Jan. 15, 2011
BERKELEY, Calif. - The Washington Huskies (12-4, 4-1 Pac-10) will try to avoid a Bay Area sweep on Sunday when they face the California Golden Bears (9-7, 2-2 Pac-10) at 7:00 p.m. in a FSN nationally televised contest. The Huskies (AP No. 17 & ESPN/USA Today No. 18) are coming off a 58-56 loss on Thursday to Stanford - a game in which the Huskies squandered an 11-point lead with 10:37 left. The loss snapped a six-game win streak overall, an 11-game win streak against Pac-10 opponents and a UW record six-game win streak on the road against conference foes.
On The Airwaves
Sunday's game can be found on Sports Radio KJR 950-AM in Seattle and the Husky IMG College Sports Network throughout the region. Bob Rondeau will call play-by-play and Jason Hamilton will provide color commentary. FSN will televise the game with Barry Tompkins calling the action and Ernie Kent providing color.
UW vs. Cal History
California leads the all-time series 77-75 and is 48-26 overall in Berkeley. Washington's last win at Cal was an 87-84 win on March 1, 2008 and the UW has won just 2 times in their last 10 visits to Cal. Washington Coach Lorenzo Romar is 8-10 against the Golden Bears as the Husky head coach and 9-11 overall, going 1-1 as coach at St. Louis. Last year, the Huskies beat the Golden Bears in Seattle, lost in Berkeley, but then won in the Pac-10 Tournament. The Huskies won their last meeting with the Golden Bears in a 79-75 decision to win the Pac-10 Tournament title on Mar. 13, 2010 in Los Angeles.
The Pac-10 champion Cal Bears are 9-7 on the season (2-2 Pac-10) and are 6-3 at Haas Pavilion. They beat Washington St. in overtime, 88-81, on Thursday. Freshman Allen Crabbe is averaging 17.8 ppg in conference action, including 30 points vs. WSU. Jorge Gutierrez is scoring 12.7 ppg and dishing out 4.0 apg. Harper Kamp is the team's leading scorer at 13.4 ppg and also grabbing 5.4 rpg. Mark Sanders-Frison is third in the Pac-10 averaging 8.3 boards per game.
UW's Terrence Ross and Antone Hosley and Cal's Mark Sanders-Frison all attended Portland's Jefferson HS.
UW is averaging 94.4 ppg in wins, 64.0 ppg in losses.
Isaiah Thomas needs 11 assists to enter UW's all-time career top-10 list.
Thomas has scored 10-plus points 75 during his career, tying for fourth most in team history.
Last Time Vs. Cal
Quincy Pondexter scored 18 points, Isaiah Thomas added 16, and Washington furiously rallied from a late deficit for a thrilling 79-75 victory over California to win the Pac-10 Tournament. Venoy Overton hit two free throws for the Huskies with 2.1 seconds left. Theo Robertson scored 25 points and Jamal Boykin added 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Bears. Jerome Randle managed just 12 points while battling foul trouble. The teams traded the lead 16 times in the first half. Pondexter had 12 points in the final 12 minutes before halftime, pushing Washington to a 41-37 lead. UW scored seven-straight points while Randle briefly left midway through the second half, jumping to a 59-51 lead with 12 minutes to play. Cal trailed 61-52 with 11 minutes to go before scoring 14 consecutive points and holding Washington scoreless for more than 5 1/2 minutes. The Bears led 66-61, but the Huskies made their own 12-2 rally, reclaiming the lead with 3:22 left. Randle halved the Huskies' lead on a 3-pointer with 1:02 left, and Pondexter committed a turnover - but Randle was fouled on a loose ball with 4.4 seconds left, preventing him from trying a tying 3. He made the first shot and missed the second intentionally, but was called for stepping over the line too quickly and Overton's free throws sealed it for Washington.
Thursday Game Recap
AP - Josh Owens scored the go-ahead basket on a left-handed tip-in with 29 seconds left and Stanford stunned the Huskies (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) 58-56 to stay unbeaten at home this season. Scott Suggs missed a baseline 3-pointer moments later for Washington after he knocked down a tying 3 with 1:08 left. Stanford's Jeremy Green was whistled for a foul against Justin Holiday on the rebound, but Holiday missed both free throws with 2.5 seconds on the clock -- the second on purpose with hopes of giving his team another chance. The Huskies (12-4, 4-1 Pac-10) caught a break when Dwight Powell was called for traveling on the rebound, giving them the ball back for one final try. Holiday missed a long jumper from the right wing as the buzzer sounded. Owens had 14 points and Green added 12 for Stanford (10-5, 3-1) in the biggest victory yet for third-year coach Johnny Dawkins. Powell had 11 points and seven rebounds for Stanford, including a key putback with 1:44 to play. Holiday finished with 15 points, including eight straight early in the second half after going 0 for 5 in the opening 20 minutes. Isaiah Thomas added 14 points and seven assists for the Huskies, who couldn't hold an 11-point lead with 8:55 left and had their six-game winning streak snapped. Stanford had lost the last six to the Huskies and seven of 10. All three Washington wins last season were by double digits.The cold-shooting Huskies had their Pac-10 winning streak snapped at 11 games, held to their lowest scoring total of the season and 36.2 percent shooting from the field.
The Huskies started 4-0 in Pac-10 play for the first time since 1984 when they jumped out of the gate 6-0.
Before losing to Stanford, UW had its longest Pac-10 win streak since the conference formed in 1978 with 11-straight games dating back to last season, including three Pac-10 Tournament games.
Venoy Overton is the active career Pac-10 leader in assists (347) and steals (164).
UW started the Pac-10 season by sweeping a series on the road for the first time since 1976 when they swept Stanford and Cal.
Thomas leads the Pac-10 in assists per game with 4.8.
UW's overtime victory at USC was Washington's first-ever Pac-10-opening OT victory on the road. The only other overtime win UW had in a Pac-10 opener was 78-73 on Jan. 11, 1992 vs. WSU at Hec Ed.
The Huskies started last year 0-5 on the road before finishing the season 4-0 away from home.
The Huskies were 11-7 overall and finished third in the Pac-10 last season. They were 7-2 at home and 4-5 on the road.