No. 12 Bruins Rally Past Cal, 79-75
March 1, 2001
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Matt Barnes scored 13 points, including the go-aheadbasket with 1:03 remaining, as No. 12 UCLA defeated California 79-75 onThursday night for its eighth straight win.
The Bruins (20-6) held on to second place in the Pac-10 at 12-2 and set up ashowdown for first place with No. 1 Stanford on Saturday.
UCLA's victory avenged a 29-point loss at Cal a month ago and snapped Cal'sfour-game road winning streak. The Golden Bears (19-8, 10-5) had won 18 oftheir previous 22.
Barnes' basket snapped a tie at 74, then Cal was forced to foul JasonKapono, who made both for a 78-74 lead with 24.8 seconds left.
Shantay Legans made one of two free throws to draw Cal within three. Calcontrolled the rebound, but Dennis Gates missed a 3-pointer and Barnes wasfouled in grabbing the rebound. Barnes made one of two as UCLA used an 18-8 runto close out the game.
Sean Lampley led the Golden Bears (19-8, 10-5) with 19 points and 13rebounds. Legans added 16 points.
The Bruins trailed by seven in the second half. They scored eight straight,including four by Earl Watson, to take their first lead, 69-67, since early inthe half.
It became a one-point game until Barnes' basket off an assist by Watson putUCLA ahead for good.
Watson led the Bruins with 20 points. Kapono and Billy Knight added 14 each.Knight had four of UCLA's eight 3-pointers. Dan Gadzuric had 11 points and 11rebounds, although UCLA was outrebounded 34-27.
Cal opened the second half with a 13-4 run to take a 50-44 lead as UCLAmissed its shots and Gadzuric committed two turnovers.
UCLA coach Steve Lavin, on probation by the Pac-10 for the rest of theseason because of a tirade against an official Saturday at Oregon State, wasnoticeably subdued. He clapped his hand over his mouth when the Bruins werecalled for traveling early in the game.