Bears Win Fifth Straight Against Zips, 89-75
Dec. 4, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Forward Leon Powe, in his second game of the season, scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead California over Akron, 89-75, in a non-conference game Saturday night.
Powe, who missed the first four games of the season with a stress fracture in his right foot, dominated play on both ends of the court as the Bears improved their record to 5-1 with their fifth straight win.
Romeo Travis, Akron's leading scorer, began the night guarding Powe, picked up three quick personal fouls and was benched for the final 15:12 of a scoreless first half for him. Akron coach Keith Dambrot was called for a technical foul arguing about the third foul.
The Zips (2-1) struggled without Travis, a 6-foot-7 junior, losing the first-half battle 17-7.
Travis scored his first basket 15 seconds into the second half, but picked up his fourth personal on an attempted dunk by Powe and was taken out with 17:18 to play.
Cal took down eight offensive rebounds alone in the first half and led the Zips 45-36 at the break.
Theo Robertson gave Cal a 62-49 lead with 12:50 to play on the front end of a fast break.
Dambrot was forced to put Travis back on the floor, and he responded with two quick baskets that helped cut the advantage to 64-48 with 10:20 remaining.
Travis fouled out 5:00 from the end with six points - 15 under his season average.
By this time, the Zips were in a zone defense designed to keep the ball from going inside to Powe. In his first game back Wednesday, Powe scored a career-best 27 points and took down 10 rebounds in a victory over San Jose State.