January 14, 1999
LOS ANGELES - Baron Davis scored 19 points, dished out eight assists and picked off five steals to lead 10th-ranked UCLA to a 72-61 victory over California Thursday in Pauley Pavilion.
The Bears lost for the third time in their last four games, falling to 10-4 overall and 1-3 in the Pac-10. UCLA improved to 12-3 and 4-1.
Cal opened by scoring the game's first six points and held UCLA without a bucket for more than four minutes. But the Bruins rattled off a 10-0 run to go up 10-6 and never trailed again.
Cal suffered through a horrendous first half trying to control the basketball. The Bears, who entered the contest averaging just over 15 turnovers per game, committed 17 turnovers in the first half. During one stretch, they had seven turnovers in seven straight possessions. At the break, Cal trailed, 31-19.
In the second half, the Bears tried to cut into UCLA's lead. But every time Cal made a move, the Bruins responded with a run of their own. The Bears got within six points three times, including to 56-51 with 6:16 to go. UCLA, though, scored the next five points to move back ahead by 10.
"We were not very aggressive and that is something we have to overcome quickly," Cal head coach Ben Braun said. "We need to do a better of executing our game plan and taking the action to the opponent."
Although the Bears had just four turnovers in the second half, they finished the game with a season-high 21.
Geno Carlisle, who did not score in the first half, paced Cal with 14 points even though he was 3-for-15 from the field.
The Bears return to action Saturday when they visit USC in a 5 p.m. start. The game will be televised locally on Fox Sports Bay Area.