In a game that was over more or less before it even started, California jumped out to a 12-2 lead over Washington State and never looked back, defeating the Cougars 80-62 and sending them to their 13th consecutive loss.
It was a sad home finale for seniors Brett Boese and Junior Longrus, who surely were hoping to redeem something in this disaster of a season. Longrus posted two points, one rebound and one assist in 13 minutes; Boese had zero points and two rebounds.
Alas, the Cougars saw their three-game Senior Day winning streak snapped by a team that is their opposite in virtually every way: The Golden Bears are young, supremely talented, and playing their best basketball of the season as they approach the NCAA tournament.
It was going to take a special offensive performance from the Cougs for them to have a chance, as Cal came into the game with the top defense in the Pac-12, while WSU possesses the worst offense in the conference. Unfortunately, it was clear early that the Cougars probably weren't going to have enough juice to keep up with the Golden Bears. Through the first 10 minutes, WSU had just nine points as they trailed by 13.
However, a couple of factors kept the game from turning into a complete runaway, as WSU was able to keep the deficit under double digits at the break, 40-31.
On the offensive end, Conor Clifford once again came off the bench and asserted himself, scoring eight points. Additionally, the Cougars were able to get to the line 14 times and make 13 of them, while turning the ball over just three times. It all mitigated the fact that they shot just 40 percent from the field. Meanwhile, Cal's carelessness on defense was compounded by its carelessness with the ball on offense as the Golden Bears turned it over eight times.
The thing about that, though, was that it was a lot more reasonable to expect Cal to stop making mistakes than it was to expect WSU to turn up the offense. And that's exactly what happened. WSU went to the line just two times in the whole second half while continuing to shoot poorly; meanwhile, Tyrone Wallace took over, scoring all 17 of his points after the break.
WSU was able to "close" to within eight at 48-40 early in the second half, but the Cougars would get no closer.
Que Johnson led the Cougs with 17 points, while Josh Hawkinson and Clifford each dropped in 12 points.