Jan. 2, 2005
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Richard Midgley scored 22 points and contributed to a strong defense effort to lead California to a 59-47 victory over Washington State on Sunday at the Spokane Arena.
The Bears (8-4, 1-1 Pac-10) held the Cougars (6-5, 1-1) to 29.8 percent shooting from the field. Washington State finished 1-for-16 on 3-pointers. For one 20-minute period midway through the game, the Cougars went 1-for-16 on field-goal attempts.
California's Rod Benson added 13 points and seven rebounds.
Jeff Varem led the Cougars with 15 points and eight rebounds. Thomas Kelati, the Cougars' season scoring leader, was guarded by Midgley for most of the game and scored four points. Kelati went 0-for-5 on 3-pointers.
California led all the way after an early 10-0 run. The Cougars trailed 33-23 at the half, then missed their first eight field-goal attempts of the second half to fall behind 47-27.
Washington State later outscored California on a 15-1 run before Midgley scored on a drive to boost the Bears' lead to 50-40 with 2:58 left.
The Cougars rank among national leaders with just 52.4 points allowed per game, but they also rank among the worst teams in the nation with a scoring average of 49.9. California holds opponents to 61.7 points per game and 38.9 percent shooting from the field.
The Bears played without key starters Leon Powe and Ayinde Ubaka, both sidelined with injuries. Washington State starting forward Shami Gill sat out the game with a lingering back injury.