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Bears Fall To WSU On Road

Feb 18, 2021
Joel Brown defends WSU's Noah Williams in the first half.

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PULLMAN, Wash. – Noah Williams scored a career-high 32 points and Washington State used a big run midway through the first half to take control, as California suffered an 82-51 loss at Beasley Coliseum on Thursday night.
 
WSU (13-10, 6-10 Pac-12) shot 59.3 percent from the floor and made 8-of-10 from 3-point range in the first half, with Williams pouring in 24 of his points. The Bears (8-16, 3-14 Pac-12) were unable to respond as cold shooting and foul trouble hindered them throughout the contest.
 
Matt Bradley paced the Bears with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting despite coming off the bench. He had been under the weather earlier in the week, missing two practices, and although he was cleared to play, he did not start.

Andre Kelly also reached double figures for Cal with 10 points.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
The teams traded buckets through the opening minutes, with Cal making four of its first five shots to build a 9-7 edge. At that point, WSU went on a 14-1 run to go up 21-10. While a Ryan Betley 3-pointer got the Bears back on the scoreboard, the Cougars continued to build their lead, and WSU ended the half up, 48-26.
 
The Cougars used a 15-0 spurt during a five-minute span of the second half to stretch their advantage to 30 points. For the game, WSU out-rebounded Cal, 39-26, and shot 51.7 percent to the Bears' 36.0 percent.
 
UP NEXT
Cal completes its swing through the Pacific Northwest with a game at Washington on Saturday in Seattle. The contest tips off at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU.
 
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