Washington Tramples California, 106-73

BERKELEY, Calif. - When it rains, it pours. Bobby Jones scored 22 points - one of five players in double digits - and No. 10 Washington buried a school-record 16 3-pointers to thump California 106-73 on Thursday night and move within one victory of at least a share of its first Pac-10 title in 20 years.

Jones was 5-of-6 from long range and the Huskies surpassed the previous school record of 14 set seven years ago at USC. It's the most 3-pointers made in the conference this season, and UCLA is the only team to hit 14.

Nate Robinson added 21 points with five 3s, and Tre Simmons had 20 points with four 3s, four rebounds and three assists for the Huskies (24-4, 14-3 Pac-10), who will earn at least a share of their first Pac-10 title since tying with USC in 1985 with a win at Stanford on Saturday. The Cardinal lost Thursday night to Washington State 59-48.

Will Conroy, who already had set the Washington single-season assists record, broke Chester Dorsey's school career assists mark of 466 set from nearly thirty years ago. Conroy finished with a career-best 14 assists, giving him 179 for the season and 475 for his career, and only two turnovers.

The story of the game was the Huskies' torrid shooting. They made 11 of 17 3-pointers before halftime to build a 19-point lead and shot 51.3 percent from the field for the game - 55.2 percent from 3-point range. With Washington ahead 70-45 in the second half, fans could be heard yelling for Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar to pull off his full-court press.

Rod Benson had 17 points and nine rebounds and Ayinde Ubaka matched his career high with 13 points to lead Cal (12-15, 5-12), which lost its sixth straight game and seventh in eight. The Bears entered Thursday's game tied for eighth place with Oregon and still hoping to advance into next weekend's Pac-10 tournament in Los Angeles by finishing in the top eight.

With the game close, Simmons' 3 with 11:38 left in the first half broke things wide open. Washington quickly nailed six of seven baskets from long range, with Simmmons and Robinson accounting for five of them. Jones followed with a 3 of his own, capping a 20-7 spurt that turned a 21-17 advantage into a 38-24 lead.

Washington's 24 wins match its most since the 1984 team finished 24-7 and shared the Pac-10 title with Oregon State on the way to the NCAA tournament's round of 16.

The Huskies also have their most conference wins since the '84 team won 15. Washington could match that by beating the Cardinal at Maples Pavilion, where they have lost their last 11. Washington hasn't swept its annual Bay Area trip since the '84-85 season.

Washington and idle Arizona are tied atop the standings. They split their season series, so if they share the conference title, the tiebreaker will go the team with a better record against the third-place team.

The last time Washington won the conference outright was in 1953 when the Huskies won the former Pacific Coast Conference and went on to the school's only Final Four.

Statistics:
Points: Jones 22, Robinson 21, Simmons 20, Williams 12, Roy 11, Smith 8, Rollins 4, Jensen 2, Conroy 2, Fletcher 2, Gasser 2
Rebounds: Smith 5, Williams 5, Simmons 4, Conroy 4, Roy 4, Jones 3, Jensen 3, TEAM 3, Robinson 2, Rollins 2, Fletcher 1
Assists: Conroy 14, Simmons 3, Jones 3, Robinson 3, Roy 3, Williams 2, Potter 2, Smith 1
Steals: Robinson 4, Conroy 1, Williams 1, Roy 1, Gasser 1
Blocks: Rollins 2

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