Feb. 1, 2013
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Junior Richard Solomon's dunk with 17.6 seconds remaining capped a big run over the final eight minutes, and California rallied from 12 points down in the second half to beat Oregon State 71-68 on Thursday night.
Allen Crabbe had 15 points and eight rebounds, while Justin Cobbs added 14 points and matched his season high of seven assists, to help head coach Mike Montgomery to his 100th career victory in five seasons with the Bears and 647th overall.
"I'm not sure what a momentous occasion it is, to be honest with you," Montgomery deadpanned. "It was a win ... but I thought Oregon State played very well in many respects and deserved to win. It's a kind of win you have to hope you get when you don't play your best."
The Bears (12-8, 4-4 Pac-12) set a season high with nine 3-pointers but sputtered on offense most of the night.
They turned it around after Montgomery's pep talk in the second half, after Roberto Nelson's three-point play with 15:49 remaining in the second half had given Oregon State a 52-40 lead.
Cal responded with a 7-0 run, and Cobbs later added a 3-pointer to pull the Bears within 59-56.
Crabbe followed with two free throws with 7:11 remaining _ Cal's first free-throw attempts of the game _ and Cobbs made a 15-foot jumper to put Cal in front. Crabbe and Cobbs combined to score 12 of the Bears final 18 points.
Oregon State pulled ahead twice after that but managed only one basket over the final 3 minutes.
Both teams missed key opportunities late.
After a high-arcing 15-footer by Ahmad Starks pulled Oregon State within 69-68 with 1:20 left, Cobbs came up short on a 3-pointer but Crabbe grabbed the rebound.
Solomon, who finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, followed with his dunk before Thurman blocked Devon Collier's jumper. Oregon State retrieved the ball, but Joe Burton was unable to shoot before the buzzer sounded.
"I'm taking the blame for that last play," Beavers coach Craig Robinson said. "Not getting a shot off ... just inexcusable."
Roberto Nelson scored 25 points while Burton had 14 points and eight assists for Oregon State (11-10, 1-7). The Beavers haven't won at Haas Pavilion since Jan. 22, 2009.
David Kravish added 12 points for Cal, which won for the first time this season when trailing at the half.
Oregon State led 30-18 on Nelson's 14-footer midway through the first half. The Beavers also got a big lift from Burton, their 295-pound center who had six assists and helped shut down Cal's inside game. Burton is on pace to become the first non-guard in school history to lead the team in assists three consecutive years.
Bears guard Jeff Powers limped off the court with 2:09 left in the first half after falling to the floor and clutching his left knee. He returned to Cal's bench in the second half but did not play.
Powers' replacement, Brandon Smith, made a 3-pointer, and Bak Bak's inside basket cut Oregon State's lead to 39-33 before Starks easily raced through Cal's defense and scored on a short shot just before the buzzer to put the Beavers up by eight at the break.