Jan. 6, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Despite a season-high matching 26 points from senior G Jorge Gutierrez, California (12-4, 2-1 Pac-12) dropped its first conference game of the season, 92-85, to Oregon State (11-4, 1-2) on Thursday, Jan. 5, at Gill Coliseum.
Gutierrez became the 40th Golden Bear to break the 1,000-point plateau and now ranks 39th among all-time Cal players with 1,023 career points. He also grabbed two steals to move him into a 10th-place tie with Keith Smith (1987-90) on Cal's all-time career steals ladder with 129.
Sophomore G Justin Cobbs added 18 points and team-high honors with five assists, but the Bears couldn't overcome a Beaver team that shot 63.3 percent from the field.
Jared Cunningham and Ahmad Starks had 24 points apiece for Oregon State that held off a late Cal run, which had cut the Beaver lead to just four points at 77-73 with just over five minutes left in the game.
Angus Brandt added 14 points and Joe Burton had 13 for Oregon State, which took the lead for good, 40-38, on Cunningham's two free throws, 11 seconds after halftime.
For the first time, this season, the Bears arrived at the half with a tie score, 38-all. In all previous instances in which Cal held a halftime lead, it had gone on to win the game.
A three-pointer by Starks later put the Beavers ahead by seven, and Oregon State pushed the lead to 10 for the first time, 60-50, on two more Cunningham foul shots with 12:23 remaining.
The Beavers went ahead by as many as 16 before Cal scored 12 straight points, including two three-pointers by sophomore G Allen Crabbe and a four-point play by Gutierrez, to close within 77-73. But the Beavers scored the next four and the Bears got no closer than six points, the rest of the way.