MORE PAC-12 SCORES: Colorado goes to 5-2 with a 69-54 home win over ASU. Oregon squeezes by USC 65-62 and Arizona routs Utah 77-51. Both Ducks and Cats are 4-2. Top of standings a logjam. Stanford playing at WSU right now.
FINAL SCORE: Cal 69, UW 66. Gant misses 3-pointer with two seconds to go and Bears escape with huge victory over a team that beat them 109-77 here last season. Cal is 16-4, 6-1 in the Pac-12. Huskies are 11-7, 4-2, and lost for only the second time this season at home. Bears wound up with 17 turnovers, but outrebounded the Huskies 35-30, shot 18 for 21 at the line and held UW to 5-21 from 3-point range. Cal never trailed after 8-6, so the Husky crowd never got the chance to take over. Crabbe had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Thurman had a career-high 16 points and seven rebounds — his best game ever and more points than academically ineligible Richard Solomon has ever scored for Cal. Cobbs scored 14 and Gutierrez had nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists. UW was led by Ross with 15, N’Diaye with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Wroten with 14 points.
0:08 2nd H: UW fouls Cobbs, who makes one of two shots. Cal leads just 69-66. Bears call timeout. Ross has made two 3-pointers since 1:37 left.
0:10 2nd H: Ross hit a 3-pointer with 0:11 to go and UW is within 68-66. Huskies call timeout with 10 seconds left. Ross has 15 points.
0:33 2nd H: Two FTs by Kamp and Cal’s lead is 68-63. Cal timeout.
0:51 2nd H: Back-to-back turnovers by Cal and a jumper by ex-Salesian HS star Desmond Simmons. UW trails just 66-62. Cal calls timeout.
1:32 2nd H: Cobbs hit a huge 3-ptr to give Cal a 66-58 lead, but Ross answered with his own 3-pointer and it’s 66-61. UW calls timeout.
3:46 2nd H: Cal hanging on, leads 63-57.
6:16 2nd H: A personal foul and technical on the Huskies sent Crabbe and Kravish to the line for two FTs each. Made ’em all and Cal leads 59-51 with the ball.
7:44 2nd H: Huskies trail just 55-51 after two FTs by Wroten, who has 11 points. UW shooting 3 for 15 from 3-point. Gutierrez has three PFs. Thurman has 16 points.
11:57 2nd H: Huskies got within 47-42 on 3-pointer by Ross. But Gutierrez and Crabbe scored back-to-back and Cal leads 51-42.
13:59 2nd H: Now the Huskies mounting a charge. Back-to-back baskets by Abdul Gaddy and it’s 47-38. Gaddy shooting one after the timeout. Makes it. It’s 47-39.
14:32 2nd H: Cal’s lead is 47-34. Bears answering each time UW makes a move.
16:31 2nd H: Cal’s lead is 41-30 after a jumper by Cobbs. UW calls timeout. Bears are 11 for 13 from the FT line. UW is 5 for 10.
THESE SCORES JUST IN: All at the half — Colorado leads 31-15 over Arizona State, Arizona is up 33-28 at Utah, and Oregon leads USC 30-28 in Eugene.
HALFTIME SCORE: Cal 35, Washington 25. Thurman has 12 points at halftime, Allen Crabbe 10 and the Bears are shooting 50 percent from the field. Cal has a slight rebounding edge and turnovers are even — so two areas where UW expects to win are a wash. Abdul Gaddy made the Huskies’ first 3-pointer of the night with 1:06 left, but Thurman answered with a dunk off a pass from Justin Cobbs. UWis shooting 34.5 percent. Cal has an 8-1 edge in assists — tells you a lot about how both teams are running their offense. An impressive first 20 minutes for the Bears.
2:47 1st H: Cal leads 31-21 after another basket by Thurman, who has 10 points — and probably wasn’t even on UW’s scouting report. Cal shooting 54 percent, the Huskies 33 percent. UW is 0 for 7 from deep. Rebounding and turnovers about even. Cal’s bench outscoring UW 12-2.
7:34 1st H: Cal leads 24-14. Bears doing a good job on defense and rebounding. UW shooting 35 percent from the field and 0 for 5 from 3-point with six turnovers. Tony Wroten Jr. has not scored and Terrence Ross has two points. Bears shooting 53 percent and have a 12-10 rebounding edge. Gutierrez with four assists already.
10:04 1st H: Junior center Robert Thurman just made a jump shot — he has eight points and Cal leads 17-10. Yes, eight points.
WELCOME: Because of weather issues in Seattle, I did not make it to tonight’s game. Just got off the phone with new football receivers coach Wes Chandler — will post that interview after the basketball game.