Cal Upsets No. 22 Washington, 86-71

BEREKELY – While not as epic as last month's triple overtime win in Seattle, California rallied from a nine-point second half deficit to beat No. 22 Washington, 86-71, on Thursday night. Jerome Randle and Theo Robertson both scored 21 points for the Golden Bears. Cal improves to 17-6, 6-4 in Pac-10 play…

After a first half full of the type of play that has brought the California Golden Bears back to earth the last couple of weeks, as he usually does, Jerome Randle took over the game in the second half and led Cal to a big 86-71 win.

The contest was close the entire first half but you would not know it by the play of the Bears. Foul trouble for Jamal Boykin, sloppy ball handling, getting completely dominated on the boards and most surprisingly lazy defense kept the game closer than it should have been.

University of Washington freshman Isaiah Thomas seemed to make himself right at home in the key and put up shot after shot within 10 ft. The Bears looked lethargic as the extent of their defense was reaching and fouling.

There was more of the same early in the second half as Cal struggled and found themselves down by nine. But Randle – the junior from Chicago, Ill – said enough is enough and the team went on a 19-6 run never to look back.

Beating a top 25 team should do wonders for Cal's confidence, which had to have taken a hit over the past few weeks. Head Coach Mike Montgomery agrees saying, "It was a good win. I think that on the road, they got a bit stagnant and lost their confidence a little bit, so it happens. It was a great win for us."

Jordan Wilkes put in another solid game. He and Jamal Boykin are making a nice low post tandem. Wilkes dished out three pretty assists from the top of the key to backdoor cutting teammates, and Boykin's three block shots bringing toughness to the defensive end. Cal was dominated on the boards in the first half, especially offensively but had the edge in rebounding by two in the second stanza.

It has been obvious through the season that Jerome Randle has been trying to play a more traditional point guard. He is starting the offensive plays and attempting to get his teammates involved. But from the disappearing acts that Patrick Christopher, who only scored three points tonight, can have Randle might want to think about playing a little bit more selfishly earlier in the game. He is easily the Bears best and most consistent player.

The loss drops the Huskies a full game out of first place in the Pac-10 and most likely out of the top 25.

The Bears next face Washington State on Saturday.

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