UCLA comes from behind to beat Cal in overtime 75-67
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Chris Wilkes had 27 points and 10 rebounds, Jaylen Hands made six free throws in overtime and UCLA overcame a sloppy first half and beat California 75-67 on Wednesday night.
David Singleton added 12 points on a career-high four 3-pointers and Hands scored 12 for the Bruins (13-12, 6-6 Pac-12). UCLA had lost three straight and six of eight before rallying from nine points down to complete a season-sweep of California.
Darius McNeill scored 18 points and Justice Sueing added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Golden Bears (5-19, 0-12). Cal remains winless in conference and has dropped 13 straight.
The Bruins made only one basket in overtime but pulled away at the free throw line while outscoring the Bear 11-3 in the extra period.
Hands, who shot 2 of 10 from the floor, led the surge of free throws by making all six he attempted in overtime. Wilkes added two and Moses Brown had one. Chris Smith made UCLA’s only basket in overtime.
It’s only the second time this season that the Bruins have won after trailing at halftime.
UCLA hadn’t done much for the first 38 minutes of the game but made a trio of 3s in the final 1:46 of regulation to force overtime. The Bruins missed a chance to avoid overtime when Wilkes’ 3-pointer at the buzzer clanged off the back of the rim
UCLA got off to a terrible start and missed its first nine shots while Cal built an early lead.
Interim coach Murry Barstow was so frustrated with the Bruins that he replaced all five starters less than four minutes into the first half.
It hardly mattered.
Cal went on a late run before halftime and Grant Anticevich tipped in McNeill’s miss at the buzzer to put the Bears up 34-25. The play was reviewed and upheld.
UCLA: The Bruins have had a rough season and they didn’t look very good for much of the game. Still, picking up a conference win on the road is big no matter the circumstances. . Hill was called for a technical foul in the first minute of the second half after getting into a brief spat with McNeill. . The Bruins had more turnovers (13) than baskets (eight) in the first half.
California: Matt Bradley missed his first eight shots but scored the Bears final seven points in regulation, including a tying 3-pointer with 27.6 seconds left.
UCLA: Plays at Stanford on Saturday.
California: Hosts USC on Saturday.
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