Forward Roy Fisher scored 17 points, including eight during an eight-minute stretch in which California took the lead en route to a 63-58 victory over Washington Saturday in a Pacific 10 Conference game at Seattle.
The Bears (12-4, 3-2) outscored Washington (7-7, 2-4), 16-4, during the run for a 52-45 lead with five minutes left.
California Coach Lou Campanelli gave Fisher most of the credit for the second-half rally.
"We were ignited by Roy's second half play," he said. "I like how we responded when we got down. We didn't fold."
California twice held seven-point leads in the first five minutes. The second lead--an 11-4 advantage--was led by three Keith Smith jumpers. Smith scored 11 of his 18 points in the first half.
The Bears held the lead until Washington outscored them 7-0, for 25-21 Husky lead less than five minutes before the half. Dion Brown capped the Washington run with a lay-in, steal and dunk.
Washington Coach Lynn Nance said the Huskies failed to keep pace.
"They went to the box and one in the second half," Nance said. "We were getting some good shots, but we were tentative. It looked as if we didn't want to take them on. We got out of our rhythm."