Moses Wood's buzzer-beating trey lifts Washington

January 19, 2024 3:20 pm

[Source: Reuters]

Moses Wood drained a corner 3-pointer as time expired to give Washington a dramatic 77-75 victory over Cal in Pac-12 play on Thursday night at Berkeley, Calif.

Keion Brooks Jr. recorded 21 points and seven rebounds for Washington (11-7, 3-4 Pac-12), which defeated the Golden Bears for the sixth straight time.

The Huskies trailed by six with just over two minutes remaining before closing the game with a 10-2 run. Wood was just 2-of-10 shooting, including 2 of 8 from 3-point range, despite making the decisive shot to finish with 13 points.

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Anthony Holland scored 14 points and Sahvir Wheeler had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Huskies.

Fardaws Aimaq had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Cal (6-12, 2-5) but missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free-throw situation with 23 seconds left. Jaylon Tyson and Jalen Cone scored 17 points apiece for the Golden Bears, who lost for the fifth time in seven games.

A three-point play by Aimaq gave Cal a 67-65 lead with 4:47 remaining and he added a jumper 82 seconds later to give the Golden Bears a five-point lead.

A 3-pointer by Tyson made it 73-67 with 2:05 remaining before Wheeler scored on a layup with 1:54 left and Wood made two free throws with 32.7 seconds remaining to move Washington within two.

Cone hit two free throws for Cal but Holland drilled a 3-pointer as the Huskies trailed 75-74 with 24.1 seconds remaining before Aimaq’s free-throw miss set up the game-ending sequence.

Washington made 37.7 percent of its shots and was 10 of 35 from 3-point range.

The Golden Bears shot 46.6 percent and were 8 of 21 from behind the arc.

A 3-pointer by Wilhelm Breidenbach gave Washington a 48-37 lead with 17:13 left in the game.

Cal struck back with a 13-4 run and moved within 52-50 on Aimaq’s dunk with 13:49 remaining.

Washington scored the next seven points with Wood making free throws to make it 59-50 with 12:12 left.

A 3-pointer by Wheeler gave the Huskies a 62-55 lead with 10:13 to play before Cal rattled off 10 straight points. A jumper by Aimaq tied it and Keonte Kennedy followed with a trey to give the Golden Bears the lead with 5:33 left.

Holland knocked down a 3-pointer 29 seconds later to tie it at 65.

Brooks scored 16 first-half points to help the Huskies to a 40-35 lead at the break. Tyson had 12 in the half for Cal.