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HUSKIES BELT BEARS

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar took a seat in the interview room, adjusted the microphone and started gushing about his point guard.

Will Conroy had 11 points and seven assists, and Romar credited his leadership and defense for carrying No. 13 Washington to an 81-67 victory over California in the Pacific-10 Conference opener for both teams.

"Will Conroy came up big in the intangible area," Romar said. "He was a warrior down the stretch. He got rebounds. He defended extremely well. . . . If Will's not on the floor tonight, I don't know if we win."

Tre Simmons scored 18 points and Bobby Jones had 16, Jamaal Williams added 11 and freshman Joel Smith 10. Washington (11-1) extended its home winning streak to 14 games, the longest in six years.

"That's why I love playing with this team: Nobody can key on one guy," Conroy said.

Richard Midgley led California (7-4) with 18 points.

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