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Monday, February 8, 2010
Revisiting California


Here are a few notes from UCLA's 72-58 loss to California on Saturday afternoon:

-- After holding a 14-point lead 10 minutes in, it sure looked like UCLA would extend its winning streak over Cal to seven games. But the Bruins missed their final six shots of the first half -- a dry spell that accounted for just four points in the last eight minutes. Cal, meanwhile, scored 22.

-- Freshman Reeves Nelson suffered a concussion early in the game, but stayed in by lying to team trainers. He only played 20 minutes and scored six points on 2-of-5 shooting. It was his lowest scoring output since Dec. 12 at the John R. Wooden Classic, when Mississippi State All-America candidate Jarvis Varnado limited him to just five points.

-- Cal's Patrick Christopher and Theo Robertson became the first pair of teammates to score at least 20 points against UCLA in the same game this season. Christopher and Robertson scored 20 each on identical 8-for-13 from the field. Christopher, a native of nearby Compton, scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half.

"When they put the ball on the floor, they really hurt us with their dribble penetration," Coach Ben Howland said.