Powe Vaults Bears Over UCLA
Jan 24, 2004
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Leon Powe had 19 points and 14 rebounds andCalifornia won consecutive games for the first time this season, defeating UCLA76-62 on Saturday.
Amit Tamir added 19 points for the Golden Bears, who beat the Bruins for thefourth straight time in Berkeley before a sellout crowd of 11,877 - the firsttime Cal (8-8, 4-3 Pac-10) sold out Haas Pavilion this season.
Dijon Thompson scored 17 points for UCLA (9-6, 5-3 Pac-10), whose onlyprevious conference losses had been to No. 2 Stanford and 14th-ranked Arizona.Trevor Ariza added 11 points and eight rebounds and T.J. Cummings 12 points andsix boards.
Powe, Cal's leading scorer and rebounder who has eight double-doubles, tookover the game in crunch time, scoring 12 points in the second half. He had akey putback with 6:15 left and another basket moments later, then swished along jumper with 2:43 remaining. Powe took the ball hard to the hoop to drawfouls late in the game and went 7-of-16 from the free throw line.
The Bears, who start three freshmen and a sophomore and have had troubleestablishing any consistency, beat USC 63-62 on Thursday. They were 22-of-38 atthe line Saturday and shot 45.3 percent from the field.
Cal players wore small black patches on the front of their uniforms with'AL 31' in memory of women's basketball player Alisa Lewis, who died Mondayfrom bacterial meningitis, an infection of the covering of the brain and spinalcord.
Ayinde Ubaka broke a 38-all tie on a four-point play with 13:26 left afterUCLA's Ryan Hollins pushed him down for the foul on his 3-pointer from thewing. It was a game of three-point plays, and Ubaka had another with 8:33 to gothat gave Cal a 51-47 lead. He finished with 13 points.
UCLA's 7-foot center Michael Fey began the game guarding Powe, who wore abulky brace on his troublesome left knee, but the Bruins rotated severalplayers on the talented freshman and double-teamed him at times.
Everything went Cal's way early - even a jump ball call that was changed toa Cal possession after a huddle by the officials. The Bears started 5-for-7from the field, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range, to take a 14-2 lead 3:55into the game.
The Bruins didn't lead until Josiah Johnson made one free throw with .2seconds left before halftime to give UCLA a 31-30 lead.
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