The Washington State Cougars (9-1, 2-1) defeated the University of California, Berkeley Golden Bears (5-7, 0-5) 71-60 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, California.
Senior guard Isaac Bonton led the game with 21 points and six assists for the Cougars. Bonton went 7-11 from the field scoring key buckets and adding important free throws late in the game to seal the victory for WSU. Cougar Freshman standout center Efe Abogidi posted a near double-double as well, scoring 12 points and grabbing 9 rebounds.
The Cougar’s defense played well against Cal , forcing the Golden Bears to shoot 34% from the field. Junior forward Andre Kelly was the leading scorer for the Golden Bears with 11 points.
Both teams struggled to put the ball in the basket in the first half. Cal led 17-13 after the first ten minutes of game action, thanks in part to eight turnovers by the Cougars. Although the Cougars began to turn it around late in the first half and wound up with a 31-28 lead over the Golden Bears at halftime.
WSU continued to play well in the second half. The Cougars jumped out to an 11-point lead five minutes into the second half and led by as many as 15. Sophomore guard Noah Williams scored 11 points in the second half after being held scoreless in the first half.
The game got somewhat tense late after the Golden Bears cut the lead to seven with a potential four-point play by Graduate Senior guard Malake Foreman. Foreman missed the free throw and the Cougs were able finish the game off with free-throws.
This win ties the Cougars with the Arizona Wildcats for the best overall record in the conference. Washington State’s next game comes against the University of Stanford Cardinal on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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