* Saturday at Corvallis, Ore., 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
We don’t want to get melodramatic about the third game of the Pac-12 schedule, but Cal is on the doorstep of some serious history.
With a win Saturday evening at Oregon State (9-6, 1-2), the Bears (11-4, 2-0) can start the conference season with road wins in its first three games for the first time since the 1938-39 season.
That’s right, 75 years ago.
Coached then by Clarence “Nibs” Price, the Bears actually started the ’38-39 Pacific Coast Conference schedule with five road games, and won them all. They wound up 9-3 and tied for the Southern Division title.
These Bears are coming off wins at Stanford and Oregon and will try to beat the Beavers for the fourth straight time, the sixth time in their past seven meetings.
OSU shook up its lineup Thursday night and scored its first Pac-12 win, beating Stanford 81-72. Freshman point guard Hallice Cooke, in his starting debut, scored seven of his career-high 16 points in the final 3 minutes.
Langston Morris-Walker of Berkeley HS started in place of Devon Collier, and Eric Moreland, in his first home game after serving a 12-game suspension, delivered 17 points and 15 rebounds.
Cal’s 96 points at No. 17 Oregon was the most the Bears have scored in a conference road game since a 100-93 over No. 4 UCLA on Jan. 28, 1995.
Mike Montgomery’s 120th win with the Bears gives him sole possession of No. 4 on Cal’s career coaching list. He needs three more to equal Lou Campanelli.
Point guard Justin Cobbs’ 20-point/11-assist effort at Oregon was the first 20/10 performance by a Cal player since Jerome Randle had 26/10 vs. Arizona State on Jan. 4, 2009. Cobbs moved to sixth on Cal’s career assist list with 421.
Freshman Jordan Mathews’ career-high 32 points at Oregon was just one point less than he’d totaled in his previous five games combined. He was coming off a 2-point effort against Stanford.
Sophomore guard Tyrone Wallace is averaging 15.0 points over his past six games.