Oregon State men’s basketball has lost four of their last six, but they’ve won two of their last three. So, they’re actually on the uptick after Thursday night’s road win over Cal.
The Golden Bears led 14-2 in the opening five minutes. However, The Beavs cut the lead to five (33-28) by halftime.
Oregon State (12-11, 8-9 Pac-12) started the second half with a 15-4 run, and they never gave the lead back.
With four minutes to go, Ethan Thompson hit a jumper to put OSU up 57-50. Cal finished the game on a 7-2 run, but they needed a little more to topple the Beavers.
Oregon State won 59-57 thanks to a pair of free throws Jarod Lucas hit with 2:24 to go as the Beavs didn’t score the rest of the game. Cal (8-18, 3-16 Pac-12) scored four points (all from the free throw line) in that final 2:24.
Senior Roman Silva scored a career-high 15 points, 13 of which came in the second half. Thompson (12 points) and Lucas (10 points) were the other two Beavs in double figures.
Matt Bradley led Cal with 20 points, while Andre Kelly also had 15 for the Golden Bears.
However, the rest of Cal’s squad — including seven players who played at least 11 minutes — only scored a combined 22 points. Two Golden Bears, who each played 20-plus minutes off the bench, combined for one point by going 0-of-8 from the floor and 1-of-2 from the line. Yikes.
Up next, Oregon State continues their road trip with a Saturday afternoon (4 p.m. PT) bout against Stanford on the Pac-12 Networks.