Wallace helps California hold off pesky Seattle 66-52

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Tyrone Wallace scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half and California shook off a sloppy start to beat Seattle 66-52 on Tuesday night.

Trailing 44-41 with nine minutes left, Wallace started a 12-0 run with a thunderous dunk following a steal by Ivan Rabb and later added a pair of fast-break layups.

Jordan Mathews' 3-point play extended Cal's lead to 51-44 before Wallace added two more free throws and another layup.

Jayley Brown added 11 points and seven rebounds while Mathews had 12 points for the Golden Bears (5-2), who bounced back after falling out of the Top 25 following back-to-back losses to San Diego State and Richmond last week.

Wallace added 11 rebounds and eight assists for California, which shot 40 percent from the field, including 6 of 21 from beyond the arc.

Brendan Westendorf led the Redhawks (2-4) with 13 points and seven assists. Manroop Clair added 11 points.

Both teams got off to sluggish starts in the first half.

California settled for mid-range jumpers early and missed 14 of its first 19 shots while Seattle opened the game just 5 of 17.

Jabari Bird got the Bears going with a trio of 3-pointers and a short jumper over the final 4:21 and Brown added two free throws to help Cal close the half on a 14-2 run.

The Bears offense went cold again coming out of the break, allowing the Redhawks to stay close.


Seattle: This was the first of two games against teams from the Pac-12 for the Redhawks. They also play at Washington on Dec. 22. . Seattle's 23 points in the first half was its second-fewest this season. The Redhawks were held to 19 by Eastern Washington on Nov. 23. . This was the eighth meeting between the two teams and first since Dec. 21, 1984 when the Redhawks were in the NAIA.

California: Brown missed five of his first six shots after scoring a season-high 27 points in the loss to Richmond. . Wallace moved into 18th place on Cal scoring list with 1,325 points. . The Bears had 12 assists after dishing out 13 total in their back-to-back losses.


Seattle: Hosts Cal State-Fullerton on Friday.

California: At Wyoming on Saturday.