SEATTLE -- If Cal's triple-overtime loss to Arizona last weekend was deflation, its 109-77 defeat to Washington on Thursday night was a decimation with an injury to boot.
Third-leading scorer Allen Crabbe collided with Washington 7-foot center Aziz N'Diaye. N'Diaye's knee struck Crabbe in the head while the guard was falling.
With 9:39 left in the first half, Crabbe was lost for the game.
The freshman guard was diagnosed with a mild concussion, according to Cal coach Mike Montgomery. Crabbe's availability for Saturday's game at Washington State is unclear.
This was not the version of the Huskies that had lost three consecutive games before Thursday night. The Bears (13-11, 6-6 Pac-10) met the same Washington team that slapped them around 92-71 in mid-January. It was clear 10 minutes into the game that Cal would not provide the fourth loss in a row for the preseason conference favorites.
"They were very aggressive and they were very, probably angry, reading about how they were struggling," Montgomery said. "They came out ready to play, and we caught them twice in that situation. We were just flat."
The Bears' 2-0 lead rapidly dissolved into a 21-8 deficit after Washington point guard Isaiah Thomas made a 3-pointer with 13:33 left in the first half.
The ensuing timeout Montgomery called did little to stifle Washington.
The Huskies' lead swelled to 27 at 53-26 with 3:24 left in the half.
Jorge Gutierrez's 12 first-half points were the only thing resembling a positive for Cal.
Little improved to start the second half. Cal was down 73-41 with 15:11 to go. Washington's ability to make 3-pointers and move the ball left Cal defenseless. The Huskies were 17 for 31 beyond the arc and had 30 assists on 43 made field goals.
Montgomery felt the pressure from Washington's success forced Cal into poor decision-making.
"Instead of getting a better shot, we took a worse shot," Montgomery said.
Gutierrez continued to churn and finished with 24 points. Beyond him, Cal received little else.
"We know they're always aggressive," Gutierrez said of Washington (16-7, 8-4). "We played too soft tonight and we couldn't handle it."
The final numbers from the two meetings between Cal and Washington this season are ugly. The Huskies scored 201 points. Washington's Thomas scored a combined 50 points.
Thursday night, Bears big men Harper Kamp and Markhuri Sanders-Frison combined for three rebounds in 50 minutes of play. The four-game winning streak that preceded Saturday's 107-105 loss to first-place Arizona suddenly feels distant.
But Gutierrez offered a rapid remedy for Thursday's debacle.
"Just forget about it," Gutierrez said.
Cal (13-11, 6-6 Pac-10) at Washington State (16-8, 6-6), 3 p.m.