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California beats Washington State, 76-67

California beats Washington State, 76-67
California forward Christain Behrens goes up for dunk against Washington in the second half Thursday night. (Gary Breedlove / Associated Press)

Tyrone Wallace scored 21 of his 26 points in the first half, and backcourt partner Jordan Mathews scored all nine of his points in the final minutes of California's 76-67 win at Washington State on Thursday night.

Jabari Bird added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Bears (12-9, 2-6 Pac-12), who snapped a six-game losing streak. Freshman Brandon Chauca scored a season-high 10 points.

DaVonte Lacy led Washington State (9-11, 3-5) with 24 points. Josh Hawkinson added 18 points and 12 rebounds. No other player scored more than seven points for the Cougars, who have lost four in a row.

The first half included nine ties and three lead changes. Mathews played only four minutes in the first half after picking up a quick foul and a technical at the same time.

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The Bears, who had been struggling on offense, shot 55.2% from the field. The Bears had not scored more than 66 points in a game since their six-game losing skid began with a 69-66 home loss to Washington State on Jan. 4.

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