Jerome Randle and Theo Robertson both had 21 points and California rallied to beat No. 22 Washington for the second time this season, 86-71 on Thursday night at Berkeley, Calif., the Huskies’ second men’s basketball loss to an unranked team in eight days.
Jordan Wilkes added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Golden Bears (17-6, 6-4), who beat Washington in triple overtime earlier this season.
Quincy Pondexter matched his season-high with 21 points for the stumbling Huskies (16-6, 7-3), who lost to Arizona 106-97 on Jan. 29.
Washington rebounded to beat No. 14 Arizona State on Saturday but blew a nine-point lead in the second half against Cal and missed an opportunity to move into a first-place tie with idle UCLA in the Pac-10.
California, which had lost its last two and four of five after a nine-game winning streak, hung close in the first half then stormed back behind Wilkes and Randle, who was held to two points on 1-of-4 shooting in the first half.
Washington’s offense fell apart after Justin Dentmon’s 3-pointer gave the Huskies a 43-34 lead with 17:21 remaining.
Washington, which dominated the game inside early, managed just four baskets the rest of the way while settling for long jumpers and quick shots.
Arizona 56, Oregon St. 53: At Corvallis, Ore., Chase Budinger scored 17 points and had eight rebounds as the Wildcats (15-8, 15-5) gave up a big lead but edged the Beavers (10-11, 4-6). Roeland Schaftenaar narrowly missed a game-tying 3-pointer for Oregon State from the corner at the buzzer.
(24) Arizona St. 66, Oregon 57: At Eugene, Ore., James Harden scored 36 points and Jeff Pendergraph had 13 points and seven rebounds as the Sun Devils (17-5, 6-4) pulled away in the second half for a victory over the Ducks (6-16, 0-10).
Tujuan Porter had 18 points for Oregon, which is off to its worst conference start since 1992-93, when the Ducks lost their first 11 games.
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