Huskies Fall To Cal, 76-62, In Pac-10 Opener

Jan. 2, 2003

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Amit Tamir scored a game-high 21 points, includingfour 3-pointers in the final six minutes, to lead California to a 76-62 winover Washington in the Pac-10 opener for both teams Friday night.

Leon Powe added 19 points and a game-high 14 rebounds while Ayinde Ubakascored 13 points and dished out eight assists for California (5-5), which alsooutrebounded the Huskies 42-29.

Tre Simmons scored 16 points and Bobby Jones added 15 for Washington (5-4),which saw its two-game win streak snapped.

The Bears led by as many as 13 points in the first half but had to hold offthe pesky Huskies, who came back to tie the game at 51 midway through thesecond half.

Shortly thereafter, Tamir took over for California. Hitting back-to-back3-pointers from nearly the same spot on the floor, he provided the spark thestruggling Bears needed.

California, which hit just two shots over a nine-minute stretch in thesecond half, then went on a 17-7 run to close out the game, with Tamir addingtwo more 3-pointers to bury Washington.

Tamir, who was only shooting 20 percent from 3-point range heading into thegame, finished 6-of-9 from beyond the arc against the Huskies.

Overall California, which was ranked second-to-last in 3-point shootingamong all NCAA Division I schools, connected on 8 of 20 3-pointers.

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