California holds off Wyoming 71-61

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Charlie Moore had 18 points and six assists and California beat Wyoming 71-61 on Friday night after squandering much of a 22-point second-half lead.

Moore, who scored a Cal freshman-record 38 points in his second college game, reeled off 12 consecutive points for his team during one stretch. The Bears (3-1) led 54-32 midway through the second half before Wyoming crept within five points late.

Preseason AP All-American Ivan Rabb, in his second game after missing two with a foot injury, contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds. Graduate transfer Grant Mullins scored 14 and Roger Moute a Bidias had 12 for the Bears, who won their 22nd consecutive game at Haas Pavilion.

Sophomore Justin James came off the bench to score a career-high 28 points for the Cowboys (3-2). Jason McManamen, Wyoming's scoring leader, shot just 2 for 10 and scored six points.


Wyoming: The Cowboys entered the game ranked 232nd nationally in field-goal percentage at 42.5, and promptly missed their first nine shots. Three nights after converting just 34 percent in a loss at Pacific, Wyoming wound up shooting 37 percent against Cal.

Cal: The Bears still haven't played this season with their full starting lineup available. Former McDonald's All-American Jabari Bird (back) missed his fourth straight game. He scored 14 points in the opening win over South Dakota State, but Rabb sat out that game with a toe injury.


Wyoming returns to Laramie to begin a five-game homestand on Wednesday against Denver (1-2), which plays twice more before visiting the Cowboys.

Cal faces a potential trap game Sunday at home against Southeastern Louisiana, which began its season 4-1 for the first time in six years. The Lions lost 67-59 at Colorado State on Friday but claimed a road win over Oregon State 10 years ago in their most recent matchup against a Pac-12 team.