Washington State Edged by Cal, 43-41
Feb. 23, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Leon Powe scored 21 points Thursday night to lead California past Washington State 43-41.
Ayinde Ubaka added 14 points for the Golden Bears (17-7, 11-4 Pac-10). Three other players combined for the only eight California points not scored by Powe and Ubaka.
Derrick Low led Washington State (11-13, 4-11) with eight points.
The 43 points were the fewest in a California victory since the Bears defeated Stanford 43-41 in double overtime on Feb. 16, 1985. The last time California won with less than 43 points was a 42-36 win over Oregon State on Jan. 31, 1985.
The 84-point combined total was the second-lowest in a Pac-10 game this season. UCLA and Washington State combined for 80 points in the Bruins' 50-30 win at WSU on Feb. 9.
California and Washington State each scored just two points - on one field goal apiece - in the opening six minutes. The game was tied at 12 midway through the first half when California went on a 10-0 run - Ubaka scored the first eight points - en route to a 24-19 lead at the half.
Ubaka scored 12 of California's 24 first-half points. Powe scored 13 of the Bears' 19 points in the second half.
Washington State's only lead came at 5-4. The Cougars forged a 39-39 tie on Caleb Forrest's 18-foot jumper with 2:50 left, but Rod Benson pushed California ahead to stay with a rebound basket with 2:16 to go.
Powe had a season-low five rebounds and failed to lead California in rebounding (counting ties) for just the third time in the 20 games he has played.
Coming into the game, Powe led the Pac-10 with 20.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.