In his first start since returning from a broken bone in his hand, California senior point guard Tyrone Wallace -- who had played in, but had not started, the previous three games -- went 6-of-9 from the floor, 3-of-3 from three-point range and 2-of-4 at the free throw line for 17 points, scoring all 17 in the second half, scoring 15 straight points for the Bears as they pulled away from Washingon State late in the second half, en route to a 80-62 win.
A three from the top of the arc by Wallace just before the under-six time out put the Bears up 75-52, tying Cal's largest lead of the game.
Wallace wasn't the only Bear to get back in the swing of things.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1643936-cal-scores-first-p... After a dismal two-point performance in the Bears' three-point win over Washington on Thursday, reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week Jabari Bird came back to life on Sunday against cellar-dwelling Washington State, pouring in 13 points, including nine first-half tallies on a 3-of-3 mark from beyond the three-point arc, as the Bears earned their second conference road win of the season.
After averaging just 4.5 shots over the last four games, freshman Ivan Rabb went 4-of-4 in the first half, as Cal shot out to a 12-2 start and led the Cougars by as many as 15, before settling at nine points ahead at the half, thanks to a Jordan Mathews trey. By th end of the half, Mathews had two three-pointers, tying his 70 from last season.
Cal hit eight of its first 11, and shot 50% at the half, thanks to 10 team assists, including four from Sam Singer, featuring mid-post passes to Rabb and Kameron Rooks that were masterpieces of point guard-ery.
Defensively, the Bears were nails before the break, holding the Cougars to 35% from the field, and nightly double-double machine Josh Hawkinson to 3-of-7 from the floor, and four rebounds.
Midway through the second half, the Bears opened up the throttle, with another 12-2 run, fueled by some big defense on the part of freshman Jaylen Brown, who stripped Ny Redding in transition, after Redding had gone around Wallace. Brown blocked the ball, recovered it in one motion, and though his lay-up on the other end was o good, Valeintine Izundu was called for the goal tend.
The Bears kept going, and with 8:04 left, the Bears were up by 20, thanks to a string of eight possessions during which the Cougars went 1-of-5 from the field and had three turnovers.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1641962-tyrone-wallace-cal... With 7:01 to go, Wallace hit a three-pointer from the right wing, for his ninth point of the night to finish off a 19-4 run that was stanched only by a three-pointer from Que Johnson.
Wallace was one of six Bears to score at least eight points, including Bird (13), Brown (8), Mathews (8), Rooks (8) and Rabb (15).
The loss marked the 13th straight defeat for the Cougars, and the Bears -- with UCLA and USC coming to Haas Pavilion next week, then heading out to face Arizona and Arizona State -- control their own destiny in the conference race.
Cal is now a game back in the loss column of Utah for third place in the Pac-12, and if the Pac-12 Tournament were to start today, the Bears would have a bye.