The Huskies, meanwhile, fell to 0-7 in games away from Seattle, and coach Lorenzo Romar had already half-jokingly told reporters that he might have to bring a psychologist in if things continued to sour on the road.
But this loss wasn't so much about UW not showing up. The Huskies held their own in the early going, and Romar's main beef was that they got out-boarded 37-30.
"I don't know what it is about Washington, but it seems like they rebound better at home," Boykin said. "They seem to rebound harder at home. We wanted to hit them first here."
Cal simply declared itself the better team. Five Golden Bears scored in double figures, including Boykin's 20, while Theo Robertson added 12 plus a great defensive effort on Pondexter. Collectively, they shot 51.7 percent from the field.
Washington, the defending conference champion, no longer controls its own destiny in this race and is all but conceding that it'll have to get in the NCAA tournament by winning the league tournament after falling two games behind Cal.
Arizona and Arizona State are only a game behind Cal, and they'll each have to go through Haas Pavilion if they want to take the title.