UCLA blows out Cal for first win at Haas Pavilion since 2010

BERKELEY, Calif. — For a moment in UCLA’s 86-66 win Wednesday night, Cal breathed in hope.

With less than four minutes left until halftime, senior point guard Justin Cobbs hit a running floater against heavy contact. He pumped his fist, and headed to the line. He hit the free throw.

What had been a double-digit Bruin lead less than three minutes ago was cut to four.

It would be Cobbs’ only field goal of the first half. He missed an 18-footer on the Bears’ next possession, and UCLA unleashed a 7-0 run in 88 seconds. The Bruins walked into the locker room with a commanding 44-32 lead, and never felt threatened again through the remaining 20 minutes.

Powered by Jordan Adams’ game-high 28 points, UCLA led by as much as 27 and never by less than nine after the break. In addition to shooting 12-of-19 from the field, the sophomore wing filed in an all-around effort with six rebounds, five assists and five steals.

Point guard Kyle Anderson, a Bob Cousy Award finalist, had 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

Freshmen Jabari Bird and Jordan Mathews combined for 27 points, and were the only Cal players with multiple field goals in the first half. Cobbs, Tyrone Wallace and Richard Solomon — the team’s three leading scorers — finished with 18 combined points on 4-of-21 shooting.

The Bruins hadn’t won at Haas Pavilion since a 76-75 overtime victory on Jan. 6, 2010, a game capped by a Michael Roll jumper with 1.9 seconds left. There was far less drama on Wednesday night, but the team left with a far more meaningful outcome.

Whereas the 2010 win came in the midst of a 14-18 season — the second worst of former coach Ben Howland’s 10-year tenure — this one kept UCLA within striking distance of the Pac-12 lead.

The Bruins almost got some help over 700 miles east. Utah put a scare into No. 4 Arizona, taking the Wildcats into overtime before falling 67-63. Sean Miller’s squad had been undefeated until a two-point loss at Cal on Feb. 1.

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  • uclawarren

    As expected, Bruinsnation’s commenters are starting to shift from hurling insults and criticism to backhanded compliments, despite having moderators who refuse to watch their games…

    • ProbationU

      Those guys are tools. Tydides could find something bad about a BJ.

      • neil kaufman

        it is a shame that the folks over at the fair and balanced bruin FOX nation let their egos keep them from enjoying a really good season from Coach Alford. At least Jack Wang allows an open discussion. Yes folks there is no urban legend.

        • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

          FOX?

      • WESTWOOD ROB

        You mean BJ’s Brewhouse and pizza near the campus, right?

        • ProbationU

          Yes, of course. And my personal preference is their fish tacos.

      • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

        Nestor disagrees.

        • neil kaufman

          too bad he wont discuss it on his web site.
          at least I cant discuss it on his web site. I guess I might hurt his feelings. By the way, are you nestor?

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            By the way, are you nestor?

            Language and logic are offended.

      • maze949

        Absolutely ZERO chance that guy ever had a chance to complain about one!

      • Idaho88

        He’s never been on the right end…

  • 92104bruinfan

    Easily the most impressive win of the season thus far IMO. Go Bruins!