The Cal Golden Bears battled back from a double-digit halftime deficit to get as close as three points, but the UCLA Bruins pulled away down the stretch for a 76-64 victory at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
The Golden Bears (14-6, 5-2 Pac-12 Conference) were swept on the weekend trip to L.A., their first two conference losses of the year. After falling behind 40-29 at halftime, Cal battled back to within 55-52 with seven minutes remaining. But the Bruins (16-4, 5-2) outscored the Golden Bears 21-12 the rest of the way to put the game away.
The Bears trailed 51-32 early in the second half when freshman Jabari Bird helped key a 20-4 surge that got Cal close, scoring 12 of the points during the run.
David Wear led the Bruins with 187 points, Kyle Anderson had 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, and Bryce Alford added 13 points. Jordan Adams chipped in with 12 points and three steals and Norman Powell scored 11 points.
Jordam Mathews had 18 points for the Golden Bears, Justin Cobbs added 14 and Bird had 12 in 17 minutes. Richard Solomon pulled down 14 rebounds for the Bears.
Cal was 20-for-58 (34.5 percent) overall, 4-for-21 (19 percent) from 3-point range and 20-for-27 (74.1 percent) from the foul line. UCLA was 26-for-58 (44.8 percent), 5-for-9 (55.6 percent) and 19-for-24 (79.2 percent).
The Bruins had a slight 39-38 edge on the boards and each team turned the ball over 12 times.
Cal returns home looking to right the ship against Arizona State (15-5, 4-3) on Wednesday night at 8 p.m.