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James Akinjo leads Arizona Wildcats past Cal Golden Bears

Arizona guard James Akinjo (13) drives past California guard Joel Brown (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — James Akinjo had 13 of his 20 points in the second half on Saturday, and Arizona cruised a 71-50 win over California.

The Wildcats (13-4, 7-4 Pac-12) won their fourth of the last five games and their ninth straight over the Golden Bears (7-12, 2-10).

Jordan Brown and Azuolas Tubelis added 12 points each, and Bennedict Mathurin scored 10. Akinjo had a pair of 3-pointers and eight assists. Arizona was 6 of 13 from the arc and 27 of 52 from the field.

The Wildcats led by 17 in the first half, had a 37-22 lead at the break and built their largest lead at 65-36.

Cal, which lost its fourth in a row, made just two of its first 12 shots and missed nine straight shots during the second half.

Matt Bradley had 21 points, making 7 of 10 from the field and 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Aside from Bradley, the Golden Bears made 11 of 37 from the field (30%) and 2 of 16 from 3-point range (13%). Joel Brown added 10 points.

Arizona travels to Utah and Cal hosts Stanford on Thursday.


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