Beavers Lose To Golden Bears, 91-66
Jan. 29, 2005
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
BERKELEY, Calif. - Rod Benson had 22 points and 10 rebounds, DominicMcGuire added 11 points and California scored 20 consecutive points in thefirst half of a 91-66 victory over Oregon State on Saturday night.
Richard Midgley returned from a shoulder injury to score nine points in thehighest-scoring performance of the season for the Golden Bears (11-8, 4-5Pac-10), who have won three straight. They had little trouble beating OregonState for the 14th straight time - the longest winning streak in the history ofa series dating back to 1915.
Cal held the Beavers scoreless for more than 7 minutes in the first half,turning a five-point deficit into what turned out to be an insurmountable lead.Benson had five points in the 20-0 run, and Richard Midgley had a 3-pointer.
Midgley, the Bears' leading scorer, sat out the previous three games to resthis shoulder. He hit two 3-pointers as Cal swept its home games against theOregon schools for the seventh straight year.
Cal's offense has improved remarkably since Midgley was forced to thesidelines. Benson, Dominic McGuire and freshman DeVon Hardin all scoredimpressive baskets in the low post, and Midgley's replacements at point guard -Ayinde Ubaka and Martin Smith - combined for 16 points and 11 assists.
David Lucas had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Beavers (11-9, 3-6), whoare winless in five conference road games. They have lost six of seven sincebeating UCLA and USC at home in the opening week of conference play.
Benson scored in double figures for the eighth time in Cal's nine Pac-10games while also leading the Bears in rebounds for the sixth straight game. The6-foot-10 junior is one of the nation's most improved players, raising hisscoring average by more than 10 points from last season.