Huskies’ Roy scores 27 in win against Cal
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Brandon Roy celebrated senior night in style,
pouring in 27 points and besting Leon Powe in a battle of the conference’s top
two players, as No. 17 Washington defeated California, 73-62, at Bank of
Roy made 9-of-13 from the floor and Jamaal Williams contributed 13 points for
the Huskies (22-5, 11-5 Pac-10), who have won six straight games. Justin
Dentmon and Ryan Appleby each added 10 points in the victory.
“We wanted to have fun and enjoy the moment. We got the win and now it is time
to enjoy the moment,” said Roy of his final collegiate home game.
Powe, the conference’s top scorer and rebounder, was held to 14 points and
eight rebounds. The problem with Powe wasn’t poor shooting but an inability to
shake free from Jon Brockman, who used his weight advantage to shove the
forward off the block. Richard Midgley led California (17-8, 11-5) with 15
points and Theo Robertson donated 13 in the club’s second loss in three games.
With UCLA’s 70-53 victory over Oregon on Sunday, the battle for the conference
crown has come down to a three-team sprint. The Bruins hold a one-game lead
over both Washington and Cal, but they lost both meetings with the Huskies and
their first contest with the Bears this season. UCLA and Cal square off
Thursday night in Berkeley in a game with plenty at stake.
While the Bruins have a rich history, the Huskies haven’t won a conference
crown since 1985 and the Bears haven’t hoisted the trophy since 1960.
Roy made sure his club stayed on the path toward the conference championship
with a performance that epitomized his four-year stay in Seattle.
Midgley’s three got Cal within 38-37, but Mike Jensen drained a long-distance
jumper on the other end. After Ayinde Ubaka’s jumper made the score 43-40, the
Huskies ripped off seven consecutive points to seize a double-digit edge.
Roy made two free throws, Brockman converted from in close and Bobby Jones
netted a three-pointer to make the score 50-40 with 10:03 on the clock.
The resilient Bears cut the lead to 55-49 on two free throws by Robertson, but
Williams’ jumper with 4:47 left capped a quick 7-1 spurt that stretched the
lead to 62-50.
Cal refused to quit, as a pair of three-pointers sandwiched around Powe’s
jumper cut the deficit to 64-58. However, the go-to guy Roy buried a game-
clinching three to make it a nine-point game with 2:18 remaining.
The Huskies held on for the victory from there.
“Our team played well,” said Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar. “They did a
nice job and it’s nice to play this way as we prepare to go on the road for
these last two games.”
A back-and-fourth opening half ended with Washington in front 33-29.
The all-time series is now tied at 71-71…California defeated Washington,
71-69, in the first meeting this season…Washington shot 56 percent from the
floor and made 10-of-20 from beyond the arc…The Bears made just 41 percent
of their shots…Washington concludes its season on the Arizona swing versus
the Sun Devils and Wildcats.