Bears Fall At Oregon State
CORVALLIS, Ore. – California was unable to hold onto a 12-point, second-half lead and suffered a 73-64 loss to Oregon State on Saturday afternoon at Gill Coliseum.
Despite leading for 31 minutes and shooting 51 percent from the field, Cal (5-6, 0-4 Pac-12) made just 14 of its 28 free throw attempts and faltered down the stretch. Pac-12 scoring leader Matt Bradley suffered an injury before halftime and did not return in the second half. The Golden Bears' balanced attack was paced by Makale Foreman, Jarred Hyder and Andre Kelly, who scored 12 points apiece.
Oregon State (5-3, 1-1 Pac-12) was led by a game-high 16 points from Ethan Thompson.
It was Cal's second loss to Oregon State this season; the two teams met in a non-conference clash on Nov. 25 in Corvallis.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Bears made three of their first four attempts from the field and took a three-point advantage into the first media timeout of the contest. A second-chance dunk by Lars Thiemann gave Cal a six-point lead, before two straight OSU baskets made it a 14-12 game with 10:03 left in the first half.
Layups from Kelly and Hyder, followed by a 3-pointer from Betley, pushed Cal ahead 22-14 with 7:26 remaining in the half and forced a Beavers timeout. The Bears' applied the pressure defensively in the final stretch of the first half, holding OSU without a field goal for more than four minutes while building a double-digit lead (36-26) heading into the locker room.
Hyder was perfect from the field through the first 20 minutes of play, tallying eight points on 3-of-3 shooting to go along with three rebounds.
The Beavers opened the second half with a six-point run and pulled within two, 41-39, on a layup from Warith Alatishe. The two teams traded buckets over the following minutes until a layup by Joel Brown made it 50-46 Bears with 11:30 on the clock.
Foreman knocked down his first 3-pointer of the afternoon to increase Cal's advantage to seven points, but the Beavers responded with a 12-1 over the next three minutes and gained their first lead of the second half at 61-56. A jumper by Kelly and a 3-pointer by Foreman tied the game at 63 with just three minutes to go before the Bears missed their next two shots and failed to convert three consecutive free throw attempts. OSU put the game away in the final two minutes, scoring 10 of the game's final 11 points.
Cal returns home to face Washington State on Thursday, Jan. 7 at Haas Pavilion. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Network. The Bears have won three straight meetings in the head-to-head series, and own a 81-51 all-time record against the Cougars.
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