Bears down Huskies in Berkeley

Freshman Jamal Sampson scored a season-high 15 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in the paint to lead the California Golden Bears to a 62-50 come from behind win over Washington this evening in Haas Pavilion on the Berkeley campus.

Washington's David Dixon ran into a familiar problem, foul trouble, and was limited in his minutes. He scored six points and grabbed 11 boards but was not able to stay in the game long enough to play the defense necessary to keep Sampson from dominating inside.

Along with Sampson, Cal's Joe Shipp did serious damage to the Huskies, pouring in 18 points. Brian Wethers added nine more.

For Washington, Doug Wrenn had a double-double, scoring 19 points and pulling down a dozen rebounds, but he also struggled against Cal's tight defense. He shot just 6 of 18 from the field and turned the ball over seven times.

Curtis Allen added 11 points and four assists but turned the ball over six times.

Washington came out strong, jumping out to a quick five-point lead. Back-to-back three-pointers from Wrenn and Grant Leep pushed the Husky lead to a high of eight at 28-20. Cal kept hanging around and was able to get the halftime deficit to just two, as Washington took a 33-31 lead into the locker room at intermission.

The Huskies succumbed to the Bears defense in the second half, turning the ball over eight times in the first eight minutes when the Bears began to assert themselves and take over the game. The Huskies would wind up turning the ball over 13 times in the final 20 minutes to kill any chances they had of coming back.

With the Huskies trailing 50-45 with 3:49 remaining, Cal's Shantay Legans committed an intentional foul on Doug Wrenn. Wrenn hit one of two free throws but the Huskies were not able to capitalize on their possession following the foul shots as a 12-footer from Wrenn fell short off of the front rim. Cal then inched away and never let the Huskies get closer than five again.

Washington shot just five of 30 (17%) from the field in scoring just 17 second half points.

Cal's bench outscored Washington 20-9 for the game. Off-guard CJ Massingale was the lone bright spot of the pine as he chipped in six points to go with four rebounds. The starting off-guard, Erroll Knight, continued to struggle. He had just two points this evening.

Sharpshooters Grant Leep and Josh Barnard added just three and two points, respectively. Both had difficulty getting open looks against the quicker Bears.

Washington drops to 7-10 on the season, but just 1-6 in conference play with a match-up Saturday against powerhouse Stanford in Palo Alto. Stanford crushed Washington State by 30 this evening.

Cal improves to 12-3 overall and 3-2 in conference play.

Scoring: Wrenn 19, Allen 11, Dixon 6, Massingale 6, Leep 3, Barnard 2, Knight 2, Conroy 1, Brown 0

Rebounds: 44 (Wrenn 12, Dixon 11)

Assists: 10 (Allen 4, Dixon 2)

Turnovers: 21 (Wrenn 7, Allen 6, Barnard 2, Knight 2, Massingale 2, Conroy 1, Leep 1)

FG shooting: 32% (19 of 60); First half: 47% (14 of 30); Second half: 17% (5 of 30)

3-point FG: 25% (5 of 20)

Blocked shots: 5 (Dixon 3, Allen 1, Knight 1)


Scoring: Shipp 18, Sampson 15, Wethers 9, Legans 6, Hughes 5, Diggs 3, Gates 3, Tamir 3

Rebounds: 44 (Sampson 17)

Assists: 11 (Sampson 3)

Turnovers: 12

FG shooting: 33.9% (20 of 59)

3-point FG: 23.5% (4 of 17)

Blocked shots: 6 (Sampson 5, Shipp 1) Top Stories