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Basketball: UCLA game thread

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FINAL SCORE: UCLA 86, Cal 66. The No. 23 Bruins (21-5, 10-3) used an 18-3 run to pull away and bury the Bears (17-9, 8-5). UCLA led by as many as 27 points. Adams scored 28 for UCLA. Mathews led the Bears with 16. 

13:09 2nd H: Big trouble for the Bears — UCLA leads 61-44 and seems able to score whenever it wants. Especially Adams, who has 18 points.

15:50 2nd H: A 7-2 UCLA burst, punctuated by a 3-pointer from David Wear, and it’s 55-41. Kyle Anderson has three fouls for the Bruins, but has remained in the game. Adams has 14 points for UCLA, which seems able to score from almost anywhere on the floor against the Bears. Gonna be a long climb back for Cal.

HALFTIME SCORE: UCLA 44, CAL 32. Jordan Adams hits a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left in the half and the Bruins equal their biggest lead of the half. The Bears had the margin down to four points before UCLA outscored them 10-2 over the final 3 minutes. Adams has 12 points for UCLA, Bryce Alford and Travis Wear each have seven and Anderson has four points, five rebounds and four assists. Cal, which shot just 34.5 percent in the first UCLA game, still having trouble: 39.3 percent in the half. Bird and Mathews with nine and eight points, respectively. Cobbs finally got into the act — he has five points and five assists. 

1:20 1st H: Cal got the UCLA lead down to 34-30 when Rooks scored a  layup off a pass from Cobbs and Cobbs converted a drive and free throw with 3:46. But the Bruins answered with a 7-0 run, including a pair of mid-range jumpers by Travis Wear to push the margin back to 11 points. Cobbs just made two FTs and it’s 41-32. 

3:51 1st H: UCLA’s lead is 34-27. Mathews has hit a pair of 3-pointers to keep the Bears close. He has eight points, Bird has nine.

6:24 1st H: Amid a chorus of boos from the crowd — unhappy with the officiating — the Bears have crept within 29-22. Jordan Mathews hit a 3-pointer on Cal’s most recent possession, but the big offensive lift is courtesy of fellow freshman Jabari Bird, who has nine points in the half. You’ll remember he scored 11 points in a span of 3:56 against UCLA at Pauley. The two first-year guards have 14 of Cal’s 22 points. Wallace and Cobbs scoreless.

11:11 1st H: It’s small ball time right now — each team played the past several minutes with four guards and one post player. Hasn’t helped the Bears so far. They are shooting 3 for 12 and trail 18-8. Kyle Anderson, the Bruins’ 6-9 point guard, is trying to post up whichever smaller defender is on him.

14:46 1st H: You’ve heard this one before . . . a slow start by the Bears, and UCLa leads 11-5.  Cal has scored twice on its first eight possessions, four of which ended with turnovers. Jordan Adams has seven points for the Bruins, including a 3-pointer after what appeared to all to be a moving screen. UCLA’s length on the perimeter is bothering Cal, which is shooting 2 for 6.

THE CROWD: Cal reported Tuesday that it had sold more than 11,000 tickets for tonight’s game. Not that many yet, but a good crowd. And probably still arriving.

STARTING LINEUPS: Cal makes a switch, swapping freshman Jordan Mathews for Ricky Kreklow.  is not switching its lineup, after all. The starting five remains the same: David Kravish, Richard Solomon, Tyrone Wallace, Ricky Kreklow and Justin Cobbs. UCLA will start David and Travis Wear, Kyle Anderson, Norman Powell and Jordan Adams.

WELCOME: The Bears return home tonight to face No. 23 UCLA in a battle of teams chasing Pac-12 leader Arizona.

Cal (17-8, 8-4) is tied for third with Arizona State, one game back of UCLA (20-5, 9-3), which is one game back of Arizona.

The Bears lost 76-64 to UCLA at Pauley Pavilion last month, but have won three straight against the Bruins at Haas Pavilion.

A victory by the Bears would give them home wins over Arizona and UCLA in the same season for the first time in 10 years, just the fourth time ever.

Will be back with lineups.

Jeff Faraudo