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Arizona ends 7-game losing streak with 76-51 win over Cal

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) A hot Ryan Luther and a dose of confidence was just what Arizona needed to end a long losing streak.

Luther scored eight of his 19 points during a key second-half stretch and the Wildcats rolled over California 76-51 Thursday night to end their longest losing streak in 36 years.

''I'm stepping in with confidence,'' said Luther, who made 7 of 10 shots. ''My coaches and teammates give me confidence and want me to shoot, so when I'm open I've got to shoot those.''

Mired in an ugly slump, the Wildcats (15-12, 6-8 Pac-12) were solid defensively all night and turned on the offense in the second half to end a seven-game losing streak.

Arizona's bench scored 31 points and the Wildcats made 17 of 29 shots in the second half for its first win since Jan. 19.

Luther led the second-half charge with 13 points and went 5 for 8 from the 3-point line overall.

The senior has been on a roll lately, making 16 of 33 of his 3-pointers the past three games.

The key: being told by Arizona's coaches to shoot more.

''He's unselfish to a fault. Off the court, that's awesome, but on the court his greatest weapon is his ability to shoot it on a team that doesn't shoot well,'' Wildcats coach Sean Miller said. ''When he gives up an open 3 and makes one more pass to a player that has a worse percentage than him, it's actually selfish, if you think about it. We need more players to shoot the ball like him.''

Cal (5-21, 0-14) had another ugly offensive night to lose its 15th straight game. The Bears shot 30 percent and went 6 for 26 from the 3-point arc to remain winless in the Pac-12 since last Feb. 8

Justice Sueing had 18 points for the Bears, who may be trying too hard to win.

''They're pressing a little,'' Cal coach Wyking Jones said. ''Guys want to make plays and they want to get back into the win column so bad that we're not allowing ourselves to slow down and make the right play.''

Arizona won the first meeting with Cal 87-65 in Berkley on Jan. 12.

Since then, the Wildcats have gone in tailspin, losing eight of nine to go from NCAA Tournament longshot to hoping for an NIT berth.

The Bears continued their slide after playing Arizona, losing nine straight to stretch their winless streak to 14 games.

Arizona and Cal played like two teams with a combined 21 straight losses early, clanking shots and trading turnovers.

The Wildcats got better.

The Bears didn't.

Cal had a nearly six-minute span where it missed 11 of 12 shots and went 6 for 26 in the first half, including 2 of 13 on 3-pointers.

Arizona had similar troubles at the arc, going 4 for 15. The Wildcats made up for it by making 6 of 11 inside the arc and getting 15 points from their bench to lead 30-20.

Arizona stretched the lead to 43-25 with an early 11-0 run - eight by Luther - and used a short run later to go up 58-40.

''Luther got hot and we allowed him to get too many open shots and that was the difference in the game,'' Jones said.

BIG PICTURE

Cal could be looking at a winless run through the Pac-12 if it doesn't solve its offensive issues.

Arizona played the kind of game it needed to end a long losing streak, shutting down the Bears all night and finding its offensive flow in the second half.

MISSING WILLIAMS

Part of the reason for Arizona's losing streak has been the absence of Brandon Williams.

The freshman point guard has missed six straight games with a sore knee, leaving the Wildcats without one of its best shooters and ball handlers.

Miller said there's a slight chance Williams could be available for Sunday's game against Stanford, but next week is a more likely return.

LUTHER'S DUNK

Luther passed up an open 3-pointer in the second half and drove to the basket for a dunk.

Luther made the shot, but took a lot of ribbing from his teammates and his coach, who's Pittsburgh like he is.

''When he jumps, I never think he's going to dunk,'' Miller said. ''The ball's going to hit the front of the rim, he's going to land flat on his back. He surprises you once in a while; that's for sure.''

UP NEXT

Cal plays at Arizona State on Sunday.

Arizona hosts Stanford Sunday.

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Key Players
P. Austin
J. Coleman
30.5 Min. Per Game 30.5
9.2 Pts. Per Game 9.2
3.7 Ast. Per Game 3.7
2.1 Reb. Per Game 2.1
44.9 Field Goal % 39.6
26.7 Three Point % 37.1
72.0 Free Throw % 79.2
+ 1 Justice Sueing made 2nd of 2 free throws 9.0
+ 1 Justice Sueing made 1st of 2 free throws 9.0
  Personal foul on Brandon Randolph 9.0
+ 2 Alex Barcello made jump shot, assist by Ira Lee 19.0
  Defensive rebound by Ira Lee 36.0
  Justice Sueing missed 3-pt. jump shot 38.0
+ 1 Alex Barcello made free throw 45.0
  Shooting foul on Jacobi Gordon 45.0
+ 2 Alex Barcello made layup 45.0
  Defensive rebound by Alex Barcello 1:01
  Jacobi Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:03
Team Stats
Points 51 76
Field Goals 17-56 (30.4%) 27-55 (49.1%)
3-Pointers 6-26 (23.1%) 11-31 (35.5%)
Free Throws 11-16 (68.8%) 11-17 (64.7%)
Total Rebounds 31 35
Offensive 9 6
Defensive 20 28
Team 2 1
Assists 7 21
Steals 8 6
Blocks 4 2
Turnovers 12 11
Fouls 20 16
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 6 REB
19 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo California 5-21 203151
home team logo Arizona 15-12 304676
Team Stats
away team logo California 5-21 68.4 PPG 31.6 RPG 10.9 APG
home team logo Arizona 15-12 70.9 PPG 38.3 RPG 12.4 APG
Key Players
10
J. Sueing F 14.3 PPG 6.0 RPG 2.0 APG 43.2 FG%
10
R. Luther F 8.4 PPG 4.3 RPG 1.2 APG 44.0 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Sueing F 18 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
R. Luther F 19 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
30.4 FG% 49.1
23.1 3PT FG% 35.5
68.8 FT% 64.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Sueing 18 6 0 6/16 0/6 6/8 2 36 2 1 3 2 4
P. Austin 12 3 2 4/11 1/2 3/4 3 32 2 0 2 1 2
C. Vanover 6 3 0 2/8 2/7 0/0 5 20 1 3 1 2 1
D. McNeill 5 2 2 2/9 1/6 0/0 0 33 1 0 1 1 1
J. Harris-Dyson 3 4 1 1/3 0/0 1/2 2 27 1 0 1 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Sueing 18 6 0 6/16 0/6 6/8 2 36 2 1 3 2 4
P. Austin 12 3 2 4/11 1/2 3/4 3 32 2 0 2 1 2
C. Vanover 6 3 0 2/8 2/7 0/0 5 20 1 3 1 2 1
D. McNeill 5 2 2 2/9 1/6 0/0 0 33 1 0 1 1 1
J. Harris-Dyson 3 4 1 1/3 0/0 1/2 2 27 1 0 1 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Bradley 7 6 1 2/4 2/3 1/2 4 21 1 0 1 1 5
G. Anticevich 0 1 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 10 0 0 0 0 1
J. Gordon 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 7 0 0 1 1 0
A. Kelly 0 3 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 14 0 0 2 0 3
R. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Orender - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Erving - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Zhao - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Serge - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Welle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 51 29 7 17/56 6/26 11/16 20 200 8 4 12 9 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Luther 19 5 2 7/10 5/8 0/0 1 29 0 1 1 1 4
C. Jeter 13 7 0 6/8 0/0 1/2 2 25 0 1 1 2 5
B. Randolph 7 3 1 3/10 1/4 0/0 4 32 0 0 2 0 3
J. Coleman 3 6 8 1/5 1/4 0/0 1 31 2 0 5 1 5
D. Smith 3 1 4 1/7 1/6 0/0 1 23 0 0 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Luther 19 5 2 7/10 5/8 0/0 1 29 0 1 1 1 4
C. Jeter 13 7 0 6/8 0/0 1/2 2 25 0 1 1 2 5
B. Randolph 7 3 1 3/10 1/4 0/0 4 32 0 0 2 0 3
J. Coleman 3 6 8 1/5 1/4 0/0 1 31 2 0 5 1 5
D. Smith 3 1 4 1/7 1/6 0/0 1 23 0 0 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Barcello 14 2 1 3/7 1/5 7/7 3 18 1 0 0 0 2
D. Doutrive 11 6 3 3/5 2/4 3/5 1 19 2 0 0 2 4
I. Lee 6 4 2 3/3 0/0 0/3 3 21 0 0 0 0 4
J. DesJardins 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
S. Gettings - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Weyand - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Spence - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 76 34 21 27/55 11/31 11/17 16 200 6 2 11 6 28