Feb, 21, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks forward Carlos Emory (33) shoots the ball against California Golden Bears forward Richard Solomon (35) at Matthew Knight Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Cal Bears: Cobbs Hits Game Winner to Beat No. 23 Oregon

Watch out, folks. The Cal Bears are on a roll.

Cal has now won six of its last seven games, three of them against ranked opponents. They have now legitimately included themselves in the conversation for an NCAA tournament bid come Selection Sunday.

Tonight, a game winning jumper by Justin Cobbs with 0.7 seconds remaining lifted the Bears over No. 23 Oregon on the road in Eugene.

The Bears fell behind 22-11 in the first half, but closed off on a nice run to make the game respectable at the break.

Then, they simply hung around in the second half, and a Cobbs jumper knotted the game at 37-37 midway through. Nobody would score for the next three minutes before Cobbs knocked down another jumper to give Cal its first lead since it was 4-0.

The Ducks led 44-41 with just under three minutes to play when Robert Thurman took over, making two layups, the latter for a three-point play opportunity that he converted to tie the game at 46-46 apiece.

Oregon had an opportunity to take the lead in the waning moments, but solid defense forced Damyean Dotson to miss, giving Cal a chance to go for the win.

The Bears ran several screens on the final play, with Allen Crabbe holding the ball at the top of the key. He finally located Cobbs on the left wing. In the dying seconds, Cobbs made a move to the left, then as the defender tried to go for the strip, he rose up and nailed a jump shot inside the three-point line with under a second to play.

A desperation prayer by Oregon went awry, and the Bears were victorious once again in Euguene. They are now 11-0 against the Oregon Ducks in the Mike Montgomery era.

The Bears were led by 14 from Cobbs, the hero of the night. They held the Ducks to just 27 percent shooting from the floor and 13 percent from three-point range.

Cal will remain in Oregon to play the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday.




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