(1090 The Fan) — Tyrone Wallace delivered 20 points for the Cal Bears as they sent Washington to its first conference home loss of the season, 72-59 Saturday.
Washington (14-12, 6-7) struggled from the field, finishing at just 36 percent for the game. The loss dropped the Huskies down to eighth in the Pac-12 conference standings with three weeks to the regular season remaining.
After a slow start, Cal asserted itself defensively by making a concerted effort to shut down Huskies leading-scorer C.J. Wilcox. Wilcox finished with just eight points on 4-for-12 shooting.
The Bears forced Washington to find another player to beat them and nobody for the Huskies stepped up to do it. Andrew Andrews, one game after playing just five minutes, stepped up with 21 points and eight rebounds but his efforts did little to slow down Cal.
The first half was a period of runs. Washington jumped out to a 16-6 lead with a little under 13:00 to play. The Huskies seemed settled in with a strong defensive effort that was stifling Cal’s shooters, but the Bears returned the favor, forcing a number of Washington turnovers.
In doing so, Cal erased a 12-point deficit with a 19-2 run over the final seven minutes to take a 34-29 halftime lead.
From there, the Bears just continued to pull away. It was 47-37 Cal a little more than five minutes into the second half and the Huskies were finished. Washington crept to within five points at 50-45 with 10:39 remaining after a made basket from Andrews, but Cal pulled away again with a couple of easy run-out baskets, taking its lead back out to 59-50 with 6:02 to play.
Richard Solomon finished with 18 points and seven rebounds for the Bears, while Justin Cobbs had 10 points and seven assists.
Perris Blackwell finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds inside for the Huskies.
Washington faces one final road trip with Oregon and Oregon State on the docket before closing out the regular season at home. It will have to win out for any shot at an NCAA Tournament berth.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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