Cougars End Pac-10 Losing Streak
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
BERKELEY, Calif. - Marcus Moore scored 12 of his 14 points inWashington State's impressive second half and the Cougars rallied to beatCalifornia 55-50 Sunday night and end a 22-game road losing streak in thePac-10.
Cal called a timeout with 38 seconds left to set up a possible tying play,but Dominic McGuire shot an airball on an ugly 3-point attempt with 28 secondsleft.
Amit Tamir scored 16 points for the Golden Bears (5-6, 1-1), going 4-of-6from 3-point range as Cal had its six-game winning streak against WashingtonState snapped.
Moore, a 6-foot-6 senior guard, scored seven straight points in a 9-2 run inthe second half, including a 3-pointer with 5:22 left that gave the Cougars(7-5, 1-1) a 49-48 lead. The Bears, who start three freshmen and a sophomore,then committed two straight turnovers and lacked poise down the stretch.
Moore seemed to elevate his game after an NBA scout acknowledged him with awave from press row at halftime.
Washington State's Jeff Varem, a highly touted junior college transfer whoonly became eligible late last month, scored 11 points in the first half andhad a powerful one-handed dunk seconds before halftime. The 6-6, 235-poundguard was averaging only two points in his first three games before hisbreakout effort off the bench Sunday. He finished with 15 points, five reboundsand two steals in 26 minutes.
The Cougars, who lost 73-51 at No. 5 Stanford on Friday in their Pac-10opener, played with more energy late in the game and made 10 of 12 free throwsin winning their first conference road game since beating Arizona State 58-57on Feb. 8, 2001.
They also played great defense on Cal freshman star and leading scorer LeonPowe.
Powe, who called a players-only meeting last week to address team unity,often faced double teams and was held without a field goal (0-for-5) to finishwith two points and eight rebounds.
Richard Midgley made consecutive 3-pointers during a 9-2 Cal run midwaythrough the second half to put the Bears ahead 40-35, but they hit only four oftheir first 14 shots in the half.
The game matched two of the conference's top three scoring defenses, butalso the Pac-10's worst two scoring offenses.
The Cougars began the game 7-of-12 from the field, then went cold and madeonly two of their next 11 to go into halftime tied at 29. The Bears shot anuncharacteristic 52.2 percent in the first half, but finished at 38.8 percent.
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