No. 4 Wildcats dominate Cal to open Pac-12 season

HIGHLIGHTS: No. 4 Wildcats 100, California 81

UA led by 25 after eight minutes and cruises to a 100-81 victory in Berkeley

BERKELEY (CA) — Caleb Love scored 22 points and Oumar Ballo posted his third consecutive double-double as No. 4 Arizona cruised past Cal 100-81 to open Pac-12 play on Friday night in Berkeley, Calif.

The Wildcats (10-2, 1-0 Pac-12) never trailed and delivered an early knockout punch, leading by as many as 31 points in the first half. Cal (4-8, 0-1) recovered to outscore Arizona by nine in the second half but never climbed closer than 19 points.


Arizona reached triple-digit points for the fourth time this season but for the first time in a conference game since beating Washington State 100-72 on Jan. 31, 2018.

Jaylon Tyson had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Cal, which has lost 14 consecutive games to the Wildcats, including 11 in a row by double digits. Jalen Celestine added 14 points.

Love made 7 of 10 shots, including all three of his 3-point attempts.

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Ballo had 17 points and 11 rebounds, as he and Motiejus Krivas (18 points) created problems for the Bears in the paint.

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Cal starting center Fardaws Aimaq fouled out with 12:47 to go after scoring 10 points, and backup Gus Larson picked up his fifth foul with 9:54 left.

The Wildcats shot 59.3 percent for the game, able to easily hold off the Bears, who followed up their cold-shooting first half (26.5 percent) by hitting 55.9 percent after the break.

Cal missed its first 10 3-point attempts but finished 9 of 31 from long range.

Pelle Larsson was a fourth Arizona player in double-figure points (12) and contributed seven assists.

There was never any drama about the outcome as Arizona led 10-3 at the first media timeout and 22-5 at the second media timeout. The Wildcats went on to build a 31-point lead late in the first half before Cal ended with a 3-pointer to make the score 54-26 at the break.

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–Field Level Media