Beavs lose control in second half at Cal

OREGON STATE WAS up eight points in the second half at Cal and looked strong on Sunday. They had just put together one of their better offensive runs of the season. But they followed it up with one of their worst on defense and the roof caved in quickly. OSU's zone defense was effective for long stretches, but it completely broke down during an 18-0 second-half run by Cal and OSU lost 73-56.

Cal, trailing by eight in the second half, outscored the Beavers 24-2 over a six-minute span.

The lack of depth has finally become apparent for Oregon State late in the season, as the Beavs lost for the fifth time in six games. The Golden Bears shot 13-for-21, including 3-for-7 from beyond the arc in the second half. They also outrebounded OSU 38-25.

Jarmal Reid and Langston Morris-Walker scored Oregon State's first 13 points in the second half as the Beavs opened on a 13-4 run. Combined with a strong zone defense that had Cal confused, Oregon State took a 44-36 lead. Then came Cal's run.

Malcolm Duvivier had 18 points and eight rebounds for Oregon State (17-12, 8-9). Three other Beavs scored in double figures: Jarmal Reid (13); Gary Payton II (12) and Langston Morris-Walker (10).

Cal hurt the Beavs most in the second half in transition. Cal shot 62 percent in the second half while Oregon State shot just 29 percent.

California (17-12, 7-9 Pac-12) snapped a three-game losing streak in its final home game of the season by beating a team with a winning record for just the third time since Jan. 2.

The Beavers first four points came on two emphatic dunks by Payton. He finished with 12 points. Payton had a steal in his 29th consecutive game, tying his father for the second-longest streak in school history.

Oregon State hosts Oregon on Wednesday.

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