Thomas powers Huskies past Cal

Coming off a tough loss to Stanford three days earlier, the University of Washington bounced back with a vengeance and proved their No. 17 ranking Sunday night with a 92-71 win over the California Golden Bears at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. It was only the second win at Haas in their last 10 chances, but it was a convincing performance.

Isaiah Thomas led the way for the Huskies (13-4, 5-1) with a season-high 27 points. He also obtained his first double-double of his Husky career as Washington was able to gain a valuable road split. So far in four Pac-10 road games, UW is 3-1.

Throughout the contest, Thomas played immaculately, and quite possibly had the best game of his career. Finishing with a career-high 13 assists, he seemed almost bored with normal passes and started to attempt normally risky-flashy passes, but tonight, it was all working. The 13 assists was also the highest amount for any Pacific-10 player this season.

To go with Thomas' career night, Justin Holiday also broke one of his own personal records with 23 points. Matthew Bryan-Amaning contributed a double-double as well with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

On the other end, California (9-8, 2-3) was led by Harper Kamp with 20 points, and Allen Crabbe with 16. Both also had good rebounding nights with seven and six boards, respectively.

After getting off to a slow start – trailing 5-0 through two minutes – the Huskies turned it on and took over the game. Of course they were led by Thomas, who either scored or assisted on 14 of Washington's first 19 points. After going on several runs, Washington went into halftime with a 48-33 lead.

Although California managed to make a few small runs in the second half, Washington was just too good. Instead of surrendering a double-digit lead like they did Thursday in Palo Alto, the Huskies extended, going up by as many as 23 after a Holiday layup with 5:49 left in the game.

The 92 points the Huskies scored was the most California has allowed this season. It was also the most Washington has scored on the road.

As a team, Washington shot 52 percent from the field, 45 percent from three and 73 percent from the free-throw line. The Huskies also had 38 rebounds, 20 assists and 11 turnovers.

California shot 46 percent from the field and just 20 percent from three and 57 percent from the free-throw line. The Golden Bears had 25 rebounds.

The Huskies will return home this week for a showdown game with Arizona, currently the No. 2 team in the Pac-10, on Thursday, and Arizona State on Saturday.
Statistics:
Points: Thomas 27, Holiday 23, Bryan-Amaning 22, Gant 5, Wilcox 5, Suggs 3, Overton 3, Ross 3, N'Diaye 1
Rebounds: Bryan-Amaning 11, Gant 6, Suggs 4, Thomas 4, Ross 4, N'Diaye 3, Holiday 2, Overton 2, Wilcox 1, Hosley 1
Assists: Thomas 13, Holiday 3, Ross 2, Suggs 1, Overton 1
Steals: Thomas 2, Bryan-Amaning 1, Holiday 1, Gant 1, Overton 1
Blocks: Bryan-Amaning 2, Suggs 1


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