its lowest scoring total of the seasonafter coming in averaging 77.8 points per game. Correa fouled out with 3:51left.
The Bears (3-3), who start three freshmen and a sophomore, have struggledfrom the field. They were shooting 38 percent entering the game and finished 39percent (24-for-61), including 29.4 percent in the first half.
Kately had eight points as Cal began the second half with a 21-7 spurt totake control for good against the Cowboys, who went cold from the field. AmitTamir's 3-pointer with 14:05 left made it 53-39.
It was the fifth meeting ever between the teams and the first in nearly 22years. This was the most lopsided in the series - the previous four all weredecided by five points or fewer.
Cal, playing its last game before an 11-day break for final exams, faced ateam from the Mountain West Conference for the third time this season. Andthey've all been close: The Bears beat BYU at home 47-46 and lost at UNLV59-57.
Wyoming's Jay Straight easily dribbled through Cal's full-court man pressearly, but the Bears used a 15-0 run to turn a 20-11 deficit into a 26-20 lead7:04 before halftime.
Cal began the game 4-of-15 and allowed the Cowboys to get to the free throwline eight times in the first 8ï¿½ minutes. There were 15 fouls called in thefirst 10 minutes of the half, two offensive against the Bears. Wyoming had 15first-half turnovers.
Four of the top freshmen from the state of California were on the court:Wyoming's Mikel Watson of San Diego, Powe and Ubaka of Oakland and Kately ofSan Francisco.