UCLA vs. California Recap: Bruins Stomp Golden Bears

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 7.27.39 PMKyle Anderson scored 17 points and the UCLA Bruins (16-4, 5-2) cruised to a 76-64 victory over the California Golden Bears (14-6, 5-2) on Sunday night in Pauley Pavilion. The victory tied the Bruins with the Golden Bears for second place in the Pac-12 Conference.

David Wear was on fire in the first half scoring 16 of UCLA’s 40 points. The Bruins played excellent defense in that half, holding the Golden Bears to 29 points.

But Cal did not back down in the second half, using a 18-2 run to cut the UCLA lead to 53-50. Then the Bruins used a 13-5 run of their own to build the lead back to 66-55. Cal was forced to foul toward the end of the game and UCLA made their free throw shots to seal the win.

UCLA shot 46 percent (26-57) from the field. They held Cal to 35 percent on 20-58 shooting. The Bruins  maintained their strong rebounding in conference play as they out-rebounded the Golden Bears 39-37.

The turnover bug returned as Cal forced UCLA into 12 turnovers. The Bruins forced the Golden Bears into 11. UCLA was 5-9 from behind the arc; Cal was 4-21.

Cal’s Jordan Mathews and UCLA’s Travis Wear led all scorers with 18 points. Jordan Adams added 12 and Bryce Alford had 13 off the bench. Adams had 3 steals. David Wear had 2 blocks.

Kyle Anderson led the Bruins with 5 assists and 12 rebounds.

Justin Cobbs had 14 points. David Kravish and Richard Solomon led the Golden Bears with 3 assists. Soloman also led with 13 rebounds.

Cal will head home to host ASU and top ranked Arizona this week. The Bruins will head to Oregon on Thursday and Oregon State on Sunday. UCLA will try and capitalize on the Ducks’ recent struggles and maintain momentum against the Beavers. The Oregon game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 and tip at 6:00 PM. The Oregon State game will be televised nationally on ESPNU and tip at 11:30 AM.

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