Bears hold off Huskies

In a game of runs, the California Golden Bears did not make a field goal in the last 5:58 of the game. But they were able to withstand a Washington run late by scoring their last nine points via the free-throw line en route to a 71-69 win over the the No.10-ranked Huskies Thursday at Haas Pavilion.

California (11-6, 5-3), used a hot hand by Ayinde Ubaka early and clutch shooting from the charity stripe to secure the win. Washington (16-3, 5-3), turned the ball over 12 times in the first half, and could never recover from their sloppy play. Despite being down 13 after Cal's last second-half field goal - a jumper by Theo Robertson - the Huskies scrapped back with three-point buckets by Bobby Jones and Ryan Appleby. Appleby, whose 15 points were all made from behind the line, hit his final bomb with 38 seconds left to tie the game for the first time all night.

But a quick foul by sophomore Joel Smith on Ubaka allowed the Bears to push ahead by two points. Brandon Roy tried to hoist a quick three on the other end, but his shot was blocked by Leon Powe. Powe was then fouled and converted his two free throws to ice the victory for the home team. Roy hit a leaning three at the end, but the Huskies had no more timeouts to extend the game.

The Bears were led by the 18 points of Powe, who also had 13 rebounds. Ubaka added 15 points and Kansas transfer Omar Wilkes also added 15. Roy had 23 to pace the Huskies, followed by Appleby's 5 3-pointers. Roy's 9 assists tallied a career high for the senior from Garfield. Jamaal Williams, who led the Huskies with 20 points in their last game against Oregon, had a horrible shooting night. He went 1-8 from the field, accounting for four total points.

It's a cardinal sin to get off to a poor start on the road, and the Huskies did themselves no favors by putting themselves in a quick 8-0 hole. But a Roy bucket and Appleby's first three got them back in the game. But Ubaka hit two three-pointers and accounted for eight-straight Cal points in the middle of the first half, as the Bears stretched their lead to 34-24 with 4:21 left.

But it was the second-half runs that killed Washington's chances, although it started out promising for the Huskies. A Jon Brockman jam off a feed from Williams closed out a 7-0 run to bring UW back to 40-39 with 18:30. But then Cal went back to work.

They scored the next 11 points, capped off by a Wilkes layin, to take their biggest lead of the game at 51-39. Washington frosh guard Justin Dentmon's lone field goal brought the lead back to six with just under 10 minutes left. The Bears went on another run - this one a 7-0 spurt - to take their biggest lead of the game at 62-49.
Points: Roy 23, Appleby 15, Jones 8, Brockman 7, Jensen 6, Williams 4, Smith 4, Dentmon 2
Rebounds: Brockman 10, Roy 5, Jensen 4, Smith 3, Appleby 3, TEAM 2, Williams 1, Jones 1
Assists: Roy 9, Dentmon 3, Appleby 3, Williams 1, Jones 1
Steals: Roy 3, Williams 1, Dentmon 1
Blocks: Williams 3, Roy 1 Top Stories