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Cal Falls To Washington On Road

Jan 12, 2022
Sam Alajiki tallied seven points and three rebounds in his first game since Jan. 2 on Wednesday at Washington.

SEATTLE (AP) – The California men's basketball team shot 50 percent from the floor but committed 17 turnovers and came up short in a 64-55 loss to Washington at Alaska Airlines Arena on Wednesday.
 
The Huskies' Terrell Brown Jr. scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half to help Washington (7-7, 2-2 Pac-12) rally from a nine-point deficit to win for the second time in three games. Cal (9-8, 2-4), which was dealt its third consecutive loss, played without starting point guard Joel Brown (illness).
 
Jordan Shepherd led Cal with 12 points and was the only Golden Bear in double figures. Andre Kelly picked up two fouls in the first half and was never able to get into the offensive flow. Kelly, who averaged 15.0 per game, finished with four points and failed to reach double figures for the first time in the past eight games.
 
Despite their 50% shooting clip (24-48) the Bears were outscored 16-3 at the free-throw line, attempting just five free throws. Their first free-throw attempt came with 10:45 left in the contest. It was the fourth time in the past three seasons the Bears attempted five free throws or less.
 
"We didn't play well in the second half," Cal head coach Mark Fox said. ''Our defense wasn't as good. We turned the ball over another eight times in the second half. And we couldn't score.''
 
Cal closed the first half on a 21-6 run to take a seven-point lead and extended the lead to nine in the opening stages of the second half.
 
Washington chipped away at the advantage and led 52-51 when it finally found separation. Kuany Kuany was called for a flagrant foul swinging his elbow and catching P.J. Fuller in the face. Fuller hit both free throws and on the ensuing possession Brown hit a step-back jumper. Fuller added a 3-pointer the next time down and Nate Roberts (10 points, 12 rebounds) capped the decisive run with a baseline dunk and a 62-51 lead with 3:37 left.
 
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Cal faces Washington State at 1 p.m. PT on Saturday at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman. The game will be aired on the Pac-12 Networks.
 
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