Bears Fall to Bruins in Pac-12 Opener

January 3, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; California Golden Bears guard Allen Crabbe (23) controls the ball against the defense of UCLA Bruins guard Jordan Adams (3) during the second half at Pauley Pavilion.. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Despite 21 points from Allen Crabbe, the Cal Bears were unable to overcome a halftime deficit and lost 79-65 to the UCLA Bruins on the road.

Kyle Anderson had 19 to lead the Bruins. Two other starters, Shabazz Mohammed and Travis Wear, both finished in double-digits.

The Bears got off to a hot 6-0 start, only to see UCLA come storming back to take a 38-28 at halftime.

It seemed as if the quick start had wakened a dormant volcano, as the Bruins poured it on in the second half and led by 16 early. Cal tried its best and battled back, pulling to within four with 5:30 remaining.

But the Bruins finished on an 18-8 run to end all matters. Mohammed’s three-pointer put the Bruins up by double-digits again at 68-57 with 4:10 to play.

The Bears are now 0-1 in Pac-12 play and 8-5 overall. They will face USC on Saturday.

Topics: Cal Bears, California Bears, California Golden Bears, California Golden Bears Basketball, NCAA, UCLA Bruins, UCLA Bruins Basketball

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