PULLMAN, Wash. -- Apparently this was why Duke recruited Jamal Boykin.
Given his first start at Cal because center DeVon Hardin stayed home sick, Boykin capped a marvelously versatile performance by blocking a shot with 28 seconds left, and the Golden Bears stunned No. 9 Washington State, 69-64, on Thursday night at Friel Court.
Boykin, who transferred to Cal from Duke in the fall of 2006, had 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists, drew two charges and blocked Daven Harmeling's potential go-ahead 3-pointer.
"I give Jamal player of the game," sophomore guard Patrick Christopher said. "He didn't make every shot he took, but at key points in the game he came through for us. He was the X-factor."
The victory snapped a three-game losing streak that dropped Cal (12-7, 3-5) into ninth place in the Pac-10 standings, and ended a run of six consecutive losses decided by single-digits.
"In a big game like this you have to do whatever you have to do," said Boykin after his first start as a collegiate player. "We definitely needed this. Psychologically, (a loss) would have been another big blow. It's about winning now, it's not just about playing."
A decision will be made today on whether Hardin will travel to the Cal's game Saturday against Washington.
One of the nation's stingiest defensive teams, Washington State (17-3, 5-3) surrendered more than 64 points for just the fourth time this season.
No. 5 UCLA 84, ARIZONA STATE 51, at Los Angeles -- Josh Shipp broke out of a brief shooting slump with 21 points, freshman Kevin Love had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and UCLA (19-2, 7-1) handed Arizona State (14-6, 4-4) its fourth consecutive loss.
NO. 14 STANFORD 65, WASHINGTON 51, at Seattle -- Brook Lopez scored a career-high 31 points and had 13 rebounds, and Stanford handed Washington (12-9, 3-5) its worst home loss in five years. Lopez, a 7-foot sophomore, made 11 of 17 shots in the biggest scoring night by a Cardinal (17-3, 6-2 Pac-10) since Dan Grunfeld scored 31 against Arizona State in 2006. Lopez entered averaging 17.8 points. Stanford won for the first time in Seattle since 2001 and for the fourth consecutive time overall heading into Saturday's game at No. 9 Washington State.
ARIZONA 80, USC 69, at Los Angeles -- Chase Budinger had 29 points and eight rebounds to lead Arizona (15-6, 5-3) past USC (13-7, 4-4).
NEVADA 79, FRESNO STATE 67, at Reno -- Marcelus Kemp scored 28 points to lead Nevada (13-7, 5-2), which earned its first three-game winning streak in Western Athletic Conference play this season. Kevin Bell scored 22 points to lead Fresno State (10-12, 3-5).
TIP-IN -- An NCAA appeals committee ruled that Jim O'Brien can return to the college sidelines after he'd been fired by Ohio State and essentially banned from coaching by the NCAA on March 10, 2006, for paying a recruit.
No. 7 STANFORD 77, USC 51, at Stanford -- Candice Wiggins broke Kate Starbird's school record for career scoring and finished with 18 points in 23 minutes, leading Stanford (18-3, 8-2) to its sixth consecutive victory to avenge an earlier loss to the Trojans (13-8, 6-4). Wiggins entered the game needing 12 points to surpass Starbird's mark of 2,215, set from 1993-97. Now, Wiggins -- a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year -- needs 192 points to tie Lisa Leslie's Pac-10 scoring record of 2,414.
No. 10 CAL 67, UCLA 53, at Berkeley -- Davis High graduate Ashley Walker had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Cal (18-3, 9-1 Pac-10), which beat UCLA (11-10, 6-4) on Thursday after losing its first conference game to Stanford last week. "We're pretty good at letting things go," Walker said. "We talk about having two seasons and we're starting the next half of our season. Yeah that's always going to be a part of us but we're going to move on to the next team, the next team and the next team and not let that stay with us."