Basketball: Oregon State game thread

Click here to read my game story. And here for the Cal-OSU boxscore.

FINAL SCORE: Cal 88, Oregon State 83. The Bears (12-4, 3-0) have opened the conference schedule with three road victories for the first time since the 1938-39 season. Cobbs finished with 20 points — all in the second half — and nine assists. For the weekend, he had 40 points and 20 assists. Powers finished with 14 points,  took two charges and made two free throws with 29.6 seconds left to help ice the win after the Bears had missed five of six. Wallace had 17 points, six rebounds and six assists, Kravish scored 16 and Solomon 15. Nelson had 26 points and Angus Brandt 22 for OSU (9-7, 1-3).

1:43 2nd H: A putback dunk by Solomon gave the Bears a 79-70 lead with 2:20 left but Angus Brandt answered with a layup for OSU and it’s 79-72. Cobbs, scoreless in the first half, has 18 points to go with nine assists. Kravish has 16, Solomon 14, Wallace 13 and Powers 12.

8:11 2nd H: Cal on a 10-0 run, fueled by two 3-pointers from Jeff Powers, and leads 70-61. Cobbs has 13 second-half points and nine assists for the game. Wallace has 13 points, six rebounds and six assists.

12:49 2nd H: It took the Bears less than 6 minutes to erase a 10-point halftime hole. Wallace’s putback of his own missed FT gave Cal a 53-52 lead with 14:09 left. But OSU answered with two FTs by Nelson and a 3-pointer from freshman Hallice Cook. OSU leads 57-53.

15:43 2nd H: Signs of life for the Bears. Cal used a 6-0 run to get within 48-45 when Wallace scored on a transition drive with 16:27 left. Preceding that, Kravish hit a pair of baskets. He’s got 16. It’s now 50-47 after a drive to the hoop by Cobbs.

HALFTIME SCORE: Oregon State 45, Cal 35. The Beavers had a 14-point lead with just 1 minute left, but the Bears outscored them 6-2 over the final 46 seconds of the half to get within 10. Solomon and Kravish have 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Bears. But Cobbs (0 for 4) and Mathews (1 for 6) can’t find the basket. OSU shooting 63 percent and outrebounding Cal 19-12. Nelson has 13 for the Beavers.

2:39 1st H: A rebound dunk by Solomon and steal and layup by Mathews sandwiched around an OSU basket and Cal has cut the margin to 36-25. Cal has missed its past five FTs.

4:53 1st H: Back-to-back 3-pointers by Nelson provide the Beavers with a 34-21 lead and prompt a Montgomery timeout. OSU is 6 for 7 from beyond the arc. Cal may have to abandon its zone defense.

7:56 1st H: OSU has its biggest lead at 26-17 after a basket by Roberto Nelson. OSU shooting 61.1 percent to 42.1 percent for Cal, and the Beavers have a 13-7 rebounding edge.  Cobbs and Mathews a combined 0 for 7 from the field. Monty has put Mathews back in, and is giving Jeff Powers a look. Cal struggling to crack OSU’s zone.

11:56 1st H: Angus Brandt has seven points and OSU leads 18-13. Beavers are shooting 7 for the 12. Jordan Mathews, who scored 32 pts Thursday in a win at Oregon, came out at 12:33 after missing his first four FGAs. The Bears have only sporadic rhythm against the OSU zone.

14:34 1st H: Oregon State jumps out to a 14-11 lead on the strength of four 3-point baskets by four different players. Cobbs has three assists for the Bears, who must tighten their perimeter defense.

STARTING LINEUPS: Cal will go with Richard Solomon, David Kravish, Tyrone Wallace, Jordan Mathews and Justin Cobbs. Oregon State will start Roberto Nelson, Hallice Cooke, Langston Morris-Walker, Angus Brandt and Eric Moreland.

WELCOME: I’m here at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore., where the Bears (11-4, 2-0 Pac-12) face Oregon State (9-6, 1-2).

Oakland native and former OSU great Gary Payton is in the house, set to be honored at halftime for his recent induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame.

Jeff Faraudo

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    If UC East Bay loses it will just be another choke in a long string of chokes which defines the entire athletic history.Don;t be disappointed if you lose. You should be familiar with this by now.

    BTW I hope you lose too.

  • 707 Bear

    Three road wins without two key players. Hmmmmmm

    Roxy Berstein’s calls on Powers were classic. “International man of mystery.”

    After Powers was fouled, Roxy said to OSU, “Oh behave.”

    Udub on Wednesday, but does an 8PM tip on a Wednesday night put a limit on the crowd?

    I’ll be there on Saturday against WSU at a more civilized 1PM.

  • KC

    Great comeback win on the road Bears!! When we get Byrd and Kreklow back, we’re going to have some very nice depth. See you on Weds at Haas!

  • Will

    Great halftime adjustments, especially on D. Disappointing that Matthews couldn’t follow-up his Oregon performance, but he’s shown the potential – now it’s about developing the consistency.

  • covinared

    Nice win on the road on espu.

  • Rollonubears

    Awesome road series. What a start. Monty is the halftime master. Free throws are going to kill us in the postseason though. Need to work that out. A chance to go 5-0? Incredible. Go Bears!

  • covinared

    Moron: your comments?

  • covinared

    This is a team. Someone steps up when needed. Whats missing is body mass in the middle and a slashing scorer, but we show potential to improve. I like what I see.

  • Mallrat92204

    Should have been a solid 8 point victory, Nelson didn’t get that final shot off in time.

    Also the broadcast said something about 3 straight conference road games since 56-57, not quite as far back as your 38-39.

    Good solid win on the road, but the inability to knock down those FTs from Wallace and Solomon is going to cost us at some point this year.

    Hopefully we can get Bird back for the homestand and keep this rolling!

  • DRW

    I attended the OU game. I sat among Duck fans and howled about horrible calls, trying to be fair, but always leaning towards the Bears. Officiating seems at times awful, yet even in the end. This team finds a way to win. All step up, when needed. I listened to the OSU game today. What a wonderful victory!

  • 707 Bear


    You read about the Oregon facilities.

    How was the “forest” arena? Perhaps you could write a compare and contrast essay on Phil Knight vs our humble Haas.

  • Juancho

    Mallrat. Dr. W? Are these new brothers?

  • Eric

    Keep that train a rollin’ bears!

  • 707 Bear


    Do you believe in purgatory?

    I’m watching figure skating on NBC; my better half and first wife will not fall asleep and allow me to find highlights of Cal’s victory.

  • Juancho

    707 i can relate. Today was a day of family obligations, my stanford alumn sister. And due to this i wasnt able to watch the game.

    Im starting to wonder if the key isnt just for me not to watch and we win.

  • Will

    Juancho, you have a Stanfurd sister??? I think this calls for arranging a coup to dethrone you as the official spokesperson of the blog….

  • Juancho

    Ropeman. Rest assured she is the sole private schooler in our family. And the Cal contingent outnumbers her.

  • 707 Bear

    Ah family.

    Mr. “Raining Threes” Powers was asked by Roxy why he returned to the squad given that he had already earned his degree and faced limited playing time. He said it was because of his teammates. Family.

    I wonder if the same vibe is present with the football team. Tedford’s guys vs Sonny’s guys?

    I imagine a 100+ person football team is a complex organism.

  • Juancho

    Maybe thats where some of my vehemence on dykes critiques comes from. You can imagine the season was twice as bad when having to hear about the dweebs making yet another rose bowl.

  • 707 Bear

    OSU’s orange and black we’re defeated by the blue and gold.

    Watching episode 4 of “Orange is the New Black.”

    The blog’s opinion…….

  • Juancho

    707. I really like that show. Im a binge watcher. So i actually saw the entire first season the weekend the show came out. Recently did that with alpha house.

  • 707 Bear


    “This is more depressing than a Tori Amos cover band.” (Not talking about the football season)

    With that line, I’ll watch a few more episodes.

  • Mallrat92204

    Juancho, I comment very infrequently

  • 707 Bear

    Juancho, my binge watcher…

    E5 of Orange rolls on, Red (wrong color) seeks the chicken, and I seek the strength to stay up (I haven’t been up this late since I drove home from the Northwestern game, which, according to the official web site ended at 11:26 PM).

  • Juancho

    Mall, I encourage you to post more frequently. This blog is the premiere Cal blog b/c of the openness for posters to share their thoughts in a kind and respectful fashion whatever they may be. Even when we disagree.

    707 – that reminds me of this time last year when I discovered Breaking Bad. And literally watched 4 seasons in about 3 days.

  • 707 Bear

    So the chicken is a metaphor…….?

    I’m too old for binge watching. This must be what Tedford felt like during the air mattress phase of recent Cal football.

    Go zzzzzzzzz

  • Rollonubears

    I like that there’s no “best” player on this squad.

  • SteveNTexas

    Its Great to be at the top of the Pac12, especially with road wins.

  • calbearclaw

    MoreVDSarecoming scurries off into the gloom of its squalid hole like a disease-ridden sewer rat after talking shit. What sad coward.


    USC’s relentlessly pathetic hoops program is 9-6 and winless in the Pac-12. Jesus Christ that’s sad. They should scrap the program and devote those funds to academics. Oh wait, it’s a party school!

    Nobel Prize Winners:

    The University of California at Berkeley: 22

    University of Soused Cretins: 4



  • Juancho

    You need a friend for a vd. Thats the sad part. We go through life looking for meaning, and finding ways to express the specialness of life by having families and contributing to the world. And one day when our time is done, its done. And this persons story hes writing is a commitment to negativity and anti social behavior through a web platform. I skip past ncs comments pretty much always.

    Because the sadness goes way beyond sports and fun. It goes to the heart of life and whether it even matters in some cases.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    UC East Bay fans have never been known for winning with class. That is because you have seldom if ever been there.

    What makes me laugh is that when I look at the different boards like scout no one and I mean no one on any Pac 12 team site even talks about you guys anymore. You guys are so bush and so irrelevant. Truly you have become forgotten.

  • covinared

    Obviously not by you. Pestering us is your sick obsession.

  • Juancho

    You know. A cal person doesn’t even contemplate grace as it pertains to something as non-relevant as sport. And maybe that’s why our sports teams never hit those high notes other schools do. But maybe that’s why Cal on a global scale year after year represents what it does.

    Cal is about spending your talents and time on improving civilization, with an emphasis on lending a helping hand to those who are not born into privilege. And gosh, just typing that gives me goose bumps.

  • Juancho

    And as someone who coaches and tutors adolescents, anyone who wants to critique academic standards or etc., please provide your non-weighted GPA, standardized exam scores and parents regularized annual income as you do so.

  • Juancho

    If coaching baseball in san francisco over the past four years has taught me anything it’s that (1) bay area kids dream of going to Cal. Whether it be for pure academics or sports. Cal is the sleeping giant that will explode at some point. For local kids Cal represents the simplest and most expedited path to success. (2) Even when Stanford does well and makes BCS bowls, they still aren’t an inclusive commodity. Kids still feel that the school represents born privilege and more or less is meant for rich white kids.

    If Dykes can correct ship, the sky is the limit. If Monty can get a local guy who can kill it recruiting, we’ll be an annual final four team.

  • Juancho

    That is where I see grace being relevant. In the portion of our resumes that speaks to the things we do outside of work, not because we receive compensation, but because they are the right thing to do.

  • AAHQ

    Juancho — I’ve never met you but have the greatest respect for your wisdom, perception and dedication to social well-being. Well done on all counts. And greetings from your old stomping grounds in Monterey county.

  • 707 Bear


    I think there is something special about Cal.

    This fall marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the free speech movement at Cal–Mario Savio etc.

    In my day it was South African divestment with a special visit from Bishop Tutu at the Greek.

    Today it’s high tuition and access.

    I think sports–especially football–has a role in the unique experience that is a Cal education.

  • Will

    Brother, I withdraw my motion to unseat you as the official spokesperson of this blog.

  • LongtimeBlue&Gold

    I endorse Juancho’s comments above about CAL, and congratulate him for articulating so well feelings that many of us share.

  • wehofx

    Juancho, well said.

    …and I’m really, really liking this team. They avoided the trap by grinding it out in the 2 half. As said above, gotta love a team w no “Best” player.

    Surfed through ucla and zona games. Man, oh, man, the pac is good this year. Aaron Gordon is a beast. Haven’t seen Jabari Parker yet but AG is clearly ready to play in the nba next year – and none too soon for us.

    It’ll be interesting to see how monty defends AG/zona. use solo, kravish and behrens in man? or mostly zone?

  • RoyFisherFan

    Juancho, you nailed it. It’s my biggest complaint about the marketing department – they don’t know how to engage the broader community. The shops in Elmwood and on University, Shattuck, etc should have posters in the windows and banners above the door, the telephone polls should have Cal street light banners. Of course social media is a huge part of it too, but the area needs to feel alive. We need to reclaim that home field/court advantage we have when Cal was one of the loudest, toughest places to play.

    Cal belongs to everyone. Even with high admission standards, a degree feels attainable (though obviously with tuition hikes we’re losing some of that). It also doesn’t hold you by the hand and guide you into a job on Wall Street or Sand Hill Road. It forces you to figure out who you are, and how you fit in the broader world. That is something worth celebrating.

    Go Bears!

  • Juancho

    Roy i love that line. “Cal belongs to everyone”.

  • Eric


    I first stepped foot on the campus as a freshman in high school for the high school speech and debate tournanment the university hosts (does it still host?) – at that moment, I decided it was the only school I wanted to attend, and I did not apply anywhere else (not sure what I would have done if I didn’t get in).

    I greatly respect all of the UCs and the Cal States for showing Planet Earth the value California has placed on higher education, research, practical learning, diversity, communication with the world, and even sports, but the crown jewel, the place that rightly claims Fiat Lux, is nestled around Strawberry Creek.

    Maybe the basketball team is a reflection of this…

  • jabes

    There was a debate tournament a few years ago. I only know because I was making a group hotel booking in Feb 2011 and was told that things were busy a certain weekend for that reason.

  • JB

    Great to see the starters hang in there with so many minutes