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February 26, 2006

Roy leads Washington past Cal



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SEATTLE - Brandon Roy scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half to lead No. 17 Washington into a second place tie in the Pac-10 with a 73-62 win over California Sunday night.

Playing in his final home game of an impressive career, Roy made 9 of 13 shots, 7 of 9 in the second half, as Washington (22-5, 11-5) avenged a January loss to the Bears by breaking open a rugged game midway through the final period.

The Huskies and Bears are tied for second, one game behind UCLA, with two regular-season games remaining. California hosts UCLA Thursday, while Washington is at ninth-place Arizona State.

Roy's breakout was his highest scoring output in 14 games, dating to the 27 he scored in a loss to Washington State on Jan. 7. The Pac-10 player of the year candidate has scored at least 20 points in eight consecutive games. He was second in the conference to California's Leon Powe in scoring coming in, with an average of 19.7 points per game.

Powe, who entered the weekend as one of only two players in Division I-A averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, scored 14 points and had eight rebounds. He sat out the final 5:34 of the opening half with two fouls.

Richard Midgley led the Bears (17-8, 12-4) with 15 points.

California's slide into its double-digit deficit and its second loss in nine games coincided with Midgley getting his fourth foul with 14:10 left. The Bears scored just one basket over the next 4 1/2 minutes with their point guard sitting out.

Roy was fouled on a twisting layup while falling down, and he converted the three-point play give Washington a four-point lead 3:03 into the second half.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Bobby Jones and Justin Dentmon gave Washington a 53-42 lead with 9:14 remaining. The Huskies made three of their first six 3-pointers in the second half and were 10-for-20 from behind the arc overall.

Roy then kept that lead comfortable. He spun over California's Ayinde Ubaka for a basket with the shot clock about to expire. Then he looked around and seemed to have no other option but to shoot a 3-pointer. That also swished. Roy coolly shook his head and then exhorted the crowd with both arms to celebrate a 60-50 lead with 5:36 to go.

California closed to within 64-58 on a 3-pointer by Theo Robertson with 2:46 to go. But Roy had an answer for that, too.

He made another 3-point shot and then backpedaled as the sellout crowd roared over Washington's 67-58 lead with 2:14 left.



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