California struggled to find its offense early in the first half. Relying on the three-point shot, the Golden Bears struck first but fell behind quickly after 11 unanswered points by UCLA.
Jerome Randle kept Cal in the game early drilling shots five to six feet beyond the arc. He finished with 14 points. The Bears gained their composure using its inside-outside offense to get back into the contest.
Trailing 28-19, Cal used an18-2 run to close the half and take control of the game. The Bears had lost six straight to the Bruins before Saturday’s 72-58 win.
Theo Robertson and Patrick Christopher led Cal with 20 points each as the Bears retain at least a first-place tie in the Pac-10. They improve to 15-8 overall, 7-4 in Pac-10 play.
Cal came into the game in a four-way tie for first with Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA. The Arizona schools play later Saturday. UCLA drops to 11-12, 6-5 in Pac-10 play. Michael Roll led the Bruins with 22 points.
The Bears host Washington on Thursday at 6 p.m. PT. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2.
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