The No. 3 Arizona Wildcats were undefeated the last time they played the Cal Golden Bears, until Cal upset the then-No. 1 team in American at Haas Pavilion on Feb. 1.
The rematch was no match at all as the Wildcats pulled away with a 12-2 run in the first half en route to an 87-59 drubbing of the Golden Bears at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz., Wednesday night.
The Golden Bears (18-10, 9-6 Pac-12 Conference) closed to within 29-23 with 6:40 to go in the first half before Arizona (26-2, 13-2) kicked it into overdrive.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored four points during a decisive 12-2 run that gave the Wildcats a 41-25 lead with 3:02 remaining in the half. They led 44-29 at intermission.
Arizona got the lead to 20, 53-33, with 16:04 to go in the game before the Golden Bears made their last stand, an 11-0 run that got the game back to a nine-point margin with 13:11 left. Arizona put the game away with a 10-0 burst that pushed the last back to 23 points and Cal got no closer than 22 the rest of the way.
Nick Johnson scored 22 points for the Wildcats, Kaleb Tarczewski added 16 and Aaron Gordon and T.J. McConnell each scored 13. McConnell added six assists and three steals and Hollis-Jefferson contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
Cal was 24-for-55 (43.6 percent) overall, 4-for-16 (25 percent) from long range and 7-for-15 (46.7 percent) from the free throw line. Arizona was 32-for-63 (50.8 percent), 6-for-16 (37.5 percent) and 17-for-22 (77.3 percent).
The Wildcats demolished the Golden Bears on the glass 42-25 and committed only nine turnovers, while Cal gave the ball away 14 times.
The Golden Bears play their final regular-season road game on Saturday when they visit Arizona State at 3 p.m. Pacific.