Cal Survives at Washington State, 43-41
Feb. 23, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Leon Powe scored 13 of his 21 points in the second and Cal survived a late charge by Washington State as the Golden Bears defeated the Cougars, 43-41, Thursday night at Friel Court.
The win was Cal's seventh in its past eight games and improved the Bears' record to 17-7 overall and 11-4 in the Pac-10. WSU fell to 11-13 and 4-11.
Cal led, 24-19, at the half behind 12 points from Ayinde Ubaka and eight from Powe. The Bears shot 50.0 percent from the floor in the opening period, but committed an uncharacteristic nine turnovers.
After the break, Cal moved ahead, 32-24, with 11:42 left before WSU scored seven straight points to get within one at 32-31 with 9:18 to go.
The Cougars eventually tied the game at 39-39 with 2:50 remaining on a jumper by Caleb Forrest. But Cal responded on its next trip, with Rod Benson tipping in a Theo Robinson miss. After a WSU miss, Ubaka's runner in the lane gave the Bears a 43-39 edge with 1:19 on the clock.
Robbie Cowgill scored for the Cougars to make the score 43-41 at the 50-second mark. Cal then ran the clock down until Richard Midgley took a three-pointer. Although he missed, the rebound went off a WSU player out of bounds, and the Bears retained possession.
On the in-bounds play, Powe broke open near the basket, but his dunk attempt was blocked by Ivory Clark. After a timeout, WSU went for the tie. Cowgill drove down the lane and shot over Benson. He missed and Benson grabbed the rebound as the game ended.
Cal's 43 points against the Pac-10's best defensive team represented the Bears' lowest total in a win since defeating Stanford, 43-41, in double overtime in 1985.
In addition to Powe, Ubaka finished with 14 points and a team-high six rebounds. The Bears committed just two turnovers in the second half, finishing with 11 in the game, just under their average off 12.0 per contest.
Cal next faces Washington Sunday at 5 p.m. in Seattle.