SEATTLE -- It wasn't pretty, but Cal found what it was looking for Thursday night -- a road win.
The Golden Bears, who led by as many as 13 points in the second half, survived a late Washington rally, holding off the Huskies to pick up their second Pac-12 road win in a 69-66 victory in front of an announced crowd of 9,591 at Alaska Airlines Arena.
"It doesn't matter how you get it," said senior Harper Kamp, who still remembers last season's 32-point defeat in Seattle. "Ugly or not, that's what you need in this league to be on top, and that's what we're looking for."
Cal (16-4, 6-1) took an eight-point lead after Justin Cobbs' 3-pointer with a little more than two minutes to play. But Washington rallied quickly, cutting that to just two with 11 seconds to play on a 3-pointer from Terrence Ross.
Cobbs then hit the second of two free throws with 8.2 seconds left, and Washington forward Darnell Gant missed a potential game-tying 3 just before time expired.
"(Washington) can be very, very aggressive," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. "I thought, in the second half, they did a little bit of the same thing they did to Washington State where they just got out and sold out. We turned the ball over too much, sometimes for no reason, and sometimes those led to easy baskets."
In the first half, Jorge Gutierrez helped the Golden Bears take control. He converted a three-point play, found Robert Thurman for several easy baskets and
Thurman finished with 16 points and seven rebounds, helping to fill the void inside left by sophomore forward Richard Solomon, who has been ruled academically ineligible for the rest of the season.
"Thurman catches the ball, Thurman finishes," Montgomery said. "They did a really nice job of finding him, and he finished."
Freshman David Kravish struggled inside against Washington's 7-foot center Aziz N'Diaye early, so Thurman came in, scoring 12 points in the first half.
"We knew that someone had to step up," Thurman said. "They threw it down to me and I finished. I think it will lead to more minutes."
Cal held a 10-point lead at the break and continued to play well early in the second half, but Washington (11-7, 4-2) picked up its intensity, and the Golden Bears started to turn over the ball, allowing the Huskies to climb back into the game.
"We just had a few mental errors, unforced errors," Kamp said. "We just weren't getting the ball where we needed to. They had the energy they needed. That's what you get when you're at home, so they had plenty of juice at the end."
With four players on the floor for more than 30 minutes, including Allen Crabbe, who finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, the Golden Bears were tired late in the game, but they held on, picking up a precious road win.
"This is a very tough place to play, it always has been," Montgomery said. "Washington doesn't lose at home very often, so obviously we're pleased with it."