Pac-12 men’s basketball: Cal rallies to beat Washington 72-59
Pac-12 • Golden Bears hold Huskies’ C.J. Wilcox to subpar eight points.
Published: February 15, 2014 07:09PM
Updated: February 15, 2014 10:08PM

Seattle • Tyrone Wallace scored 20 points, and California rallied from a 12-point first-half deficit for a 72-59 win over Washington on Saturday to remain on the edge of the Pac-12 Conference regular season title race.

Richard Solomon added 18 points as the Golden Bears (17-8, 8-4 Pac-12) swept both Washington schools and now get four of their final six conference games at home.

California was sluggish at the start and trailed 27-15 only to be leading by halftime thanks to a 19-2 run to close the first half. The Bears pushed the lead to as many as 13 in the second half and then stemmed every run Washington attempted to make.

Andrew Andrews led Washington with 21 points after being benched in the second half of the Huskies’ win over Stanford on Wednesday. Leading scorer C.J. Wilcox, from Pleasant Grove High School, was held to eight points, 11 below his season average.

Nigel Williams-Goss added 12 for Washington, but the Huskies (14-12, 6-7) were 4 of 21 on 3-pointers and missed all 10 attempts in the second half.

Justin Cobbs added 10 points, six rebounds and seven assists as the Bears swept the season series. California routed the Huskies 82-56 in Berkeley on Jan. 15 that brought to a crashing halt Washington’s quick start to conference play.

California’s slow start on Saturday could have been a bit of a hangover from Wednesday’s overtime win at Washington State, the second time in four games the Bears were pushed to overtime.

Washington’s biggest lead came with 6:49 left in the first half after Andrews knocked down his third 3-pointer of the half to give the Huskies a 27-15 lead. But turnovers on four of the next six possessions gave California extra chances and some easy transition baskets. California finished with 14 points off 10 Washington turnovers in the first half and the Bears capped the half by hitting five of their final six shots.

Washington’s only basket over the final 6:47 of the half came on a basket interference call with 8.1 seconds that handed Wilcox his only points of the half. Washington’s leading scorer was otherwise shut out of the offense. Wilcox didn’t attempt a shot for more than 12 minutes before his driving attempt in the closing seconds.

Stanford 69, Washington State 56 • In Pullman, Wash., Anthony Brown scored a career-high 30 points and went 10 of 11 from the free-throw line to help Stanford beat Washington State.

Chasson Randle scored 14 points and made 5 of 6 free throws late in the second half as Stanford (16-8, 7-5 Pac-12) rebounded from a loss Wednesday against Washington.

Que Johnson had 14 points and four 3-pointers, and DaVonte Lacy had 13 points. Lacy was well below his scoring average of 19.8 points per game as Washington State (9-16, 2-11) dropped its fourth straight.

Pac-12 standings

Conf All W L Pct W L Pct

Arizona 10 2 .833 23 2 .920

UCLA 9 3 .750 20 5 .800

Ariz. St. 8 4 .667 19 6 .760

Cal 8 4 .667 17 8 .680

Colo. 7 5 .583 18 7 .720

Stanford 6 5 .545 15 8 .652

Utah 6 7 .462 17 8 .680

Wash. 6 7 .462 14 12 .538

Ore. St. 5 6 .455 13 10 .565

Oregon 3 8 .273 15 8 .652

Wash. St. 2 11 .154 9 16 .375

USC 1 10 .091 10 14 .417

Saturday’s Games

UCLA 80, Utah 66

California 72, Washington 59

Stanford 69, Washington State 56