California Falls To UCLA, 77-62

Feb. 17, 2005

By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Dijon Thompson had 23 points and nine rebounds, andfreshman Jordan Farmar added 15 points in UCLA's 77-62 victory over Californiaon Thursday night.

Arron Afflalo scored 12 points and Josh Shipp added 11 for the Bruins (14-8,8-6 Pac-10), who avenged an embarrassing home loss to Cal last month with anequally one-sided victory at Haas Pavilion. With Thompson and UCLA's threefreshman starters scoring at least 10 points, the Bruins easily got their firstwin in Berkeley since 2000.

Thompson, the Pac-10's second-leading scorer, led UCLA in scoring for thefifth time in the last six games. The senior had at least 20 points in each ofthose games, keeping UCLA in the hunt for an NCAA tournament bid.

Marquise Kately scored 14 points and Rod Benson had 12 points and 11rebounds for the Golden Bears (12-11, 5-8), who struggled to hit open shotsthroughout their third loss in four games. Richard Midgley, their leadingscorer, was 1-for-10, and the Bears' five starters went 6-for-25 in the firsthalf while UCLA built a double-digit lead.

UCLA went scoreless in the opening three minutes but overwhelmed the Bearsfor the rest of the night. Thompson scored most of his 11 points inside in thefirst half, and the Bruins played strong defense, forcing Cal to miss 21 of itsfirst 26 shots.

The Bears then jumped to a 19-point lead less than four minutes afterhalftime.

Cal dominated the schools' previous meeting last month, earning a 64-51 winin Los Angeles with stifling zone defense. The Bruins clearly made adjustments,getting 10 assists on their 16 first-half baskets with patient inside play andproficient outside shooting.

Farmar got a technical foul with 8:44 left in the second half forchest-bumping Cal's Martin Smith, who had fouled Farmar on a jumper. The Bearspulled within 60-49 on Dominic McGuire's dunk moments later, but UCLA answeredwith nine straight points, including five by Arron Afflalo, the third freshmanstarter in the Bruins' promising young lineup.

Shipp - the younger brother of Joe Shipp, the former Cal star who led thePac-10 in scoring in 2003 - scored eight points in the second half as UCLAmaintained a comfortable lead. Shipp fouled out with 3:43 left.

UCLA coach Ben Howland improved to 25-25 in his first 50 games at theschool.

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