Dramatic Cal shot downs Ducks | Pac-12 basketball
Oregon is tied with Arizona for the Pac-12 lead, while third-place Cal continued its climb with its sixth win in seven games.
EUGENE, Ore. — Even after an uneven performance, Justin Cobbs got his wish.
With the score tied and time running out, Cobbs drained a long jump shot with 0.7 seconds left to send California past No. 23 Oregon 48-46 on Thursday night.
The shot, which came after the Golden Bears (17-9, 9-5 Pac-12) ran nearly all of the final 26 seconds off the clock, hit nothing but net.
"Pure as the driven snow," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said.
The shot was bit of redemption for Cobbs, who had a team-high 14 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists. But the junior guard also had a team-high eight turnovers.
But with the game on the line, he asked for the ball.
"Just the whole game I felt like I had a lot of mental lapses and I owed it to my team," Cobbs said. "I've been working on my jump shot a lot, and I knew if I got the ball in the right spot I'd be able to knock it down."
Allen Crabbe, the Pac-12's leading scorer, had 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting. Richard Solomon also had eight points and 11 rebounds.
Arsalan Kazemi had 11 points and a season-high 18 rebounds for the Ducks (21-6, 10-4), who lost their 11th straight game to the Bears. Carlos Emory scored 13 points for Oregon, which hasn't beaten Cal since Feb. 9, 2008.
Oregon lost sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 with the loss. The Ducks are tied with Arizona.
Cal, meanwhile, continued its climb up the standings with its sixth win in seven games. The Bears are tied with Arizona State for third place, one game behind the Ducks and Wildcats.
The Ducks' season-low 27.6 percent shooting led to a season low in points. Oregon was 16 for 58 from the field and 2 for 15 from three-point range.
"That's really a disappointing loss," said Oregon coach Dana Altman, who was going for his 600th career win. "The guys played awfully hard, but you got to hit some shots."
At Colorado 60, Utah 50
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 13 points and had a key block in the late going, helping Colorado pull away. Buffs freshman star Josh Scott sat out with a concussion suffered in a game last weekend.