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Woods’ 3 at the buzzer lifted Washington against California, 77-75

Keion Brooks Jr. sent a long, long pass inside the Cal logo at center court and dribbled once before firing a quick pass to a wide-open Moses Wood in the corner for the game-winning 3-pointer at the horn to extend Washington’s 77-75 victory over California on Thursday night.

The come-from-behind victory gave Washington six straight wins against the Golden Bears and 10 wins in the last 13 meetings. The Huskies now lead the all-time series, 88-87.

Washington (11-7, 3-4 Pac-12) took a 62-55 lead on Sahvir Wheeler’s 3-pointer with 10:13 left, but the Huskies went scoreless in five minutes. stretch that saw Cal take a 65-62 lead on Keonte Kennedy’s 3-pointer with 5:33 left.

Anthony Kennedy ended the drought with a 3 to tie it at 65-65 with 5:04 left, but Fardaws Aimaq hit a three-point play to bring the Golden Bears (6-12, 2-5) back. in front. Wood hit two free throws near the three-minute mark to get Washington within three, but Jaylon Tyson hit a three to make it 73-67.

Wheeler made a basket to cut the deficit to four and Woods added two more free throws to make it 73-71 with 32 seconds left. Jalen Cone made two free throws to push Cal’s lead to 75-71, but Anthony Holland hit a 3 to pull Washington within one point. Brooks’ layup attempt was blocked by Fardaws Aimaq with four seconds left. Wheeler controlled the offensive rebound and found Brooks with an outlet pass.

Washington went cold from 3-point range in the final 10 minutes and hit just 10 of 35 shots from distance (28.6%) for the game. Brooks led the Huskies with 21 points and seven rebounds. Holland added 14 points off the bench, hitting 4 of 9 from deep, and Wood and Wheeler both added 13 points.

Aimaq led Cal with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Tyson and Cone scored 17 each.

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