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FINAL SCORE: Washington 62, Cal 47. Perhaps Cal’s poorest performance of the season, certainly its worst offensive performance. Crabbe, who entered the game No. 9 in the nation at 21.4 ppg, was held to a season-low 9. Kravish led the Bears (9-6, 1-2) with 14, his season high. Cal shot 37.7 percent, was outrebounded 48-33 and allowed 20 offensive rebounds. C.J. Wilcox led the Huskies (10-5, 2-0) with 19 points.
7:57 2nd H: UW leads 52-38. There is no evidence Cal has a winning comeback in it tonight. The Bears have gotten no closer than 11 points at anytime in the second half. Richard Solomon delivered a highlight with a quick spin past UW 7-footer N’Diaye for a reverse dunk. But he stumbled returning up court and moments later Desmond Simmons dropped in a jumper for the Huskies. Just not the Bears’ night.
14:16 2nd H: A wide-open 3-pointer by Wilcox — the Pac-12’s active career 3-point leader — and a putback by N’Diaye helped give UW a 43-28 lead.
HALFTIME SCORE: UW 34, Cal 20. Fifteen offensive rebounds by the Huskies — that’s just about all you need to know. Cal shot 36.4 percent from the field and 3 for 10 from the FT line. Washington shooting just 37.5 percent, including 0 for 8 from the 3-point line, but has outscored Cal 11-0 on second-chance points.
2:13 1st H: Thurman pass to Bak Bak for a layup ends Cal scoring drought at 2:43. Bears hadn’t scored since 7:18 and hadn’t made a FG since 8:50. The basket ended UW’s 16-0 run. Huskies lead 34-20.
3:45 1st H: A layup by Aziz N’Diaye pushes UW run to 13-0 and gives Huskies a 31-18 lead. Cal is shooting 3 for 9 from the FT line and getting outrebounded 23-9. UW with 13-point lead despite shooting 0 for 8 from 3-point line. Huskies are simply more athletic, quicker and more aggressive.
5:01 st H: UW on an 11-0 run and leads 29-18. Washington the aggressor, as evidenced by 13 offensive rebounds already.
7:18 1st H: UW leads 18-17. Huskies continue to hurt Bears with offensive rebounds — 11 of them already. Neither team has led by more than three points. During timeout: Over-50 Cal fan just missed about 8 or 10 straight free throws, then tried under-handed and made five . . . to big cheers from the crowd.
11:45 1st H: Cal leads 15-14. Cobbs back at the point. Solomon in for Thurman, Jeff Powers giving Crabbe a short break. Bears getting hurt on the boards, where UW has 11-4 edge, including seven offensive rebounds. Crabbe back after timeout.
15:49 1st H: Cal leads 8-6 at first timeout. Thurman already has a pair of layups, so that switch is working out OK. Also different — freshman Tyrone Wallace running the point, allowing Justin Cobbs to play off the ball and concentrate more on being a scorer. His shooting percentage has dipped in recent weeks, so maybe Monty sees this as a way of freeing him up.
LINEUPS: Washington will start Desmond Simmons, Aziz N’Diaye, Scott Suggs, C.J. Wilcox and Abdul Gaddy. Cal goes with Robert Thurman, David Kravish, Allen Crabbe, Tyrone Wallace and Justin Cobbs.
WELCOME: The Bears (9-5, 1-1 Pac-12) take on Washington (9-5, 1-0) for the only time this season. This is Cal’s conference home opener. The game can be seen on ESPN2. For anyone who hadn’t heard, Brandon Smith (concussion) and Ricky Kreklow (foot) remain sidelined. Word from Cal is C Robert Thurman will get his first career start tonight in place of Richard Solomon. Will be back with lineups.