LOS ANGELES -- Cal's dream-come-true rematch with UCLA on Thursday afternoon turned out to be a nightmare.
Five days after the Bruins escaped Pauley Pavilion with a controversial 81-80 victory -- one that left the Golden Bears feeling a "rage" -- UCLA quickly and emphatically extinguished Cal's plan for revenge.
The top-seeded Bruins roared into the semis of the Pac-10 Tournament with a surprisingly easy 88-66 trouncing of the Bears.
This time, there were no disputed, last-minute non-calls, no magical over-the-backboard shots. And, after barely 2 minutes of the second half, there was no drama.
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"I don't think you're going to out-emotion UCLA," Cal coach Ben Braun said. "You've got to go out and perform. We did that in the last game. I don't think they appreciated hearing two calls were the only reason they won a championship. That's not right."
If the game was further confirmation the Bruins (29-3) are a national championship threat, it left more questions for the Bears:
Does Cal (16-15), warrant consideration for either the NIT or the new College Basketball Invitational?
If not, has Braun coached his final game at Cal after 12 seasons?
Will Ryan Anderson, already one of the most productive scorer-rebounders in Cal history, return for his junior season or consider early entry into the NBA draft?
"I'm surprised," said Anderson. "We weren't as pumped up as I thought we were going to be. We're all really disappointed. We all wanted to come out strong. The crowd was really into it. It was full of that other kind of blue and gold."
PAC-10 TOURNAMENT, at Los Angeles -- Derrick Low scored 18 points, and No. 21 Washington State blew most of a 20-point lead before beating Oregon 75-70 to advance to the semifinals. ... USC advanced to the semifinals thanks to an exceptional defensive effort and a questionable call in the second half of a 59-55 win over against Arizona State. Arizona State, a NCAA Tournament bubble team, appeared to tie the game at 57 when Jeff Pendergraph slammed in a James Harden miss with 16.9 seconds left, but Pendergraph was called for going over Davon Jefferson's back.
BIG EAST TOURNAMENT, at New York -- Jessie Sapp scored 23 and No. 9 Georgetown tied a Big East tournament record with 17 3-pointers to beat Villanova (20-12) 82-63 in the second round. Georgetown plays West Virginia (78-72 winners over No. 15 Connecticut) in the semis. No. 24 Marquette (89-79 over No. 14 Notre Dame) plays Pitt (76-69 over No. 13 Louisville) in the other semi.
UTAH STATE 85, SAN JOSE STATE 65, at Las Cruces, N.M. -- Jaycee Carroll scored 24 points and freshman Tai Wesley added 15 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots as Utah State advanced to the Western Athletic Conference semis. Former Ripon High star Justin Graham had four points, three rebounds and two assists for San Jose.
NEVADA 64, FRESNO STATE 57, at Las Cruces, N.M. -- JaVale McGee had 22 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots as Nevada (21-10) advanced to the WAC semifinals. Alex Blair scored 14 points while Kevin Bell and Eddie Miller each had 11 for Fresno State (13-18), which trimmed a 31-19 halftime deficit to three points midway through the second half but couldn't close the gap.
UC IRVINE 57, PACIFIC 56, at Anaheim -- Michael Hunter scored 17 points UC Irvine in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference tournament. Pacific forward Bryan LeDuc made an off-balance shot in the lane with 16.7 seconds left, cutting Irvine's lead to 57-56. After Pacific forced a turnover, Tigers guard C.J. Morgan missed a desperation jumper in the closing seconds to preserve the win for fifth-seeded Irvine.
CAL POLY 79, PACIFIC 76, at Anaheim -- Cal Poly (13-18) made three free thows in the final minute as it overcame a 19-point deficit to beat Pacific (13-18) in the Big West Conference quarterfinals. Janae Young led Pacific with 12 points.