Bears Fall on Road to No. 14 Washington State, 59-46
Feb. 10, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Daven Harmeling scored 26 points and No. 14 Washington State beat California 59-46 on Saturday to sweep the season series.
Harmeling shot 5-of-7 on 3-pointers for Washington State, which moved within a half-game of first-place UCLA in the Pac-10. The Cougars (21-4, 10-3) won their fourth game in a row and reached 21 wins for the first time since the 1991-92 team went 22-11.
California (12-12, 4-8) made only 16 of 46 field-goal attempts (34 percent) in its sixth straight loss. Ryan Anderson led the Bears with 13 points and nine rebounds.
Ivory Clark scored 12 points and Kyle Weaver had 10 for the Cougars, who shot 50 percent.
California tied its previous season low with 46 points, set in a loss to UCLA. The Bears came in averaging 70 points per game.
After trailing 24-18 at halftime, California scored the first five points of the second half. But the Bears then went eight minutes without scoring against the best defense in the Pac-10. Washington State managed seven points during the stretch, with Harmeling's 3-pointer lifting the Cougars to a 31-23 lead.
Ayinde Ubaka's basket with 10:16 left broke Cal's drought. But Washington State quickly replied with eight straight points for a 39-25 lead.
Harmeling scored the final four points in that surge, and then the next nine for Washington State as the Cougars built a 48-30 lead.
Both teams started slowly in the first half. Washington State led 11-6 with 7:30 left, on the strength of eight points from Harmeling. His 3 gave the Cougars a 19-9 lead with 3:58 to go.
A pair of late 3-pointers, by Omar Wilkes and Anderson, and three free throws by Wilkes, completed a 9-0 run that helped California close to 20-18.
Baskets by Clark and Derrick Low gave Washington State a 24-18 halftime lead. It was the lowest first-half point total of the season for the Bears, who shot 31 percent in the half and committed nine turnovers.
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