The Bruins led by 10 at the half but the Golden Bears never stopped threatening until late behind 21 points and seven rebounds from Allen Crabbe. But the Golden Bears shot only 39.5 percent from the field, including missing all 13 of their three-point attempts, dooming their chances at knocking off the Bruins.
UCLA was led by a balanced attack, steadied by Kyle Anderson's 19 points and 12 rebounds. Star freshman Shabazz Muhammad finished with 16 points and six rebounds as the Bruins made 23 free throws to only five for the Golden Bears.
The Golden Bears cut it to four with 6:36 remaining but the Bruins went on an 18-8 run to close out the game and escape with a hard-fought win over a resilient Bears team that's just looking to get some of the Pac-12 limelight.
The Bruins move to 11-3, 1-0 in the Pac-12 while Cal drops to 8-5, 0-1 in conference.