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Cats Clip Bears, 60-55
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/22/2006
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Hassan Adams had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Arizona dominated the boards against bigger California to escape with a 60-55 victory Saturday.

Leon Powe had 23 points and 13 rebounds for Cal in the Bears' 11th consecutive loss at McKale Center. They haven't won at Arizona since 1995.

Arizona (12-6 overall, 5-3 Pac-10) outrebounded the Bears 47-30, 21-6 on the offensive boards.

Ivan Radinovic had 10 points and nine rebounds. His two free throws with 16 seconds to go put Arizona ahead 57-53. Powe's inside basket cut the lead to 57-55, then Cal had a chance to tie it after Adams made one of two free throws to make it 58-55 with 8.1 seconds to play.

But Ayinde Ubaka missed an open 3-pointer and Adams made a pair of free throws with a second remaining to seal Arizona's 14th victory over Cal in their last 15 meetings.

The Bears (10-6, 4-3), who have lost three of their last four games, were 3-of-16 on 3-pointers. Ubaka scored 13 but was 1-for-8 on 3s. Theo Robertson scored 11 before fouling out with 1:24 to play. Richard Midgley was scoreless in 39 minutes on 0-for-3 shooting and committed six of Cal's 15 turnovers.

The Wildcats swept the California schools at home after losing two players. Guard Chris Rodgers was dismissed from the team, although coach Lute Olson said there was a slight chance he could be reinstated. Jawann McClellan is out with a season-ending wrist injury.

Nine players scored for Arizona. Freshman Marcus Williams scored nine on 3-for-13 shooting but grabbed a season-best 11 boards. Arizona shot 33 percent to Cal's 43 percent in a ragged game. The Cats scored their last 10 points from the line.

Arizona built a 37-25 lead on Williams' inside basket - his first field goal in eight tries - with 15:44 to play.

But Cal came back. Robertson sank a 3-pointer, then Powe converted a three-point play to cut the lead to 39-35 12:10 from the finish. Cal kept it close, cutting the lead to 51-49 on Powe's inside basket with 2:15 left.

The Bears missed three open 3-pointers while Arizona took a 54-51 lead after Williams made both in a one-and-one situation with 1:24 to go.

Omar Wilkes stole Mustafa Shakur's pass for a breakaway stuff to cut it to 54-51 with 30 seconds to play.

Arizona led for good after a 13-2 surge put the 'Cats up 26-15 lead on Adams' 16-footer with 3:33 left in the half.

J.T. Prince started the run with the first of his two first-half 3-pointers. Freshman Fendi Onobun, removed from his redshirt season on Thursday to bolster the depleted Wildcats' roster, scored six in the first half on 3-of-4 shooting. Arizona led 29-22 at the break.

 

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