Cal Falls To Colorado
Dec. 7, 2004
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Chris Copeland scored all 11 of his points afterhalftime and Colorado rallied with a big second half to win at California forthe first time in eight meetings, 63-60 on Tuesday night.
Richard Roby scored twice in the final 2:47 and also had a late steal forColorado, sending the Golden Bears to their second narrow defeat at home in aweek after a 73-72 loss to UNLV last Tuesday. Marcus Hall scored with 12.2seconds left for the Buffaloes (3-2).
Rod Benson had career highs of 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears, whomissed several important shots in the final minute. Richard Midgley's 3 at thebuzzer wasn't enough for Cal (4-3). Midgley finished with 14 points.
It was the teams' second meeting in two seasons. The Buffaloes won 78-60last season in Boulder, Colo., but Cal leads the series 9-7. Colorado lastplayed in Haas Pavilion in 2000.
Copeland played only three minutes in the first half, had two fouls anddidn't score. He was one of several Colorado players to pick up their game inthe second half.
The Buffaloes have five players averaging in double figures, and five scoredmore than 10 - Copeland, Roby (11), Hall (12), Jayson Obazuaye (12) and JuliusAshby (11). Ashby also had a career-high 17 rebounds, including eightoffensive.
The Buffaloes made three 3-pointers during an 11-2 spurt early in the secondhalf to get back in the game after getting just nine field goals and shooting37.5 percent in the first half.
Ashby's two free throws with 8:40 left gave Colorado a 47-44 lead, thenDeVon Hardin answered with a three-point play on the other end to tie it. AfterObazuaye made one of two free throws - he got another try on his second attemptafter a Cal lane violation - freshman Eric Vierneisel made a 3 for a 50-48Bears' lead.
Hardin scored all six of his points in the second half and also had fiverebounds as California concluded a three-game homestand.
The Golden Bears, who came in averaging 61.8 points and shot 63.3 percent ina win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday, used an 8-0 first-half run to takean early lead but struggled on offense.
The Bears' poor 3-point shooting has plagued them all season, and they went3-for-12 from long range Tuesday.
The Bears are down to eight healthy scholarship players after losingstarting point guard Ayinde Ubaka to a broken left foot in an 82-63 win overSouthern on Nov. 23. He is expected to be sidelined until mid-January.
Cal is already without reigning Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Leon Powe,likely out for the season as he recovers from reconstructive knee surgery.