FINAL SCORE: Cal 76, WSU 67. Cal ends its six-game losing streak with a much-needed win. Wallace had 26 points — his best game in weeks — and Mathews came alive when the Bears needed him most, scoring nine of their final 12 points. Chauca had a career-high 10 points to go with three assists and three rebounds off the bench. Bird show signs of coming alive with 12 points and eight rebounds. Cal (12-9, 2-6) won despite the fact that through 36 minutes it got just four points combined from Kravish and Mathews. After just four Cal players scored in Saturday’s loss to Arizona, nine different Bears got in the scorebook. And all nine scored in the second half.
For a team that hasn’t had success lately, the Bears showed some toughness, losing all of a 12-point, second-half lead, then outscoring the Cougars (9-11, 3-5) by a 12-2 margin over the final 3 1/2 minutes. WSU did not make a field goal after 5:47 was left to play.
Cal won the rebounding battle 40-32 and had just four turnovers after the first 11 minutes of the game. The Bears had a 32-20 scoring edge in the paint, thanks mostly to aggressive drives by Wallace and Mathews. The Bears shot 50 percent and held the Cougars to 33 percent, including 26.7 percent in the second half.
Coupled with USC’s triple-overtime loss to Colorado, the Bears climb out of last place in the Pac-12 standings.
Next: Sunday at Washington, noon. A Super Bowl pre-game show.
0:25.2 2nd H: Cal 75, WSU 67. Kingsley Okoroh just hit two free throws — he was 4 for 10 for the season — and Cal will win. Mathews has nine points in the final 3:13.
1:34 2nd H: Cal 70, WSU 67. Mathews, scoreless through nearly 37 minutes, has scored Cal’s last six points, including a 3-point play, giving the Bears their three-point margin.