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Basketball: Bears poised to do something they haven’t achieved in — get this — 75 years

* 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sophomore guard Tyrone Wallace is averaging 15.0 points over his past six games.

Jeff Faraudo

  • KC

    Damn, this game makes me nervous! Win this one and things really open up for us with the two Washington schools coming in next week. Grind it out, Bears!!

  • Rollonubears

    120 wins already? Pretty amazing stuff. Go Bears!

  • Gobears49

    In Monty we trust (though I don’t mind giving him a kick in the rear from time to time)!

  • Rob Bear

    The beauty of conference play is that ALL games are tough. Cal seems to be playing competitive basketball right now with 6 players and 3 – 4 guys that go out there and fill space. So far, so good, but we really will need Bird and Kreklow if we are serious about finishing in the top 3 in conference play and moving on to the big dance. Washington will be tough at home and the LA & Arizona schools are once again athletic and can beat you on any court. What a way to steer the ship Monty. Oregon State is a snake in a prom dress. Pull out all of your energy Bears. They will be waiting for you, especially after what they did to Stanford and with the suspended personnel that is now back.

    Anyone willing to go out on a limb and predict that if Stanford loses to Oregon this weekend, that Dawkins is gone PRIOR to conference play ending (0 – 3)? The Tree People are not happy right now.

    As for me – simply elated that we are tied with the #1 team in the country in conference play. WIth EXTREME PREJUDICE TONIGHT BEARS! DAMN THE BEAVERS!

  • Mitchie V

    I don’t recall ever having an easy win in Corvallis. We won by 1 point last year. Lost the year before.

    Our short rotation is probably worn out. We’ll see how tough this group is.

    Go Bears! Pound those Beavers.

  • Wehofx

    Ya. Definitely a trap game after big road victory, short turn, short rotation vs “lesser” foe.

    Leadership/character check!

    Go Bears! Time to grind one out.