Beavers let another road win slip at Cal
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Richard Solomon's dunk with 17.6 seconds remaining capped a big run by California over the final 8 minutes, and the Golden Bears rallied from 12 points down in the second half to beat Oregon State 71-68 on Thursday night.
Allen Crabbe had 15 points and eight rebounds, while Justin Cobbs added 14 points and matched his season high of seven assists, to help fifth-year California coach Mike Montgomery to his 100th career victory at the school.
The Golden Bears (12-8, 4-4 Pac-12) trailed most of the second half and were down 59-53 before Crabbe and Cobbs combined to score 12 of Cal's final 18 points.
Roberto Nelson scored 25 points for Oregon State (11-10, 1-7). The Beavers had two chances to score after Solomon's basket but failed to get a shot off.
Both teams missed key opportunities late.
After a high-arcing 15-footer by Ahmad Starks pulled Oregon State within 69-68 with 1:20 left, Cobbs came up short on a 3-pointer but Crabbe grabbed the rebound.
Solomon, who finished with 12 points, followed with his dunk before teammate Robert Thurman blocked Devon Collier's jumper. Oregon State retrieved the ball, but Joe Burton was unable to shoot before the buzzer sounded.
David Kravish also had 12 points for Cal, which won for the first time this season when trailing at the half.
The Bears set a season high with nine 3-pointers but sputtered on offense most of the night. They turned it around after Montgomery gave his team a stern pep talk during a timeout, after Nelson's three-point play with 15:49 remaining in the second half had given Oregon State a 52-40 lead.
Cal responded with a 7-0 run, and Cobbs later added a 3-pointer to pull the Bears within 59-56. Crabbe followed with two free throws with 7:11 remaining - Cal's first of the game - and Cobbs made a 15-foot jumper to put Cal in front.
Oregon State pulled ahead twice after that but managed only one basket over the final 3 minutes. The Beavers haven't won at Haas Pavilion since Jan. 22, 2009.
Burton finished with 14 points and eight assists, while Starks had 12 points, for the Beavers.
Oregon State led 30-18 on Nelson's 14-footer midway through the first half. The Beavers also got a big lift from Burton, their 295-pound center who had six assists and helped shut down Cal's inside game. Burton is on pace to become the first non-guard in school history to lead the team in assists three consecutive years.
Bears guard Jeff Powers limped off the court with 2:09 left in the first half after falling to the floor and clutching his left knee. He returned to Cal's bench in the second half but did not play.
Powers' replacement, Brandon Smith, made a 3-pointer, and Bak Bak's inside basket cut Oregon State's lead to 39-33 before Starks easily raced through Cal's defense and scored on a short shot just before the buzzer to put the Beavers up by eight at the break.