Dec. 20, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Ryan Anderson had 27 points and nine rebounds and California remained unbeaten at home with a 74-57 win over Delaware State on Thursday night, giving the Bears their best start in six years.
Patrick Christopher added 17 points for California, which shot 69.6 percent in the first half and led by as many as 19.
The Bears, playing for the first time in 11 days, missed only five shots in the first 17 minutes of the game and dominated the Hornets inside, using a 32-12 advantage in the paint to win in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Cal improved to 7-1, the team's best start since going 10-1 to open the 2001-02 season. The Bears are 6-0 at Haas Pavilion and have won 19 of their last 20 games against non-conference opponents.
Roy Bright scored 25 points for Delaware State (3-7) but didn't get much help from his teammates.
The Hornets, who are in the midst of a 10-game road trip, were outrebounded 31-19 and attempted only seven free throws while losing their third straight. In the three games, they've been outscored 234-149.
Cal hadn't played since an 82-75 loss to Kansas State on Dec. 9, its lone defeat this season. But if the Bears were rusty, it didn't show.
After Anderson missed a short jumper to open the game, Cal made 15 of its next 21 shots and took control. Anderson, a 6-foot-10-inch sophomore forward who leads all Pac-10 players in scoring, had 20 points in the first half when the Bears took a 45-33 lead.
Anderson finished 10 of 13 from the floor, including a pair of 3's.
The Bears made only three baskets over the final 7:30 of the first half but went 8-for-10 from the free throw line down the stretch to take a 12-point lead into halftime.
After Anderson scored on a putback and Nikola Knezevic made a free throw to open the second half, Delaware State made its best run of the night and scored eight straight points to pull within 48-40. But that was close as the Hornets got while Cal went on to open a 66-47 lead on Jordan Wilkes' jumper with 5:40 remaining.
Delaware State has dropped seven of eight since a 2-0 start. The Hornets have been struggling to capitalize on their success from 2006, when they went 21-14 and captured the first postseason win in school history by beating Northern Arizona in the first round of the NIT.