Joe Wolfinger (Dawgman.com)
BERKELEY, Calif. - With Jon Brockman on the bench for much of the second half, Washington turned to other options to score. They got a perfect shooting night from Joe Wolfinger, who scored a career-high 17 points to lead the Huskies to an 87-84 win over California at Haas Pavilion Saturday.
Ryan Appleby chipped in 16 for Washington (16-14, 7-10), while Quincy Pondexter and Justin Dentmon added 12 each.
The Huskies played their most efficient game of the season, shooting 54 percent from the field and producing 19 assists to only six turnovers. They out-scored Cal in the paint 44-28 and also out-scored the Bears in bench points 49-12.
Cal's Ryan Anderson, who scored 33 points in the Bears' 79-75 win over the Huskies earlier in Seattle, was held to just four points in the first half and 19 overall. The Bears were led in scoring by Eric Vierneisel, who also had a career-high day by going 5-5 from 3-point range and scoring 20 points overall.
But Wolfinger was the story on Saturday. When Husky center Artem Wallace was called for his fourth foul only a minute into the second half and Brockman called for his fourth just three minutes later and the Huskies up five, UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar had to go to Wolfinger and freshman forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning to keep Cal big men Anderson and DeVon Hardin in check.
Not only did they minimize the damage defensively, but Wolfinger went on the offensive attack, hitting four 3-pointers - his last to put Washington up 80-70 with 2:12 left in the game.
Vierniesel, a senior, did not want his last home game to be a loss, and he hit a three to bring the Bears back to only down four. Patrick Christopher, who had hit a three late to help trim the Huskies' lead, missed a runner with less than half-a-minute left on the game clock, and Brockman - who only had four rebounds on the night - collected a key miss and the Bears were forced to foul Ryan Appleby.
With 15 ticks on the clock, the senior from Stanwood calmly put both free throws down to give Washington an 86-81 advantage they would never relinquish.
Points: Wolfinger 17, Appleby 16, Pondexter 12, Dentmon 12, Brockman 10, Bryan-Amaning 6, Morris 4, Wallace 4, Overton 4, Smith 2
Minutes: Appleby 35, Pondexter 31, Brockman 23, Dentmon 21, Bryan-Amaning 20, Overton 19, Wolfinger 18, Wallace 16, Morris 13, Smith 4
Rebounds: Pondexter 7, Bryan-Amaning 5, Brockman 4, Overton 4, Wallace 3, Appleby 3, Dentmon 2, Morris 1, TEAM 1
Assists: Pondexter 4, Morris 3, Overton 3, Appleby 3, Dentmon 3, Bryan-Amaning 2, Wolfinger 1
Steals: Overton 3, Brockman 2
Blocks: Dentmon 1