BERKELEY, CA- No. 4 Arizona Basketball (22-3, 11-3) was too much for Cal (3-21, 2-11), as the Cats controlled the game from the tip, winning 85-62.
Entering Thursday’s action on a six-game winning streak, No. 4 Arizona Basketball was back in action, looking to continue its winning ways as they began their Bay Area trip.
Traveling to Berkeley to take on the Golden Bears, the Wildcats were the clear favorite in this one, and it didn’t take long for Arizona to assert its dominance.
Shooting a combined 50.7 percent from the field, including 11-26 (42.3) from three, to come away with a dominant, 85-62 win.
While Arizona didn’t use as much of their deep bench in this one, it was still a combined effort here as the Wildcats had eight different players score; however, it was Arizona’s big man Azuolas Tubelis leading the way again, scoring 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds on 11-15 shooting.
Pelle Larsson and Kylan Boswell had big games off the bench, scoring 16 points and 10 points respectively, meanwhile Oumar Ballo added with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Despite Cal hanging tough for a bit of the second half, No. 4 Arizona Basketball was too much in the end, routing the Golden Bears by 23 points.
Looking to begin its Bay Area trip on a high note, Arizona returned to action with a huge matchup advantage against the lowly Cal Bears.
And from the tip, the Wildcats asserted their dominance in this one as Arizona climbed out to a 21-6 lead in the first seven-plus minutes of game action.
The Wildcats would continue to find its offensive rhythm in the first half as the Wildcats pulled ahead by as many as 19 with 4:52 to play, but unfortunately, Cal would end the half on a 12-5 run to trail 44-32 at halftime.
Looking to continue its dominant offensive play, the Wildcats and Bears would trade buckets for much of the early parts of the half as Arizona couldn’t seem to pull away.
And despite the Golden Bears’ best attempts to try and come back in this one, Arizona would shut down every Cal response, eventually closing out the second half by outscoring the Bears 29-15 over the final 15:11 to come away with the dominant 85-62 win!
With the win, the Wildcats improve to 22-3 (11-3) on the season and will resume basketball action on Saturday when they take on Stanford in Palo Alto! Tip-off against the Cardinal is set for 6:00 PM MST!