Cal Clips LMU, 78-70, To Win Great Alaska Shootout
Nov. 26, 2006
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - DeVon Hardin's 16 points and all-around play pushed California to a 78-70 victory Saturday and the championship of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.
Hardin had nine rebounds, four blocked shots and five jams. His strong game was complemented by Ryan Anderson with his second double-double in as many nights, 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Cal's slippery guards, Ayinde Ubaka and Omar Wilkes, fueled a 12-2 run to start the second half and break open a tight game. The two guards combined for 10 of those points to put the Bears (5-1) up 51-35 with 16:25 to go.
The lead grew to 18 with 12:56 left, but Loyola (5-2) whittled the lead down to 70-65 with 55.6 seconds left behind 3-point shooting by Adoyah Miller. Then Wilkes and made another twisting reverse layup with 45.3 seconds to go and the Lions could get no closer.
The teams slugged it out in the first half with no more than four points separating them until seven seconds before the intermission. There were six ties and six lead changes before Wilkes spun in a reverse layup on a feed from Ubaka for a 39-33 Cal lead at the half.
Wilkes finished with 18 points and Ubaka 17.
Brandon Worthy led Loyola with 18 points. Miller added 17.