California guard Justin Cobbs shoots over Oregon forward E.J. Singler. Cobbs later sank a shot in the final second to give Cal a 48-46 win.
Don Ryan, Associated Press - Ap
Former Gopher Cobbs his jumper to lift Cal over No. 23 Oregon
- Associated Press
- February 22, 2013 - 8:19 AM
EUGENE, Ore. - Justin Cobbs' jumper with 0.7 seconds to play gave California a 48-46 victory over No. 23 Oregon on Thursday night.
Cobbs' shot, which came after the Golden Bears (17-9, 9-5 Pac-12) ran nearly all of the final 26 seconds off the clock, hit nothing but net.
Cobbs finished with 14 points and Allen Crabbe had 12 for Cal, which has won four straight.
Arsalan Kazemi had 11 points and a season-high 18 rebounds for the Ducks (21-6, 10-4), who lost their 11th straight game to the Bears. Carlos Emory scored 13 points for Oregon, which hasn't beaten Cal since Feb. 9, 2008.
Oregon, which led 26-21 at halftime, was up 46-43 with 2:06 to play when Robert Thurman recorded a three-point play for Cal on a dunk and free throw to tie it.
The Ducks had a turnover and two missed shots in their final possessions.
Oregon is tied with Arizona for the Pac-12 lead, while third-place Cal continued its climb with its sixth win in seven games.
Cal trailed by 11 points in the first half but came back to tie the score at 29 on a dunk by Thurman 4 minutes into the second half.
Oregon went back up 37-33 on a free throw and 3-pointer by E.J. Singler, but the Bears followed with a 6-0 run and Cobbs hit a jumper to put them up 39-37 with 7:12 to play. It was Cal's first lead since early in the first half.
Trailing 41-39, Oregon followed with five straight points to take a 44-41 advantage with 3:30 to play, setting the stage for Cal's final heroics.
The Ducks led 22-11 late in the first half but scored just one field goal over the final 5:46 and Cal took advantage with a 10-2 run to pull within 24-21.
But Kazemi jammed home a dunk in transition off a steal with 1:18 left to give Oregon a five-point lead at halftime.
It could have been worse for the Bears, except Singler's deep 3-pointer at the buzzer was waved off when Emory was called for basket interference.
Kazemi had 14 rebounds and six points in the first half, and Emory sparked Oregon early after Cal scored the first six points of the game.
The senior forward came off the bench to score nine points in a 16-2 run that put the Ducks up 16-8 at the 10:18 mark.
Neither team shot well in the first half, with Oregon going 9 for 31 (29 percent) from the field and Cal making just 8 of 28 (28.6 percent).
The Bears rallied to shoot 57.1 percent in the second half. For the Ducks, it only got worse as they finished shooting 27.6 percent.
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