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.