SEATTLE — Cal came out of the gates determined to end a long losing streak. Instead, it became business as usual.
The Bears built an 11-point lead as Washington missed 13 of its first 14 shots and committed nine turnovers in the first half. But the Huskies came back to win going away, 71-52, holding Cal to a season-low in points and sending the Bears to their seventh straight loss.
“We battled tonight, we just couldn’t hit a shot,” Cal coach Wyking Jones said. “We started the game out getting stops and getting out in transition and I was happy to see that, but we really struggled against their half-court zone.”
Paris Austin and Andre Kelly led Cal (5-13, 0-6 Pac-12) with 12 points each, but the Bears shot just 30.5 percent, hitting a season-worst one 3-pointer (1 of 15).
Dominic Green hit four 3-pointers and scored 17 points off the bench, Matisse Thybulle added 13 points, and Washington (14-4) improved to 5-0 in conference play for the first time in 35 years. The Huskies started the 1984 conference season 6-0.
The Huskies have benefited from a favorable early schedule that’s about to get tougher. Four of Washington’s next six are on the road with trips to the Oregon and Arizona schools.
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“It’s just a record and at the end of the day we’ve got Oregon and Oregon State. That’s what we have to be concerned about,” Washington coach Mike Hopkins said.
Washington, which had been playing at Hec Edmundson Pavilion since 1927, became the first Division I team to reach 1,000 wins in one arena.
Washington relied on its outside shooting against Cal, making 10 3-pointers as it struggled to get inside looks against the Bears’ zone defense. It was the fourth time this season the Huskies hit at least 10 3s in a game.
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.
Washington led 29-28 at halftime, then scored 18 of the first 25 points to begin the second half, getting single 3-pointers from Thybulle and Nowell and two 3s from Crisp to take a 47-35 lead.
Cal’s leading scorer, Justice Sueing, had a tough afternoon. He was 2-of-11 shooting and finished with eight points. He was averaging 14.4 points entering the game.
Tim Booth is an Associated Press writer.
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