Saturday, April 1, 2023
April 1, 2023

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Brooks, Williams rally Huskies to 81-78 OT win over Cal


SEATTLE — Keion Brooks Jr. finished with 26 points, Noah Williams scored a season-high 22 and Washington rallied to beat California 81-78 in overtime on Saturday.

The Huskies (11-8, 3-5 Pac-12 Conference) forced overtime with a late 6-0 run. Brooks made two free throws with 2:23 left. Williams hit a jumper at the 1:21 mark and Brooks scored with 12 seconds left to force the extra period tied at 63.

Brooks and Koren Johnson scored six points apiece, Williams added four and the Huskies never trailed in OT. Grant Newell’s 3-pointer pulled the Golden Bears (3-15, 2-5) within 79-78 with six seconds left. Brooks made two free throws two seconds later and Johnson blocked Sam Alajiki’s 3-pointer at the buzzer to preserve the win.

Brooks sank 9 of 17 shots with two 3-pointers for Washington. He added 10 rebounds for his third straight double-double and fourth of the season. Williams made 10 of 15 shots with two 3-pointers. Johnson finished with 15 points, three steals and two blocks.

Newell, a freshman, topped Cal with a season-high 21 points. He added 10 rebounds for his second double-double. Lars Thiemann contributed 13 points and seven rebounds before fouling out. Joel Brown had 12 points and five assists, while DeJuan Clayton scored 11.

Newell had 10 points in the first half, Clayton and Thiemann scored nine and eight, respectively, and California built a 33-26 lead at intermission.

Washington beat the Golden Bears for a fourth straight time.


The Huskies hit the road to play Colorado on Thursday and Utah on Saturday.

The Golden Bears return home to host Oregon on Wednesday and Oregon State on Sunday.