Basketball: Oregon State game thread

FINAL SCORE: Cal 85, OSU 57. The Beavers shot 3 for 18 from the 3-point arc against the zone and had 17 turnovers. Cal shot 51 percent and attempted only five 3-pointers until garbage time after relying heavily on the perimeter shot against the Beavers the past couple years. Cal had 2o layups. The margin of victory was Cal’s biggest of the season, and that includes Hartford. Emerson Murray made his first 3-pointer as a college player after nine misses. Jeff Powers scored his first Cal points on a 3-pointer with about a minute left.

2:51 2nd H: Cal leads 82-53 and we are deep into serious garbage time. No starters still playing. Gutierrez finished with 16 points and a career-high 11 assists. MSF had 15 points and nine rebounds.  Crabbe went out with 12 points, seven rebounds. Cal improves to 11-9, 4-4 and into a tie for fourth place with USC and WSU.

7:48 2nd H: Cal leads 67-44 and if this game isn’t over there’ll be an investigation. Kamp has 18 points, Gutierrez has 15 points and 10 assists. Solomon (7 points, 5 rebounds) and Bak (6 points, 5 rebounds) have provided a lift off the bench.

11:57 2nd H: Cal has pushed the lead to 55-37 and is in control. The Bears are in the midst of an 8-0 run that featured two baskets by Kamp, who has 18 points. It’s the fifth straight game he’s scored at least that many. MSF is on the bench with three fouls, but it may not matter. The Beavers are impatiently trying to catch up all at once and are now 2 for 13 from the 3-point line with 14 turnovers.

15:53 2nd H: Cal leads 44-32 and Crabbe is shooting 2 FTs. OSU turned the ball over on five of its first seven possessions of the half. Cal continues to go inside and has 11 layups vs. just two 3-pointers.

AND THIS SCORE FROM THE FARM: Oregon (10-10, 3-5) posted a 67-59 win over Stanford (10-9, 3-5), snapping a 24-year losing streak at Maples Pavilion. Joevan Catron scored 15 points to lead first-year coach Dana Altman’s Ducks. Stanford, which has failed to score 60 points in seven consecutive games, got 14 points from freshman Dwight Powell.

HALFTIME SCORE: Cal 36, OSU 26. Kamp had 10 points, Crabbe nine and Gutierrez and MSF six apiece for the Bears, who shot 54 percent in the half. The Beavers converted just 37 percent, including 1 for 9 from the 3-point line. Rebounds and turnovers even. Calvin Haynes has seven points off the bench to lead OSU.

3:30 1st H: Cal leads 34-21 with OSU’s Calvin Haynes going to the line for two FTs. Cal still shooting 65 percent. OSU is at 35 percent. Kamp has 10 points, Crabbe has seven.

7:40 1st H: Cal has extended its lead back to 25-15 after a layup and free throw by Kamp off a nice feed from Smith. Bak Bak just checked in for Smith, meaning Kamp will now slide to the 3 spot. Cal shooting 66.7 percent (10 for 15) while OSU is at 37 percent (10 for 19). Kamp has eight points, Gutierrez and MSF one each. Key note: Cal picked up its first team foul of the game with 8:24 left, which must be some kind of record for this team. A significant benefit of the zone.

THIS SCORE JUST IN: Arizona (17-4, 6-2) takes over second place with an 85-74 win over UCLA (13-7, 5-3). Derrick Williams scored 22 for Az. Reeves Nelson had 22 points, 11 rebounds for the Bruins.

12:11 1st H: Cal has run off eight straight and leads 17-8. Bears are shooting 7 for 11, OSU 4 for 12. Gutierrez has six points.

14:32 1st H: Cal has come out in a zone defense again and it’s achieving its purpose. OSU is 3 for 10 from the field and 0 for 3 from 3-point range. Bears lead 8-6 and Kamp is shooting two FTs. Sanders-Frison has four points and three rebounds and Gutierrez has four points and two assists.

LINEUPS: Cal will go with its usual group — Markhuri Sanders-Frison, Harper Kamp, Allen Crabbe, Jorge Gutierrez and Brandon Smith. OSU will start Angus Brandt, Omari Johnson, Devon Collier, Roberto Nelson and Jared Cunningham.

THIS SCORE JUST IN: USC (12-9, 4-4) posted a 63-61 win over Arizona State (9-11, 1-7) in Tempe behind 26 points and 12 rebounds from junior forward Nikola Vucevic. And you wondered why Cal played a zone defense against the Trojans. Rihards Kuksiks scored 33 for the last-place Sun Devils.

WELCOME: The Bears (10-9, 3-4) return to Haas Pavilion to begin a four-game homestand. Tonight, it’s the Oregon State Beavers (8-10, 3-4) in a battle between two of four teams sharing fifth through eighth place in the Pac-10 standings. Back with starting lineups in a few minutes.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Stapes

    Montgomery had them ready for the 1-3-1 and forced OSU out of it. Good first half.

  • milo

    Wow, Furd lost to Oregon.

    Nice game so far, Go Bears!

  • K1W

    Wow… That was a “routine” win. Considering how tough Oregon State has been for the Bears recently, I was surprised. The Bears are playing great defense. Nice to see Jorge back to his “old self”; he was on fire, along with Harper.

    BTW (off topic), the women’s Stanford @ Oregon game was on the channel, just before the Cal game got underway. I absolutely hate Oregon’s new court. It’s about the most distracting thing, ever! It’s worse than Boise State’s blue turf.

  • The Wisdom Cow


    I have been upset that I have not seen many of the games this season, but got to view last night’s in HD. Solomon looked like the real deal, reminding me of the bigs I always envied AZ over (Frey, Woods, etc). His frame is nothing like I suspected from the reviews I had read from his signing. This is someone I’m going to enjoy watching grow into his game.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    @Wisdom Cow: yes, Solomon definitely reminds me of a young Channing Frye. I think if Crabbe and him can stay together for at least 3 years (I see Crabbe leaving early, but how early?) and if they keep learning a ton from Monty then the sky is the limit. I also like what I see out of Murray in a limited role. He is a helluva athlete who will definitely improve under Monty. Great win, nice to see the end of the bench play, I didn’t know we had an end of the bench.

  • H8sRed

    Two important signs for the future from last night’s game: Solomon working hard underneath and then stepping out to nail a 3; and the Bears running the floor well, converting several fast break opportunities.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    I expect the same results (to a degree) against oregon and asu. ua will be a stiffer challenge. What I don’t expect is any letup in intensity and desire from this team, not a bit.

    GF musta really been a squeaky wheel cuz ever since he left, WOW! This team could easily be 6-1 and battling for the title again. I am hoping for (at least) 3rd place this year and a good NIT seed, but who woulda thunk it last month?

    Also, for anyone that has read Bill Simmons’ “The Book of Basketball” you’ll know what I mean: this team, and all of Monty’s teams really, they understand the “secret”. The unselfish extra pass leading to the easy layup is a thing of beauty. Jorge was channeling Kidd last night!

  • rollonubears

    monty gets his teams to play d like braun never could. that makes a huge difference. i totally agree about the extra pass as well. he’s also a brilliant strategist. he studies the opponent, he makes halftime adjustments, he gets better results out of lesser talent. i don’t understand why the best athletes don’t flock toward him. i can see the thing about cal being a tough school, and us missing out on a few guys, but monty said himself, cal opens up the recruiting door a little bit, as the standards aren’t at tough as the ‘furd. we really need a big man who wants a degree.

  • milo

    Really like how the kids are progressing and the team is gelling. I don’t think it’s a coincidence it happened after Franklin left. Franklin was taking the most shots per game and got major minutes. His departure simply opened the door for the other kids and they stepped up.

    Can’t say enough about Monty. At the beginning of the season things looked slow and funky but like all his teams, steady progress was made without backsliding and then boom…things are clicking.

    Given Cal’s performance against UCLA and UA on the road, Cal is in this. I think they can take both at home if they continue playing this way.

    Go Bears!

  • rollonubears

    We’re 12th in SOS and have a 57 RPI. There’s no reason why we can’t make the NCAA Tourney if we keep playing well and win a game or two in the Pac10 tournament. Everyone thinks the Pac10 will only get 2 or 3 teams. I think we can be one of them, but I think 4 are going to go this year. We’ll see.