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DJ Rodman leads Washington State past Cal

Jan 11, 2023; Pullman, Washington, USA; Washington State Cougars forward Mouhamed Gueye (35) shoots the ball against California Golden Bears forward Obinna Anyanwu (23) in the first half at Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

DJ Rodman and Mouhamed Gueye scored 14 points apiece as Washington State took control in the second half to beat California 66-51 on Wednesday in Pullman, Wash.

Justin Powell had 12 points and Kymany Houinsou chipped in nine for Washington State (8-10, 3-4 Pac-12), which avoided a letdown after ending Arizona’s 28-game home winning streak with a 74-61 victory on Saturday.

Marsalis Roberson led Cal (3-14, 2-4) with a career-high 11 points, while Grant Newell, Obinna Anyanwu and Kuany Kuany scored seven apiece.

Washington State opened the second half on a 15-2 run after leading by one at the break. Rodman made three of his four 3-pointers during the pivotal stretch.

Cal, which had won three of four after opening the season with 12 losses, trailed 50-37 after scoring a total of seven points in the first eight minutes of the second half.

The Cougars stretched their lead to 60-41 after Andrej Jakimovski hit a 3-pointer with 7:36 remaining and cruised to their program-record sixth straight win against Cal.

The Golden Bears were held to 28.6-percent shooting in the second half while being outscored 35-21.

Rodman has scored in double figures in five straight games for Washington State, which shot 46 percent from the field and 42.9 percent (9 of 21) from beyond the arc.

After tying a school record with 16 3-pointers in a 92-70 win over Stanford on Friday, Cal was held to 35.8-percent shooting from the field against the Cougars, including 5 of 20 (25 percent) from 3-point range.

Gueye scored 13 points in the first half for Washington State, which led by seven before Newell and DeJuan Clayton hit consecutive 3-pointers to help Cal trim the deficit to 31-30 at intermission.

The Cougars shot 40 percent from the field and 3 of 10 (30 percent) from beyond the arc in the first half before heating up after the break.

Both teams played without their leading scorers. Washington State’s TJ Bamba sat out with a left hand injury, while Cal’s Devin Askew missed his third straight game due to an undisclosed injury.

–Field Level Media