OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- Pete Newell would be proud of Kansas' performance in his own tournament.
Wayne Simien scored 17 points and Nick Collison added 16 as 19th-ranked Kansas handed California its first loss in the Pete Newell Challenge, 80-67.
The Jayhawks (7-3) proved to be too much for the Golden Bears (6-2), who had been 4-0 in this event named after their Hall of Fame Coach and were facing their first ranked opponent of the season.
"Kansas played a fabulous game, especially in the first half," California coach Ben Braun said. "Give them credit. Kansas is a great team. They made runs in transition, their big guys came loose and the got a lot of points inside."
Kansas took a 42-24 lead into the locker room as it dominated play inside. Newell, who led California to four straight conference titles from 1957-60 and the 1959 national championship, is known for his camps that have helped numerous big men improve their game.
But it was the Jayhawks' duo of 6-9 forwards that were in control. Collison scored five straight points that pushed a 27-16 lead to 32-18 with 6:05 remaining in the first half and the Jayhawks had consecutive dunks midway through the second half that sparked a 16-5 spurt and increased Kansas' lead to 71-52 with 7:05 remaining.
Simien also grabbed 11 rebounds and Collison had 10 helping the Jayhawks to a 29-27 advantage on the glass. Most of Kansas' points were in transition as it forced 17 turnovers and shot 63 percent (31-of-49).
"I feel very fortunate," Jayhawks coach Roy Williams said. "At times we were really, really good. We had a tough stretch in the second half, but we held our focus. Cal started making threes and we either turned the ball over or didn't make the shot. After the timeout, we came out and Wayne made the dunk."
The Jayhawks outscored the Bears 21-7 over the first 4:02 of the second half and opened a 53-31 lead following Aaron Miles' jumper. Kansas had three steals and Simien had four points in the spurt before Miles capped it with a layup and a jumper.
After Miles' jumper, the Bears countered with a 16-2 run that made cut their deficit to 55-47 with 12:58 remaining. Brian Weathers scored eight of his 11 points during the burst and Amit Tamir drilled three of his four 3-pointers.
"In the second half we made some great runs, but they are a team that will get a lot of people down," Braun said. "At points we showed what type of team we can really be."
But Simien answered on the other end with a dunk to start to the decisive run and Kansas never led by less than double digits thereafter.
The Bears got within 63-50 at 8:54 following a 3-pointer by freshman Richard Midgley. However, Kirk Hinrich hit a 3-pointer and a jumper opening up a 19-point bulge with 6:57 to play.
The Jayhawks, who have four starters scoring in double figures, placed all five in double figures. Hinrich scored 14, Keith Langford added 12 and Miles had 10 and 11 assists as Kansas posted its third win over a Pac-10 Conference team.
Tamir paced the Bears with 18 points and Joe Shipp, the team's leading scorer, added 17. Cal had a three-game winning streak stopped.
Cal failed to record its first win over the Jayhawks since December 30, 1954, when Newell led it to a 65-62 victory.