Bears Trounce Fading Bruins, 64-51
Jan. 22, 2005
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES - David Paris scored a career-high 20 points and Californiadefeated UCLA 64-51 Saturday, snapping a four-game losing streak at PauleyPavilion, where the crowd booed the Bruins.
The Golden Bears (9-8, 2-5 Pac-10) came in as the conference's worst team,but they looked stellar against UCLA's horrible defense.
The Bruins (10-6, 4-4) lost their third straight and second in a row atPauley. For the second consecutive game, they fell behind in the first half (15points) and never made a run in the second. The same thing happened in a 75-64loss to Stanford on Thursday.
Paris has quickly become one of the most improved players in the Pac-10after starting the season with a career average of 1.6 points. He topped hiscareer high of 16 points set against UC Riverside in the season opener.
The Bears finally held on to a second-half lead after blowing their leads insix of eight losses, including at Southern California on Thursday. It was theirfirst win at Pauley since 2000.
Rod Benson added 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for Cal.
With four minutes remaining, fans emptied out of Pauley and into the warmsunshine, leaving behind the gloom of an ugly loss. UCLA's point total was aseason-low; the Bruins' previous worst was 64 points against Stanford.
Even when the Bruins capitalized on a Cal turnover, they botched it. SeniorDijon Thompson promptly threw the ball away on the other end, and Cal ended upscoring. UCLA never got closer than nine points early in the second half.
Michael Fey led the Bruins in scoring for the second straight game with 12points, and Arron Afflalo added 10. Thompson tied his season-low of six pointsset Thursday.
Brian Morrison scored inside to draw the Bruins to 39-30. Cal used a 19-7run, including eight points by Dominic McGuire and six by Paris, to take itslargest lead, 58-37 with 7:18 to play.
The Bruins scored just four baskets in the final 6:58 - and three of themcame in the final minute, making the game appear closer than it was
In the first half, freshman Josh Shipp scored off Morrison's miss to tie thegame at 10. Then the Bears took over, outscoring the Bruins 23-8 to end thehalf ahead 33-18.
UCLA went about nine minutes without a field goal until Thompson scored hisfirst of the game during Cal's run. Fans booed the Bruins as they left thecourt at halftime.
The Bruins shot a measley 23 percent from the floor in the half, while Calshot 45 percent and controlled the boards, 27-16.
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