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#7 Arizona pounds Cal, stay atop Pac-12
By Bi Yu posted 1/25/15

Arizona Freshman Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Stanley JohnsonThe #7 Arizona Wildcats (18-2, 6-1 Pac-12) came to the Bay Area with a 1-2 punch.  First they won by a decision over Stanford, 89-82, down on the farm to start the trip.  Then traversed to Bear Territory and knocked-out the California Golden Bears 73-50 in front of a mixed house, where Wildcat fans made the presence known.

Freshman phenom Stanley Johnson made huge impacts in both games leading Arizona in scoring and rebounds in both as he continues to emerge as a college stud.  Tonight he finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds.  He has scored 18 or more over his last three games and is 12th leading scorer in the Pac-12 conference, averaging 15 points a game.

Tonight it was his defense that weighed down Cal’s leading scorer Tyrone Wallace, who averages 17.4 points a game and was held to 13, including only 1-of-4 from three.  It was Cal sophomore guard Jordan Mathews and senior forward David Kravish who kept Cal in the game, with 16 apiece.  

Cal (11-9, 1-6 Pac-12) got beat up on the foul line where the Wildcats got to the line 26 times compared to 4 for the Bears.  Arizona connected on 23 free throws while the Bears only got only landed one. Dusan Ristic, a 7-foot freshman center from Serbia, also applied some body-blows, contributing 12 points off the bench and shooting 5-of-6 from the field, he even nailed a three pointer.

Jabari Bird jumpshotJohnson started hot out of the gate, and put Arizona up 7 with 12:28 remaining after hitting a jumper and got fouled by Jabari Bird to get a traditional three point play.  That’s when Kravish came alive with a dunk, a jumper and a couple layups to actually give Cal a 17-15 lead with 3:57 before the break.  Then Arizona went on a 14-2 run, behind Ristic’s perimeter play and Johnson’s free-throws, to close out the half for a 29-19 lead.  

The Wildcats ran away with it in the second half, they went up 20 at the 10:26 mark and coasted the rest of the way.  Cal is now in a tailspin losing their last 6 conference games after starting the season 11-3.  

First year Cal coach Cuonzo Martin can’t seem to find someone to run their team.  Martin has looked to Wallace, Mathews and reserve sophomore Sam Singer to lead the team on the court.  Wallace has been forced to take the helm and handle the point guard duties, but this is a new role for the junior who was beside Justin Cobbs his first two seasons.  Until they figure out a more efficient offense Cal is going to be on the ropes for a while.  


 

 

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