BERKELEY -- After three road victories to open Pac-12 Conference play, Cal proved it still knows what to do at Haas Pavilion, routing Washington 82-56 in front of 8,072 fans on Wednesday night.

Five Cal players scored in double figures, but the crowd's favorite moment was delivered courtesy of Jeff Powers.

The senior reserve -- suddenly an offensive weapon -- banked in a 3-point shot with 13:18 left, was knocked into the Cal bench by Andrew Andrews, then completed the four-point play with a free throw.

"That was a great play by Jeff," senior forward Richard Solomon said. "I called bank for him if he didn't call bank."

The four-point play made it 47-26, and the Huskies were never heard from again.

Cal (13-4, 4-0) has equaled its best start in conference play since the 2003 season, when the Bears won their first seven league outings.

At least until Thursday night, when No. 1 Arizona faces Arizona State, the Bears are tied for first place in the conference standings. They will take a five-game overall win streak into Saturday afternoon's home game against Washington State (8-9, 1-4).

The win was the 276th in conference play for Cal coach Mike Montgomery, moving him even with Oregon State legend Slats Gill (1929-64) for the third-most in Pac-12 history. Lute Olson (327) and John Wooden (304) sit atop the list.

Washington (11-7, 3-2) had beaten the Bears four of their past five meetings, including the past two games in Berkeley. This one was no contest after the first five minutes.


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The final margin was the biggest in a Cal win over Washington since 1997.

"We just came out with the mentality that we were going to keep coming at them," forward David Kravish said. "I think it overwhelmed them a little bit."

Cal's defense held UW to 24 percent shooting in the first half, 30 percent for the game. The Bears blocked seven shots and out-rebounded the Huskies 44-33.

Justin Cobbs took on the assignment of defending Washington senior C.J. Wilcox, the Pac-12's No. 2 scorer. Coming off a 31-point game in a win over Colorado, Wilcox scored just six of his 18 points in the first half, by which point the Bears led 30-17.

"Justin just took away Wilcox, made him look uncomfortable the whole game," Kravish said.

"Defense is going to win games for us," Solomon said, "and we know that."

Montgomery noted there have been times when this team doesn't play as hard defensively when it's not shooting well. That wasn't the case here.

"Tonight we made our minds up," he said. "Hopefully, we're getting the notion if we defend well it's going to make a difference."

Powers has been red-hot since scoring 18 points against Furman on Dec. 28. He had 12 points against the Huskies and has made 14 of his past 19 3-point shots.

Solomon had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Kravish contributed 11 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Tyrone Wallace had 14 points, and Cobbs scored 11.

Freshman Jabari Bird, who missed the previous four games with an ankle sprain, played 12 minutes off the bench, totaling two points and five assists.

Saturday's game
Washington State (8-9, 1-4 Pac-12) at Cal (13-4, 4-0), 1 p.m. Pac-12 Networks