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Gueye, Bamba lead WSU Cougars past Cal 63-57

Feb 25, 2023, 5:33 PM

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WSU guard Jabe Mullins celebrates with forwards Mouhamed Gueye and DJ Rodman after beating Cal on Feb. 25, 2023. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Mouhamed Gueye had 20 points and 10 rebounds, TJ Bamba scored 19 points, and WSU defeated California 63-57 on Saturday for the Cougars’ fifth straight win.

WSU 63, Cal 57: Box score

Cal made only four field goals in the first eight minutes of the second half but was able to tie the score at 39 on a pair of free throws by Kuany Kuany with 11:22 remaining. The Cougars did not surrender the lead and a jumper by Gueye gave them a 53-44 lead with 4:37 left. A dunk by Bamba made it 57-47 with 1:37 to go and his free throws at 1:02 gave the Cougars their largest lead, 59-48.

The score was tied four times but the Cougars (15-15, 10-9 Pac-12) never trailed.

Joel Brown had 13 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Golden Bears (3-26, 2-16). Kuany had 11 points and nine rebounds, and Monty Bowser scored 10 points. Cal, which had a 12-game losing streak earlier in the season, has now last 13 in a row.

Shooting statistics were similar for both teams. Cal hit on 37% to WSU’s 33%. The Cougars made 6 of 25 3-pointers (24%) to Cal’s 5 of 18 (28%). WSU made 21 of 26 free throws (81%) and Cal hit on 14 of 18 (78%).

Gueye, who finished with a Pac-12 best 14th double-double of the season, had 11 points to help Washington State grab a 29-26 at halftime.

Washington State completed a sweep of the Bay Area schools in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1981-1983, when current WSU radio broadcaster Craig Ehlo played under coach George Raveling.

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