Cal Battles OSU But Falls To Beavers
BERKELEY – Oregon State used a surge at the start of the second half to take the lead, and the Beavers held on for a 59-57 win over California Thursday at Haas Pavilion, defeating the Golden Bears for the third time this season.
Down two points with 1:33 left, Cal had two chances to tie the score. After rebounding an OSU missed shot, the Bears turned the ball over as the shot clock expired. Then after another Beaver miss with eight seconds remaining, Matt Bradley lost control of the ball heading into the lane, and OSU had the win.
After shooting 57.1 percent from the floor in the opening half, the Bears had a much more difficult time finding the basket in the second half, making 28.0 percent of their attempts. Meanwhile, OSU got off to a slow shooting start, then went 13-for-25 after halftime.
Bradley led Cal with 20 points, giving him his Pac-12-leading 11th 20-point game of the season. He also moved up to 22nd on Cal's all-time scoring list (1,248 points), passing Jorge Gutierrez, Ryan Anderson and Brian Wethers against the Beavers.
Andre Kelly contributed 15 points and Jalen Celestine added a career-high six rebounds.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Cal made its first five shots from the field and rushed out to a 14-2 lead five minutes into the game, with Kelly pouring in seven points. In fact, the Bears went on to go 7-for-7 before finally missing a shot from the floor. OSU, though, began to chip away and got within 26-24 with 3:43 left in the half on a Dearon Tucker hook shot to complete an 8-0 Beaver run. A Lars Thiemann dunk got Cal back in the scoring column, and the Bears ended the half up, 33-28.
OSU scored the first nine points out of the break to take its first lead of the ballgame at 37-33. Cal called a timeout, and Bradley immediately hit two buckets to tie the score. However, the Beavers went back in front on their next trip down the court and didn't relinquish their edge the rest of the night.
Cal closes out the regular season when it hosts Oregon on Saturday in Haas Pavilion. The game will tip off at 1 p.m. (new time) and air on the Pac-12 Networks.
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