California overcame a sloppy offensive performance to beat Washington State 67-54 on Saturday.
BERKELEY, Calif. — Tyrone Wallace scored a season-high 16 points, Justin Cobbs made six free throws in the final two minutes and California overcame a sloppy offensive performance to beat Washington State 67-54 on Saturday.
Allen Crabbe had 14 points. Cobbs finished with 10 points, five assists and five rebounds for the Golden Bears (10-6, 2-2 Pac-12), who won for just the fourth time in 10 games after opening the season 6-0.
It definitely wasn’t pretty.
California was held without a basket over the final 4:59 but went 11 of 12 at the free-throw line to hold off Washington State (9-7, 0-3).
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Brock Motum scored 16 points for the Cougars, and Mike Ladd had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Wallace, a freshman who had been shut out in his previous two games at Haas Pavilion, had seven points in the first half for Cal but did his most effective work down the stretch.
After Royce Woolridge’s three-pointer cut the Cougars’ deficit to 52-49 with 5:50 left, Wallace grabbed a long offensive rebound and scored on a driving layup. He followed with a short jumper, then blocked a Motum layup attempt from behind before adding three free throws as part of a 9-1 run in the final minutes.
“We’re aware of how good a player he is,” Washington State coach Ken Bone said of Wallace. “They’re more than just Cobbs and Crabbe. They showed that tonight with Wallace.”
California tied a team record with 11 blocked shots, including a career-high six from Richard Solomon.
The Bears needed every one to hold off a pesky Washington State team that shot just 33.3 percent for the game but was within 58-51 with 3 ½ minutes to play.
But the Cougars went cold after a put-back by Ladd and managed only four baskets over the final 12 minutes while losing their third straight following a five-game winning streak.
“We were sort of out of sync on offense,” Motum said. “They have a lot of length inside. They blocked a few shots, and maybe we got timid.”