Final: Huskies win it. They are now 12-5 overall and 3-3 in league play. Cal falls to 11-6 and 3-2.
Pondexter led the Dawgs with 25 points. MBA took rebounding honors with seven.
Patrick Christopher stayed hot for Cal, ending with 28 points, including 14 from the free throw line. Randle was held to five, after scoring 39 in Pullman on Thursday.
Next up for UW is the LA trip: UCLA on Thursday and USC a week from today.
7:54/2nd: Huskies keeping pedal to metal, 77-48.
15:50/2nd Huskies have opened the second half just as energized as before, and are up 50-38. Cal's Theo Robertson finally got his first field goal at around the 17-minute mark. Jerome Randle is still scoreless.
Half: Huskies up, 50-31, and that is only one of several amazing numbers.
Quincy Pondexter had 21 points and five boards. Patrick Christopher has 17 and 7. Jerome Randle, who had 39 Thursday at WSU has none tonight. (Isaiah Thomas = stopper.) Thomas also has 13 points. Cal has 16 more free throws than UW, but only three more points from the line (Bears 16 of 29, Huskies 13 of 13). Maybe most of all, Cal has 15 turnovers, UW six.
7:44/1st Huskies express keeps tearing down the line. Up 35-16. Pondexter has 15 already, and Thomas 13.
11:46/1st: Cal opened the game sensing a mismatch of Abdul Gaddy on Patrick Christopher and went after it like lion on zebra. Christopher scored the first five points of the game, but UW has turned things around now, roaring to an 19-11 lead and for now they have the crowd roaring with them.
Tip: UW win puts them back in the race, within one of the Bears in the loss column. UW loss would just be a crusher for the Huskies, giving them four league losses -- already more than most Pac-10 champions -- with the LA trip looming next week and, of course, the return trip to Berkeley still ahead. Close to a must-win.
Huskies in white, Bears in navy. Here we go.
Pregame: UW is going with the same lineup today that proved so successful against Stanford: Thomas, Gaddy, Pondexter, Holiday and Breshers.
Meanwhile, normal gameday blogging plan here: updates through the game, postgame notes and quotes, then and quick overview. And comments always welcome, especially since I haven't done much of a job of figuring out this team yet.