Gary Payton II scores 11th career double-double as Oregon State outlasts California in Corvallis

Cal coughs up 16 turnovers as Gary Payton pours in 20 points for Oregon State in a 77-71 win, moving the Bears to 1-5 away from Haas Pavilion this season.

With his father in the building, Oregon State's Gary Payton II was unstoppable in a 77-71 win over California, breaking the Bears’ streak of five straight wins over the Beavers with the 11th double-double of his career, with 20 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, one block and four steals.

Despite trailing by as many as 14, Cal (12-5, 2-2 in Pac-12) made things interesting in the final minutes, hitting nine of its final 11 field goal attempts, but could not keep pace with a very deep Beavers team that got 42 points off of the bench, compared with the Bears’ eight. In all, 10 different Oregon State players tallied points on Saturday night.

Cal came into the night ranking first in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage defense at 37.2%, and second in the nation in two-point field goal percentage defense (37.7%), but the Beavers shot 42.9% from the field (27-of-63), from two-point range (24-of-56) and from beyond the arc (3-of-7).

Senior point guard Tyrone Wallace and freshman forward Jaylen Brown combined for 20 points in the first half, but they also combined for six of Cal’s nine turnovers before the break.

Because of those turnovers, the Beavers took 15 more shots than the Bears by halftime, and shot 44.7% from the field (17-of-38), while Cal shot 39.1%, with as many turnovers (9) as baskets.

"You have to play hard in the first half," head coach Cuonzo Martin said. "You have to play as a team in the first half. We didn’t play as a team in the first half – a lot of one-on-one plays, a lot of one-dribble pull-ups. We didn’t have good ball movement or good body movement. So I thought we did a poor job really playing as a team in the first half on both sides of the (court)." Once again, the Bears had issues with the zone, this time Oregon State's 3-2 iteration, and racked up 22 personal fouls, including 14 in the second half, as the Beavers hit 20 of 27 from the line, and 18 of 22 in the second stanza.

Brown – who finished with a team-high 20 points – was burdened with four fouls, as was Wallace, whose 17 points and six assists did little to mitigate a team-high five turnovers – tied for the most he’s had in a game this season.

“We just didn’t play hard at all,” Martin said. “We played a selfish brand of basketball.”

Cal looked to start things out well, getting out to an early 8-4 lead, and hitting its first three shots from the field, but then the Beavers went on a 10-0 run, and the Bears went ice cold. Cal shot 0-for-9 over the run, finally breaking the spell on freshman Ivan Rabb first touch of the night, on a pass from Brown to make it 16-10, Oregon State. Those were Rabb’s only two points of the first half, though he did lead the Bears with five rebounds.

Brown then pushed his way through a collapsing defense for another score, making it 16-12, but in the early goings, the Bears could not get anything going from three, missing their first three attempts after going 0-for-12 from beyond the arc against Oregon.

That collapsing low-post defense suffocated and frustrated Cal’s big men, as Rabb went just 1-for-3, and Kingsley Okoroh and Kameron Rooks had just one shot between the two of them in 10 combined first-half minutes. All but four of the Bears’ 14 first-half points in the paint came on drives and lay-ups, as Rabb and Brown were both bullied off the block.

It didn’t help that Brown went 2-for-8 from the free throw line.

In the last five games, Brown had hit 18 of 23 from the free throw line (78.3%). He’d hit 42 of 68 (61.8%) before that.

“We’ve got to be assertive,” Martin said of the team’s post performance.

With 8:11 to play, Cal already had five turnovers, but Oregon State (11-3, 2-1) had only scored two points off of those miscues.

After tipping in his own miss to make it 23-17, Payton had six points, four boards and four assists, and the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year had one steal and one block – on Cal seven-footer Rooks, to boot -- as the Beavers took a six-point lead with just under eight minutes to play in the half.

By the time Payton tipped in his own rebound as the buzzer sounded at the end of the first half, the senior point guard had 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Down 38-27, Saturday was the second time all year the Bears had trailed at the half (the last being against Richmond).

As Payton put on a clinic, Wallace was wild for much of the first half, with three turnovers, including a strip underneath by Stephen Thompson Jr., which went off of Wallace’s leg and out of bounds as he drove on the right side in transition off a pass from Brown. That turnover led to a Jarmal Reid basket off of a one-touch pass underneath from Payton to give the Beavers their largest lead yet, at 11, with 1:29 to go in the half.

Beyond Wallace and Brown – who went a combined 7-for-11 -- the rest of the team went 2-for-12 from the field in the first half. Brown also added several sparkling defensive plays, including two chase-down blocks that stopped fast-break layups, equalling his career high, set against Coppin State.

The Bears’ best two shooters – Jabari Bird and Jordan Mathews – went a combined 1-for-7 with one point and an 0-for-1 mark from three-point land in the first half, and after hitting its first three shots, Cal hit four of its next 16.

A corner three by Brown cut the lead to seven at the under-four time out, but, after that Brown three, the Bears scored just four more points – and went 0-for-2 from the field with two turnovers -- over the final 4:09 of the half. During that span, Oregon State went 4-for-8, going on an 8-4 run.

Stanford had pulled down 20 offensive rebounds last time out against Oregon State, but the Beavers clamped down on the glass, allowing just four offensive rebounds by the Bears in the first half, and seven on the game. In the first half, Oregon State owned the overall rebound margin, 22-18, and finished with a 34-33 advantage.

Through the first time out of the second half, Cal was at a 10-2 disadvantage in second-chance points, again evincing Oregon State’s tough play in the low post, Brown’s one-handed baseline throw-down dunk notwithstanding.

In the first half, Cal used the press briefly and it seemed to get the Bears’ energy going on offense, though they couldn’t sustain it. In the second half, Cal went on a 6-0 run thanks to the press, part of a 13-4 run that closed the lead to five points with 13:44 to go.

"We picked it up in the second half, played a lot better," Martin said. "We still had some breakdowns in the second half. You shoot over 50 percent from the field – 65 in the second half – and you lose the game, it just makes our guys understand the importance of defending from start to finish."

The Bears pulled to within three on a Sam Singer three, and after a pair of free throws by Daniel Gomis, Mathews found his three stroke and hit another triple from the same spot as Singer. It was the third three-pointer Cal hit in the second half. One game after going scoreless, and 0-for-4 from three-point range, Mathews shot 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, and finished with 16, including 12 in the second half.

From when Singer entered the game in the second half at the 18:35 mark, for 6:08, Cal went on a 19-7 run, while Oregon State went 1-for-6 from the field with four turnovers.

"I thought the guys did a better job in the second half battling," Martin said. "But you have to get off to a good start. I didn’t think we got off to a good start at Oregon either. So we have to do a better job with ball movement, body movement, getting the ball inside, good spacing, dribble penetration. And we’ve got to really limit our turnovers, too.

After Mathews' three-pointer brought the score to 48-46, Payton hit a lay-up and then a jam on the break after a strip of Bird to get the lead back to six.

The Beavers jealously guarded an eight-point lead for much of the final seven minutes, with another three by Mathews cutting it to five (on Singer’s fourth assist), only to see a spinning inside bucket by Reid and a pair of free throws by Payton walk the lead back out to eight. After Wallace finished at the rim, forced to his off hand by Payton, a Mathews run-out was broken up by Thompson, who pushed the ball up to Tres Tinkle for a two-handed flush.

Singer took the rock to the rack with 5:20 to go, once again pulling Cal to within six, but a step-back three by Thompson with Singer’s hand in his face got the lead back to nine for Oregon State.

Then, a hesitation crossover by Brown for his 17th point of the night closed the lead to seven.

But, even with 16 turnovers on the night (Oregon State scored 12 points off of those mistakes), Cal held strong. Two three-pointers by Mathews with one minute left brought the Bears to within two points. Those plays bracketed the shot of the night on the part of Tinkle, who, with one second left on the shot clock, behind the backboard, backed into the corner in front of his own bench, hit a clutch three.

"He saved me on that one," Payton laughed of Tinkle's shot.

"You have to take care of the ball," Martin said of the Bears' turnovers. "You have to take what the defense gives you. You can’t force things. You have to take what they give. There’s a fine line between being aggressive. You can’t be careless with the ball."

After Mathews’ second three, a roll by Payton off a Reid screen, plus Brown’s fourth foul meant the lead inched back out to five points with 27.3 seconds to go.

"They'd been cutting off my left hand, he had his hand under me, and I just had to be strong with the basketball," Payton said.

Payton hit another free throw on a foul by Wallace for the final tally.


  • Wallace finished with 17 points – his highest total since scoring 23 in an overtime win at Wyoming Dec. 5. The number raised his career total to 1,457, which continues to rank 12th in school history. Justin Cobbs, who had 1,469 points from 2012-14, is 11th.
  • With 6 assists, Wallace moved ahead of Shantay Legans and into ninth place on Cal’s career list, now with 391. Next on the list is No. 8 Butch Hays, who had 396 assists from 1981-84.
  • Wallace also had one steal against Oregon State to give him 132 in his career, which ties with Chris Washington (1984-87) for eighth in Bear history.
  • Mathews now has 157 career 3-pointers and has moved up to a tie with Joe Shipp (2000-03) for seventh in school history.
  • Brown finished with 20 points to give him 101 in his past six games for an average of 16.8 ppg. He is shooting 38-for-61 from the field during the stretch (62.3%).
  • Okoroh, a sophomore, earned his first start of the season and fourth start of his career. He had one block in eight minutes, Last year, Okoroh had starts at USC, at UCLA and vs. Stanford. He had recorded nine blocks in Cal's previous three games, averaging 17.7 minutes per game in those three contests.
  • Oregon State’s 77 points were the most the Bears surrendered since Richmond defeated Cal, 94-90 on Nov. 27, in the Las Vegas Invitational.
  • Among those in attendance was Allen Crabbe, the 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year for the Bears who is now in his third season with the Portland Trail Blazers.
  • Cal's 16 turnovers mark the 13th time this season the Bears have turned the ball over 10 or more times. It was the second game in a row they had turned the trick, after turning the ball over 18 times in a loss to Oregon. Cal has turned the ball over 15 times or more six times this season, and in those games, the Bears have a 3-3 record, and an 0-3 mark against Power Five teams.
  • In Cal's two losses in the state of Oregon, the Bears shot 28-of-46 (60.9%) from the free throw line. Cal had shot 77-for-106 (72.6%) in the previous five games from the charity stripe. The team is shooting 66.7% from the ine on the season.

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