ANCHORAGE – Forward Ryan Anderson posted an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double and point guard Ayinde Ubaka added 12 points and six assists to lift California to a 72-56 victory over Hawaii in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout semifinals at Sullivan Arena.
Cal (4-1) also got double-figure scoring from center DeVon Hardin (11 pts) and guard Omar Wilkes (10 pts) as it earned a berth in Saturday’s 9 p.m. AST championship game against Loyola Marymount.
Hawaii (3-2), which will play Pacific for third place at 6 p.m., was led by center Ahmet Gueye’s 14 points and six rebounds.
The Golden Bears controlled the action throughout, leading 37-24 at halftime and keeping the Rainbows at arm’s length throughout the second half. Hawaii cut its deficit to 56-49 on a Matt Gibson three-pointer with 8 minutes remaining, but Cal answered a minute later with a trey from Theo Robertson and a dunk by Anderson (7-15 FG, 2-6 3FG, 2-2 FT) to take control for good.
California will try to join Arizona (1987), UCLA (1990) and Washington (2004) as the only Pacific-10 Conference teams to win the 29-year-old Shootout.
The championship tips off at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.