Cats battle the Bears

The earth may have moved, but there was nothing earth shattering in an Arizona 70-65 win over Cal. It was another close call for the Wildcats, but for the second straight game the Cats made enough plays to win a tough road game.

The Wildcats went on a 11-2 run late in the second half, holding the Bears to just two points over a six minute span.

Despite the run, the Wildcats led by just six points with 1:07 to play and again, did there best to let the Bears back in. Ryan Anderson was alone under the basket for an easy lay-in, but Jawann McClellan inexplicably fould the freshman. The ensuing free throw cut the Wildcat lead in half.

McClellan made one of two foul shots and Ayinde Ubaka came right back and drained a three to cut the Wildcat lead to 66-65.

The Cats did not fold, Marcus Williams and Mustafa Shakur each made a pair of foul shots to seal the game.

For the Wildcats it was a three-headed monster. Williams scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Chase Budinger scored 18 points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.

Ivan Radenovic broke out of his slump. He scored 19 points, while nabbing eight boards.

Cal used a 10-2 run in the middle of the second half. A Budinger three gave the Wildcats a five-point lead, but the Bears scored the next six points, including two Patrick Christopher jumpers. The Cats answered with a Radenovic lay-in, but Jerome Randle hit two straight buckets and gave the Bears a three-point lead.

Arizona responded, scoring the next nine points as part of their 11-2 run. Williams scored seven ponts during the run, including a three-point play to start off the run.

The game was momentarily halted early in the second half as the Bay Area was struck by a small earthquake. The brief, 4.3 magnitude event rattled the building but cause no real damage.

The Cats have downed the Bears in 14 of their last 16 meetings. They face Stanford on Saturday with a chance to win 20 games for the 20th consecutive season.

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