Cal edges Oregon 86-83 | Pac-12 Men
Cal survived Oregon's best shot Thursday night and remained tied for the Pac-12 Conference lead.
BERKELEY, Calif. — Cal survived Oregon's best shot Thursday night and remained tied for the Pac-12 Conference lead.
Down by eight points with more than five minutes left, the Golden Bears rallied behind seniors Harper Kamp and Jorge Gutierrez for an 86-83 win before 9,980 delirious fans at Haas Pavilion.
The victory sent the Bears (21-6, 11-3 Pac-12) into their home finale Saturday against Oregon State still sharing the top spot in the league with Washington.
Cal sophomore Justin Cobbs played perhaps his best game, scoring a career-high 28 points to go with eight assists, four steals and no turnovers in 38 minutes.
"That was a lot of fun," said Kamp, who scored seven of his 20 points in the final 1:09. "A little too much stress, but to see my team play the way they did, guys like J (Cobbs) stepping up, us making plays at the end, and having a lot of heart. Those are the kind of games you want to play in."
But only if the outcome goes the right way, Cal coach Mike Montgomery said.
"This is the kind of game you've got to have if you're going to win a championship, where you take the other team's best shot," Montgomery said. "Oregon's really good. I can't imagine anyone in the league playing better than them right now."
The Ducks (18-8, 9-5) seemed in control when Carlos Emory pump-faked, stepped inside Kamp and hit a jump shot just before the shot-clock buzzer for a 73-65 lead with 5:32 left.
But Cal outscored Oregon 21-10 the rest of the way.
It wasn't over until Oregon's Devoe Joseph — who scored 33 points, including two three-pointers in the final 26.1 seconds — missed from 25 feet with 3 seconds left.
"Devoe Joseph was spectacular," Montgomery said.
Gutierrez played the final 7:57 with four fouls. He had just seven points while playing in front of his parents and family, who traveled from Mexico for the game.
At Stanford 87, Oregon State 82
Chasson Randle matched his season high with 24 points and sophomore guard Aaron Bright of Bellevue scored 20 to lead Stanford (18-8, 8-6) past Oregon State. Jared Cunningham scored 22 and Roberto Nelson 19 for the Beavers (15-11, 5-9.
Bright assisted on a three-pointer by John Gage of Vashon Island that put the Cardinal ahead 48-45 early in the second half. Bright then hit a pair of three-pointers and assisted on another basket and Stanford led 56-47.
Bright finished with seven assists and two steals and went 6 for 6 at the free-throw line.