Huskies Fall to Golden Bears
Feb. 5, 2009
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Jerome Randle and Theo Robertson both had 21 points and California rallied to beat No. 22 Washington for the second time this season, 86-71 on Thursday night, the Huskies' second loss to an unranked team in eight days.
Jordan Wilkes added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Golden Bears (17-6, 6-4 Pac-10 Conference), who beat Washington in triple overtime earlier this season.
Quincy Pondexter matched his season-high with 21 points for the stumbling Huskies (16-6, 7-3), who lost to Arizona 106-97 on Jan. 29.
Washington rebounded to beat No. 14 Arizona State on Saturday but blew a nine-point lead in the second half against Cal and missed an opportunity to move into a first-place tie with idle UCLA in the Pac-10.
California, which had lost its last two and four of five after a nine-game winning streak, hung close in the first half then stormed back behind Wilkes and Randle, who was held to two points on 1-of-4 shooting in the first half
Washington's offense fell apart after Justin Dentmon's 3-pointer gave the Huskies a 43-34 lead with 17:21 remaining. Washington, which dominated the game inside early, managed just four baskets the rest of the way while settling for long jumpers and quick shots.
Much like they did in their triple-overtime win over the Huskies on Jan. 10, the Bears hit numerous key shots. Randle's steal and fastbreak layup gave Cal a 53-49 lead, and after Washington pulled within four with 9 minutes left, Robertson scored on consecutive trips down the court to cap a 9-1 run and extend the lead to 71-59.
Freshman Isaiah Thomas made an open jumper that pulled Washington within 71-62, but that was as close as the Huskies would get.