Bears Roll Past Columbia, 85-66

Dec 28, 2003

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Richard Midgley hit his first six shots and scored21 points as California coasted past Columbia 85-66 in the opening round of theOffice Depot Golden Bear Classic on Saturday night.

Leon Powe added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Bears (4-4), who willface Air Force in the tournament's championship game Sunday. The Falcons beatPrairie View 59-46 earlier Saturday to advance.

Matt Preston scored 14 to lead Columbia (2-6).

Columbia started off hot, hitting five of its first eight 3-pointers.Jeremiah Boswell's two free throws put the Lions up 21-20 with 7:40 to go inthe first half.

But Midgley and Ayinde Ubaka hit back-to-back 3-pointers that sparked a 23-8California run to close out the half, putting the Bears in front 44-28. Midgleyhad 16 points at halftime.

California never trailed in the second half.

After shooting just 19 percent and averaging 5.4 points in the Bears' firstfive games, Midgley has hit 59 percent and averaged 13 points in the lastthree.

Cal shot 61 percent (14-of-23) in the first half and made 12-of-17 freethrows. Columbia shot only 35 percent and went to the line only five times,making four.

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