Akron 75

(2-1, 0-1 away)

California 89

(5-1, 5-0 home)

    10:30 PM ET, December 3, 2005

    Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, California

    1 2 T
    AKR 36 3975
    CAL 45 4489

    Top Performers

    Akron: R. Preston 18 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    California: L. Powe 26 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    California 89, Akron 75

    BERKELEY, Calif.(AP) -- Leon Powe had another impressive performance in his return from knee surgery.

    In his second game back after missing all of last season, Powe scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead California to an 89-75 victory over Akron on Saturday night.

    Powe, who missed the first four games of the season with a stress fracture in his right foot, dominated play on both ends of the court as the Golden Bears (5-1) won their fifth straight.

    "Our game plan was to go at the big guys and get them in foul trouble," Powe said. "Big guys don't like to play defense."

    Powe's 12 made free throws were four more than the Zips attempted.

    Romeo Travis, Akron's leading scorer, began the night guarding Powe, but quickly picked up three fouls and was benched for the final 15:12 of a scoreless first half.

    Akron coach Keith Dambrot was called for a technical foul arguing about the third foul.

    "I didn't swear," Dambrot said. "I didn't like our best player being called for touch fouls. Our margin of error wasn't great without Romeo."

    Travis scored his first basket 15 seconds into the second half, but picked up his fourth personal on an attempted dunk by Powe and was taken out with 17:18 to play. The Zips struggled without the 6-foot-7 junior, losing the first-half battle of the boards 17-7.

    Cal took down eight offensive rebounds alone in the first half and led the previously undefeated Zips (2-1) 45-36 at the break.

    Nick Dials, a 6-1 transfer from Ohio State, kept Akron in the game in the first half with all 15 of his points. Rob Preston led Akron with 18 points.

    Theo Robertson gave Cal a 62-49 lead with 12:50 to play on the front end of a fast break.

    Dambrot was forced to put Travis back on the floor and he responded with two quick baskets that helped cut the advantage to 64-48 with 10:20 remaining. Travis fouled out with 5 minutes remaining with six points -- 15 below his season average.

    By this time, the Zips were in a zone defense designed to keep the ball from going inside to Powe. In his first game back Wednesday, Powe matched his career high with 27 points and took down 10 rebounds in a victory over San Jose State.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 75 89
    FG Made-Attempted 29-57 (.509) 27-49 (.551)
    3P Made-Attempted 11-27 (.407) 7-18 (.389)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-8 (.750) 28-33 (.848)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 17

    2005-06 Season

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