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Huskies fall to 3-6 at Pac-10 mid-point

Here' is my game story of Washington's 79-75 loss to Cal.

The Huskies are 3-6 and alone in ninth place as the Pac-10 race hit its midpoint. Obviously that's ugly, but coach Lorenzo Romar pointed out how quickly certain team's fortunes have changed at times this season: ASU's quick tumble, Oregon's quick tumble, WSU's ongoing stagger, and, of course, California's resurrection on the strength of their Washington sweep.

The ongoing problem, however, is their brutal free throw shooting, which might well have cost them both the WSU and Cal games, and obviously things would look a lot differnent with two more league wins and two fewer league losses.

Everyone seems perplexed about the terrible foul shooting, swearing that the team -- except Wallace and MBA -- shoot them just fine in practice.

I'll look more at that issue during the week.

Some notes:

Star of the game: Ryan Anderson led Cal with 33 points and 17 rebounds, both game highs. That follows a 27-point, nine-rebound performance Thursday at Washington State, making the sophomore forward a solid bet for Pac-10 player of the week.

Key stats: Cal hit 14 of 16 free throws, while Washington hit eight of 18. … The Golden Bears outrebounded the Huskies 41-34, including 24-11 in the second half. ... UW forward Jon Brockman played just 24 minutes due to foul trouble and had a season-low four rebounds.

Key run: California went on a 15-5 run in the middle of the second half, with Anderson providing all 15 points.

Observations: This is the first time UW has lost consecutive home games since January 2004. … Brockman continues to be hampered by a groin injury. … Anderson's 33 points were the most by a UW opponent since Gonzaga's Adam Morrison scored 43 in December 2005. … UW junior Artem Wallace had his first career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, both career highs.

Quotable: "We don't run plays for me or anything like that. … If I keep rebounding, the points are going to come. I don't really worry about it. I'm just trying to help this team win." – Wallace, on his big night.

Next: 7 p.m. Thursday, Southern California, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.