FINAL SCORE: UCLA 76, Cal 64. The Bears (14-6, 5-2) go 0-for-2 on the L.A. weekend, falling into a second-place tie with the Bruins (16-4, 5-2). Jordan Mathews finished with 18 points for Cal, Justin Cobbs had 14 and Bird 12. Richard Solomon had nine points nad 14 rebounds. Kyle Anderson had 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists to lead UCLA while David Wear scored 18.
3:22 2nd H: UCLA has gone 11-2 on the Bears and rebuilt its lead to 66-55.
7:56 2nd H: Bird scored 12 points in a span of 3:56, sparking an 18-2 Cal run. UCLA now leads 55-50.
9:41 2nd H: We have a game. Imagine that. Bird has scored back-to-back fastbreak drives and Cal is within 53-47 after trailing by 19 just 5 1/2 minutes ago.
10:55 2nd H: Down 51-32 with 15:21 left, Cal responded with an 11-2 run and now trails 53-44. Fueling the burst were 3-pointers by Bird and Cobbs and a jumper by Mathews. Bird’s shot, with 12:15 left, was the Bears’ first field goal of the half after eight straight misses.
14:16 2nd H: UCLA up 51-33.Cal still without a FG in the half.
15:53 2nd H: UCLA leads 49-32 and this one is just about over. Kyle Anderson taking over the game. He already has seven points in the half, including a 3-pointer, and is going to the line for an and-1 FT after a gliding layin. In seven offensive possessions this half, the Bears are 0 for 3 from the field, 3 for 4 from the FT line with two TOs.
HALFTIME SCORE: UCLA 40, Cal 29. The Bruins were so good they even scored a point after the half ended. An earlier 2-point jumper by Adams was ruled to have been a 3-pointer, so the UCLA lead is 11 points. Cal is shooting just 34.5 percent (10 for 29) and has made 1 of 9 shots from the 3-point arc. Cal is getting outrebounded 21-13. UCLA shooting 53.6 percent (15 for 28), including 4 of 6 from deep. Mathews leads Cal with 9 points and Solomon has 8 pts and 6 rebs, but he missed an alley oop dunk try midway through the half and couldn’t get a layup in traffic to fall in the final seconds of the half. Tyrone Wallace is 0 for 5, and scoreless in the first half of both games in L.A. this week. UCLA’s David Wear, who scored just 4 points against Stanford on Thursday, has 16 already.
3:12 1st H: Cal tries to stop the bleeding. A dunk by Solomon off a lob from Cobbs, then a fastbreak layup by Mathews off a feed from Singer and it’s 33-23. Jabari Bird came in at 8:43, but left for Singer with 4:31 left. Bird still looking tentative.
5:00 1st H: Big trouble for the Bears, who trail 33-19 after a 14-2 run over the past 7 minutes. Cal has turned the ball over on its past three possessions, so its 31.8-percent shooting mark remains unchanged. UCLA moving the ball well and getting easy shots. Cal struggling to get a good look against the UCLA zone defense.
6:51 1st H: Cal got within 19-17 after a jumper by Kravish, but UCLA now leads 25-19. Cal is shooting 31.8 percent (7 for 22), including 1 for 7 from the 3-point arc. Wallace and Cobbs are a combined 1 for 9. The Bears also continue to get bludgeoned on the boards, outrebounded 17-9 so far.
11:55 1st H: UCLA is up 19-13 with Christian Behrens going to the FT line to shoot 2. Behrens and Sam Singer came into the game at 12:09 as Cal’s first subs. UCLA killing Cal (10-3) on the boards. Bears shooting 5 for 13.
15:10 1st H: UCLA leads 11-7. Bears shooting 3 for 9 to open the game. UCLA is 5 for 8, but has three turnovers — all by PG Kyle Anderson, who is being defended by Tyrone Wallace. Jordan Mathews with five points for Cal.
STARTING LINEUPS: Cal will go with Richard Solomon, David Kravish, Jordan Mathews, Tyrone Wallace and Justin Cobbs. UCLA goes with David and Travis Wear, Norman Powell, Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson.
WELCOME: My two-day hiatus is over and I’m back at Pauley Pavilion for today’s Cal-UCLA game. Just as the Bears did, I went home to split up this long road trip, trekking back to the Bay Area after watching Stanford lose to the Bruins on Thursday night.
It’s a big game for Cal and it won’t be easy.
But the Bears have a secret weapon . . . pink sneakers they will wear in honor of Coaches vs. Cancer.
I’ll be back with starting lineups.