Bears Maul Kansas State, 78-48
Nov. 29, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Ayinde Ubaka had 14 points and eight assists, DeVon Hardin added 12 points and 12 rebounds, and California beat cold-shooting Kansas State for the first time in six overall meetings with a 78-48 victory Wednesday night.
Ryan Anderson had 15 points and seven rebounds in Cal's fifth straight win. The Golden Bears (6-1) looked strong on both ends of the floor coming off their championship in the Great Alaska Shootout last weekend. This began a tough week for the team, which will face 24th-ranked Nevada on Sunday in the Pete Newell Challenge.
Cartier Martin scored 16 points and Lance Harris 14 for the Wildcats (4-2), who made their first trip to California since 1998 and first to Berkeley since 1958, only to be handed the program's worst defeat in nearly three years.
In that 1958 game, No. 3 KSU handed Cal its first loss on Dec. 12 and the Bears went on to win the '59 NCAA title at the end of that season under Hall of Fame coach Pete Newell.
Wednesday's game marked the sixth meeting ever between the schools and first since 1995 - the first four all were in the '50s.
The Bears won their 11th straight non-conference home game and held the Wildcats to a season low in points.
Kansas State's 7-foot-3 center Jason Bennett matched a school record with six blocks and has three or more blocks in four of his six games. The Wildcats had won 22 of their last 27 non-conference games. They began the second half with a 5-0 spurt, then Cal went on an 11-2 run.
The Wildcats' frustration came out when forward Luis Colon was ejected with 6:39 remaining for throwing a punch at Cal's Taylor Harrison.
Kansas State started the game 9-for-26 while Cal made 13 of its first 24 shots and held the Wildcats without a point over the final 4:34 of the first half on the way to a 37-23 lead at the break. The Bears were whistled for only two first-half fouls to six for Kansas State.
A nearly 7-foot, 1,200-pound bronze statue of Newell was unveiled last month in the Club Room at Haas Pavilion - and the 91-year-old Newell saw it for the first time Wednesday.
'I think it's fine,' said the modest Newell, who is in town from Southern California for his four-team event Sunday in San Jose. 'What do you say about something like that? I'm tremendously grateful and honored. At a school like Berkeley, you don't see a lot of those around.'
Newell sat courtside below the basket and was introduced during a second-half timeout. The student section began chants of 'We love Newell! We love Newell!'