California survived a late scare to send Washington State to its sixth consecutive defeat, 55-53, Saturday at Berkeley.
Leon Powe posted his fifth consecutive double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Golden Bears, who looked nothing like the team that defeated No. 10 Washington, 71-69, on Thursday night.
Cold-shooting Cal, 12-6 overall, 6-3 Pacific 10 Conference, won it at the free-throw line with a 20-for-25 performance to beat the Cougars (9-9, 2-7) for the third consecutive time.
Powe was called for goaltending with 47 seconds left to give Robbie Cowgill two of his 13 points, then Kyle Weaver got the Cougars to within 53-51 on a layup with 22.6 seconds to go.