BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Leon Powe had 22 points and eight
rebounds to lead California to its sixth straight win, an 82-64
victory over San Diego State on Tuesday night.
Richard Midgley added 17 points and five assists while Ayinde
Ubaka chipped in with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists for
the Bears (6-1), who have not lost since a season-opening two-point
defeat to Eastern Michigan. It's their longest winning streak since
winning eight straight in 2003.
All six wins during the streak have come at home for California,
which plays its next four and seven of the next nine away from
Marcus Slaughter recorded his fourth double-double of the season
with 22 points and 13 rebounds for San Diego State. The Aztecs
(4-3) committed 20 turnovers in the game and shot only 38.5 percent
from the floor in the second half.
The Bears missed their first three shots of the second half but
went on a 16-6 run to take a 20-point lead that was never
challenged. California made a season-high 10 3-pointers en route to
its most lopsided victory of the season.
Playing in just his third game since recovering from knee and
foot injuries, Powe had eight points in the first half but warmed
up in the second half when the Bears blew the game open. The
sophomore forward scored on back-to-back dunks then later made his
first career 3-pointer to put the Bears up 72-48 with under 6
minutes to play.
Powe went 9-for-14 from the floor. He has scored in double
figures in each of the three games he has played this season and is
averaging 25 points and 9.3 rebounds.
The Aztecs were making their first visit to Berkeley since
1940-41. The teams played last season in San Diego with the Bears
California didn't have nearly as much trouble handling the
Aztecs this time. The Bears opened a 10-point halftime lead then
doubled that early in the second half while cruising to the easy
Midgley became the 34th player in Bears history to reach 1,000
points for his career. The senior guard made his first three
3-pointers and had 11 points in the first half.
The Aztecs fell behind early but went on a 13-2 run over a
five-minute span to take the lead. Slaughter scored eight straight
points then turned the ball over to John Sharper, who hit a
3-pointer and a nine-foot jumper to push San Diego ahead 17-14
midway through the first half.
Powe began California's comeback with six points and had a key
block during a 14-0 run. The Bears, who opened the game shooting
7-for-16 from the floor, made eight of their last 11 shots of the
half to take a 42-32 lead.
Sharper finished with 15 points for San Diego State.