FROM BERKELEY — Not a pretty finish for Washington on Wednesday night, as California ran away with an 82-56 victory at Haas Pavilion. Here’s our recap box that will publish in tomorrow’s newspaper.
PLAYER OF THE GAME — Cal had five players in double-figure scoring, but Richard Solomon was particularly troublesome because he grabbed 12 rebounds along with his 13 points. He teamed with David Kravish (11 points, 11 rebounds) to form a difficult frontcourt with which to contend.
IT WAS OVER WHEN — Cal’s Jeff Powers banked in a 3-pointer while being fouled to give Cal a 21-point lead in the second half.
STAT OF THE GAME — Perris Blackwell, Desmond Simmons and Shawn Kemp – UW’s three big men who see regular minutes – combined for four rebounds.
QUOTABLE — “I thought their size bothered us as much as anybody we’ve played in a long time. We just played against Colorado who had a 6-9 and a 6-10 front line, and they gave us trouble on the offensive boards a little bit. These guys, they were on the offensive glass, they blocked shots, they altered a lot of our shots around the rim that made it tough for us to score.” – UW coach Lorenzo Romar
WHAT IT MEANS — There’s work to do still for this UW team. Cal might turn out to be one of the Pac-12’s better teams, but this was a complete breakdown on both ends of the court. The Huskies might yet be a pretty good defensive team, but as Romar said afterward, they can’t let a poor offensive night affect the way they defend. Cal’s size flustered them to no end. Best to flush this one and worry about getting a split.
NEXT UP — Washington at Stanford on Saturday at 8 p.m., ESPNU
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