California (13-7, 4-5), with their win Thursday against Washington State, swept the Washington schools on the road for the first time since the 2002-2003 season. Washington suffered their first sweep at home of the Bay Area schools in seven years. It was also the second-straight game the Huskies have allowed a player from the opposition to go for more than 30 points. Stanford's Lopez went for 31 in the Cardinal's 65-51 win over the Huskies on Thursday.
Washington (12-10, 3-6), down by as many as nine in the second half, staged a furious comeback in the final 5:54 of the game. A quick five-point binge by Ryan Appleby cut the Bears' lead to four with 3:13 left, and two Venoy Overton free throws tied the game up at 72 with just 1:20 remaining.
The Bears stayed cool, and Patrick Christopher buried a dagger three from the left elbow. Washington's Justin Dentmon hit a running three with 12 seconds left to bring the game back to a two-point deficit, but Christopher and Eric Vierneisel went 4-4 from the free-throw line to determine the final outcome.
Christopher finished the game with 20 points, while Cal guard Jerome Randle chipped in 16. Washington was led by the 19 points of Appleby, while Artem Wallace played with the heart of William Wallace, and put together his first career double-double (17 points and 10 rebounds). His 17 points shattered a previous career-best of 12, scored last year at Arizona. Jon Brockman added 15 points, but was saddled with foul trouble for most of the game and played eight minutes less than his season average.
From the 16:17 mark of the second half - when Brockman was called for his fourth foul - to 7:54, when he came back in - the Bears erased a four-point deficit and outscored the Huskies 26-15 in that time frame. Anderson buried back-to-back 3-pointers during that stretch to help give Cal a five-point lead, 63-56. The Bears, who had been out-rebounded in the first half by Washington, took over that statistic in the second half while Brockman sat, out-boarding the Huskies 24-11.
With Anderson going for 27 in their win at Washington State Thursday, it was clear who the Huskies needed to stop. He had accumulated a double-double by halftime (13 points, 10 rebounds), but Romar put a myriad of smaller, quicker players on Anderson defensively to frustrate the big man from El Dorado Hills, Calif.
With Brockman on the bench for a good portion of the first half, the Huskies used valuable contributions from Wallace and Joel Smith for scoring punch and defense on Anderson. Smith's layin plus-one at the 10:06 mark of the first half put Washington up five, and Wallace's rebound, layin and-one with 2:26 left put UW up seven at 31-24. They would take a five-point lead going into the half despite going 1-15 from 3-point range.
Points: Appleby 19, Wallace 17, Brockman 15, Pondexter 8, Smith 5, Dentmon 5, Overton 4, Morris 2
Minutes: Appleby 36, Wallace 33, Overton 26, Brockman 24, Pondexter 21, Dentmon 16, Smith 15, Morris 14, Bryan-Amaning 6, Holiday 6, Wolfinger 3
Rebounds: Wallace 10, TEAM 5, Brockman 4, Overton 3, Morris 3, Pondexter 3, Dentmon 2, Appleby 1, Smith 1, Bryan-Amaning 1, Holiday 1
Assists: Overton 5, Brockman 2, Morris 2, Pondexter 2, Wallace 1, Appleby 1, Bryan-Amaning 1
Steals: Brockman 1, Overton 1, Dentmon 1, Bryan-Amaning 1
Blocks: Dentmon 1, Bryan-Amaning 1