Bears Bounce Back, Beat Arizona State 74-62
Jan 10, 2004
By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Leon Powe scored eight of his 16 points in the final2:58, helping California hold on for a 74-62 win over Arizona State on Saturdaynight.
The Sun Devils (6-6, 0-3) seemed drained by their effort in a 63-62 loss toStanford on Thursday.
Ike Diogu had 31 points - in double figures for a national-best 44thconsecutive game - and 13 rebounds. But Steve Moore was his only teammate indouble figures, with 10.
The game was coach Ben Braun's 800th overall and 232nd in eight seasons withCal, moving him past Lou Campanelli for second in the school's career coachingranks.
The Bears played without Powe, their leading scorer and rebounder, in a20-point loss at Arizona on Thursday, and center Amit Tamir had his worst game,with only five points and three rebounds.
This time, the all-Pac-10 center had eight points and six rebounds - thesame as Kately, offsetting Diogu inside.
Cal led by 20 with 13:18 left to play and had a 57-42 lead with 8:50 to go.
But the Sun Devils whittled away, getting within 60-51 on Diogu's 10-footturnaround with 5:15 left.
Then Powe, who rested a sore knee the previous game, made two layups and twofree throws in a 56-second span, sending the Bears ahead 67-53 with 2:02 to go.
The Sun Devils trailed by 16 points in the first half for the secondstraight game. This time, their rally never quite arrived.
Arizona State missed its first six shots in the second half - part of a2-for-20 stretch from the midpoint of the first half. Powe, who had two pointsat halftime, dunked off a pass from Richard Midgley, and Tamir had a layin asthe Bears took a 46-26 lead with 18:10 to play.
Arizona State led only once, but closed within 20-19 on a 3-pointer by JamalHill with 10:07 left in the first half.
The Sun Devils missed 11 consecutive shots before Jason Braxton made a layupwith 2:11 to go, and trailed 42-26 at halftime.
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