Cal Loses Close One to Arizona, 76-72
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Release:  01/31/2010

Jan. 31, 2010

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -Nic Wise matched a career high with 30 points, and Arizona defeated California 76-72 on Sunday to grab a share of the Pac-10 lead at the midway point.

Derrick Williams had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats (12-9, 6-3 Pac-10), who have won four straight.

Theo Robertson scored a career-high 27 points for the Golden Bears (14-7, 6-3), who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Robertson collected his ninth career 20-point outing before fouling out in the game's final seconds. He moved up to 27th on Cal's all-time scoring list with 1,116 points, passing Andy Wolfe.

Wise personally outscored Cal 7-2 in the final 52 seconds to lift the Wildcats. He broke a 69-69 tie with a bucket, then added five more points, including two free throws to ice it with 10 seconds left.

Before Wise gave the Wildcats the lead for good, he almost cost them the game when he fouled senior guard Jerome Randle on a three-point attempt with 40 seconds left when Arizona was up by two. Randle nailed all three free throws, giving the Bears a one-point lead before Wise's key basket.

Cal led by as many as seven in the first half before Arizona held a quick four-point lead late in the half. A couple of late baskets by Robertson and Randle helped Cal go into the locker room at halftime with a two-point lead. Today's game marked the second time in 15 games this season that Cal has lost after leading at halftime.

Randle and fellow senior guard Patrick Christopher put up up 15 points each. Christopher also added eight rebounds and Randle six assists.

The Bears got just five points off the bench, as Robertson, Christopher and Randle combined for 46 of the team's 61 shots in the game. One of the reasons why Cal came up short today was the fact that Christopher and Randle finished just 3-for-15 from the behind the arc. Robertson went 3-for-5.

Once again, though, Cal was consistent at the free throw line, making 20 of its 24 attempts, including Robertson going a perfect 10-for-10. This after the Bears set the school single-game record for most free throws without a miss (14-for-14) three days ago at Arizona State, finishing with a percentage of 100 percent for the second time in school history. Cal finished 34-for-38 from the charity stripe in this weekend's two games combined. Arizona was strong at the free throw line today, as well, connecting on 20 of its 23 attempts.