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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Mike Montgomery
Arizona came out of its last meeting with California a bit discombobulated, hurting from its first loss and the loss of forward Brandon Ashley for the rest of the season.
California knew Arizona would be angry after what the Bears did to the Wildcats in Berkeley.
Justin Cobbs raced down the floor past Southern California's defense and scored on a game-tying three-point play. The next time down the court, California's speedy point guard got an even more wide open look in the lane and gave his team the lead for good.
California missed early shots, committed costly turnovers and never could keep pace with UCLA.
California's Justin Cobbs points out how just a few weeks back, Arizona appeared invincible and everybody else in the Pac-12 Conference seemed to be playing for second place.
Mike Montgomery assured there were no magical words that finally awoke California from a 14-minute slumber on Saturday.
Justin Cobbs scored 22 points, 15 in the second half and seven in overtime, as California held off Washington State's 3-point barrage, 80-76 on Wednesday night.
Every time Arizona had been challenged this season, the Wildcats survived by making big plays and big shots in the closing moments of big games.
With fans rushing the floor and surrounding him in a sea of gold, California coach Mike Montgomery kept screaming and yelling at them to get back.
Richard Solomon had 12 points and nine rebounds, Tyrone Wallace added 13 points and California remained unbeaten in Pac-12 Conference play with a 76-51 win over Washington State on Saturday.
David Kravish says it's simply a matter of persistence when it comes to explaining California's unbeaten start in the Pac-12 this season.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Jordan Mathews' shooting touch was a big surprise to Oregon, which was caught off guard again when facing California.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Different season, same result.
The job market continued to show steady improvement in the latest government report released Thursday. The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell by 16,000 workers to the second lowest level in more than five years during the week that ended April 20, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Jim Calhoun witnessed basketball practices all over the country in nearly half a century of coaching _ including Bob Knight's sessions _ and said he never saw the likes of the video that emerged this week of Rutgers' Mike Rice.
"We had several opportunities late in the game to win and didn't make any of the plays," Montgomery said. "We're not playing very well, there's no question about that. We're really having a hard time scoring the ball. I don't know how we can play much better defensively. ... We're having a hard time emotionally sticking with this thing right now. All that being said, we still have a chance."
"Right toward the end of the first half we had about three breakdowns where a guy was standing and his guy moved and he didn't move, and they hit three 3s," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. "That gave them a little momentum and then we just carried it over into the second half. We lost vision time and time again of open shooters to their credit they knock down shots. ... There was a point in time they were 13 for 15 from the floor. They were shooting 83 percent."