Cal Tops No. 11 UCLA, 68-61

Dec. 31, 2005

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ayinde Ubaka scored 18 points, including a basket in the final minute after grabbing a loose ball, and California beat No. 11 UCLA 68-61 on Saturday, ending the Bruins' eight-game winning streak.

Omar Wilkes and Richard Midgley each had 15 points and Leon Powe added 12 rebounds for the Golden Bears (8-3, 2-0 Pac-10).

Arron Afflalo had 19 points for UCLA (11-2, 1-1).

The Bruins pulled within two points on a jumper by Jordan Farmar with 1:06 to play. Afflalo stripped the ball from Ubaka under Cal's basket on the following possession, but Ubaka immediately grabbed it back and scored, giving the Bears a 62-58 lead.

Cal shot 60 percent from the field, 66.7 percent in the second half.

The injury-depleted Bruins were 18-of-49from the field (36.7 percent), and were overpowered in the frontcourt by the 6-foot-8 Powe and 6-10 Rod Benson. Playing without injured 7-foot senior centers Ryan Hollins and Michael Fey, UCLA was outrebounded 32-25.

Cal hadn't beaten a team so highly ranked since defeating then-No. 7 Arizona on Feb. 25, 1999, and the Bears swept UCLA and USC in Los Angeles for the first time since 2000. Cal won its conference opener 62-58 over Southern California on Thursday.

UCLA took its only second-half lead on a three-point play by Ryan Wright that put the Bruins up 44-41 with 9:25 to play.

Midgley tied it at 44 with a 3-pointer, starting a 10-3 run that gave Cal its biggest lead of the game, 54-47 with 3:55 to play.

The Bruins were also without their No. 3 scorer, senior starter Cedric Bozeman, who missed his second game after tearing cartilage in his left shoulder at practice on Tuesday. He'll miss at least three weeks, and could be out for the season.

Fey has missed most of the season with a sprained ankle and Hollins started the first five games before straining his groin, leaving UCLA just one senior on its roster.

Farmar's status had been in doubt until game time after he sprained his right ankle in the second half of Thursday's victory over Stanford.

After eight first-half lead changes, Midgley made a 3 with 2:12 to go to give Cal its biggest lead, 28-23.

Afflalo made a layup to bring UCLA within 28-25, but Benson quickly answered with a layup to give Cal a 30-25 halftime lead.

Ubaka had eight points on 3-of-4 shooting in the first half.

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