Cal Stunned By Oregon State, 72-64
Jan. 7, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Nick DeWitz scored 18 points and Marcel Jones had 13 points and 11 rebounds, helping Oregon State snap a 14-game road losing streak in the Pac-10 with a 72-64 win over first-place California on Saturday.
Sasa Cuic added 16 points for the Beavers (8-6, 1-2), who had lost their first five games away from Gill Coliseum this season before defeating the Bears.
California (9-4, 3-1), which was coming off road wins against USC and UCLA last week, got 19 points and eight rebounds from Leon Powe but never did find an offensive rhythm against Oregon State's tight zone defense.
The Bears trailed by as many as 14 and managed just two baskets during a critical seven-minute stretch late in the second half when the Beavers put the game away.
The loss drops California into a first-place tie with Arizona in the Pac-10.
After California pulled within 53-46 on Powe's steal and driving dunk with 8:42 to play, Oregon State put the game away with a 12-3 run over the next three minutes. Jones had six points in the run while DeWitz's six-foot jumper with 3:56 left gave the Beavers their biggest lead of the game at 63-49.
The Bears made one final run at Oregon State, closing to 68-62 on Ayinde Ubaka's 3-pointer with 29 seconds remaining, but Chris Stephens sank four free throws in the next 17 seconds to secure the win for the Beavers. Stephens finished with 13 points.
Oregon State's last conference road win came against Washington State on Feb. 12, 2004.
California went into the game shooting 46.6 percent as a team but struggled against Oregon State's defense throughout the game. The Bears opened the game missing 15 of their first 20 shot attempts then followed that with a 2-for-12 stretch to open the second half, allowing the Beavers to slowly pull away.
Oregon State scored the first eight points of the game and sank its first three 3-point shots, building a 29-20 lead on Stephens' shot under the basket with 4:09 remaining.
Powe, trying to become the first California player since 1992 to average a double-double for a season, got the Bears' going on their comeback with three straight points. Midgley then made three consecutive 3-pointers, pulling California within 34-32 going into halftime.