Dec. 20, 2006
Berkeley, Calif. - Freshman Ryan Anderson scored 23 points to lead four players in double figures and California connected on 10-of-17 three-point attempts to defeat Furman 84-50 before 6,987 Tuesday evening at Haas Pavilion.
The Golden Bears (8-3) erased a 17-16 Paladin lead with a 42-11 spurt from the 7:45 mark of the first half until the 14:43 mark of the second half to take a 58-27 advantage. Omar Wilkes keyed the run with 12 points in the final 10 minutes of the first half to stake Cal to a 41-24 lead. After opening the second period on a 10-0 run, Cal's Patrick Christopher netted back-to-back baskets in transition to cap a 17-3 beginning to the half.
The Golden Bears began the game by racing out to a 6-0 lead. Stanley Jones converted two three-point plays, scored eight points and added a blocked shot to help the Paladins turn a six-point deficit into a one-point lead. It marks Furman's only advantage of the game.
Cal shot 66.7% (16-24) from the floor and 77.8% (7-9) from three-point range in the second half. The Golden Bears, 54.5% from the floor for the game, also forced 19 Furman turnovers and held a 30-29 edge on the glass.
Theo Robertson scored 16 points, Wilkes registered 15 and Ayinde Ubaka added 10 to join Anderson in double figures. Anderson grabbed a team-high seven rebounds while Ubaka recorded a double-double by adding 11 assists.
Jones led Furman with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field. Senior Moussa Diagne scored seven points to become the 37th player in Furman history to record 1,000 career points. George Brozos came off of the bench to lead Furman in rebounding with nine boards.
Furman shot just 36.4% (20-55) from the floor and 7-of-23 (30.4%) from beyond the arc. The Paladins converted only 3-of-5 free throw attempts while Cal scored 14 points at the line in only 16 attempts.
Furman (5-6) returns to action on December 30, when it hosts Mercer in a 4:00 p.m. contest at Timmons Arena.