The University of Washington ( (14-4, 5-0 Pac-12) ) overcame a horrendous start and used a 17-5 run to close out the first half and streak past the California Bears ( 5-13, 0-6) ) 71 to 52 and remain the only undefeated Pac-12 team at home. The Huskies are now 5-0 in conference play for the first time since the 1983-84 season when they started 6-0.
The Huskies missed 13 of their first 14 shots and committed nine turnovers in the first half. Husky forward Noah Dickerson’s free throw in the 17th minute broke the scoreboard goose egg for the Dawgs who used the improbable late first-half run to overcome an 11 point deficit and somehow managed to head into the halftime break with a 29 to 28 lead.
The recommitment to defense and the hot shooting hand of senior Dominic Green off the bench made for an easy second half and was the catalyst to the Huskies staying undefeated at home and in conference play. Green hit four 3-pointers and scored 17 points off the bench. The Huskies outscored the Golden Bears 18 to7 to start the second half.
The Huskies were 14-23 from the field for a scorching 63% in the second half which was a vast improvement from their 7 of 24 (29.2%) first half performance. David Crisp and Noah Dickerson both added 12 points and Jaylen Nowell had 11 as Washington put five players in double figures for the second time during its seven-game win streak. The Huskies also had five players in double figures in their win over Cal State Fullerton.
The win by the Huskies was its 1,000th all-time at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, becoming the first Division I team to reach 1,000 wins in one arena.
Paris Austin and Andre Kelly led California with 12 points each, but the Golden Bears lost their seventh straight. The 52 points were a season-low for Cal, and the Bears shot just 30.5 percent, hitting a season-worst one 3-pointer.