Here’s my game story.
FINAL SCORE: Cal 73, UCLA 63. A good win for the Bears (20-6, 10-3), who hold onto at least a share of first place in the Pac-12, depending on how Washington fares Sunday at Oregon State. Justin Cobbs played one of his better games, finishing with 18 points and five assists — the last of those a pass to Allen Crabbe for a critical 3-point shot with 1:20 left. Cal had not made a field goal since 8:41 and Crabbe’s shot provided some breathing room and a 70-59 lead. Crabbe had 14 points and Gutierrez scored 13. Cal shot 52 percent for the game and held UCLA to 39.7 percent. The Bears completed their first regular-season sweep of the SoCal teams since 1958-59 and Mike Montgomery becomes the first Cal coach — ever — to post at least 20 victories in three of his first four seasons.
HALFTIME STATS: Cal shot 56 percent (14 for 25) in the half, UCLA just 34.5 percent (10 for 29). Each team made one 3-point basket, but Cal attempted only two and UCLA tried seven. Turnovers: Cal had eight, but only two after the first 8 minutes. UCLA had six TOs. Gutierrez leads Cal with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. Anderson has seven for UCLA. Wmith has five points and four rebounds. Cal has 10 assists — the Bruins zero. Bears have an 18-15 rebounding edge. More later . . .
THIS SCORE JUST IN: Arizona improved to 9-4 in the Pac-12 with a surprisingly tough 70-61 win over Utah
HALFTIME SCORE: Cal 32, UCLA 26. Bears led 32-23 until Jerime Anderson hit a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left in the half. Cal hurt itself with turnovers early and trailed 13-8. Didn’t help matters that David Kravish picked up two fouls trying to guard Joshua Smith and was on the bench after 2 1/2 minutes. Kamp then got his second PF with 8:10 left, so Mike Montgomery cobbled together a frontline mix of Robert Thurman, Bak Bak and Christian Behrens. The Bears used a 13-2 run to take a 21-15 lead after a layup by Allen Crabbe with 8:33 left. Cal was outrunning the Bruins during that stretch — and not turning the ball over. UCLA made just one FG out of 11 tries during one span late in the half, but Cal kept sending the Bruins to the foul line, keeping the game close. The margin reached nine points when Bak scored a layup off a feed from Thurman with 25 seconds left in the half.
WELCOME: Online problems here at the ancient L.A. Sports Arena — so I’ve been unable to connect courtside. But it’s halftime now, so will give you a quick recap.