Gerald Madkins finally turned into a shooter for UCLA.
Madkins scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half Sunday as the No. 7 Bruins beat California, 98-81, to end a two-game Pacific-10 Conference losing streak.When asked how long he had been trying to get his junior guard to shoot more often, coach Jim Harrick deadpanned: "Oh, for about two years."
"I was getting tired of seeing him pump-fake and pass," Harrick said. "I'll take 3-for-8 from the 3-point line anytime. He'll do anything I tell him to do - get assists, play defense and score. I think he can score, and I want him to. I liked him going to the hole and getting eight assists."
Tracy Murray scored 22 of his 26 points in the first half and Don MacLean added 24 points as UCLA (14-3, 3-2 Pac-10) beat Cal (6-9, 2-4) for the 61st time in their last 64 meetings.
Scenic West update
Nationally ranked College of Southern Idaho trounced weekend opponents by 108 points on its home court to regain the lead in the Scenic West Athletic Conference.
The 5th-ranked Golden Eagles defeated College of Eastern Utah 101-73 Friday night, then demolished Colorado Northwestern 123-53 a day later to take a 6-1 league record.
Three teams are tied for second place: 17th-ranked Ricks College, Dixie College and North Idaho, all at 5-2.
Airton Dudzevich of North Idaho hauled down 17 rebounds to lead the Cardinals past Dixie 100-98 Saturday night in St. George, Utah. Dixie had beaten Ricks 121-104 behind Quincey Lewis' 36 points Friday night.
Utah Valley's Kevin Nixon scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Wolverines to a 79-51 victory over Salt Lake.