No. 7 Arizona Overwhelms Cal In Tucson, 94-85
Dec. 28, 2006
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Marcus Williams scored 21 points and Ivan Radenovic added 17 to help No. 7 Arizona beat California 94-85 Thursday night for its 10th straight victory.
Arizona (10-1, 1-0) is unbeaten since losing its opener at Virginia Nov. 12, the school's longest win streak since 2003.
Williams made all eight of his shots from the floor and Radenovic hit 6-of-7. The hot-shooting Wildcats hit 60.3 percent (35-of-58) from the floor in the Pac-10 opener for both schools.
Freshman Ryan Anderson, the conference's No. 2 scorer, led Cal (8-5, 0-1) with 16 points. The Golden Bears have lost four of six.
Leading 51-33 at halftime, the Wildcats put the game away with a 23-12 run to open the second half.
Cal is adjusting to life without junior center DeVon Hardin, who broke his left foot Dec. 19 and is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks. The 6-foot-11 Hardin leads active Pac-10 players with 95 career blocks.
The Wildcats opened the game sloppily, with seven turnovers in the first 7 minutes, allowing Cal to open an 18-13 lead. But then Arizona's shooters began finding their range, hitting nine of 10 shots from the floor in one stretch. The Wildcats went on a 12-0 run to take a 32-24 lead with 5:30 to go in the first half.
Arizona blew the game open with a flurry of 3-pointers in the final minutes of the first half and took a 51-33 lead into intermission. In the first half, the Wildcats shot 72 percent (18-of-25) from the floor, including 63.6 percent (7-for-11) from beyond the arc.