Streaking Washington St. beats Cal; 1st bay sweep since 1993

Michael Flowers scored 21 points and went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final 31 seconds and Washington State beat California 68-64 on Saturday.

Jalen Celestine’s 3-pointer took Cal to 66-64 with 35 seconds left after Flowers fired 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 of a one-on-one and Grant Anticevich secured the rebound for Cal. But the Bears’ Joel Brown missed a shot attempt with six seconds remaining, and after being 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 Washington State.

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

When Flowers hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game, it was the 100th time in his career that he had hit double digits. That basket gave the Cougars a 46-38 lead with 13:58 left.

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 host No. 7 Arizona on Thursday. Cal will look to end its 10-game losing streak against Oregon State on Wednesday.


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