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Updated: Friday, February 6, 2004 3:44 AM EST
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California 87, (12) Arizona 83

BERKELEY, California (Ticker) -- Freshman Leon Powe had 21 points and 12 rebounds as California posted an 87-83 triumph over Pac-10 Conference rival and 12th-ranked Arizona.

Powe's big game enabled California (10-9, 6-4 Pac-10) to snap a 10-game losing streak against Arizona and moved the Golden Bears into a tie for second place in the conference.

"He did a great job," California coach Ben Braun said. "If you look at the improvement he's had so far... Just in passing the ball out of double teams. He had to make some very good reads tonight. I was very happy with his effort tonight."

California had not defeated Arizona since an 89-76 home victory on February 25, 1999.

"We didn't come out here not to play hard..." Braun said. "I'm happy for all our fans. I'm happy for all of the people involved in our program."

Mustafa Shakur's layup pulled Arizona (14-5, 6-4) within 85-83 with 20 seconds remaining. But Richard Midgley hit two free throws a second later to cap the scoring. Andre Iguodala and Shakur misfired on 3-pointers in the final seconds.

Iguodala had a career-high 25 points and Channing Frye added 17 before fouling out with 4:47 remaining for the Wildcats, who have lost two of their last three.

"From an effort standpoint it was there," Braun said. "Against a team like Arizona, our team had to play that way."

Amit Tamir added 21 points and Midgley finished with 18 as the Golden Bears won for the fourth time in five games.

Powe missed the first meeting of the season between with a swollen left knee and the Wildcats took advantage, cruising to a 95-75 victory on January 8. He showed why he is one of the best freshman in the nation in the rematch as he had 12 points and eight rebounds in the first half and kept Frye in foul trouble throughout the game.


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