Jan. 16, 2010
SEATTLE (AP) - Quincy Pondexter scored 21 of his 25 points in the first half, Isaiah Thomas added 20 and Washington put itself back in the Pac-10 race with an impressive 84-69 win over conference-leading California on Saturday.
After three straight losses dropped Washington from the rankings and to the bottom of the conference standings, the Huskies rebounded with an easy laugher against Stanford, then frustrated the Bears into just their second loss in their last seven games.
Thomas and Pondexter were the culprits at the offensive end, but it was Washington's defense that helped them build a 24-point lead in the first half. Washington forced 15 turnovers in the half, held the Bears to just 37 percent shooting and kept leading scorer Jerome Randle scoreless with just two shot attempts and seven turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
The result was a 50-31 Washington halftime lead that the Bears couldn't overcome.
The Bears jumped out to an early 5-0 lead at the outset of the contest, coming out strong the same way they did on Thursday night at Washington State. However, the Huskies would gain control of the game shortly thereafter, and took a commanding 21-point lead at the nine-minute mark in the first half.
Despite missing 18 free throws, Cal set a season high in converted free throw attempts with 32. Christopher led the way on the charity stripe, going 14-for-18 from the line.
Christopher was also Cal's leading rebounder with eight in the game.