The first half featured Cal dominating on both ends of the floor. Defensively, they disturbed Washington State with their zone defense, and forced the Cougars into many turnovers. Cal forced Washington State to commit 9 turnovers. Washington State scored only 4 points in the paint, compared to Cal’s 26. Offensively, Cal had great ball movement, and the production was not centered around a couple players — everyone who entered the game scored. Robert Franks led the Cougars with 12 points, and Paris Austin led the Bears with nine points.
Washington State gave Cal a fight in the second half, bringing their lead to as little as six points. For a moment, there felt to be a momentum shift in favor of the Cougars, but it did not last long. The Bears did not play perfect, but they outplayed their opponent and played quality team basketball. Though the Cougars would go on to suffer defeat, they shot the ball from the perimeter relatively well at 41%. Additionally, Robert Franks and EJ Elleby played well for the Cougars, scoring 18 points and 20 points respectively. For the Bears, Darius McNeill would finish with 17 points.