March 7, 2007

Cal wins Pac-10 Tourney opener, 70-51

While helping Cal end a 4-game losing streak, freshman standout Ryan Anderson also made a personal statement regarding his Freshman of the Year snub by Pac-10 coaches. The conference's top freshman scorer and No. 2 rebounder exploded for 27 points and 15 rebounds, pushing Cal to a 70-51 win in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament.

Using a 34-2 first half run to completely over-power Oregon State, the eighth-seeded Golden Bears (15-16) advanced to play No. 1 seed UCLA (26-4) in Thursday's quarterfinals.

The contest with UCLA will be a rematch of last year's title game, won by the Bruins on their way to a runner-up finish in the national championship game. This will be the sixth meeting between the Bruins and Bears over the past two seasons, with the last four contests going to the Bruins.

For Cal, the story was Anderson. The 6-foot-10 newcomer from El Dorado Hills (Calif.) who appeared to be edged out for the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honor by Arizona's Chase Budinger, was sensational, stroking 6 three-pointers en route to a career-high 27 points. He dominated the low-post against the Beavers while also stretching the OSU defense from the arc.

"For me, I just need to do whatever I can and give my best effort every time," Anderson said afterwards. "I may not score that many points, but I am out there and I am going to be ready to score when the ball comes to me. And I am certainly going to play defense and rebound."

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