Streaking WSU Cougars beat Cal; 1st Bay sweep since ’93

Feb 5, 2022, 4:20 PM | Updated: 9:51 pm

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) – Michael Flowers scored 21 points and went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final 31 seconds and the WSU Cougars beat California 68-64 on Saturday.

WSU Cougars 68, Cal 64: Box Score

Jalen Celestine’s 3-pointer brought Cal within 66-64 with 35 seconds to go after Flowers made a pair of foul shots with 31 seconds remaining.

After an intentional foul by Cal, WSU’s Noah Williams went to the line and missed the front end of a one-and-one and Grant Anticevich secured the rebound for Cal. But the Bears’ Joel Brown missed a shot attempt with six seconds left, and after getting fouled, Flowers sank a pair to seal it.

Efe Abogidi scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Tyrell Roberts scored 12 and Mouhamed Gueye had 10 for the WSU Cougars.

The surging WSU Cougars (14-7, 7-3 Pac-12) now have won five straight. After its 66-60 win at Stanford on Thursday, Saturday’s win over Cal marked the first time since 1993 WSU posted a sweep of the Bay Area schools.

When Flowers hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game it marked the 100th time in his career he reached double digits in scoring. That basket gave the Cougars a 46-38 lead with 13:58 remaining.

Abogidi sank a pair of foul shots with 52 seconds before halftime to break a tie at 31 and Washington State never trailed again.

Reserve Jalen Celestine scored 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting for Cal. Anticevich, also off the bench, went 6 for 11 and scored and Jordan Shepherd was the only Bears starter with 10 as he missed 13 of 18 shot attempts.

The Cougars will host No. 7 Arizona on Thursday. Cal will try to end its 10-game losing streak at Oregon State on Wednesday.

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