Men's Hoops Falls to Oregon State
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jerome Vaden's 3-pointer with 55 seconds remaining put Oregon State ahead for good in a 46-43 victory over California Thursday night to end the Beavers' six-game losing streak.
Vaden, who scored a game-high 19 points, hit a fallaway jumper after Sean Marks had given Cal a 43-41 lead on a 14-foot jumper with 1:14 remaining.
Those turned out to be the last points for the Bears, who missed their final four shots.
Deaundra Tanner's free throws with 32.7 seconds left gave the Beavers a 46-43 lead, and Cal missed three straight desperation 3-point heaves in the final 25 seconds.
Cal (11-15, 7-10 in the Pac-10) shot just 28.3 percent (15-for-53). Oregon State (13-16, 3-14) broke a five-game losing streak to the Bears.
Deaundra Tanner had a game-high 12 rebounds for Oregpn State. Marks and Thomas Kilgore topped Cal with 10 points each.
After coughing up six turnovers in its first seven possessions of the second half, Oregon State trailed 27-20, then quickly reversed course with a 15-1 run. Jason Heide's three-point play with 10:40 to go put the Beavers up 35-28.
Cal eventually rallied back to go ahead 39-37, with Kilgore's two free throws capping an 11-1 outburst with 4:51 to play.
Neither team found a groove on offense in the first half, combining to hit just 16 of 55 shots and both failing to crack the 20-point barrier.
Even while shooting just 26.7 percent (8-for-30), Californina managed a 19-18 lead, thanks to 13 turnovers and 8-for-25 shooting by the Beavers.
Cal's six-minute scoring drought in the first half was exceeded by Oregon State's own seven-minute dry spell. But no lead for either team exceeded three points.