LOS ANGELES (AP) - Despite a furious second-half comeback that included a 20-4 run to cut into UCLA's 18-point, California fell just short in a 76-64 setback at the Bruins Sunday evening at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif. The golden Bears moved to 14-6 overall and 5-2 in the Pac-12, while the Bruins improved to 16-4 overall and 5-2 in conference play.
Freshman Jordan Mathews led the Bears with 18 points. Senior Justin Cobbs recorded 14 and freshman Jabari Bird scored 12 (all in the second half). Senior Richard Solomon was one point shy of a double-double, scoring nine points with 14 rebounds.
For the Bruins, David Wear led with 18 points and seven rebounds, and Kyle Anderson logged 17 points and 12 boards.
David Wear scored a career-high 18 points, Kyle Anderson finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for UCLA
The Bruins led just 55-52 with seven minutes remaining, but finished the game on a 21-12 run to pull into a tie for second place in the conference standings with the Bears.
Bryce Alford scored 13 points, Jordan Adams had 12 and Normal Powell added 11 and to give the Bruins five players in double figures for the seventh time this season.
While Cal never led, they did make things interesting with a furious second half comeback attempt. Down 51-32 early in the second half, Bird led the Golden Bears on the 20-4 run to pull within three. Bird scored 12 points in the spurt, which spanned just over eight minutes.
But after Mathews' three-pointer from the left wing cut the Bruins lead to three, Anderson and Alford took over to prevent a UCLA collapse.
Anderson converted a three-point play on the ensuing possession and followed with a jumper. Alford nailed a jumper and converted a layup on the next two possessions and then found Adams under the basket to give the Bruins a double-digit lead again at 66-55 with 3:22 remaining. Cal didn't have another comeback, and UCLA coasted from there to improve to 13-1 at Pauley Pavilion this season.
Alford scored 11 of his points in the final 8 minutes, including going 5 of 6 from the free throw line.
The Bruins shot 44.8 percent (26 of 58) from the field in the contest, including 55.6 percent (5 of 9) from 3-point range.
The Golden Bears meanwhile shot just 34.5 percent from the field, including 19 percent (4 of 21) from beyond the arc.
Wear needed only 20 minutes to tie his season-high in scoring, pouring in 16 points in the first half to help stake UCLA to a 40-29 halftime lead. Eight of those points came during a 14-2 run that gave the Bruins a 14-point lead near the break.
Cal returns to Berkeley where the Bears will host Arizona State on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. (PT) at Haas Pavilion.