Late Rally Not Enough for No. 10 Washington Against Cal, 71-69
Jan. 26, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Leon Powe and Ayinde Ubaka combined to make five free throws in the final 36 seconds, and California held off a late rally to snap No. 10 Washington's four-game winning streak with a 71-69 victory Thursday night.
Powe posted his fourth straight double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds. The Golden Bears used a spirited effort on both ends of the floor, including getting a big stop when Huskies leading scorer Brandon Roy missed an off-balance 10-footer with about 20 seconds left that would have tied the game.
Washington's Ryan Appleby had tied the game by hitting his fifth 3-pointer with 36 seconds to play, but the Huskies (16-3, 5-3 Pac-10) couldn't overcome 18 turnovers.
Omar Wilkes made two free throws with 1:30 left and finished with 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting despite foul trouble. Ubaka added 15 points and seven assists and Cal held the nation's top scoring team in check for much of the game and kept Roy from finding any real rhythm.
Roy finished with 23 points, nine assists and five rebounds for the Huskies, who looked nothing like the team that won by 33 points here last season. Roy twice pulled Washington within three in the final 2:06 and hit a 3 with under a second left.
The Bears (11-6, 5-3) improved to 8-1 at home thanks to heads-up play and hustle and denied Washington from winning its first three conference road games for the first time since 1998.
The Huskies also were trying to tie the 1976 Washington team that began the season 17-2 for the school's second-best 19-game start behind the Final Four-bound 1953 team that began 18-1.
Cal ended a three-game losing streak in the series and avenged an embarrassing 106-73 home defeat from last season in which Washington made a school-record 16 3-pointers on the way to its highest point total in an opposing arena.
Roy's three-point play began a 7-0 run for Washington to start the second half and pulled the Huskies within 40-39. Cal answered with an 11-0 spurt featuring seven points from Wilkes, four points by Powe and two assists from Ubaka for a 51-39 lead.
When Washington pulled within 53-47 on Justin Dentmon's baseline jumper with 9:38 remaining, Cal again came up big. Powe had a three-point play to start a 9-0 run and the Bears held the Huskies without a point for four minutes.
Appleby finished with 15 points for Washington, which has two days to regroup before Sunday's game at Stanford. The Huskies have lost 12 in a row at Maples Pavilion since a 68-67 win Jan. 30, 1993.
Jamaal Williams had a hand high in the passing lane and made it a challenge for the Bears early to get the ball inside to Powe, the Pac-10's second-leading scorer and top rebounder who earned Pac-10 freshman of the year honors two seasons ago before missing last year as he recovered from knee surgery.
The Huskies committed 12 turnovers in the first half and had just one offensive rebound but shot 52.4 percent to stay within 40-32 at the break. The Bears made 11 of their first 20 shots and got eight straight points during one stretch from Ubaka and shot 54.8 percent.
Cal played without sophomore forward Eric Vierneisel, who sustained a concussion when he took an elbow to the head in last Saturday's 60-55 loss at Arizona.