TUCSON — Ryan Luther scored 19 points and Arizona ended its longest losing streak in 36 years with a 76-51 victory over Cal on Thursday night.
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 losing streak at seven games.
Cal (5-21, 0-14) had another ugly offensive night to extend its school-record losing streak to 15 games. The Bears shot 30 percent and went 6-for-26 from beyond the arc to remain winless in the Pac-12 since Feb. 3 of last year.
Justice Sueing led the Bears with 18 points.
Arizona’s bench scored 31 points and the Wildcats made 17 of 29 shots in the second half for their first win since Jan. 19.
Luther led the second-half charge with 13 points. For the night, he went 5-for-8 from long range.
Arizona won the first meeting with Cal 87-65 in Berkeley on Jan. 12.
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Since then, the Wildcats have gone into a tailspin, losing eight of nine to go from an NCAA Tournament possibility to hoping for an NIT berth.
In the early going, Arizona and Cal played like two teams with a combined 21 straight losses, clanking shots and trading turnovers.
The Wildcats got better. The Bears didn’t.
Cal had a nearly six-minute span in which it missed 11 of 12 shots.
John Marshall is an Associated Press writer.
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