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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.