Washington 76, California 58
March 4, 2004
Bank of America Arena/Seattle, Wash.
With the win, Washington improved its Pac-10 record to 11-6 and clinched at least a share of second place in the Pac-10. The Huskies' have not finished this high in the conference since placing second, to Arizona, in 1986.
The Huskies' current 11-1 winning streak in Pac-10 best is its best in school history. Twice before, in 1982 and 1984, the Huskies managed Pac-10 streaks of 10-1, but both teams lost in their following game.
Washington put five players into double figures for the third-consecutive game. The "streak-breaking" game in this note is Washington's loss at N.C. State, in which just four players scored 10 points or more, and Tre Simmons finished with nine.
The Huskies held California without a field goal for the first 6:30 of the game, before Amit Tamir hit a layin to break an 0-for-6 drought. On the other end, however, Washington was having just as much trouble, missing 10 consecutive shots before Mike Jensen gave the Huskies their first field goal at the 13:58 mark. Six different players combined for the 10 Husky misses during the opening drought.
After hitting just 10 of 38 shots in the first half, Washington opened the second half with success on 15 of its first 23 attempts, as the Huskies increased a 28-20 halftime lead into a 76-51 advantage with three minutes to play.
Both tonight's game against Cal and Saturday's game with Stanford are sellouts, marking the Huskies first consecutive sellouts at home in five years. The last time the Huskies posted back-to-back sellouts was a sweep of #11 UCLA and #10 Stanford on Jan. 31 and Feb. 4, 1999, when the Arena's capacity was just 7,900.
Tre Simmons tallied 16 points in the contest to push his season average over 10.0, giving Washington five different players averaging double-digits on the scoreboard. The last time the Huskies had five players average double digits in a season was in 1975.
Cal's Leon Powe grabbed 12 rebounds in the contest to give him 240 this season, passing Shareef Abdur-Rahim for third-most all-time by a Golden Bears freshman. Guard A.J. Diggs also climbed the Bears' all-time rankings with one steal, equaling Kevin Johnson for third in California history with 155 for his career.