The Washington Huskies rode a 17-0 first half run and an attack that included everyone on the court to easily down the California Golden Bears 62-47 in Pac-12 conference play Wednesday night at Haas Pavilion on the California campus. It was Washington's second straight conference win to open the conference year.
The game was supposed to feature a matchup between two of the top backcourts in west coast basketball. As it turned out Washington's guards dominated the play and California's guards watched the action in an interested fashion. C.J. Wilcox, Washington's leading scorer throughout the season, led all scorers with 19 points. Cal's standout guard, (and the conference's leading scorer coming in) Allen Crabbe was held to nine points on 3/12 shooting from the field.
California held a decided advantage on the boards coming into the game but the Huskies were having none of that. The Dawgs outrebounded the Bears 43-28 in a performance that can only be called dominating. Aziz N'Diaye held court in the paint, finishing with 12 points, 12 rebounds, four blocked shots and about a zillion intimidations of Golden Bears coming inside looking to score.
Saturday night the Huskies will travel to Palo Alto to take on Stanford. Washington looks to solidify its spot atop the Pac-12 and sweep the Bay Area schools on the road with a victory against the Cardinal. Game time at Stanford will be 8:00 p.m. P.S.T.