Golden Nuggets: Cal sweeps the state of Oregon!

Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

The Bears take care of business against the Beavers.

Wow.

The first half of Cal's game against Oregon State involved the Beavers shooting almost perfectly, ending with Cal down by double digits. But the Bear will not die, with Mike Montgomery leading the team to victory.

It took Cal less than six minutes to erase a 10-point halftime deficit.

The Bears scored 18 points on their first 11 possessions of the half, going in front 53-52 when [Tyrone] Wallace scored on a putback of his own missed free throw with 14:09 left. [David] Kravish had three baskets during the run and [Justin] Cobbs scored seven points.

Oregon State led by as many as 14 points on the way to a 45-35 halftime lead.

Check out some quotes from the Bears:

"We didn't compete in the first half," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. "We looked very tired. We were just flat. We didn't look mentally engaged."

...

"Did I expect [this kind of start]? No. Am I surprised? No," said reserve forward Jeff Powers, whose second-half play was key to Cal's comeback. "People don't give us the credit we deserve sometimes. We're a force to be reckoned with. The conference is going to take notice."

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"It's big," Cobbs said. "It shows you we're a team. We have depth this year. We can go 8, 9 deep and when Jabari (Bird) and Ricky (Kreklow) return, we can go 10, 11. It shows you what a team is really made of. I'm proud of these guys."

Cal has kicked off the season in stunning fashion:

The win is the Bears' fourth-straight and improved their overall record to 12-4 with their fourth-straight win.

Cal has now opened up Pac-12 play 3-0 for the first time since 2009 and won its first three conference road games for the first time since 1957.

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