The Cal Golden Bears lost convincingly to the UCLA Bruins 86-66 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley on Wednesday.
UCLA (21-5, 10-3 Pac-12 Conference) led from the start, when Cal’s Justin Cobbs converted a three-point play to close the deficit to 34-30 with 3:46 left in the first half. UCLA then scored seven straight points, before UCLA’s Jordan Adams‘ trey at the buzzer closed out the scoring to 44-32 at the intermission.
Cal (17-9, 8-5) was led in scoring by freshmen Jordan Mathews (16 points) and Jabari Bird (11 points). David Kravish grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the Bears, while Justin Cobbs dished out seven assists. The Bears were inconsistent from the field, as UCLA’s length bothered Cal’s shooters.
The high-scoring Bruins were led by Jordan Adams (28 points), Travis Wear (13 points) and Kyle Anderson (11 points). Anderson also led the Bruins in rebounding (nine) and assists (seven). Adams had a strong all-around game, grabbing six boards, dishing out five assists and had five steals on defense. Adams poured in five consecutive points in the second half to stretch UCLA’s lead to 71-50 with 9:54 remaining in the game, effectively putting the game out of reach.
Cal shot 43.6 percent (24-for-55) from the field, 38.9 percent (7-for-18) behind the 3-point line, and 61.1 percent (11-for-18) from the free throw line. Cal out-rebounded UCLA 34-30.
UCLA shot 56.9 percent (33-for-58) from the field, a sizzling 50 percent (8-for-16) behind the 3-point line, and 54.5 percent (12-for-22) from the free throw line.
Cal hosts USC on Saturday at Haas Pavilion. Tip off is 5 p.m. Pacific.