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Basketball: Oregon State game thread

Click here for a video of Mike Montgomery’s post-game interview.

Here’s our correspondent’s game story.

FINAL SCORE: Cal 60, Oregon State 59. Ahmad Starks missed a shot at the buzzer and the Bears (18-9, 10-5) held on to win in Corvallis, Ore. Cal has won five in a row and seven of eight. Justin Cobbs scored 18 points and the Bears got a weekend road sweep despite a 2 for 12 shooting performance from Pac-12 scoring leader Allen Crabbe. Crabbe wound up with six points and nine rebounds. Freshman Tyrone Wallace had 11 points as the Bears completed their conference road schedule.

UPDATE: Washington beat Arizona State 68-59 in Tempe, dropping the Sun Devils to 9-6 in Pac-12 play and giving Cal sole possession of fourth place. If USC beats UCLA on Sunday, the Bears would move a half-game ahead of the Bruins into third place.

HALFTIME SCORE: Cal 29, Oregon State 20: The Bears led 22-8 with 7:43 left, then watched the Beavers creep back within nine by halftime. Cal shot just 35.5 percent in the half, including 2 for 7 by Justin Cobbs, who led the team with 7 points. Cal got a lift from its bench, which contributed nine first-half points. The Beavers, who made just 4 of their first 24 attempts, wound up at 21.6 percent in the half. Eric Moreland led OSU with 6 points on 3 for 6 from the field; his teammates combined to shoot 5 for 31.

*****

In the latest RealTimeRPI.com rankings were out Saturday morning and Cal’s win at Oregon lifted the Bears eight spots from No. 53 to No. 45.

Jeff Faraudo

  • wehofx

    Yeah, definitely a trap game. Let’s hope they’ve learned their lesson.

    Go Bears!

  • SteveNTexas

    It shouldn’t be a trap game — Cal is fighting for an NCAA Berth and if they take any game lightly -they have to be ignorant.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Gotta like being on pace for an infinity to nothing score!

  • rollonubears

    Not liking the laziness of Solomon so far. Unacceptable! Nice charge tho.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    So, is the N7 crap something actual (Nitrogen?), or is it just another money grab? Why baby blue? And why does Burton remind me of a gradeschol husky bully with that red stripe on his head?

  • rollonubears

    Horrible half of basketball. Reminded me of that time we scored 5 against notre dame.

  • drizzlyboy

    Bad opening half, but for the second straight game Cal’s opponent is shooting horribly. Lucky for Cal, or good defense?

  • The Wisdom Cow

    All it took was a few minutes of getting cold and the lead is down to 5. Ouch. They were getting good movement, but by never reversing things, the help D of OSU was pretty good. Hope Monty works it over.

  • ConcordBear

    Crabbe time.
    Need our guy to get it going and lead us to a crunch time W
    Go Bears!

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Down to one point. Just tragic. Not sure what Kravish’s foul was. Hold on, Bears!

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Whew!

    But, . . . , my heart . . .

  • covinared

    just toying with them…

  • ConcordBear

    Team stepped up big today pulling out that must win.
    Smith, Bak and Cobbs played well picking up Crabbe.
    Can’t wait for this final 3 game home stand to close reg season.
    If we can start getting our offense going we will be all right.
    D continues to be our rock
    Haas will be rocking!!!

  • ConcordBear

    That call on Kravish to get them within 1 was a joke.
    Justice that we held on because calls like that can kill your season.
    Officials can’t make terrible calls like that
    So fired up with that road sweep
    But happy it’s only 5pm so I can cool off and sleep tonight.
    Can’t wait for Th
    Go Bears

  • Will

    a win is a win…..right???

  • John

    Not much of a game thread, Jeff. Hope you didn’t pay this guy much.

  • SteveNTexas

    Will is correct A win is a win – if we win the rest of our games save one we will be in good shape.

    If Monty gets us to the NCAAs (which was the expectation at the beginning of the season) Then fine. This doesn’t have to be Michigan State v IU -its just win -et in and stay around awhile.

  • rollonubears

    I hope they got all the bad stuff out of their system for the rest of the season. That was way too close. Very little focus throughout. Played timid, sloppy, and irresponsibly. Even the last shot by Cobbes, why fire it up with 3 seconds left. Wait for 1 second and loft it high as you can. Scary game, but glad we won.

  • Eric

    Way too close, but these are games we historically lost, and we just won two on the road.

    Now…no excuses at home. Win all three and we may be in no matter what (and maybe Pac-12 champs – dare I dream?)

  • wehofx

    Almost feels like our Bears are Fing with us, doesn’t it?

    Go Bears!

  • discdude

    Yeah, no one ever says anything when Indiana or Syracuse wins by one. A W is a W at this point, it’s all the matter. Losing by 1 or 10 would have been horrible.

    Sweep the home games, Bears!

  • milo

    Roll on you Bears…

  • Bub D.

    Light blue unis honored Burton’s Native American heritage. N7 is an initiative by Nike to promote fitness in Native American communities. Pretty cool, but I’m gald the Bears made sure the Beavs wore them in a loss. Three Ws in a row to close out the season should get us at least a share of the Pac 12 title. Confident Oregon and U of A will both lose at least once each over the next two weeks. Go Bears!

  • DRW

    The Bears are hard to diagnose. At times they can play with and beat the best. Sometimes, they just seem hapless and helpless. Yet, they are winning down the stretch. From the beginning I have exalted Justin; and, said that Monty is among the best coaches. I iterate those points now. This group of players seems coherent…they will have the chance to prove their cohesion at home!

  • Berkeley87

    Cal Rugby deserves a note of mention, downing UCLA 75-22 @ UCLA today and then winning the match between the reserve squads 81-0. If only we could bottle the energy they take into every match….and Cal WBB too, who stepped up their games to win Friday night without a key starter. Grateful for the wins by the men’s BB team the past three weeks…but don’t know what their game would look like in the NCAA’s.

  • SteveNTexas

    Disc don’t throw Red Meat at me. LOL

    #1 Indiana has not won any games by just 1 – Its closest victory was at Michigan State by 4.

    2 Its 3 loses including OT were to ranked teams either at the time or now.

    3. Indiana and Syracuse are not of the same quality.

  • Gobears49

    Saw the last quarter of the game from L.A. OSU’s Burton seems to just back into anyone he wants. Can anyone explain to me why a defender who is pinning himself up to a player is called for blocking when Burton moves into Soloman SLOWLY. If he did it fast it would be charging. The difference in speed at which an offensive player moves into (or further into) an immobile defensive player should not make any difference — fast or slow contact should both be called charging. . Wonder if Monty has ever brought up that point.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Did anyone else notice that we swept the ore schools because of two incredibly stupid decisions by the opponents?

    We won at ore cuz of the ridiculously stupid offensive goal-tending to end the first half on the 3 by Singler. 3 points lost on that play, we won by 2.

    We won at osu by 1. We started the game up by 1 because of the warm-up dunk by the shaftenshacheres, or whatever his name is.

    Crabbe played like crap, despite the nine rebounds. His body language was pathetic throughout the game, probably because he thinks he gets fouled on every drive and they “never” call it. NBA scouts notice body language and if he can’t play with intensity EVERY game his draft stock will slip.

    I just finished coaching a season of JV basketball and the thing I learned this year is that basketball players either have active (semi-aggressive) body language or passive body language. I think we know which type Jason Kidd and Jorge Gutierrez had – EVERY GAME. Successful players are aggressive – Crabbe plays very passively at times.

    I am very glad Cal won, don’t get me wrong, but that was a very uninspired effort by Crabbe, the so-called leader. Cobbs should get player of the week, he deserved it. Crabbe needs to grow up and play hard or he’ll be back at Cal next year…maybe had Monty “shoved” him again Cal woulda won by 20, like they should have against a garbage osu team. Very frustrating game to watch, Monty prolly got 1000 more greys during it. But a win is a win is a win, i guess…

    Looking forward to Thurs, we better crush the utes. Go Bears! The championship is there for the taking!