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20070302 Cats Claim Tussle With California, 70-65
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Release: 03/02/2007
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<P>BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -<A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> had 21 points and nine rebounds, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A> added 19 points and Arizona hung on for its 16th victory in 18 meetings with California, 70-65 Thursday night.</P> <P><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A> added 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Wildcats (19-9, 10-7) won their second straight despite falling out of the race for the Pac-10 title.</P> <P>Arizona, which must win Saturday at Stanford to avoid finishing with its fewest conference victories in 22 years, still has ample reason to hope for a top-four seed at next week's Pac-10 tournament and an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.</P> <P>Ayinde Ubaka scored 15 points and Omar Wilkes had 10 for the Golden Bears (14-15, 6-11), who lost their third straight despite holding the Pac-10's highest-scoring club well under its 79.6-point average.</P> <P>Ryan Anderson added 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting for the Bears, who still have hopes for an NIT berth despite a mediocre season after losing key big men DeVon Hardin and Jordan Wilkes to injuries.</P> <P>Arizona took control of a tight game with an 11-2 run late in the second half, including five straight points by Williams while the Wildcats mostly shut down Cal.</P> <P>The Bears weren't helped by coach Ben Braun, who got a technical foul with slightly more than 5 minutes left for stomping onto the court to protest a no-call. Radenovic, who also had eight rebounds, hit one free throw to put Arizona up 65-59, but neither team scored again until Anderson converted a three-point play with 1:03 left.</P> <P><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68648"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68648">Jawann McClellan</A></A> then hit one free throw for Arizona, but Ubaka hit a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to trim the Wildcats' lead to 66-65. Williams then hit two more free throws and Ubaka missed a straightaway 3-pointer, leading to two final free throws by <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A>, who went 1-for-9 from the field.</P> <P>Earlier, the teams even played through the earthquake that struck the Bay Area with 17:35 left in the second half. The Haas Pavilion crowd issued a collective ``Oooh'' as the building shook, then cheered as officials briefly delayed the game.</P> <P>The clubs traded the lead in the first half before Shakur threw in a blind layup while sprawling to the floor at the halftime buzzer, putting Arizona ahead 36-34.</P></BLOCK>
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