Here’s my story from Friday morning’s editions on Cal’s 81-66 loss to UCLA.
UCLA 81, Cal 66
HEADLINER: UCLA’s defense, which got 16 steals and forced a season-high 21 turnovers from Cal. The Bears scored just 30 points in the first 32 minutes of the game.
MOMENT THAT MATTERED: The Bears trailed just 31-28 in the opening two minutes of the second half when UCLA began a 20-2 run that ended Cal’s hopes for an upset.
MAGIC NUMBER: 16 _ First-half turnovers by the Bears, who had just eight field goals in the opening period.
NEXT UP: The Bears (16-5, 5-3) play Saturday night against USC (13-6, 5-3) at the Galen Center, where the Trojans are 11-1 this season. USC beat Stanford 70-69 on Thursday. Game time Saturday is 8:30 p.m.