Cal Falls to No. 19 Arizona, 68-58
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/31/2002

Feb 1, 2002

Box Score

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Jason Gardner scored all but two of his 17 points in the second half and No. 19 Arizona broke California's 12-game home winning streak with a 68-58 victory Thursday night.

In Arizona coach Lute Olson's 600th game, the Wildcats (14-6, 7-3 Pac-10 Conference) went on a 12-0 run midway through the second half to break a 49-49 tie.

Rick Anderson had 16 points and 13 rebounds while Luke Walton added 13 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for Arizona, which had lost two straight.

Joe Shipp had 12 points, Ryan Forehan-Kelly 11 and Brian Wethers and Amit Tamir 10 each for the Bears (14-5, 5-4), who lost a second straight game for the first time this season.

Gardner scored 11 of his team's 13 points as the Wildcats turned a 38-33 deficit into a 46-42 lead with 13:00 remaining. The 5-foot-10 junior hit a 3-pointer, two driving layups and four free throws in the run.

After Cal tied it 49-49 on a jumper by Forehan-Kelly, Arizona rattled off the 12 straight points as part of a 16-3 run. Tamir's 3-pointer was Cal's only field goal in a span of 8:39.

Cal fell behind 18-7 and made just three of its first 15 shots, before going on a 22-5 run keyed by Wethers and Tamir, both reserves, to go up 29-23.

Wethers, who is the team's second leading scorer despite starting just five games, had a spectacular dunk, a basket on a nifty spin and another on a fast break, while Tamir drilled two long jumpers and converted a putback in the run.

The Bears did most of their damage without Soloman Hughes and Jamal Sampson as both 6-11 players sat out early with fouls.

Cal was 13-of-33 from the field in the first half but led 31-29 thanks to its conference-best defense, which forced 11 turnovers. Walton and Anderson kept Arizona close with a combined 15 points and 15 rebounds but they also combined for seven turnovers.

The Wildcats handed Cal its last home loss, 78-76 on March 10, 2001, when Gardner drilled a 3-pointer in the final seconds.

The Bears came in allowing just 62.7 points per game on 39.3 percent shooting.

California Head Coach Ben Braun:

"We thought we had things going pretty good for us at the end of the first half, but they came out and knocked some shots down and our players started rushing themselves."

"The telling sigh fur us was letting Arizona play four guys almost the whole game. We really let them off the hook letting them do that."

"Jamal Sampson was ill. He just wanted to give us something and I admire his courage to get out and try but unfortunately he just wasn't able to go. That's part of the game. He was very under the weather."

On Arizona State:
"They've always been a tough team and they're a team that's improving every time out. We've got to bounce back and face a tough team Saturday."

Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson:

"Anytime you go to a place where they're 12-0, you know that you have to do a good job defensively and we definitely did that tonight."

"Ricky (Anderson) and Luke (Walton) stepped up big time tonight. Ricky came out of his funk tonight and looked more active in his offense."

"If we had hit more free throws, this game would've been over a lot earlier."

On the defense:
"We told the guys not to give up the easy three's tonight against the Cal offense. A couple of times they got us in a mismatch situation but overall, defensively, we did a good job of not letting them do what they've done to other teams."

On Channing Frye:
"Channing's quickness was a big factor in getting Cal's big guys in foul trouble. He has good quickness and was more active on the defensive end. Unfortunately he got into some foul trouble but that just gave us a chance to play a three guard set at times."

"This was a great way to start this road trip."