Cal blows early lead, holds off Oregon

BERKELEY, Calif. — California finished the first half of Pac-10 play in what was supposed to be a rebuilding season with a winning record.

Markhuri Sanders-Frison and Allen Crabbe scored 18 points apiece to help California win its third straight conference game and deny Oregon a rare Bay Area sweep with an 85-77 victory on Saturday.

"We're just building up confidence," Crabbe said. "We know we're a young team. But we know we can compete with anybody in the Pac-10. This was a great week for us."

Jorge Gutierrez added 17 points despite a 2-for-11 shooting performance, and Harper Kamp scored 13 for the Golden Bears (12-9, 5-4), who are on their longest winning streak since starting the season 3-0.

After losing Pac-10 Player of the Year Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher, Theo Robertson and Jamal Boykin from the team that won the regular season conference title a year ago, coach Mike Montgomery's squad lost four of six to open the conference season before finding its way the past eight days.

The Ducks (10-11, 3-6), fresh off their first win at Stanford in 25 years, were looking to pull off their first sweep in the Bay Area since February 1976.

They got 22 points from Joevan Catron, 16 from Malcolm Armstead and 14 from Tyrone Nared, but were unable to pull off the trick. They fell behind by 18 points in the first half and lost for the 10th time in their last 11 trips to Haas Pavilion.

"We didn't have them ready to play and they shot the heck out of it, but I just thought our energy level was really bad," coach Dana Altman said. "I don't know if we were still patting ourselves on the back for the other night or what, but we really weren't sharp at the start of the game. I told the guys the game started at 3 and we showed up at 3:30."

Neither team was able to get into any sort of flow in the second half with the officials calling 17 fouls in the first 8:01 — a staggering rate of more than two per minute. Cal's leading scorer, Kamp, went to the bench with his fourth foul with 14:05 to go, while Jeremy Jacob and Armstead also got their fourth for Oregon early in the half.

The Ducks had whittled an 18-point first-half deficit down to four early in the second half, but Crabbe went in for a dunk after a turnover by E.J. Singler to give the Bears a 61-52 lead near the midpoint of the second half.

Cal was unable to put the Ducks away and Oregon used a 9-1 run to cut it to 64-63 with about 7 minutes left. But the Ducks were unable to get over the hump as the Bears led for the final 38:32 of the game.

Stanford 70, Oregon State 56

At Stanford, Calif., freshman Anthony Brown scored a season-high 21 points, helping Stanford avoid its longest losing streak in 18 years.

Josh Owens added 14 points for the Cardinal (11-9, 4-5 Pac-10), who ended a four-game losing streak, matching its longest slide since a five-game streak in 1993.

Freshman Ahmad Starks scored a season-high 17 points to lead the Beavers (8-12, 3-6), who lost their sixth straight road game. Jared Cunningham, Oregon State's leading scorer, was held to a season-low one point before fouling out.

Arizona 82, Southern Cal 73

At Tucson, Ariz., Derrick Williams scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half and made all six of his shot attempts despite a heavy wrap on his shooting hand, helping Arizona run past Southern California.

Williams had his right pinky buried in a layer of gauze after banging it against UCLA on Thursday and fought foul trouble early in both halves. Neither seemed to bother the sophomore star, who hit all three of his 3-point attempts and was 5 for 8 on free throws.

UCLA 73, Arizona State 72, OT

At Tempe, Ariz., Lazeric Jones hit 7 of 9 field-goal attempts for 18 points and Joshua Smith added 10 points to help UCLA to an overtime win.

Reeves Nelson was also a major factor for the Bruins (14-7, 6-3 Pac-10) with 15 points.

UCLA outlasted the Sun Devils (9-12, 1-8) in the extra session 12-11 after opening it with a 9-2 run.


No. 4 Stanford 74,Oregon State 44

At Corvallis, Kayla Pedersen scored a season-high 21 points and Jeanette Pohlen added 15 points to lead Stanford.

Stanford (18-2, 9-0) tied a season-high for 3-pointers with 11, including seven in the first half, and had a 40-35 rebounding edge.

Leading 14-9 early on, the Cardinal hit four straight 3-pointers — two by Pohlen — during a 13-0 run to take command. Stanford led 39-19 at the half and scored the first nine points after the break to put the game away.

Oregon State could only get within 26 in the second half and trailed by as many as 36.

California 81, Oregon 65

At Eugene, Layshia Clarendon scored 18 points and all five starters for California reached double figures.

Talia Caldwell and Lindsay Sherbert had double-doubles for the Golden Bears (13-7, 5-4 Pac-10). Caldwell recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Sherbert scored 17 to go with 10 rebounds.

Amanda Johnson scored 26, and Nia Jackson had 14 points and nine assists for the Ducks (12-8, 3-6).

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