Arizona 70

(19-9, 10-7 Pac-12)

California 65

(14-15, 6-11 Pac-12)

    10:30 PM ET, March 1, 2007

    Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, California

    1 2 T
    ARIZ 36 3470
    CAL 34 3165

    Top Performers

    Arizona: M. Williams 21 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    California: A. Ubaka 15 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Arizona 70, California 65

    Associated Press

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Marcus Williams had 21 points and nine rebounds, Ivan Radenovic added 19 points and Arizona hung on for its 16th victory in 18 meetings with California, 70-65 Thursday night.

    Chase Budinger added 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Wildcats (19-9, 10-7) won their second straight despite falling out of the race for the Pac-10 title.

    Arizona, which must win Saturday at Stanford to avoid finishing with its fewest conference victories in 22 years, still has ample reason to hope for a top-four seed at next week's Pac-10 tournament and an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

    Ayinde Ubaka scored 15 points and Omar Wilkes had 10 for the Golden Bears (14-15, 6-11), who lost their third straight despite holding the Pac-10's highest-scoring club well under its 79.6-point average.

    Ryan Anderson added 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting for the Bears, who still have hopes for an NIT berth despite a mediocre season after losing key big men DeVon Hardin and Jordan Wilkes to injuries.

    Arizona took control of a tight game with an 11-2 run late in the second half, including five straight points by Williams while the Wildcats mostly shut down Cal.

    The Bears weren't helped by coach Ben Braun, who got a technical foul with slightly more than 5 minutes left for stomping onto the court to protest a no-call. Radenovic, who also had eight rebounds, hit one free throw to put Arizona up 65-59, but neither team scored again until Anderson converted a three-point play with 1:03 left.

    Jawann McClellan then hit one free throw for Arizona, but Ubaka hit a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to trim the Wildcats' lead to 66-65. Williams then hit two more free throws and Ubaka missed a straightaway 3-pointer, leading to two final free throws by Mustafa Shakur, who went 1-for-9 from the field.

    Earlier, the teams even played through the earthquake that struck the Bay Area with 17:35 left in the second half. The Haas Pavilion crowd issued a collective "Oooh" as the building shook, then cheered as officials briefly delayed the game.

    The clubs traded the lead in the first half before Shakur threw in a blind layup while sprawling to the floor at the halftime buzzer, putting Arizona ahead 36-34.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 70 65
    FG Made-Attempted 23-54 (.426) 26-62 (.419)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-17 (.235) 6-21 (.286)
    FT Made-Attempted 20-26 (.769) 7-8 (.875)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 9 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 8

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