Basketball: Morning after reading

Here’s my story from this morning’s editions on the Cal-UCLA game, along with Monte Poole’s column, which looks at the progress Mike Montgomery’s program has made in one season.

UCLA 72, Cal 68

  HEADLINER: UCLA senior point guard Darren Collison scored 11 of his 22 points in the final 8 minutes and made two huge hoops in the final 90 seconds to secure the Bruibs’ win.

  MOMENT THAT MATTERED: The Bruins, down 28-23 with 3 minutes left in the first half, completed a seven-point play on a basketball and two free throws by Nikola Dragovic after an intentional foul on the Bears, then a 3-pointer by Michael Roll following the ensuing inbounds play. Ouch.

   MAGIC NUMBER: 12 _ Cal’s first-half turnover total, to go with 16 the Bears had in the first half of their earlier loss to UCLA at Pauley Pavilion.

   NEXT UP: The Bears (21-8, 10-6), tied for third place with Arizona State, hit the road to play Arizona on Thursday and ASU on Saturday, completing the Pac-10 regular season. Cal has not beaten Arizona in Tucson since 1995, but the Cats (18-11, 8-8) may be reeling a bit after being swept in Washington.

Jeff Faraudo