TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- No. 7 Arizona started poorly against
California and finished worse. It was almost unstoppable the rest
of the game.
Marcus Williams scored 21 points and Ivan Radenovic added 17 to
help the seventh-ranked Wildcats beat California 94-85 Thursday
night for its 10th straight victory.Arizona (10-1, 1-0 Pac-10) is unbeaten since losing its opener
at Virginia on Nov. 12, the school's longest win streak since 2003.
But the Wildcats weren't smiling when they walked off the court
after the reserves let Cal cut a 26-point lead to nine in the final
5 minutes. Arizona also got off to a rough start, committing seven
turnovers in the first 8 minutes to fall behind 18-13."Now, this looks like it was a close game, when in actuality we
won by 30," point guard Mustafa Shakur said. "We have to finish
the game. We did a terrible job at that."But Arizona did a good job in plenty of other areas.The Wildcats hit 60.3 percent from the floor and was threatening
the school single-game record of 71.4 percent, set in 1984, until
the subs began firing bricks. Williams made all eight of his shots
from the floor and Radenovic hit 6-of-7.Arizona also outrebounded Cal 39-30 and had 24 assists on 35
baskets, a sign that the Wildcats were moving the ball well.Williams showed no sign of the sore wrists that have bothered
him recently."I thought we played a good game," Williams said. "We were
trying to make a statement to the Pac-10 that Arizona's back."The Golden Bears are convinced."They have a lot of talent around the bucket and are real
athletic," said Cal freshman Ryan Anderson, who led the Golden
Bears (8-5, 0-1) with 16 points. "They had guys driving to the
bucket and getting easy points. We needed to stop that. Then they
have five shooters out there."The Golden Bears have lost four of six. Cal is adjusting to life
without junior center DeVon Hardin, who broke his left foot Dec. 19
and is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks. The 6-foot-11 Hardin
leads active Pac-10 players with 95 career blocks.Leading 51-33 at halftime, the Wildcats put the game away with a
23-12 run to open the second half."We had some lapses defensively, but certainly Arizona shot the
ball well, make no mistake about that," Cal coach Ben Braun said.
"It is a pick-your-poison type of affair."For Arizona, the only downside was a terrible final 5 minutes.
With a game against Stanford on Saturday afternoon, Olson wanted to
rest his regulars. He began substituting liberally midway through
the second half.But after Cal finished the game on a 23-6 run, Olson said the
reserves would be required to attend a film session at McKale
Center on Friday morning."They get to watch the horror show just by themselves and
[with] one coach and see if they can keep their stomach like we
couldn't on the bench," Olson said.