Basketball: Bears complete weekend sweep in Washington with 72-59 comeback win at UW

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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.

First-half capsule:

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.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Rollonubears

    Watching cal blow leads and Solomon brick free throws is tired and old.

  • Rollonubears

    Is bird really a one and done? Seems like he really needs one more year, but he sure does have flashes of brilliance.

  • Takeoffthatredshirt

    Winning isn’t tired and old.

  • 707 Bear

    Washington state sweep. Nice.

    UCLA at Haas on Wednesday.

    Go Bears

  • Eric

    Absolutely needed this to bolster the resume at tournament time. I think we get in with 20 wins.

  • Gobears49

    What are the odds that Cal sells out this Wednesday against UCLA? By the way, where’s Juancho? He’s our expert on declining Cal basketball attendance, which I can’t explain. This year’s team is about as exciting as Monty’s had.

  • Rollonubears

    No. That was a great game. They tricked me. I don’t mind being tricked like that. Go Bears!

  • bigdruid

    You never know what a kid is going to do (see Sampson, Jamal, or all of the football early entries this year), but yeah, he isn’t really having a year that would raise his draft status.

  • Gobears49

    If Bird goes for the draft next year, he is getting bad advice. Mathews would be a far better pick now, based upon what he’s done compared to Bird. Let’s see if Bird can beat out Mathews next year and then we can talk about whether he should go pro.