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Disclaimer: I was not in Seattle for today’s Cal-Washington game.
Cal rallies from an early 12-point hole and controls the action the rest of the way for a 72-59 win at Washington. The Bears (17-8, 8-4 Pac-12) complete a season sweep of the Huskies (14-12, 6-7) and a weekend road sweep in Washington.
Cal became the first Pac-12 team to beat Washington in Seattle and improved its own conference road record to 5-2. The Bears are tied for third in the Pac-12 standings with Arizona State, one game behind UCLA, which beat Utah on Saturday afternoon.
The Bears return home to face UCLA on Wednesday, then USC on Sunday. Those two opponents accounted for Cal’s only two road losses of the conference season so far.
Tyrone Wallace had a terrific game for the Bears with 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists and aggressive defense. Richard Solomon finished with 18 points and seven rebounds, and Justin Cobbs had 10 points, seven assists and six rebounds.
Cobbs, who left the game briefly with 9:59 left after tweaking his right ankle, returned two minutes later and seems fine.
Cal outscored the Huskies 57-34 over the final 46 1/2 minutes of the game after trailing 27-15. A big key: The Bears’ ability to get easy baskets in transition.
They did that by forcing 14 turnovers, which they turned into 20 points.
The Bears held UW star C.J. Wilcox — the Pac-12′s No. 2 scorer at 19.2 ppg — to eight points, equaling his season-low. Wilcox shot 4 for 12 and missed all six of his 3-point tries.
The Huskies, led by 21 points from Andrew Andrews, shot just 36 percent for the game and were 4 for 21 from beyond the arc.
Cal, being outrebounded 21-9 at one point early in the game wound up down just 41-39 in that department.
Down 27-15 at Washington with less than 6 1/2 minutes left in the first half, the Bears used a 17-0 run to pull ahead and are up 34-29 at the break. The Bears closed the half with a 19-2 burst.
Cal shot poorly early, could not stop Washington’s offense and was shoved around under the boards. At one point, UW held a 21-9 rebounding edge, including nine offensive rebounds.
At the half, the rebounding margin was down to 22-15.
Cal has taken advantage of 10 Husky turnovers — many of them off six first-half steals – to crank up its transition game.
Tyrone Wallace, a key player in the 17-0 run, has 11 first-half points. Justin Cobbs has seven points and David Kravish and Richard Solomon each have six. UW scoring leader C.J. Wilcox has just two first-half points.
Cal, after starting 3 for 12, is shooting 44 percent. Washington, after starting 6 for 10, is down to 37 percent.