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Basketball: UCLA stuns Washington, Cal’s hopes of Pac-12 regular-season co-title still alive

UCLA knocked off Washington 75-69 at the L.A. Sports Arena, keeping alive Cal’s chances for a Pac-12 co-title.

The Bears (23-7, 13-4) can earn a share of the regular-season conference crown by beating Stanford on Sunday. The Bears and Cardinal tip off at 2:30 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.

Washington (21-9, 14-4) clinched a co-title on Thursday with a win at USC, but scored just nine points over the final 12:50 against UCLA and could not take Cal out of the equation.

A win over Stanford would not only give Cal a share of its second conference crown in three seasons, but also secure the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 tournament next week. Cal wins the tiebreaker over UW by virtue of its 69-66 win at Seattle on Jan. 19.

Lazeric Jones scored 20 points to lead the Bruins (18-13, 11-7), Travis Wear had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Tyler Lamb scored 14 points to go with six rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Combined with Colorado’s loss at Oregon State, UCLA climbed to the No. 5 seed and will play rival USC in Wednesday’s first-round Pac-12 tournament game.

C.J. Wilcox had 22 points off the bench for Washington, Terrence Ross scored 16 and Tony Wroten 14. The rest of the UW team shot 5 for 22.

Elsewhere . . .

   — Oregon State 83, Colorado 69: Ahmad Starks scored all 18 of his points in the second half — including 11 straight — and the Beavers (17-13, 7-11) clinched just their second winning season in 22 years. OSU will be seeded No. 9 and face No. 8 Washington State on Wednesday in the Pac-12 tournament. Colorado (19-11, 11-7) slipped to the No. 6 seed and will face No. 11 Utah on Wednesday.

   — Oregon 94, Utah 48: The Ducks (22-8, 13-5) leaped out to a 34-2 lead and were up 52-14 on the way to their fourth straight win. Devoe Joseph scored 21 points for Oregon, which shot 15 for 31 from the 3-point line and will be seeded No. 3 in the Pac-12 tournament. Utah (6-24, 3-15) dropped to 0-15 in games away from home.

   — Washington State 43, USC 38: The Cougars (15-15, 7-11) gained the No. 8 seed in the Pac-12 tournament with an eye-sore of a victory over the last-place Trojans (6-25, 1-17). Brock Motum scored 27 points for WSU and his teammates combined for 16 more. USC scored fewer than 50 points for the 11th time this season.

Jeff Faraudo

16 Comments

  1. Come on Bears, beat the Furd on their floor and win the title!

  2. That’s all you can ask for. A shot to win the title on the final game against your rival! Go Bears!

  3. What a perfect storm in the making.

    UCB chokes badly against CU to fall into second place.

    UW loses to pucla opening the door for Cal state to tie for first with a win against arch rival Stanford.

    Stanford beats UCB and gets the gratification of having knocked its rival out of first place.

    UW wins the conference championship and Tosh Lupoi is there to cut down the nets and takes one to his yacht as a souvenir.

    HAHAHAHA.

  4. It was no shock, many of us called it, and the SI article was definitely a bonus towards unifying that fractured club.

    Now, Bears, if you don’t come out with some fire, I will be beyond disappointed. The predictable loss at CU was bad enough, but I am sure enough Cal fans already think a win is in the bag, which translates to players thinking it, which leads to let downs.

    Get focused and take it to them!

  5. MoreNC you should check out the new app for folks not quite bright enough to get into CAL. I hear it’s very therapeutic and could help you get over your deep rooted issues. Best of luck!

  6. Wouldnt we win the entire regular season title because of the tiebreak over washington?

  7. Matt no just the seeding.

    We know what we have to do- we have to beat a team ranked not even in the top 100 on CBS RPI.
    Theres’ no chance of a letdown in intensity vs this lousy team because its a rival and the game has meaning.

    IF we win we deserve a 10 seed or better as Co Pac 12 champs. If we lose we barely deserve to go.

  8. Big development for the Bears, they got help from the baby Bears and again control their own destiny.
    The tree is not going to give us the championship, California must earn it.
    Pretty exciting, I know we have a strong group of fans making their way down to maples tomorrow to support the guys.
    Great stuff, nothing more you can ask for on the final day of the regular season.
    Opportunity awaits.
    Go Bears!!!

  9. Thank you, UCLA. For that, I’ll cheer for the Bruins in the Pac-12 tournament, unless they are playing the Bears.

  10. I’m nervous – Stanford played us tough in the first half at Haas, and they are deep ; this is far from an easy win for us. I’m thrilled we get our chance at the championship, though. Go Bears!

  11. Moren comments on this thread, but not the one where I comment on his luck with the ladies? I guess his silence tells us something about my theory LOL

  12. Poor old Amy, still bitter over that rejection letter. And I noticed there was no mention of the USC hoops program for some reason.

    C’mon Bears, do this thing.

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