Arizona 70, California 65
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP)—Marcus Williams had 21 points and nine rebounds, Ivan Radenovic added 19 points and Arizona hung on for its 16th victory in 18 meetings with California, 70-65 Thursday night.
Chase Budinger 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jawann McClellan 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 Mustafa Shakur, who went 1-for-9 from the field.
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.
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.
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