Wyoming Falls To California On Road

Dec 10, 2003

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AP Sports Writer

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Freshman Marquise Kately scored a season-high 18points and sparked an impressive second-half run to lead California to itsthird straight home win, 80-55 over Wyoming on Tuesday night.

Golden Bears guard Richard Midgley didn't start after having a wisdom toothremoved Sunday, but came off the bench to score 13 points. Leon Powe added 12points and Ayinde Ubaka 10.

Mory Correa had 22 points - making 12 of 13 free throws - and seven reboundsfor Wyoming (3-3), which was held to its lowest scoring total of the seasonafter coming in averaging 77.8 points per game. Correa fouled out with 3:51left.

The Bears (3-3), who start three freshmen and a sophomore, have struggledfrom the field. They were shooting 38 percent entering the game and finished 39percent (24-for-61), including 29.4 percent in the first half.

Kately had eight points as Cal began the second half with a 21-7 spurt totake control for good against the Cowboys, who went cold from the field. AmitTamir's 3-pointer with 14:05 left made it 53-39.

It was the fifth meeting ever between the teams and the first in nearly 22years. This was the most lopsided in the series - the previous four all weredecided by five points or fewer.

Cal, playing its last game before an 11-day break for final exams, faced ateam from the Mountain West Conference for the third time this season. Andthey've all been close: The Bears beat BYU at home 47-46 and lost at UNLV59-57.

Wyoming's Jay Straight easily dribbled through Cal's full-court man pressearly, but the Bears used a 15-0 run to turn a 20-11 deficit into a 26-20 lead7:04 before halftime.

Cal began the game 4-of-15 and allowed the Cowboys to get to the free throwline eight times in the first 8? minutes. There were 15 fouls called in thefirst 10 minutes of the half, two offensive against the Bears. Wyoming had 15first-half turnovers.

Four of the top freshmen from the state of California were on the court:Wyoming's Mikel Watson of San Diego, Powe and Ubaka of Oakland and Kately ofSan Francisco.