Justin Dentmon had a chance to win it in regulation. But he hit only one of two free throws with 0.2 seconds left. That forced overtime, where the Huskies were outscored 10-2.
Dentmon blamed himself, but no one else did. They Huskies all pointed to how much else they did wrong, and Romar said the team just didn't seem energized.
Star of the game: California freshman Ryan Anderson recorded 18 points and 14 rebounds, both game highs.
Key stats: Cal outrebounded Washington, 47-36. … Washington hit 14 of 25 free throws (56 percent). … The Golden Bears won despite shooting 37.9 percent from the field.
Key run: Washington didn't score until four minutes 12 seconds into the overtime. By then Cal had a seven-point lead.
Observations: The Huskies were outrebounded for the first time this season, and their streak ended against an unlikely opponent. Over the previous five games, Cal had been a minus-47 in cumulative rebounds. UW came into the game as the Pac-10 leader in rebounding margin, while Cal came in last. … Cal is 11-0 when holding teams to 70 or fewer points, but 0-6 when allowing 71 or more. … UW center Spencer Hawes had no blocked shots, and remains tied with Todd MacCulloch for the UW freshman record for blocks (32). … Cal senior guard Ayinde Ubaka scored 13 points, leaving him 18 short of 1,000 for his career. He would become the 35th Bear to reach that mark. … The game was attended by NBA scouts from the Timberwolves, Celtics, Bulls, Hornets, Kings, Warriors and Rockets.
Quotable: "We know he's a great player. We talked to our team about how tough he is. But he willed his team to win as a freshman. That's impressive." – UW coach Lorenzo Romar on Ryan Anderson, Cal's 6-foot-10 freshman center.
Next: 3 p.m. Saturday, at No. 24 Washington State, Beasley Coliseum, Pullman.