Feb. 6, 2010
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Theo Robertson and Patrick Christopher scored 20 points each, helping California overcome UCLA's early dominance to earn a 72-58 victory Saturday and retain at least a share of first place in the Pac-10 standings.
The Golden Bears (15-8, 7-4 Pac-10) came into the game in a four-way tie for first with Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA. The Arizona schools played later Saturday.
Jerome Randle added 14 points and six assists for the senior-dominated Bears, who ended their two-game skid and split the season series with UCLA after losing by one point in overtime last month.
The Bruins (11-12, 6-5) were led by Michael Roll with 22 points, their only player in double figures. They had won six straight against Cal and came out highly motivated to lead the Pac-10 title hunt after holding off Stanford 70-59 two days earlier.
Cal's victory over UCLA was the biggest victory for the Bears at Pauley Pavilion since Cal defeated UCLA, 104-82, during the 1992-93 campaign. This is the biggest overall Cal victory over the Bruins since a 14-point win (76-62) in the 2003-04 season at Haas Pavilion. This is also the first time that the Bears have defeated the Bruins in the regular season since 2005-06 (68-61). The last time Cal beat UCLA was in the 2007 Pac-10 Tournament, 76-69.
Cal was trailing UCLA, 22-8, early in the first half before the Bears went on runs of 26-6 and 18-4 to close out the first half with a seven-point lead. They also opened the second half on a 7-2 run.
With a minute and a half remaining in the first half, Robertson nailed a three-pointer to give the Bears a two-point lead, and they would never give up that lead.
Battling a sore back, Markhuri Sanders-Frison battled hard on the boards, snagging six to tie Omondi Amoke for the team lead. Sanders-Frison also posted six points, the most points he's scored since he tallied seven points in the first meeting against UCLA earlier this season.
At the 12 minute mark in the second half, UCLA dwindled Cal's lead down to the three before the Bears stifled the brief Bruin rally. The Bears pushed their lead up to as many as 13, as they grabbed a stranglehold on the game and refused to let UCLA creep back in.
Cal had 22 points off of turnovers to UCLA's 13.