CORVALLIS, Ore. -- It was far from a perfect plan for a road sweep, but it sure worked for the Cal Bears.

Falling behind by double-digits for the second straight Pac-10 game, the Bears roared back to take down Oregon State 87-76 on Saturday in front of 6,741 fans at Gill Coliseum.

The win assures Cal a winning regular season, at least a .500 conference record and sets it up for possibly the No. 4 seed in the Pac-10 tournament. The Bears can lock up that with a victory over Stanford next Saturday.

"A road sweep is pretty good for us, really puts us in a position that most people probably didn't think we could've gotten done this year," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. "We can't have a losing season, can't have a losing conference season, just about guarantees us some sort of postseason opportunity."

The Bears (16-13, 9-8) got there in much the same way they did Thursday night at Oregon -- falling behind early, then ramping up the defensive energy and hitting their shots. Against the Beavers (10-17, 5-11), that meant making 72 percent from the floor in the second half, 63 percent for the game.

Allen Crabbe led the charge with 26 points -- 18 on 3-pointers -- and Jorge Gutierrez and Brandon Smith combined for 23 points and 17 assists.

"We kind of just came out slow," Crabbe said of the Bears' first half.

Cal shot 52.4 percent in the opening 20 minutes but allowed OSU to hit 18 of 31 from the floor (58.1 percent). The Beavers led by 14 with 10:31 remaining in the half, 30-16, but Crabbe started the Bears comeback with a 3-pointer, and they hit 10 of 12 free throws the rest of the half to make it 44-38 at the break.


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"We came in at halftime, and the coaches said we needed to pick it up," Crabbe said. "Our leaders gathered us together and said we need to play more like we're capable. We just came out and did what we did at Oregon: played harder and with more intensity. That's what got us the victory."

Still, the Bears didn't take a lead until 51-49 when Richard Solomon converted a three-point play with 16:48 remaining. They trailed 65-64 with 10 minutes left, then took the lead for good on Smith's layup with 9:23 to go.

That followed a hectic, physical confrontation near midcourt resulting in four technical fouls -- two on each team -- and a five minute-plus stoppage of play while the officials sorted the mess with 11:54 to go.

"I can't say that we were blameless," Montgomery said.

Solomon came off the bench for 17 key minutes -- mostly in relief of Markhuri Sanders-Frison, who played just 26 minutes because of foul trouble -- and delivered eight points, five boards and a big blocked shot.

Sanders-Frison had 16 points, five boards and two steals, and Gutierrez finished with 14 points, nine assists, two blocks and four steals.

"Jorge, everyone has their up and downs," Crabbe said. "But he still made big plays for us there at the end."

saturday's game
Stanford (14-14, 7-10 Pac-10) at Cal (16-13, 9-8), 4 p.m., CSNCA