Doug West scored 19 points to lead Villanova to a 65-50 win over California Sunday at Philadelphia in the first meeting between the two schools.
California turned the ball over nine times in the first half while making only 6 of 25 shots.
Villanova had eight turnovers but scored the last six points of the half to lead, 25-17.
After a three-point shot by Keith Smith early in the second half brought the Golden Bears to within three points, 29-26, the Wildcats scored 11 straight points, seven by West, and led, 40-26, with 13:28 left to play.
A layup by Smith cut Villanova's lead to 54-43 with 3:24 remaining, but Villanova (4-1) scored four straight points to seal the win.
Mark Plansky had 13 points and Tom Greis had 10 for Villanova.
Smith had 18 points, 15 in the second half for California (1-2).
Virginia 72, Connecticut 59--Guards John Johnson and Richard Morgan each scored 15 points in the first half to help the Cavaliers build a 46-20 halftime lead in a nonconference game at Hartford, Conn.