Cal drops first game at home, falls out of first place

Cal drops first game at home, falls out of first place
February 3, 2012, 6:16 am
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BERKELEY -- Kyle Fogg hit a go-ahead 3-pointer under pressure with 1:19 to play and finished with 23 points, Jesse Perry added a key basket with 45.2 seconds left and Arizona knocked California out of the Pac-12 lead with a wild 78-74 victory Thursday night.Harper Kamp scored a season-high 22 points for the Golden Bears (17-6, 7-3), who were handed their first home loss of the season at raucous Haas Pavilion a few days short of a year after the teams went to triple overtime in Arizona's 107-105 win.Cal's Jorge Gutierrez, who scored 18 points, had to be held back from the Arizona bench with 4:46 remaining after landing hard trying to chase down a loose ball. Gutierrez could be seen yelling at Wildcats assistant coach Joe Pasternack - a former Cal assistant - and was pushed away as Arizona players stepped in to defend their side. Both head coaches came to midcourt to speak with Gutierrez.

Several police officers ran onto the court after the final buzzer as a precaution with the crowd of 9,690 especially feisty and frustrated with the officiating crew, which made a quick exit.Arizona might have lost backup point guard Jordin Mayes for the season after re-injuring his left foot that he broke previously. An X-ray was scheduled for Friday, coach Sean Miller said.Washington is now alone atop the conference standings after rallying for a 71-69 home win against UCLA earlier Thursday.Nick Johnson added 11 points for Arizona (15-8, 6-4) in the lone meeting of the season between the rivals under the new Pac-12 schedule. The Wildcats, who led by as many as 14 in the second half, shot 54.9 percent to help overcome being outrebounded 37-27.Cal leading scorer Allen Crabbe, who was wearing a walking boot on his right foot Tuesday and sat out that day's practice, hit a 3-pointer with 7:50 left to get the Bears back within 66-60. Gutierrez followed with four straight points to make it a two-point game before Fogg hit the first of two important 3s in crunch time.Cal used a 16-3 run to take a 22-9 lead midway through the first half, a span in which Arizona's Perry missed four straight free throws. But the Wildcats then used a 13-2 burst to stay close, getting dunks from Solomon Hill and Brendon Lavender and five straight points by Fogg.After several close calls in the final minutes of the first half, the officiating crew was booed for more than a minute once the halftime buzzer sounded. Cal coach Mike Montgomery stayed on the court to argue after his players had headed for the locker room.Arizona earned a pair of two-point victories against the Bears last season, including the triple-overtime triumph last Feb. 5 that was still plenty fresh - among the Wildcats' most memorable games in recent memory and the Bears' toughest defeats.Arizona is 7-4 on the tough Bay Area road trip over the last six seasons, with a game at Stanford on Saturday.The Wildcats have won 22 of the last 27 matchups in the series with Cal overall.