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Jakimovski sparks Washington State to 65-57 victory over Cal

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Washington State forward Andrej Jakimovski, right, shoots in front of California forward Kuany Kuany during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Pullman, Wash.
Washington State forward Andrej Jakimovski, right, shoots in front of California forward Kuany Kuany during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Photo Gallery

PULLMAN — Sophomore Andrej Jakimovski came off the bench to hit four 3-pointers on his way to a season-high 16 points and Washington State turned back California 65-57 in Pac-12 Conference play on Saturday.

Jakimovski sank 6 of 11 shots — 4 of 7 from beyond the arc — while his teammates made just 2 of 15 tries. Jakimovski also grabbed seven rebounds for the Cougars (10-7, 3-3) in a game that saw 11 lead changes.

Michael Flowers added 13 points and five boards.

The Golden Bears (9-9, 2-5), whose largest lead all game was two points, led 29-27 at halftime.

TJ Bamba sank a 3-pointer to open the second half for WSU and neither team took a two-possession lead until Noah Williams’ rebound bucket put the Cougars up 51-47 with 7:06 remaining in the game.

Jordan Shepherd hit a jumper to pull Cal within two, but Mouhamed Gueye, a 50% free-throw shooter, made a pair and Jakimovski buried a 3 to extend the Cougars’ lead to 56-49 with 5:02 left to play.

Cal answered with an Andre Kelly layup and a 3-pointer by Jalen Celestine to close to within 56-54 with 3:55 to go.

Michael Flowers missed the front end of a 1-and-1 for WSU, but Jakimovski grabbed the rebound and fed Flowers for his only 3-pointer of the game — in six tries — and the Golden Bears never got closer than five from there.

Shepherd tallied 17 points to pace Cal. Kelly totaled 12 points and 14 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season before fouling out.

WSU travels to play Oregon on Thursday.

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