Cal Takes Title Against Northeastern At Golden Bear Classic, 83-76
Nov. 27, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - DeVon Hardin had a career-high 23 points and 12 rebounds, and California beat Northeastern 83-76 Saturday night to win its own Golden Bear Classic tournament for the ninth time in 13 years.
Hardin, who scored 16 points in the first half, turned in his third straight double-double and also set a career high in points for the third straight game. The Golden Bears (3-1) have won three straight since a season-opening loss at Eastern Michigan.
The Bears scored the final seven points of the first half, then made a 16-8 run after halftime ignited by 3-pointers from Ayinde Ubaka, who scored a career best 21 points, and Richard Midgley. Omar Wilkes also had two uncontested dunks in that decisive rally.
Cal played without injured star forward Leon Powe, who's expected to make his season debut Wednesday against San Jose State, and senior Rod Benson, aggravated a stress fracture in his heel during a win over Northern Colorado on Friday.
Jose Juan Barea scored 26 points for the Huskies (4-1). Shawn James scored 12 of his 22 points in the final 14 minutes, and Barea hit three 3-pointers in the final 7:20, the last cutting Cal's lead to 78-76 with 2:48 left.
But Northeastern didn't hit another shot, and Cal went 5-for-6 from the free-throw line down the stretch.