The plan for the Washington Huskies was to play physical and wait for the Bears to fold. Washington got away with a lot of elbows, but that did not help UW stop Cal's offense. The Huskies were out scored 48-34 in the first half of the game. Washington has speed at the guard position and physical big men and that combination was thought to be the recipe for disaster for the Bears. One of the reasons California defeated Washington was their ability to control the boards. Cal out rebounded UW 35-26.
Coming into this game Jerome Randle was expected to have his hands full with Isaiah Thomas and Abdul Gaddy, but Thomas and Gaddy could not contain Randle all night. The Washington backcourt could not figure out if they should crowd Randle on defense to prevent him from shooting 3's or give him some room to stop him from driving to the basket. Jerome did a magnificent job of draining 3's and scoring in the lane. Randle finished the game with 33 points. Jerome was 3/5 from three and finished the game 12/19 from the field. If Randle continues to mix up his long range shooting with his ability to get to the rim he could string together a number of games of 25 points or more. California is now 8-4 in the Pac Ten and has a 1 game lead over Arizona State and Arizona for first place in the Pac Ten. The Bears cannot afford to have any bad performances for the remainder of the season. There are only six games left and after playing Oregon and Oregon State next week the Bears get the Arizona schools at home on Feb. 25th and 27th. First place in the Pac Ten could be on the line that week.