With a 71-68 loss in the final moments, Beaver fans are surely shaking their heads. WHAT happened?
OSU dominated the first half. They were confident, relaxed, in control. They mixed up their defense enough to kept Cal on their toes. They were shooting 60% from the floor. They had 22 points in the paint. Devon Collier was on a roll with 8 points and 2 blocks. They played unselfishly, sharing the ball, making chemistry work.
And then... there was the second half. Coach Robinson has been preaching a complete game all season long. Did it fall on deaf ears? Or did Cal just fight like hell?
The Bears came out swinging. Perhaps the Beavers were too confident. Too relaxed. Maybe Mike Montgomery wanted that 100th career win so badly he gave a pep talk for the ages in that locker room. But something changed. And the wheels fell off.
At one point the first half, OSU had a 12 point lead. With 2:11 left in the game, their lead became a tie and fell to a one point deficit.
A telling sign, the Beaver's 60% field goal percentage became 30% in the second.
The Beavers are now 1-7 in Pac-12 . Another one slips away. And with it, confidence in a salvageable season...
Roberto Nelson led the team with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists
Joe Burton with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists
Cal's Allen Crabbe walked with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists
Justin Cobbs with 14 points, 7 assists
Beavers take on Stanford (who creamed the previously ranked #10 Ducks on Wednesday), Sunday afternoon.