IT’S OVER — Cal 69-66.
WHY CALL TIMEOUT? — Monty called timeout after Cobbs made 1 of 2. Cal 69-66, 8.2.
ROSS AGAIN — Ross drained a three-pointer. Cal 68-66, 10.5.
NEARLY ALL THE WAY BACK — Simmons scored on a layup on an assist from Wroten. Bears coach Mike Montgomery called timeout. Cal 66-63, 51.4.
WROTEN AGAIN — Wroten drew a foul on a layup. He made the free throw. Cal 63-58, 3:42.
N’DIAYE OUT — N’Diaye has four fouls and he’s left the game. Kemp is in. Cal 59-51, 6:16.
ANOTHER TECHNICAL — Romar drew another technical. He got one Sunday. Romar complained about a call on N’Diaye for coming over the back on a rebound. Crabbe made both shots. Cal 57-51, 6:54.
KARDIAC HUSKIES — This place is electric. The crowd is shouting: “Go Huskies!” Can hardly hear myself think. Amazing how intimidating this place can be. The Bears are breaking down just as WSU did Sunday. Cal 55-51, 7:44.
TOUGH CALLS — The crowd is letting the refs have it. They’ve made some questionable calls in the second half. Cal 55-49, 9:05.
CAL ANSWERS — The Bears scored four straight points to quiet the crowd and stall UW’s momentum. Cal 51-42, 11:57.
HERE WE GO — Ross drained a three-pointer. Crowd goes crazy. Cal 47-42.
ANOTHER UW RUN — Gaddy has scored on back-to-back layup. He made the last one despite being fouled and is going to the line. The crowd has a little life. The fans haven’t had much reason to cheer, but they want to get into the game if the Huskies give them a reason. Cal 47-38, 13:59.
EARLY TIMEOUT — Romar took a timeout. After cutting Cal’s lead to seven, the Bears have bumped it back up to 11. Cal 41-30, 16:31.
PENETRATION — The Huskies have been able to get into the middle and drop the ball off to their big men. Simmons and N’Diaye both scored despite being fouled. Cal 37-30, 18:20.
SECOND HALF — Same starters.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — For the second straight game, the Huskies score 25 points in the first half. Sunday they were down by six and pulled off a second-half comeback against Washington State.
Two statistics jump out. One assist. Wow. And Ross is 1-for-5 shooting with two points. Needless to say those numbers must improve if the Huskies are going to win this game.
N’Diaye has done a nice job offensively and has a team-high eight points. He’s also surrendered 12 points to Thurmon, a walk-on. Wroten has muscled his way to six points on 2-for-7 shooting.
Washington is shooting 34.5 percent from the field, while Cal is 50 percent. The Huskies are 1 for 8 on three-pointers.
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HALFTIME — Cal 35-25.
WHERE’S ROSS? — Ross has two ponts on 1-for-4 shooting. Cal 33-22, 1:45.
BONUS — The Huskies have seven fouls. Cal is shooting two on every foul. Cal 33-21, 2:29.
GOOD CROWD — AP reporter Tim Booth estimates the crowd at 6,500. I say closer to 8,000. It’s way more than I expected. Good turnout considering the miserable conditions outside. Cal 31-21, 2:47.
LET’S GET PHYSICAL — Wroten and N’Diaye are keeping the Huskies in the game. Cal has no one that can stop them. Cal 29-21, 3:59.
ZONE WORKING — The Huskies have fallen into a zone again and forced back-to-back turnovers. Momentum is returning to Washington. Wroten is overpowering Gutierrez in the post. He scored on a layup and forced a foul. Wroten made both shots. Cal 24-19, 5:48.
PAC-12 SCORES — Colorado leads Arizona State 17-4. Arizona is ahead 14-11 on Utah and Oregon leads USC 14-12.
UH-OH — Romar called a timeout because things were getting out of hand. Aside from N’Diaye, no one has been able to crack Cal’s defense. Cal 22-12, 8:35.
WOW — Hard to believe, but walk-on Robert Thurman has a game-high eight points. Cal 18-10, 9:41.
CAREFUL — Wroten is back on the floor. He has two fouls and he has to be careful not to pick up another. If he does, he’s sitting until the second half. Feels like a dangerous time for the Huskies. Ross has yet to establish himself and there’s been no consistent offense. Washington is 1 for its last six and it has scored six points off of putbacks. Cal 15-10, 11:38.
SECOND SUB — Gutierrez drew a second offensive foul on Wroten. He’s out. Hikeem Stewart and Shawn Kemp Jr. are in. Cal 11-8, 14:23.
SIZE MATTERS — Cal doesn’t have anyone that can contain N’Diaye, who has four points on two putbacks. He has two rebounds. Cal 9-8, 15:19.
NBA MOVE — One of the reasons I love the way Gutierrez’s plays. He collected a long rebound and during the scramble, pumped and got Gaddy in the air before jumping into him and drawing the foul and sinking a mid-range jumper. That’s a Reggie Miller move. It’s little plays like that wins games. UW 8-8, 15:19.
FIRST SUBS — Darnell Gant is in for Simmons, who committed a turnover on the previous trip. UW 6-6, 15:55.
GOING ZONE — The Huskies are playing a 2-3 zone, which has slowed Cal’s offense. The Bears took a bad long jumper and committed a turnover. UW 6-5, 16:16.
MATCHUPS — Gutierrez starts on Wroten, Crabbe has Ross and Cobbs takes Gaddy. Both teams committed turnovers on their first possessions.
MOSH PIT — The Huskies had a rowdier than normal pre-game dance. Martin Breunig was in the middle being tossed and bounced around.
SPARSE CROWD — Nearing tip off. I count roughly 5,000 in attendance. Folks are still flowing through the doors so it could get better.
GOING THE DISTANCE — According to a UW spokesman, a referee had to fly to Portland drive to Seattle for today’s game. The officials are Michael Eggers, Don McAllister and Scott Brown.
THE WIZARD — Gus Johnson – the Sonic legend not the broadcaster, is in the house. He stopped by press row to say hello to Lenny Wilkens. Johnson still looks as if he could drop 30 points in a game.
STARTING LINEUPS — No change for UW: Abdul Gaddy, Tony Wroten Jr., Terrence Ross, Desmond Simmons and Aziz N’Diaye.
Cal: G Justin Cobbs, G Jorge Gutierrez, G Allen Crabbe, F Harper Kamp and F David Kravish.
OVERFLOW — We’re about 30 minutes from the start and still very few fans in the stands. However, the Dawg Pack has spilled over into the sections on both sides. Remember classes were canceled today so they kids may be extra hyped for this game.
EARLY ARRIVALS — The Dawg Pack is filled. We’re about 52 minutes away from tip off and there’s no one else in the stands.
CAL BACKUPS — Much has been made about Washington’s lack of depth, but California is also hurting. It looks as if backup guard Brandon Smith (concussion) will play after missing the past three games. He’s on the court and appears ready to play.
NEEDING REFS — Haven’t seen the officials just yet. Once they make it, the game will most certainly take place.
STATE OF EMERGENCY — Governor Christine Gregoire may have issued a state of emergency in Washington due to the winter storm that the Puget Sound hit this week, but we have basketball in just about an hour. Both teams are on the court and going through warmups.