UCLA beats California 79-65 for 6th win in a row

UCLA beats California 79-65 for 6th win in a row
January 4, 2013, 1:27 am
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California guard Justin Cobbs, center, puts up a shot as UCLA guard Larry Drew II, left, and guard Kyle Anderson defend during the first half of their NCAA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Kyle Anderson had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and UCLA won its sixth straight, defeating California 79-65 Thursday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.

Shabazz Muhammad added 16 points and Travis Wear had 15 for the Bruins (11-3), who have won six in a row for the first time since the 2010-11 season when they had two such streaks and last made the NCAA tournament.

UCLA never trailed in the second half, when its biggest lead was 16 points. But the Golden Bears (8-5) rallied behind Allen Crabbe to close within four points with 6:33 to play.

Crabbe, the Pac-12's leading scorer, had 16 of his 21 points in the second half. Justin Cobbs added 12 points and Richard Solomon had 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Bears have lost two in a row and five of their last seven.