Anderson's 25 Points Lead Cal over Santa Clara, 73-48
Nov. 20, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -Ryan Anderson had a career-high 25 points and nine rebounds and DeVon Hardin snapped out of his early season slump, as California cruised to a 73-48 non-conference win over Santa Clara on Monday night.
Anderson, a 6-foot-10-inch freshman forward, has scored more than 20 points in each of his first three college games and has emerged as one of the Bears' top 3-point threats this season. He went 5-for-7 from beyond the arc against Santa Clara and is shooting 58.8 percent on 3s this season.
Hardin contributed 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots, while Ayinde Ubaka added 13 points five assists and Omar Wilkes had 11 points for Cal (2-1), which next plays in the Great Alaska Shootout beginning Thursday.
Sean Denison had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Broncos (2-1). Santa Clara went just 2-for-18 from 3-point range and shot 33.3 percent for the game in losing for the first time this season.
Hardin, expected to fill the scoring and rebounding void left by Leon Powe's departure, averaged just 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in the Bears' first two games but broke out of his slump against the Broncos with 10 points and five rebounds in the first half.
Santa Clara, picked to finish sixth in the West Coast Conference, had come off a 83-72 win over Utah. The Broncos patiently worked their halfcourt offense against the Bears and took an early 20-15 lead.
Cal, which gave up 56 second-half points in an 86-79 loss to San Diego State on Saturday, kept Santa Clara quiet from that point on, however, and allowed only two more field goals the rest of the first half.
With the defense holding the Broncos in check, the Bears broke out of their offensive slump with a 23-4 run over the final 7:30 minutes of the first half. Ubaka had seven points during the run and fed Hardin for a one-handed alley-oop dunk to put Cal ahead 38-23.