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January 2, 2015 at 11:57 PM

Five impressions: California 81, No. 21 Washington 75

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar gestures to his players during the first half an NCAA college basketball game against California in Berkeley, Calif., Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar gestures to his players during the first half of their 81-75 loss to California. (Photo credit: Jeff Chiu – AP Photo)

No. 21 Washington dropped its Pac-12 opener 81-75 at California.

Here’s a few thoughts.

Mike Anderson can’t be everywhere: Washington put Anderson, its defensive ace, on Tyrone Wallace in the first half and he held the Golden Bear guard to four points on 2-for-13 shooting. Meanwhile, the Huskies failed to contain sophomore guard Jordan Matthews who drained 8 of 14 shots, including 5 of 8 three-pointers for 31 points – one shy of his personal best. The Huskies had to know Cal has limited scoring options. Forward Christian Behrens and guard Sam Singer are non-offensive threats. And Cal received just seven points from its bench, which included four reserves. Someone other than Anderson needed to step up and commit themselves defensively to stopping Matthews. But that didn’t happen. Not sure if the Huskies can call themselves a defensive-oriented team after surrendering 31 points to Matthews and allowing Cal to shoot 60.9 percent (14 of 23) in the second half.

UW couldn’t stop David Kravish: Didn’t expect Matthews to score 31 points, but it was equally surprising to see David Kravish torch the Huskies with 21 points and on 10-for-16 shooting and 10 rebounds. He did it against a formidable UW front line that dominated the rebounding battle 42-29. However, Kravish was unstoppable.

Still looking for someone who can make a 3: Washington was 3 of 11 on three-pointers. The Huskies attempted just four threes in the first half. They were 3 of 7 in the second half, which includes a few hurried three-point attempts in the final minutes. It’s not good.

Who is the go-to guy? Interesting to see that down the stretch Washington leaned heavily on Nigel Williams-Goss and Robert Upshaw. They’re good scoring options. Williams-Goss was 7 of 16 for 19 points. Upshaw sank 6 of 10 shots for 16 points. Not sure if UW ran a lot of pick n’ rolls with those two, but the Huskies struggled to find consistent offense in the second half despite scoring 43 points.

Streaky Andrew Andrews and Shawn Kemp Jr.: A two-minute stretch midway in the first half symbolized Andrews’ night. After sitting for awhile, he came in and was looked for his offense. He drained back-to-back jumpers that put the Huskies up 18-15. On the ensuing possessions, he committed two turnovers, including a dead ball foul. Andrews finished with 10 points on 3-for-8 shooting, including 0 for 2 on three-pointers. Meanwhile, Kemp had several point-blank attempts roll out. He had four points on 2-for-7 shooting. Starting to think Andrews and Kemp might be the X-factors. Williams-Goss and Upshaw have been fairly consistent offensively recently. But Kemp’s points are a bonus and whenever Andrews gets hot behind the arc, the Huskies are difficult to stop.

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