California Drops 73-56 Decision To Washington State

Jan. 12, 2007

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Kyle Weaver had 14 points, a career-high 10 assists and six rebounds, and No. 22 Washington State won playing as a ranked team for the first time in nearly 24 years, beating California 73-56 on Thursday night.

Daven Harmeling had 14 points and seven rebounds and Derrick Low added 11 points and six assists - a big improvement on a season-low four-point performance in an upset of Arizona last weekend. Ivory Clark also added 14 points and Robbie Cowgill had 11 points and six boards in the Cougars' fourth straight victory and eighth in nine games.

Washington State (15-2, 4-1 Pac-10) ended a four-game losing to Cal and avenged a pair of two-point defeats last season. The Cougars hadn't won in Berkeley since a 55-50 victory on Jan. 4, 2004, which ended a 31-game losing streak at Cal and 22-game road skid in conference play.

Ryan Anderson had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead the Golden Bears (10-6, 2-2), who had won their previous two conference games after dropping their Pac-10 opener at Arizona.

Anderson's 3-pointer with 7:50 left cut the Cougars' lead to 56-46. But Washington State again had an answer in its first game since a 77-73 overtime upset of then-No. 7 Arizona last Saturday in Pullman.

The Cougars are tied with Notre Dame for 22nd in this week's poll after their great start under first-year coach Tony Bennett, who took over the program this season from his father, Dick. The team is in the rankings for the first time since Feb. 1, 1983, when it was ranked 18th under coach George Raveling.

The only other time the Cougars were ranked since 1950 was for a one-week period in late February 1980.

Ayinde Ubaka had 16 points to move within 31 of 1,000 for his career and Eric Vierneisel added 10, but the two combined to go 4-for-17 on 3-pointers as Cal shot 7-of-29 from long range.

The Bears struggled to establish any kind of offensive rhythm in the paint against the athletic Cougars, who didn't allow Cal its 10th rebound of the game until early in the second half.

Cal has dearly missed center DeVon Hardin, who is sidelined until at least late February with a stress fracture in his left foot sustained Dec. 19 against Furman. Since the 6-11 Hardin has been out, Cal is averaging 26 3-point attempts per game.

The Cougars, picked to finish last in the conference this season, made 10 of their first 16 shots while Cal went 6-for-16. Washington State went on an early 11-0 run for a 17-5 lead before the Bears followed with an 8-0 spurt of their own. The Cougars also held an early 18-6 rebounding edge even when going with a smaller lineup and wound up with a 36-27 advantage on the boards.

Washington State shot 55 percent in the first half, hitting 12 of its first 16 two-point field goals, on the way to a 40-28 lead at the break.

The Cougars are 7-9 as a ranked team.