Ryan Anderson scored a career-high 36 points, including 10 straight during a key stretch in the second half, to keep California undefeated with a 74-68 win over Nevada on Wednesday night.
Anderson, a 6-10 sophomore from Eldorado Hills, Calif., made 14-of-23 shots from the field and added 13 rebounds for the Golden Bears (4-0), who led by as many as 14 points in the first half and never trailed.
Marcelus Kemp scored 21 of his team-high 26 points in the first half and JaVale McGee added 19 points and 9 rebounds for Nevada (2-3), which had won it's last 13 games in a row at home.
Patrick Christopher added 16 points and DeVon Hardin a game-high 16 rebounds for Cal, which out-rebounded Nevada 48-34 in its first road game of the season.
Tied early in the second half, Anderson scored three consecutive times inside, was fouled on the third and converted the free throw to put Cal ahead 51-44.
Brandon Fields' 3-pointer for Nevada made it 51-47, but Anderson converted another 3-pointer on a spinning 10-foot baseline shot and free throw for a 54-47 lead with 12 minutes left.
McGee made a 3-pointer from the top of the key to cut it to 56-52 at 9:09. But Anderson and Christopher scored inside and Anderson made a 3-point goal for a 63-54 lead at 5:44.
Nevada pulled to 63-59 on Fields' 3-pointer and McGee's slam dunk at 3:45. But when Jerome Randle missed two free throws, Anderson put the second back in to make it 65-59 at 3:07. McGee scored inside and Kemp hit from 3 to pull to 67-64 at 2:06 but Nevada could get no closer as Anderson made 3-of-4 free throws and Christopher 4-of-6 down the stretch.
Nevada trailed by 14 in the first half but outscored the Bears 16-4 the final 5:39 of the half, including a pair of 3-pointers by Kemp and a 3-pointer and breakaway layup by Fields after a block by McGee, to cut it to 40-38.
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