Washington basketball have clinched the Pac-12 title despite suffering a loss to the Cal Golden Bears on Thursday night, 76-73.
The Washington basketball team were 13-1 on the Pac-12 season heading into the game. The Huskies success has stemmed from taking care of the opposition late in the 2nd half. They unfortunately could not do the same against the Golden Bears.
The Huskies were unable to convert any shots crucial last minute shots. Jaylen Nowell played outstanding ball near the end of the game, but couldn’t make a shot in the closing 30 seconds. Additionally, David Crisp had the game of his life offensively, but wasn’t able to make a three point shot with time expiring to send the game into overtime.
Cal was in a place to upset someone late in conference play. They hadn’t won any game in Pac-12 and were simply overlooked by Washington.
The Washington basketball team played most of the first half from behind which will come as a surprise no one. They trailed Cal most of the first half when the Golden Bears visited Hec Ed earlier in the season. In this game, the Huskies were able to reduce the lead to 45-44 at half time. Unlike many of the games, they were unable to get a good lead in the second half and coast to victory.
David Crisp had a career night for the Dawgs, scoring 32 points with 21 coming in the first half to keep the Huskies in the game. He made 13 of 21 from the field including five of 12 behind the arc.
Jaylen Nowell was the only other player scoring in double digits for Washington with 22 points. He shot seven of 14 from the floor with four of six from the three point line.
The California Golden Bears had three players who scored in double figures. Darius McNeill led California with 19 points. He made six of nine with four of seven behind the arc. Freshmen center Connor Vanover had a career high 18 points to go with seven rebounds. Justin Sueing had 14 points along with eight rebounds and six assists.
The Washington Huskies play Stanford on Sunday. So they have an extra day to get ready for the Cardinal, and I expect they won’t overlook their opponents this time.