GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Arizona 96, California 71

(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN
Associated Press

BERKELEY, Calif. - Christian Koloko had 19 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks to lead No. 3 Arizona past California 96-71.

Bennedict Mathurin added 14 points and eight rebounds for Arizona (16-1, 6-0 Pac-12), while Oumar Ballo scored 14 and Kerr Krissa had 13 with four 3-pointers.

The Wildcats are off to their best start since winning 21 straight to open the 2013-14 season. This season's only loss came against then-No. 19 Tennessee on Dec. 22.

Jordan Shepherd scored 21 points for the Golden Bears (9-10, 2-6).

California coach Mark Fox was ejected in the first half after picking up two technical fouls. At one point, a clearly angry Fox walked onto the court and yelled toward a referee before an assistant walked Fox back to the bench.

The Wildcats had a 14-point lead six minutes into the game, were ahead 21 at halftime and led by 29 on the way to their 10th consecutive win over the Bears.

Cal made its best push coming out of halftime and got within 56-40 but Kriisa made a pair of 3s and Arizona scored 13 straight to pull away.

Kriisa's fourth 3-pointer put the Wildcats ahead 78-49

With a small but vocal group of Arizona fans in Haas Pavilion, the Wildcats went on runs of 17-3 and 15-3 in the first half on their way to a fifth consecutive blowout.

Mathurin provided a bulk of the early scoring against the Pac-12's top scoring defense but it was the Wildcats' big tandem of Koloko and Ballo that did the most damage. The two 7-footers combined for 20 points and eight rebounds in the first half to help Arizona go up 48-27.


Arizona
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
C. Koloko C 27 9-13 1-2 0-0 6-13 0 3 0 0 1 19
K. Kriisa G 29 4-9 1-2 4-9 0-1 3 1 0 1 2 13
B. Mathurin G 28 3-9 5-6 3-4 0-8 4 0 0 2 2 14
D. Terry G 26 1-4 4-4 1-2 1-4 2 0 1 2 2 7
P. Larsson G 21 2-5 4-5 1-2 2-3 2 0 0 1 4 9
J. Kier   31 4-10 2-2 0-4 1-6 3 1 0 1 0 10
O. Ballo   19 4-5 6-7 0-0 2-3 0 2 0 0 1 14
A. Bal   10 2-4 0-0 1-3 0-2 0 0 0 0 2 5
S. Nowell   5 2-4 0-0 1-3 0-1 0 0 1 1 0 5
J. Mains   2 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
G. Weitman   2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 31-64
(.484)
23-28
(.821)
11-27
(.407)
13-46 14 7 2 8 14 96


California
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Kelly F 27 4-8 0-0 0-0 1-8 0 0 0 0 3 8
G. Anticevich F 26 3-7 0-0 1-3 5-7 1 0 0 0 1 7
J. Shepherd G 34 7-19 5-6 2-4 1-4 4 0 1 2 3 21
J. Brown G 29 2-6 1-1 0-0 1-3 3 0 1 1 2 5
J. Celestine G 22 2-9 1-2 2-3 0-1 0 0 0 0 2 7
K. Kuany   18 2-8 4-6 1-5 1-2 1 0 2 0 3 9
S. Alajiki   15 1-4 1-2 1-1 2-6 0 0 0 0 2 4
M. Foreman   15 3-5 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 8
L. Thiemann   9 1-4 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 0 1 2
M. Roberson   5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 2 0 0 1 0 0
Totals   200 25-71
(.352)
14-19
(.737)
7-17
(.412)
15-37 11 0 4 5 17 71
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