March 4, 2004
SEATTLE (AP) -- Tre Simmons scored 16 points to lead Washington to a 76-58 victory over the California Golden Bears Thursday night.
Despite shooting only 26 percent in the first half, the Huskies (16-10, 11-6 Pac-10) managed to salvage a critical win in their quest to reach a postseason tournament. It helped that the Bears shot only 25 percent over the first 20 minutes and 34.5 percent for the game.
While California (13-13, 9-8 Pac-10) improved its shooting in the second half, it wasn't enough. The Huskies outscored the Bears 19-11 in the first seven minutes of the second half to take control. Simmons' 12-foot jumper in the key put the Huskies ahead 47-31 with 13:03 to play.
Washington shot 38.6 percent for the game.
In a remarkable turnaround, Washington has won 11 of its last 12 conference games, after opening its Pac-10 schedule with five consecutive losses. Four other Huskies also scored in double digits: Bobby Jones had 13, Brandon Roy and Mike Jensen had 12 apiece, and Will Conroy added 11.
The Bears were led by Leon Powe, who recorded his 14th double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Amit Tamir added 11 points.
The Bears made only 3 of 17 from 3-point range. The Huskies weren't much better, hitting 4 of 17 from beyond the arc.
Both teams were nervous in the early going, combining to miss their first 17 shots. The first field goal was scored by Tamir 5:30 into the game.
Simmons scored 12 of his points in the first half to help the Huskies grab a 28-20 lead at the break.