In a season full of disappointment, Cal found something to celebrate Thursday night at Haas Pavilion.
The Bears’ long losing streak is finally over, and they will not go winless in the Pac-12 this season.
Darius McNeill scored 19 points and Connor Vanover added 18 to help the Bears snap a 23-game losing streak in Pac-12 play and win for the first time at all in 2019 by beating No. 25 Washington 76-73.
“I just say it’s about time,” forward Justice Sueing said. “We’ve been on a rough stretch for a minute now, all of 2019 pretty much. The most important thing is the guys all decided we were going to stay together and not let the losses interfere with our relationship and how hard we play. It brought us the goods.”
The Bears (6-22, 1-15) had lost 16 straight games overall since beating San Jose State on Dec. 21 and hadn’t won a conference game since beating Oregon State on Feb. 3, 2018, including a loss in the Pac-12 Tournament last March.
This was by far the biggest win in coach Wyking Jones’ two years at Cal, giving him a locker room celebration in a season where he has faced calls to lose his job.
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“I’m soaking wet because they doused me with water,” Jones said. “We had a good time in there celebrating the win. I’m so happy for the guys because they’ve gone through this losing streak and we’ve all stayed positive and continued to scratch and fight and claw. We’ve gotten close a lot, but to get a win tonight against a really good team means a lot for us.”
The Huskies (22-6, 13-2) had won 15 of 16 games coming into this matchup and still ended up earning the outright regular-season conference title when both Oregon State and Arizona State lost.
David Crisp scored 32 points to lead Washington, but missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer to set off a rare celebration at Haas Pavilion.
“We didn’t respect the game,” Crisp said. “We didn’t respect our opponent. We just expected we would come out and win the game. Obviously, you’re never going to win basketball games like that.”
Josh Dubow is an Associated Press writer.
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