Junior forward Paul Fortier scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the second half Thursday night as Washington scored a 72-54 victory over California in a Pacific 10 Conference basketball game at Seattle.
The victory boosted Washington to 3-1 in the Pac-10 and 11-4 overall, while Cal fell to 0-4 and 8-6. The Bears have lost 15 straight in Seattle since 1970.
Freshman center Leonard Taylor led the Bears with 15 points. California played without injured sophomore guard Kevin Johnson (and his 12.2-point average).
Washington forward Detlef Schrempf, who injured an ankle Saturday against Duke, played only 14 minutes, all in the first half. He finished with eight points, ending a 29-game string of scoring in double figures.
Guard David Girley sealed the Duck victory by sinking a free throw with 10 seconds left for a 73-70 lead. Cougar center Todd Anderson hit a jump shot with two seconds left, and WSU then called time out when it had none remaining. The Cougars were hit with a technical foul, and Rasmussen sank one of two free throws for the final score.