Beavers no match for Bears

An undermanned Oregon State team dropped its third straight Pac-Ten conference game Thursday night 73-58 versus California in front of 9,212 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.

The Beavers were minus the services of junior forward Brian Jackson who was forced to sit out the contest due to a nagging groin injury.

The loss kept the Beavers clinging to 8th place in the conference. Only the top 8 teams in the conference qualify for the Pac-Ten tournament March 7-9 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

After jumping out to a 7-4 lead, the Beavers quickly watched that lead evaporate as the Golden Bears went on a 12-0 run to take a 16-7 lead with 13:20 to play. The run was capped off by consecutive put back dunks by Cal freshman Center Jamal Sampson.

OSU kept the score close, and when Joe See hit three consecutive three-point baskets; the Bear lead was cut to 28-23 with 4 minutes remaining in the first half. However, Cal responded by scoring 8 of the next 10 points and took a 36-25 halftime lead to the locker room. The Golden Bears shot 63% from the field in the first half, compared to just 36% for the Beavers.

OSU responded with a 7-0 run to start the second half, and when Joe See hit his fourth 3 point field goal of the night, the Beavers had cut the Cal lead to 3 at 44-41 with 12:00 to play.

However Cal dominated the boards during the game. Without Jackson, the smaller Beavers were unable to get critical stops and rebounds in the 2nd half. For the game, Oregon State was outrebounded 31-17.

Coming off a season high 32 three point attempts in Saturday's loss to UCLA, Oregon State was 9-24 from beyond the arc. Joe See had his best shooting game of the season, hitting 5 of 6 attempts, finishing with 15 points. Phillip Ricci led the Beaver offensive attack and led all scorers with 23 points.

The Beavers fell to 10-12 (3-9 Pac Ten) while the Bears improved to 16-5 (7-4 Pac Ten). The win marked the eighth straight win versus the Beavers for Cal, earlier this season the Bears beat Oregon State 61-53 at Gill Coliseum. Oregon State will next travel to Maples Pavilion Saturday to take on the 20th ranked Stanford Cardinal, who defeated conference leader Oregon 90-87 in overtime last night.

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