They hung close with the California Golden Bears Thursday night, but the Washington Huskies men’s basketball team allowed a 14-6 run over the final six minutes, fading to 69-59 defeat at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley (box). Cal’s Ivan Rabb, the only player in the Pac-12 averaging a double-double, had 20 points and 14 rebounds.
Markelle Fultz sank a pair of free throws with 5:52 remaining to bring the Huskies within 55-53. Washington’s trend of end-of-half slumps continued, however, as the Huskies missed six shots down the stretch.
Huskies (8-8, 1-3 Pac-12)
Sophomore guard David Crisp had a slow start, managing two points in the first half. Crisp found redemption in the second half, however, sinking four three-pointers to finish with 16 points.
Fultz failed to break 20 points for the first time in conference play. The freshman finished 3-of-15 from the field for 12 points.
Washington finished 22-of-62 from the floor (35.5 percent) and lost the second-chance points battle 22-10, despite each team recording 18 offensive rebounds.
“I think we’ve been turning a corner for a few weeks. The record doesn’t reflect it, but I think we’ve shown a sizeable amount of minutes where we’re doing a lot better job, and I think our guys sense that. Our guys know the difference. You know when you’ve put it all out there, and I thought they put it all out there tonight. I don’t see (frustration) at all.” – head coach Lorenzo Romar on team morale.
The Huskies travel to Palo Alto to take on Stanford (8-8, 0-4 Pac-12) Saturday (5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).