Cal Advances in Golden Bear Classic with 83-59 Victory Against Northern Colorado

Nov. 25, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - DeVon Hardin scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double, and California defeated winless Northern Colorado 83-59 on Friday night in the opening round of the Golden Bear Classic.

Cal advanced to play Saturday in the championship game against Northeastern, a 102-81 winner over Cal State Northridge in Friday's first game. The Golden Bears won their tournament last season and have captured the title in eight of the last 12 years, including seven of nine during coach Ben Braun's tenure.

Ayinde Ubaka scored 16 points, one shy of his career high, and passed for five assists. Hardin had another big game in Powe's absence, following his career-high 14 points against Long Beach State on Monday by making 6-of-8 field goals and going 9-for-13 from the free throw line.

Hardin made an impressive block on a shot by Kirk Archibeque with 9:30 left, and a frustrated Archibeque immediately pushed Hardin down with his shoulder into the protective padding beneath the basket for a flagrant foul.

Richard Midgley returned to Cal's lineup after missing Monday's game against Long Beach State with a shoulder stinger, finishing with 11 points and five rebounds.

The Golden Bears, still without injured forward Leon Powe, jumped out to a 19-0 lead in the first 4 1/2 minutes before Darren Jeffries scored for Northern Colorado at 15:02.

Sean Taibi scored 15 points and Archibeque 14 for Northern Colorado (0-5), which scored two more points than its season low in the first meeting between the schools. UNC is in its third season playing Division I.

Cal (2-1) shot 46.8 percent and also got 13 points and five rebounds from Theo Robertson.

Rod Benson, the Golden Bears' leading scorer and rebounder last season, spent the second half on the bench in street clothes after apparently aggravating a stress fracture in his heel that caused him to miss the season opener.

Cal made its first seven field-goal attempts and 12 of its first 21, and forced Northern Colorado into 14 first-half turnovers on the way to a 43-20 lead at the break.

Powe, the conference freshman of the year and rebounding champion two years ago, missed all of last season recovering from knee surgery and has not played this season because of a stress fracture in his right foot. Powe underwent an MRI exam Friday and Braun is hopeful he will make his season debut Wednesday night at home against San Jose State.

Northern Colorado has lost eight straight dating to a win over Colorado College on Feb. 22.

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