BERKELEY, Calif. – Thus far, Washington’s game will travel.
The Huskies won their second straight to open Pacific-12 Conference play, this time picking apart Cal, 62-47, in front of a serene Haas Pavilion crowd on Wednesday night.
The Huskies (10-5 overall, 2-0 Pac-12) received a big night from their big man, Aziz N’Diaye, who had 12 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots.
C.J. Wilcox scored 19 points to become the 37th player in Washington history with 1,000 points or more.
Scott Suggs was the main factor in a lackluster night for the conference’s leading scorer, Allen Crabbe, who was held to nine points on 3-for-12 shooting – 12 below his average.
Washington bumbled its way through the first chunk of the second half, but Cal (9-6, 1-2) was equally ineffective. The 34-20 halftime lead UW built was maintained because the Huskies received multiple contributions. One possession, Desmond Simmons hit a baseline jumper. Another, Andrew Andrews grabbed an offensive board and put it back.
Washington’s halftime advantage was spurred by brutalizing Cal on the glass. The Huskies had 15 offensive rebounds in the first half. Cal had just 13 total rebounds.
The Huskies were able to turn those offensive rebounds and stern defense into a 13-0 run midway through the first half to go up by as many as 16 points.