SEATTLE -- Cal was tentative. The Golden Bears were getting pushed around. They needed a spark.
Trailing by 12 late in the first half at Washington on Saturday afternoon, Cal turned to its defense. The Bears forced 14 turnovers to create what Cal forward Richard Solomon called some "feel good."
The turnovers, and the points they produced, helped Cal claim a 72-59 victory over Washington at Alaska Airlines Arena.
"We needed to be aggressive," said guard Tyrone Wallace, who led the Bears with 20 points and eight rebounds and added four assists. "We were sitting there ball watching, and they were rebounding the ball."
The Bears (17-8, 8-4 Pac-12) have won three of their past four games overall and three of their past four against the Huskies, including a 26-point win earlier this year.
Washington (14-12, 6-7) played physically early and used a 12-0 run to take 16-6 lead. Then Jordan Mathews hit a jumper to stop the streak, and Jabari Bird followed with a dunk to briefly give the Bears some momentum.
After a timeout with 6:40 left in the half, Cal stepped on the floor trailing 27-15. The Bears closed on a 19-2 run.
"We just all got on each other a little bit," said Solomon, who finished with 18 points and seven rebounds.
When asked if he had to tell his team anything during the timeout late in the half, Cal coach Mike Montgomery said: "There's not much magic going on in these huddles. They were absolutely killing us on the boards. They were way more physical than we were. Once we started getting some stops, we started getting out on the break. Once we got on the break, we got some easy shots."
Wallace scored 11 points in the first half. He helped rally the Bears by attacking the basket and pushing the tempo.
"I just started being aggressive, trying to get to the basket," Wallace said. "We were able to get some easy looks, creating turnovers. That got me going a little bit."
Cal led by five at halftime and never trailed in the second half.
Justin Cobbs finished with 10 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Bears. He also played strong defense against C.J. Wilcox, who entered the game as Washington's leading scorer at 19.2 points per game. Wilcox finished with eight points on 4-for-12 shooting, including 0 for 6 from 3-point range. Ths Huskies were only 4 of 21 from beyond the arc.
Andrew Andrews led Washington with 21 points.
UCLA (20-5, 9-3 Pac-12) at Cal (17-8, 8-4), 7:30 p.m. Pac-12 Networks