BERKELEY, Calif. – C.J. Wilcox scored 19 points to reach 1,000 for his career and Washington scored 16 straight points in the first half to roll to a second straight conference road win, beating California 62-47 on Wednesday night.
Aziz N’Diaye finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks. He dominated on both ends of the court during the big first-half run that put the Huskies (8-5, 2-0 Pac-12) in control.
Allen Crabbe, the leading scorer in the conference at 21.4 points per game, was held to nine points on 3 for 12 shooting for the Golden Bears (9-6, 1-2). He did move up the all-time scoring charts at Cal, moving past Jorge Gutierrez and Ryan Anderson into 19th place on the school scoring list with 1,238 points.
David Kravish led the Bears with 14 points.
Washington is opening conference play with three straight road games for the fourth time in 70 years. The Huskies, who opened at Washington State, now have a chance to come out of this stretch unbeaten in the Pac-12 if they can win at Stanford on Saturday.
Washington has won its first two conference games for the third straight year and tied the all-time series with Cal at 78 wins apiece. The Huskies were never threatened in the second half, leading by double digits for the final 25 minutes.
The Bears played short-handed with backup guards Brandon Smith (concussion) and Ricky Kreklow (foot) sidelined with injuries. They also made a lineup switch with senior Robert Thurman getting his first career start in place of Richard Solomon to get more size in the lineup.
But it proved to be no help against N’Diaye and the Huskies, who dominated the boards despite coming into the game ranked 10th in the conference in rebounding margin. Washington outrebounded Cal 48-33, including grabbing 20 offensive boards.
Cal kept it close for a bit as the game was tied at 18 midway through the first half before it quickly got out of hand. N’Diaye scored two baskets and set up two other scores with blocked shots.