Paced by four double-digit scorers on the night, California (14-6) built up a five-point halftime lead and never looked back, handing Oregon State (4-16) their seventh straight overall loss to kick off Pac-12 play on Saturday night, with their 69-58 besting of the Beavers.
For the Golden Bears, the steady balance from the aforementioned quartet of Ivan Rabb (18 points), Charlie Moore (15 points), Jabari Bird (12 points) and Grant Mullins (12 points) were enough to help a rollercoaster California team over the offensive hump. Defensively, California held the Beavers to identical 29-point halves in the game, allowing forward Drew Eubanks (22 points) and Stephen Thompson Jr. (19 points) to emerge as the only offensive threats for Oregon State.
The defeat marks the sixteenth time this season that the Beavers have been beaten and extends Oregon State’s losing streak against in-conference foes to eight straight games, dating back to March 9th of last season, when they topped Arizona State in the conference tournament. The Beavers have also now lost three straight to California.
For the Golden Bears, the win keeps them at the top of the “second tier” hierarchy in the conference, behind the conference-leading trio of Arizona, Oregon and UCLA. California has now won four of their last five outings and figures to be a dark horse contender to keep an eye on in the Pac-12 Tournament.
Now sitting at 0-7 in the Pac-12 standings, Oregon State is currently tied at the bottom of the league with Colorado (10-10), a team that fell in overtime on Saturday to Washington State. The good news for the Beavers is that the next time they return to action will be on Thursday night in Boulder, with a chance to secure a rare conference win in the cards. That game is slated for a 5:30 PM PT tip-off and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1.