Seemingly, the two other members of the Bears big three were feeling a bit left out. After tallying only 4 combined points in the first half, Wethers and Shipp asked Tamir to share the wealth; he obliged allowing the duo to light up the Beavers early in the second half. The three accounted for more than 70% of Cal's total offense ... but it was the team-wide effort on defense and the boards that made this an easy win.
A focused effort to shut down Oregon State's low post offense proved effective as Phil Ricci and Brian Jackson were ineffectual inside. The Beavers mercurial freshman point guard, Lamar Hurd, who was a big factor in the first matchup between these two teams, was held to just two points in this rematch. As a team, OSU was held to 41% from the field and 29% from three-point land.
Cal got its fourth straight solid effort from junior center Gabriel Hughes. Gabe's three blocks were the key catalyst to the Bears second half run and his work on the boards and especially on defense was superb. Conor Famulener and David Paris gave a good account of themselves as Cal's frontline proved too strong for the Beavers.
For Cal to go into Corvallis, against 9,000 hostile fans, facing a hot team after losing two straight on the road, and play this well says good things about the future. The Bears have a great shot at getting a sweep in Oregon, as they match up well with the perimeter oriented Ducks.
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