Pre-March Madness: Cal tops No. 25 Washington to snap 23-game Pac-12 skid

first_img“We’ve been on a rough stretch,” Bears forward Justice Sueing said, “for just about all of 2019.”Oh, and despite the stunning loss, Washington (22-6, 13-2), which had won 15 of 16 coming into the game, clinched the Pac-12 regular-season title.Madness. FIRST UPSET OF MARCH!@CalMBBall ends its 23-game conference losing streak and UPSETS No. 25 Washington! pic.twitter.com/YOb2ExYodV— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 1, 2019More simply, though — as the Cal’s official website put it — it was about time, and not the kind on a clock or involving the Eastern or Pacific zones.MOOD. 🥳@CalMBBall | #Pac12Hoops pic.twitter.com/EGiXklGtlx— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) March 1, 2019″We knew we had it in us. We just had to find it,” said Cal center Connor Vanover, who scored a career-high 18 points and added seven rebounds. “It took awhile, but now I think moving forward we will have a clear head. If we can beat Washington, why not anyone else?”BIG BIG MOOD 💯THE BEARS TAKE DOWN THE NO. 25 HUSKIES.#Earned pic.twitter.com/hvirxGkoIR— Cal Basketball (@CalMBBall) March 1, 2019But first, about beating Washington: Cal moved to 1-15 in the Pac-12, 6-22 overall. It was the Bears’ first Pac-12 victory since they beat Oregon State on Feb. 3, 2018, covering 23 conference games. It snapped a 16-game losing streak this season, dating to a win over San Jose State on Dec. 21.  Technically, yes, by the time Cal held off No. 25 Washington, 76-73, Thursday night in Berkeley, California, the clock on the East Coast had ticked over from February into March.So it’s not really jumping the gun to call the Golden Bears’ first Pac-12 win in more than a year the start of March Madness.last_img read more