AMES, Iowa -- Sophomore Bak Bak had five points and a key steal in the final 35 seconds and Cal's basketball team scored a victory in its first true road game of the season, beating Iowa State 76-73 on Saturday in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
Bak, coming off a breakout 12-point performance against UC Davis, converted a layup and free throw with 34.9 seconds left to break a 69-all tie, then stripped the ball from Diante Garrett and made two free throws with 27 seconds left.
Bak, a 6-foot-9 Sudanase-born forward, was just 1 for 5 from the free-throw line this season before making the final three.
Junior Harper Kamp had 14 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots for the Bears (5-2). Senior Markhuri Sanders-Frison added 12 points and six rebounds before fouling out and making way for Bak, who wound up with nine points and five rebounds.
Point guard Jorge Gutierrez, also battling foul trouble, finished strong with 11 points and five assists. He assisted on Bak's tiebreaking layup and iced the win by making two free throws with 14.7 seconds left. Freshman Allen Crabbe added 11 points, eight in the game's first six minutes.
"All in all, this was a good win here," said coach Mike Montgomery, who pocketed his 598th career victory. "It's got to be a confidence booster."
Guard Scott Christopherson scored 25 points to lead the Cyclones (6-2), who were beaten for the first time in six games at Hilton Coliseum. Jake Anderson added 16 points and nine rebounds.
Powering the ball inside and getting two early 3-pointers each from Crabbe and Gary Franklin, Cal led by as many as 10 points in the first half. The Bears then got sloppy with the ball, and Iowa State closed with a 16-5 run for a 39-38 lead at the break.
The Bears are searching for depth on their front line, and Bak might be ready to provide it after totaling 21 points and 11 rebounds in 29 minutes over the past two games. In five previous games, Bak scored just three points.
Montgomery said the efforts of Bak and backup point guard Brandon Smith, who scored eight points, were significant.
"You're on the road, you're going to get a little tired," he said. "We got a good contribution off the bench from everyone."
Cal's reserves totaled 20 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
Box score is on Page 10.