BERKELEY, Calif. -- Richard Solomon had 12 points and nine rebounds, Tyrone Wallace added 13 points and California remained unbeaten in Pac-12 Conference play with a 76-51 win over Washington State on Saturday.
The Golden Bears (14-4, 5-0 Pac-12) had to weather an early 18-4 run by the Cougars, then pulled away in the second half to secure their sixth straight win. It extended Cal's best start in conference since winning opening 7-0 in 2003.Solomon fell one rebound shy of a seventh double-double this season but helped the Bears stay perfect in the Pac-12 with four dunks in the second half. Three of them came on consecutive possessions while the fourth put Cal up 63-46.D.J. Shelton scored 17 points with 11 rebounds for Washington State, which played its fourth straight game without leading scorer DaVonte Lacy.The win allowed Cal to keep pace in the Pac-12 with unbeaten No. 1 Arizona. The two teams play Feb. 1 at Haas Pavilion.Bears coach Mike Montgomery, in his sixth season at Cal, also moved into a tie with Lou Campanelli for the third-most wins in school historyJustin Cobbs had 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds for the Bears, who outscored the Cougars 40-10 in the paint.Without Lacy, who is out with a rib injury after missing two games earlier this season due to appendicitis, Washington State (8-10, 1-5) couldn't keep up with Cal despite a strong run in the first half.The Cougars fell behind 6-0 before switching to a 1-1-3 zone that the Bears struggled adjusting to.Shelton scored six points during the run and Que Johnson added five, while Royce Woolridge's layup put Washington State up 18-10.Cal came back to lead 34-33 at the break then pulled away in the second half.Jordan Mathews and Jeff Powers made 3-pointers and Solomon had a dunk on three straight possessions to put the Bears up 50-37. After an intentional foul by the Cougars, David Kravish scored on a short jumper that pushed Cal's lead to 17.Coming off a 32-point loss to Stanford on Wednesday, Washington State never got out of its offensive rut and remained winless at Haas Pavilion since 2008. The Cougars managed only a pair of baskets by Shelton through the first nine minutes of the second half, trailed by as much as 23, and shot just 34.0 percent overall.