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FINAL SCORE: Cal 76, UCLA 63. Bears improve to 15-9 overall, 7-5 in the Pac-12 and are part of a four-way tie for fourth place. They have beaten all of the league’s top three teams — and all in the past 13 days. David Kravish had a career-high 18 points to go with 13 rebounds. Richard Solomon scored 17, Crabbe had 16 (15 in the first half) and Cobbs had 12 points and nine assists. Cal had three different players with at least five assists, as Wallace contributed six and Crabbe five. Mike Montgomery said he expects senior G Brandon Smith (left knee) to be OK. Adams led UCLA (18-7, 8-4) with 15 points. Muhammad had 13 points and 11 rebounds, but shot 4 for 13 as the Bruins converted just 37.7 percent.
4:52 2nd H: UCLA within 70-56 after 3-pointer by Adams, who has 15 points. Brandon Smith hit his left knee on the basket standard moments earlier and was helped from the floor. Crabbe has not scored in the second half.
7:35 2nd H: Bruins doing just enough to keep the Haas crowd a bit nervous. Cal lead now 67-50. Thurman has three PFs. Solomon, who already has three, just limped to the bench for the timeout.
11:01 2nd H: UCLA got within 51-36 before the Bears ran off nine straight points for a 60-36 lead after a putback and free throw by Kravish. UCLA came back again, riding a pair of 3-pointers by freshman Jordan Adams, but a jumper by Cobbs made it 64-45.
16:22 2nd H: You didn’t really think it was over, did you? UCLA has opened the second half with a 12-4 run and has pulled within 51-34. Monty calls a timeout. Cal has turnovers on its past two possessions.
HALFTIME SCORE (Honest): Cal 47, UCLA 22. The margin was 28 a moment ago before David Wear hit a 3-pointer. Bill Walton, that famous UCLA alum and outspoken Howland critic, must be exploding about now. Crabbe with 15 points and Cobbs, Solomon and Kravish with 10 apiece. Wallace is shooting 1 for 5 — the rest of the Bears are 19 for 29! Cal outrebounding the Bruins 24-14. Cal shooting 58.8 percent, UCLA 30.3 percent. Cal informs us this is its biggest halftime lead of the season — no kidding. (The football team probably figures every game is like this — they’ll probably be back). Cal honoring Andy Wolfe (Class of ’48) as winner of Pete Newell Career Achievement Award winner.
2:25 1st H: Monty calls timeout. Go figure. It’s 43-19. Cal shooting 59.4 percent, UCLA just 31 percent with six turnovers. Still not over, but . . .
3:45 1st H: Howland and the Bruins can’t get to halftime soon enough. It’s 41-19 after a ferocious breakaway dunk by Crabbe who has 15 points. That made it 41-17, and the Bruins got one back a moment later. This is a Cal team playing fast and with confidence. Better tonight than they were Sunday, when they beat No. 7 Arizona at McKale Center.
6:33 1st H: Oh my! How many timeouts does Howland have — he just used No. 3! Crabbe with a long 3-pointer and it’s 35-13. A 15-0 Cal run. Crabbe has 13 points and was pounding his chest afterward. Yes, that Allen Crabbe. Cal shooting 62.5 percent, UCLA at 27.3 percent.
9:01 st H: It’s very early, but Cal is running roughshod over the Bruins, ahead 28-13. Ben Howland just used his second timeout. Cal has scored eight straight and is shooting 65 percent. UCLA at 31 percent. Kravish has 10 points.
10:45 1st H: Bears lead 22-13. Kravish has eight points, Crabbe six and Solomon delivered perhaps the most spectacular play of his career with a crazy spike tip putback that is sure to make SportsCenter’s top plays — especially with Bill Walton frothing over it from the sideline. UCLA shooting 6 for 18 (33 percent), Cal 9 for 15 (60 percent). Brandon Smith came in at 12:29 and already has two PFs. Muhammad returned for UCLA, even with two PFs.
15:18 1st H: Most of the Cal football team is sitting under the basket to the right of the UCLA bench. Some beefy fans.
15:56 1st H: Cal leads 8-3 as UCLA calls timeout. Bears moving the ball well. Back to man-to-man on defense. UCLA shooting 1 for 6 and super-freshman Shabazz Muhammad already on the bench with two PFs. Kravish a pair of baskets for the Bears.
LINEUPS: UCLA will start Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson, Travis Wear, Jordan Adams and Larry Drew II. Cal goes with Richard Solomon, David Kravish, Tyrone Wallace, Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs. Here we go …
WELCOME: Here at Haas Pavilion (barely) for Cal’s game against UCLA. Traffic!!!!!