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2990972 false California’s Ivan Rabb drives into Oregon State’s Matt Dahlen, a Redmond High graduate, during the second half of Wednesday’s Pac-12 Tournament game in Las Vegas. California won 67-62. (AP photo/John Locher) Men’s college basketball roundup Beavers show some fight in season-ending loss to Cal The Associated Press Published Mar 8, 2017 at 11:18PM LAS VEGAS — California had a hard time shaking an Oregon State team that had won just five games all season. The Golden Bears ended the regular season with five losses in six games, so there was no way they could afford to lose this. Cal found a way to close out a harder-than-expected game Wednesday and now gets a shot to move on to the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament. The Beavers’ season, meanwhile, is over. Jabari Bird scored 20 points and converted a key 3-point play with 54 seconds left, helping Cal grind out a 67-62 victory over Oregon State in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament. “We knew it would be tough just finding a way to win, get the rust off us,” said Cal coach Cuonzo Martin. “Felt like we were playing with a 15-pound-weight vest on our backs. We found a way to get the win, and now we can move forward.” Cal (20-11) labored for most of the game offensively and had a hard time containing Oregon State’s Stephen Thompson Jr. The fifth-seeded Bears pulled it out behind Bird and a strong second half by Ivan Rabb. A 6-foot-11 forward, Rabb had 12 points and 13 rebounds after scoring two on 1-of-7 shooting in the first half, helping the Bears earn a rematch against Utah in Thursday’s quarterfinals. The Utes beat Cal by 30 points on March 2, putting a dent in the Bears’ NCAA Tournament hopes. “It’s not added motivation, it’s a game in March that we need to win, so that’s enough motivation right there,” Bird said. “But, I mean, Utah’s a great team, and like I said before, we’re looking forward to the challenge.” Thompson had 25 points and hit 5 of 6 from 3-point range to keep Oregon State (5-27) in the game until late. The Beavers pulled within 59-57, but Bird was fouled on a layup and hit the free throw to put Cal up five. The Beavers could not come up with the key stops when they needed it and hurt themselves from the free-throw line, hitting 14 of 24. “We missed some free throws when we were struggling to score in the end of the second half, and then a couple times we got off-page defensively, gambled, and they made us pay with back-to-back 3s,” Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said. “They hit back-to-back 3s there, and we had a stretch where we missed six out of eight free throws. You know, it’s a two-possession game. You can’t let that happen.” The Bears came into the game knowing they could not afford a letdown against the 12th-seeded Beavers to maintain any hope of reaching the NCAA Tournament. Cal won the two regular-season meetings against Oregon State by a combined 41 points, but the Beavers were ready for the Bears this time. Oregon State opened the game by making three of its first four shots from 3-point range and hounded Cal defensively. The Beavers had an early 10-4 run to lead by eight and withstood a run by Cal to stay within 32-29 at halftime. Oregon State continued to hang around, still within one point after Thompson hit back-to-back 3-pointers midway through. Even when the Bears tried to pull away, the Beavers stayed on their heels, keeping the game closer than expected. Matt Dahlen helped OSU keep it close. The junior forward from Redmond came off the bench to contribute five points and three rebounds. “I feel like we’ve grown a lot, especially the way we ended tonight,” said Oregon State’s Kendal Manuel, who had 11 points. “We showed that we’re going to stick through everything together and no matter what is coming at us, someone else is going to step up and make that next play.” Also Wednesday: Pac-12 Tournament Arizona State 98, Stanford 88: LAS VEGAS — Obinna Oleka had 27 points and 13 rebounds, and Arizona State (15-17) dominated in overtime to beat Stanford (14-17). Colorado 73, Washington 63: LAS VEGAS — Derrick White scored 17 of his 26 points in the second half, Xavier Johnson added 19 and Colorado (19-13) rallied from a shaky first half. The Buffaloes got off to a miserable start at both ends as Washington State (13-18) raced out to a 19-point lead in the opening half. USC 78, Washington 73: LAS VEGAS — Chimezie Metu had 24 points and nine rebounds, and Southern Cal (24-8) boosted its postseason hopes. Bennie Boatwright added 13 points for the sixth-seeded Trojans, who rallied from 10 points down in the first half against the Huskies (9-22). Top 25 No. 14 Duke 79, Clemson 72: NEW YORK — Luke Kennard made two clutch jumpers in the final 2:04 to help No. 14 Duke (24-8) advance to the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. No. 21 Virginia 75, Pitt 63: NEW YORK — Kyle Guy scored 20 points to match a career high and London Perrantes added 13 in the second half to help No. 21 Virginia (22-9). 16669858

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