Huskies Storm Bears in Seattle
Friday, February 11, 2011
Category: Sports > Winter > Basketball (Men's)
Even though his team had already lost by 21 at home to Washington, Cal coach Mike Montgomery said he'd rather invite the Huskies over to Haas Pavilion.
Washington's Thursday night performance at Alaska Airlines Arena validated his statement.
After dropping their last three conference contests on the road, the Huskies resumed their Seattle home cooking - this time taking their frustration out on the Bears (13-11, 6-6 in the Pac-10). Behind six players in double figures, Washington routed Cal, 109-77, in a game that the host school dominated from start to finish.
"They were really ready to play and we were not near ready for the level of intensity that they brought to the game," Montgomery said. "They were obviously stunned coming off of three losses, and they did a great job."
The Bears fell victim to a record-setting night by the Huskies (16-7, 8-4), who chalked up new school marks for the most 100-point performances in a season (six), as well as the most points in a Pac-10 regular season series (201).
Washington did much of its damage from the perimeter, sinking a program-record 17 3-pointers on the evening; 10 of those long-range shots came in the opening 20 minutes, as the Huskies cruised out to a commanding 58-34 halftime lead.
"Our guys came out and were energized and just knocked down shots," Washington point guard Isaiah Thomas said. "I told them I was going to find them and they just had to knock them down."
Jorge Gutierrez actually paced all scorers with 24 points for Cal, but his team had few answers on either end of the floor for the inside-outside combo of Thomas and Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
After racking up 27 points and 13 assists in Berkeley, Thomas needed just 26 minutes on Thursday to torch the Bears again. The dynamic junior guard poured in 23 points - shooting 6-for-8 from beyond the arc - and dished out nine assists before heading to the bench for good with 9:46 remaining. While Thomas was connecting from deep, Bryan-Amaning proved once again to be a force in the paint. The London native muscled in 18 points, pulled down nine rebounds and rejected four shots on the defensive end.
"If you look at it statistically, they scored 109 points and we only out them on the free throw line seven times," Montgomery said.
"We weren't even close. They were very physical and got in our heads a little bit ... I thought they were very prepared and they were intent on coming out and proving a point after three losses and they did."
Markhuri Sanders-Frison and Jeff Powers each chipped in 13 for Cal, but with two other main scorers suffering off-nights, the Bears could do little to match the Huskies' fire-power.
Cal played the final 29 minutes on Thursday without Allen Crabbe after the freshman guard collided with Washington's Aziz N'Daiye. And one game after a career-high 33 against Arizona, Harper Kamp managed just 8 - snapping a 12-game double-digit scoring streak.
Meanwhile, it didn't take long for the Huskies to take control. After a jumper from Crabbe brought Cal to within 14-26 with 12:06 left in the opening half, Washington put together a 14-3 flurry. Justin Holiday helped push the Huskies' lead to 40-17 when he hustled along the sideline, dove and tapped the ball to Terrence Ross for a 3-pointer.
"This is what I expect every day when we go out to play," Holiday said.
Ed Yevelev covers men's basketball. Contact him at [email protected]
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