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Basketball: Washington game thread

Click here to read my game story. And here for the boxscore.

FINAL SCORE: Cal 82, Washington 56. The Bears improve to 13-4, 4-0 in the Pac-12. It equals their best conference start since 2003, when they started 7-0.  Double-doubles by Solomon and Kravish, 12 more points from Powers and 14 points from Wallace. Cal has won five in a row. Beat UW for just the second time in their past six meetings.

11:48 2nd H: A four-point play by Powers gave Cal a 47-26 lead with 13:18 left. Powers banked in the 3-pointer as he was fouled by Andrew Andrews, then made the FT. A jumper by Cobbs makes it 49-31.

14:59 2nd H: Cal leads 39-25. Wallace with 11 points. Solomon has 8 pts, 7 rebs, Kravish has 6 pts, 9 rebs. UW now shooting 26 percent — they are red-hot.

HALFTIME SCORE: Cal 30, Washington 17. The Bears lead by 13 despite failing to score after Cobbs’ jumper with 3:42 left. Cal had four turnovers and a missed 1-and-1 free throw on its final five possessions of the half. Will it come back to bite them? Bears defended well, holding UW to 24.1 percent (7 for 29), including 0 for 6 from 3-point. Wilcox has six points at halftime. Wallace leads the Bears with nine points. Cal has a 24-13 rebounding edge.

2:45 1st H: A jumper by Cobbs and Cal leads 30-14. Pace is frenetic, but UW can’t make a shot — converting 25 percent (6 for 24) and has missed all four 3-pointers.

6:38 1st H: Cal leads 24-13. Wallace has three of Cal’s past four baskets and has nine points. Wilcox, being guards by either Cobbs or Wallace, is shooting 2 for 6. The UW senior coming off a career-high 31 pts in the win over Colorado.

8:12 1st H: UW calls timeout as Cal extends its lead to 22-11. Bears on a 11-1 run, fueled by Powers, who has a 3-pointer and a 2-point basket. Wallace has seven points, Kravish has six points, five rebounds. UW shooting 5 for 18. Bird coming in.

11:51 1st H: Cal in midst of 7-0 run, leads 9-8. Washington, which made 3 of its first 4 shots, has missed 9 of its past 10. Wallace’s 3-pointer with 13:25 gave Cal its first lead at 9-8. Powers, Christian Behrens and Sam Singer in the game, giving starters a little breather.

14:59 1st H: Not a great start for the Bears in their homecoming. They are shooting 1 for 7 with two turnovers and have two points after eight possessions. UW leads 8-2. Jeff Powers going in for Mathews, who is 0 for 2 with a turnover. Cobbs going to the FT line to shoot two.

THIS SCORE JUST IN: From The Farm, Stanford leads WSU 40-29 at the half.

LINEUPS: Apparently, Jabari Bird is healthy — he is listed as a starter. Update: Now the Cal stat website has Jordan Mathews starting, not Bird. He joins Justin Cobbs, Tyrone Wallace, David Kravish and Richard Solomon. Washington will go with Perris Blackwell, Mike Anderson, Andrew Andrews, C.J. Wilcox and Nigel Williams-Goss.

WELCOME: I’m back at Haas Pavilion for the first time in 2014 to watch the second-place Bears (12-4, 3-0) take on Washington (11-6, 3-1).

Will be back with starting lineups.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    Is the game on now? What channel?

  • Juancho

    Looks like it’s on ESPNU at 8. I do not get this channel.

  • 707 Bear

    Juancho

    Roxy on KGO…AM 810.

    Speaking of KGO, what’s the over/under on how many more years Joe Starkey will call games?

  • Will

    Not even close. This team is legit. Jeff Powers is a beast.

  • Calfan1

    JF: “UW now shooting 26 percent — they are red-hot.”

    Oh snap!!!!!

  • 707 Bear

    International man of mystery. Powers: You can’t stop him, you can only contain him.

    See ya at the Haas beer garden on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

    Go Bears

  • Mitch

    Who’s the Asian gal behind the Cal bench?

  • ondal

    Yes, she was really showing me something today. Must know.

  • 707 Bear

    Oh behave.

  • Eric

    Do we start to believe?

  • Juancho

    Jeff can you notify the authorities. A BOVINE HAS GONE MISSING.

  • Steve Fischer

    (SteveNTexas) Everything is clicking and soon we will lbe at full strength. CBS has predicted Arizona’s first loss will come at Cal. If we go undefeated and beat AZ will should have our highest ranking in years.

  • Eric

    While it is nice to be able to directly reply, I think you are going to see a significant drop-off in participation on this blog because of the new format.

  • covinared

    With powers Behrens and singer now in the mix, this team suddenly has depth. I’ve seen all Pac 12 games on tv, and we look like the best Cal team in a while. Kreklow probably now is at best a super sub.

  • Chris

    Watching the Cal b-ball team do well due to good players and very good coaching is the polar opposite of the high salaried program, players jumping ship, poorly coached implosion that is known as Cal football. 6-0 in conference seems highly probable before the game @UCLA.
    Well done Monty and the 10 Cal guys in the rotation now. Enjoyable rout I watched on ESPNU.

  • Eric

    What is the point of this post? Why do you think it is necessary to comment on Cal football when this article concerns basketball and there is already a football related article where you have raised the same exact point? Should we expect for you say “Dykes and Buh are horrible in every possible way” in response to the sand volleyball article?
    Moreover, during the first of the Oregon State game, when “Morencsarecoming” stated Cal was going to embarrass the Pac-12 by “choking,” why didn’t you defend the “good players and very good coaching” then in response?

  • Chris

    Fair enough – I’ll focus my comments on Cal b-ball articles to the b-ball team itself. The criticism of the football team coaches is warranted and deserved but should remain on the football articles. When the next guy transfers (and more are coming) – let’s the criticism start up again:-) My bad though..Again, well done Monty and the super teamwork and cohesion shown by this exciting team. Go Bears!

  • Dan

    Went to game the other night- had to watch with one eye in first half as I was watching the 2nd half of the Aztecs-Fresneck State on the dreaded ESPN3 on my phone- I received proper ribbing from from friends for that move.

    Bears looked terrific, athletic, long, fast, decisive. Was struck by how small Huskies were, smallest P10/12 in memory, and they had a terribly off night, and had so many shots go in and out and barely miss. Just an off night for them, though the Bears definitely has something to do with it.

    This needs definitely needs a consistent effort EVERY night, needs health, Kreklow back, Bird (who looked off his game and frustrated) back where he was and improving from there, and there is real hope and optimism here. Not sure if this team is better than the Randle team, but it is potentially the one best built for an NCAA run.

    Also, while then P12 is much improved, there are still a lot of bad to mediocre teams to hopefully fatten up on, and even the so called better teams, save Arizona, really arent that great and the road venues are not that intimidating or daunting. The Dinwiddie injury completely changes Colorado who was the 2nd best team in the conference. That spot is now wide open … Hopefully the Bears seize that opportunity.

    Lots of season to be played, but would be fun to see how it all unfolds.