Beavers falter down the stretch against Cal

CORVALLIS — The California Golden Bears did not sweat a slow start. They are getting used to coming from behind.

Allen Crabbe scored 26 points, Markhuri Sanders-Frison added 16 and California overtook Oregon State in the second half of an 87-76 win Saturday.

Jorge Gutierrez had 14 points and nine assists and Harper Kamp added 12 points for the Golden Bears (16-13, 9-8 Pac-10), who fell behind by 14 but stormed back to win on the strength of 72 percent second half shooting. The Bears rolled back a 16-point deficit to beat Oregon on Thursday.

Crabbe was 8-of-12 from the field for Cal, which made 18 of 25 shots in the second half and has improved its postseason prospects with three straight wins.

"We're winning and that's all you can ask for," coach Mike Montgomery said. "But that was definitely the tale of two halves for us."

Ahmad Starks scored 18 points and Jared Cunningham added 14 for the Beavers (10-17, 5-11), who lost for the fifth time in six games and saw a 12-point first half lead disappear. They were booed by the home fans at the end of the game. Omari Johnson added 10 points and eight rebounds.

The Beavers came out with urgency and energy, taking an early 10-1 lead. They hit 15 of their first 21 shots, had 10 steals before halftime and led 30-16 on a layup by Calvin Haynes.

However, Cal went on a 12-4 run. Crabbe hit one of his six 3-pointers to get the Bears within 34-28. The Beavers still led by six at halftime but Cal started the second half with a 12-5 run. Richard Solomon converted a three-point play to give the Bears their first lead at 50-49.

There were five technical fouls called in the game including four on a single play where Cal's Sanders-Frison and Brandon Smith and Oregon State's Joe Burton and Haynes got tangled up.

Stanford 88, Oregon 71

At Eugene, Josh Owens scored a career-best 31 points with 11 rebounds, and the Stanford Cardinal defeated Oregon.

Jeremy Green added 15 points and Dwight Powell had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinal (14-14, 7-10 Pac-10), who had lost four straight. A fifth defeat would have been the most in a row for Stanford since it ended the 1992-93 season with six straight losses.

Aaron Bright scored 13 points and Anthony Brown 12 for the Cardinal, who outshot the Ducks 59 percent to 44 percent and outrebounded them 36-21.

Malcolm Armstead led the Ducks (14-14, 7-9) with 22 points. Jay-R Strowbridge had 16 points and Johnathan Loyd 11.

Southern California 62,Arizona State 46

At Los Angeles, Nikola Vucevic finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Southern California had little trouble beating Arizona State.

USC's conference-leading defense harassed the Sun Devils into their worst shooting effort of the season as the Trojans won their fourth straight and fifth in six tries.

UCLA 71, No. 10 Arizona 49

At Los Angeles, Reeves Nelson had a career-high 27 points and 16 rebounds, and UCLA defeated Arizona to tie the Wildcats for first place in the Pac-10 in the last men's game played at historic Pauley Pavilion before it closes for renovation.

Joshua Smith added 17 points and Tyler Honeycutt had 15 for the Bruins (21-8), who share the league's top spot at 12-4 with two games remaining. They have won 12 of 14 after being out of the top 25 all season.

Derrick Williams scored 15 points and Kyle Fogg had 10 for the Wildcats (23-6).


No. 2 Stanford 99, Oregon 60

At Stanford, Calif., Jeanette Pohlen scored 20 points, Kayla Pederson had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Stanford clinched its 11th straight Pac-10 title.

The Cardinal (26-2, 17-0) dominated in every phase to set a new home record with their 60th consecutive win at Maples Pavilion. They haven't lost at home in more than four seasons.

Kristi Fallin had 10 points and Deanna Weaver added eight for the Ducks (13-14, 4-12), who were held to 24 percent shooting and outscored 32-14 on free throws. Three Oregon players also fouled out.

California 58, Oregon State 49

At Berkeley, Calif., Layshia Clarendon snagged a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead California to a comeback win.

Rachelle Federico added a career-high 15 points for the Bears (15-13, 7-10 Pac-10) and Mikayla Lyles scored a career-high 13.

The Bears trailed by 11 in the first half, but went on a 17-0 second-half run to break open a close game.

Sage Indendi led the Beavers (9-18, 2-14) with 15 points.

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