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California claims share of elusive title

Sun., Feb. 28, 2010

California clinched at least a share of its first conference title in 50 years by beating Arizona State 62-46 Saturday at Berkeley, Calif.

Patrick Christopher and Jamal Boykin scored 14 points each for the Golden Bears (20-9, 12-5), who went on a 18-2 run in the second half to break open a close game and coast to the title. The long-awaited celebration was on from there, with the students rushing the confetti-filled court as the buzzer sounded.

Cal hadn’t won a conference title since winning its fourth straight in 1960 under coach Pete Newell, when it played in the Athletic Association of Western Universities.

The Bears can clinch the outright championship by winning at Stanford on Saturday or if the Sun Devils (20-9, 10-6) lose one of their final two games.

Oregon 70, UCLA 68: At Los Angeles, Tajuan Porter scored 29 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 49.6 seconds remaining, and the Ducks (14-14, 6-10) snapped a six-game losing streak at the Bruins’ Pauley Pavilion.

Porter’s seventh 3-pointer snapped a 65-all tie and came after the Bruins (13-15, 8-8), in their final home game of the season, rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit.

Arizona 71, Stanford 69: At Stanford, Calif., Lamont Jones banked in a 15-foot jumper at the buzzer and scored a career-high 16 points, lifting the Wildcats (14-14, 8-8) past the Cardinal (13-16, 7-10).

Derrick Williams led the Wildcats with 24 points, making 8 of 10 shots from the field and 7 of 11 from the line. Landry Fields, the Pac-10’s leading scorer, had 24 points for Stanford.

Oregon State 49, Southern Cal 44: At Los Angeles, Seth Tarver had 14 points to lead the Beavers (13-15, 7-10) past the Trojans (16-11, 8-7) to sweep the season series.

Roeland Schaftenaar made four free throws in the final minute to seal the win for the Beavers, who had lost two straight.

Mike Gerrity had 13 points and Dwight Lewis 11 for the Trojans during their final home game of the season.


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