UW moves past Cal into seventh place in the Pac-10 standings.
In my game story, I wrote about the huge difference between the Huskies at home and the Huskies on the road.
However, I certainly could have written about the hustle of Jon Brockman ... again. He led all scorers with 22 points and added a game-high and career-high-tying 14 rebounds. But most of all he led in, well, leadership. Enough to draw amazing praise from coach Lorenzo Romar. The quote below is just a small sample.
Key stats: Washington outrebounded the Bears, 37-23, and outshot them .569 to .446. That allowed them to overcome 16 turnovers and a 19-7 disadvantage in points off turnovers.
Key run: Cal had pulled to within two points with just under five minutes left, when UW went on a decisive 10-0 run. Brockman started it, scoring five straight points on a pair of spin moves down low and a foul shot. Then Hawes was intentionally fouled before a layup, which resulted in a four-point possession.
Observations: UW coach Lorenzo Romar reinserted forward Quincy Pondexter into the starting lineup ahead of Phil Nelson. Pondexter had started the first 13 games, and was Washington's leading scorer early in the season. However, he lost his starting job to Nelson early in conference play. … Washington has shot better than 50 percent in nine of its 15 home games.
Quotable: "When all is said and done there is a good chance – he is only a sophomore, so we don't know what is going to happen – there is a good chance (Brockman) could be the best leader I have ever been around." – Lorenzo Romar.
Next: 4 p.m. Sunday, vs. No. 25 Stanford, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.