For most of Monday night, UC Irvine's 7-foot-6, 290-pound Mamadou Ndiaye was little more than the tallest mirage in Haas Pavilion history.
The freshman from Dakar, Senegal, played just 10 minutes because of foul trouble, and Cal had little trouble posting a 73-56 victory over the Anteaters.
Cal junior David Kravish scored 12 of his 19 points in the first 7 minutes of the second half, and the Bears (6-2) improved to 5-0 at home after losing their final two games last week at the Maui Invitational.
Freshman Jabari Bird added 14 points for the Bears, and Richard Solomon, back after missing two games with a corneal abrasion, had 13. Tyrone Wallace equaled his career high with 11 rebounds, and Kravish had 10.
Ndiaye, whose nine blocked shots keyed the Anteaters' road upset of Washington last month, picked up his second foul 31/2 minutes into the game. By the time he returned, to start the second half, the Bears had forged a 35-19 lead.
He was whistled for his fourth foul just 41/2 minutes into the second half and fouled out with 7:29 left, depriving NBA scouts and fans of watching a unique and promising player.
Ndiaye finished with four points, five rebounds and two blocks.
With A's manager and Cal alum Bob Melvin watching, the Bears met little resistance, thanks largely to Irvine's atrocious shooting.
The Anteaters (5-4) missed 10 straight shots midway through the first half, then their final eight of the period to finish the first 20 minutes at 20.6 percent.
Connecticut 65, Florida 54: Shabazz Napier hit a jumper from the free throw line as time expired to keep the 12th-ranked Huskies undefeated (8-0) with a victory over the No. 15 Gators (6-2) in Storrs, Conn. Napier finished with 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting.
Iowa State 99, Auburn 70: Dustin Hogue set career highs with 22 points and 16 rebounds, and the 17th-ranked Cyclones (6-0) pounded the Tigers (4-2) in Ames, Iowa. Melvin Ejim added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Iowa State, the Big 12's last unbeaten team.
Poll: Michigan State stayed No. 1 for a third straight week in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, receiving all but two of the first-place votes. Arizona moved from fourth to second, drawing the other No. 1 votes from the 65-member national media panel. Kentucky remained third, while Syracuse jumped from eighth to fourth.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.