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February 1, 2015 at 11:52 PM

Three impressions: California 90, Washington 88

Washington's Nigel Williams-Goss shoots and scores a go-ahead basket with less than a minute left in the game against California in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Seattle. California went on to win 90-88. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Washington’s Nigel Williams-Goss shoots and scores a go-ahead basket with less than a minute left in the game against California in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Seattle. California went on to win 90-88. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

California guard Sam Singer buried a three-pointer in the final seconds that toppled Washington 90-88 at Alaska Airlines Arena.

It’s the third straight loss for the Huskies who fell to 14-7, 3-6 Pac-12.

Here’s a few thoughts.

SMALL BALL WORKS AND IT DOESN’T — Washington played its five-guard lineup for extended minutes in the second straight game. The debut last Wednesday was ragged. After three days practice, the Huskies were better Sunday. Especially on the offensive end where they scored a season high 88 points and shot 53.2 percent from the field. Washington converted 8 of 19 three-pointers (42.1 percent) and went to the line 20 times for 14 points. The Huskies forced 14 turnovers that resulted in 19 points and they collected eight steals, which also tied a season high. However, Cal beat up Washington inside. The Golden Bears dominated the rebounding battle 38-22. Washington had just three offensive rebounds. The Bears also shot 60 percent from the field and scored 50 points in the paint. Shawn Kemp Jr. finished with 11 points and just two rebounds in 23 minutes. Five players – all guards – logged minutes more than the 6-9 senior forward. Washington’s other big man 7-foot junior center Gilles Dierickx did not play.

NIGEL WILLIAMS-GOSS HAD HIMSELF A GAME — There’s been games when Williams-Goss scored more points, collected more rebounds and dished out more assists. But not sure the sophomore guard has ever played better than he did Sunday. He did a little bit of everything while carrying the Huskies to the finish line. Williams-Goss tallied 31 points – one shy of his career high – six rebounds and five assists. He also collected a steal and didn’t have a turnover in 40 minutes. He converted 11 of 17 field goals, including 3 of 6 three-pointers. He also sank 6 of 6 free throws. Can’t play much better than that. Williams-Goss also made the clutch baskets when they mattered most. He drilled a three-pointer from the corner as time expired in the first half that cut UW’s deficit to 43-41. When the Huskies trailed by a point, he sank a mid-range jumper with 22 seconds left that gave them an 88-87 lead with 22 seconds left.

GOOD DEFENSE, BETTER OFFENSE — Give Lorenzo Romar and his coaching staff credit for switching to a 2-3 zone on Cal’s last offensive play. Down one, the Golden Bears called timeout with 22 seconds left and drew up a play anticipating UW would be in its man-to-man defense. The Huskies’ zone prevented Cal from going inside. The Huskies also were somewhat fortunate in that the ball was exactly where they wanted it to be. They didn’t want Jordan Matthews taking the last shot because he was 4 of 6 on three-pointers and had a team-high 23 points. They didn’t want Tyrone Wallace taking it either because he’s a decent (31.6 percent) three-point shooter. Washington wanted Sam Singer taking the shot. Singer was 13.8 percent behind the arc this season. He hadn’t hit a three-pointer in the previous six games. Singer had the ball at the top of the key and Andrew Andrews  wisely backed off and prevented him from driving to the basket. And yet Singer overcame an exceptional defensive effort with a dagger three-pointer over Andrews who drained a similar game-winning shot 10 days ago.

 

 

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