Feb. 11, 2012
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jerime Anderson and Lazeric Jones each scored 16 points for UCLA, which dropped a 73-63 decision to California in a Pac-12 contest at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Saturday afternoon.
David Wear added 11 points for the Bruins (14-11, 7-6), who lost at home for the first time in six games against California.
Justin Cobbs scored 18 points, including 12 in the second half, and California (20-6, 10-3) withstood UCLA's late rally to win. The Golden Bears moved into sole possession of first in the Pac-12 with their 20th victory of the season.
Allen Crabbe tallied 14 points and Jorge Gutierrez 13 for the Bears, who shot 52 percent from the floor in completing their first season sweep of the Bruins since 1993-94.
"That was a disappointing loss," UCLA head coach Ben Howland said. "I thought that three that Jerime [Anderson] hit at the end of the first half would give us momentum. [Jorge] Gutierrez made some big shots. He had guys in his face and was still able to make those. He really played like a senior today."
Anderson made a three-point basket before halftime, slicing California's lead to 32-26. The Golden Bears pushed their advantage to as many as 17 points in the second half before UCLA responded.
Trailing 64-47 with 8:42 left in the second half, the Bruins used 15-2 scoring run over the next 5:27 to cut California's cushion to 66-59 at the 3:15 mark.
UCLA was never able to get its deficit under seven points in the final three minutes of the contest.
The loss to California snapped the Bruins' 12-game home winning streak in league play and a 10-game home winning streak overall.
The Bruins return to action against USC at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m.