Nov. 28, 2007
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Ryan Anderson scored a career-high 36 points, including 10 straight during a key stretch in the second half, to keep California undefeated with a 74-68 win over Nevada on Wednesday night.
Anderson, a 6-10 sophomore from Eldorado Hills, Calif., made 14-of-23 shots from the field and added 13 rebounds for the Golden Bears (4-0), who led by as many as 14 points in the first half and never trailed.
Marcelus Kemp scored 21 of his team-high 26 points in the first half and JaVale McGee added 19 points and 9 rebounds for Nevada (2-3), which had won it's last 13 games in a row at home.
Tied early in the second half, Anderson scored three consecutive times inside, was fouled on the third and converted the free throw to put Cal ahead 51-44.
Brandon Fields' 3-pointer for Nevada made it 51-47, but Anderson converted another 3-pointer on a spinning 10-foot baseline shot and free throw for a 54-47 lead with 12 minutes left.
McGee made a 3-pointer from the top of the key to cut it to 56-52 at 9:09. But Anderson and Christopher scored inside and Anderson made a 3-point goal for a 63-54 lead at 5:44.
Nevada pulled to 63-59 on Fields' 3-pointer and McGee's slam dunk at 3:45. But when Jerome Randle missed two free throws, Anderson put the second back in to make it 65-59 at 3:07. McGee scored inside and Kemp hit from 3 to pull to 67-64 at 2:06 but Nevada could get no closer as Anderson made 3-of-4 free throws and Christopher 4-of-6 down the stretch.
Nevada trailed by 14 in the first half but outscored the Bears 16-4 the final 5:39 of the half, including a pair of 3-pointers by Kemp and a 3-pointer and breakaway layup by Fields after a block by McGee, to cut it to 40-38.