Nic Wise gave the Cats the spark. He rebounded from a nasty collision that kept him out the end of the first half and the first part of the second half. He hit two big threes and was nails from the foul line in the final minutes.
Wise scored 15 points and had a team-high seven rebounds. Bayless and Budinger played very well. They scored 24 and 23 respectively, rebounding from an 8-30 shooting night in Palo Alto.
Budinger, who added six steals, had a great first half and then disapeared for much of the second half, but like Wise was really big in the final moments.
Ryan Anderson scored 30 points and had seven rebounds for the Beats. Anderson showed why he is among the best players in the conference, scoring inside and out.
"I was in the NBA," said Kevin O'Neill. "Anderson is going to be in the NBA some day. He is very good."
As good as Anderson was, second leading scorer Patrick Christopher was not. The sophomore wing was held to just four points on 2-7 shooting.
Arizona went on a 12-4 run late in the game to take the lead and held on despite Cal scoring five points in the final 10 seconds. Cal cut it to three, but could not steal the ball back, despite a close play on the ensuing inbounds.