Cal survived Oregon's best shot Thursday night and remained tied for the Pac-12 Conference lead.

Down by eight points with over five minutes left, the Golden Bears rallied behind seniors Harper Kamp and Jorge Gutierrez for an 86-83 win before 9,980 delirious fans at Haas Pavilion.

The victory sent the Bears (21-6, 11-3 Pac-12) into their home finale Saturday against Oregon State still sharing the top spot in the league standings with Washington.

Sophomore point guard Justin Cobbs played perhaps his best game, scoring a career-high 28 points to go with eight assists, four steals and no turnovers in 38 minutes.

"That was a lot of fun," said Kamp, who scored seven of his 20 points in the final 1:09. "A little too much stress, but to see my team play the way they did, guys like J (Cobbs) stepping up, us making plays at the end, and having a lot of heart ... those are the kind of games you want to play in."

But only if the outcome goes the right way, Cal coach Mike Montgomery said.

"This is the kind of game you've got to have if you're going to win a championship, where you take the other team's best shot," Montgomery said. "Oregon's really good. I can't imagine anyone in the league playing better than them right now."

The Ducks (18-8, 9-5) seemed in control when Carlos Emory pump-faked, stepped inside Kamp and hit a jump shot just before the shot-clock buzzer for a 73-65 lead with 5:32 left.


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But Cal outscored Oregon 21-10 the rest of the way, sparked by seven points by Kamp and two big defensive plays by Gutierrez.

It wasn't over until Oregon's Devoe Joseph -- who scored 33 points including two 3-pointers in the final 26.1 seconds -- missed from 25 feet with 3 seconds left.

"Devoe Joseph was spectacular," Montgomery said.

Down by eight, Cal got within 73-71 on three straight baskets, the last two on layups by Cobbs.

But Montgomery was hit with a technical foul after the second one, and Joseph made both free throws for a four-point lead.

The Ducks then went five straight possessions without scoring, turning the ball over on three of them. Gutierrez, quiet all night, was the game-changer. He forced Joseph into a backcourt violation and stole a pass by E.J. Singler.

When Gutierrez made two free throws with 1:41 left, the Bears led 76-75 -- their first lead since 31-30.

Garrett Sim answered with a midrange jumper at 1:25, and the Ducks were back in front.

Kamp then converted a layup and free throw, Cobbs scored a fast-break layup, and Kamp made two more free throws for an 83-77 lead with 32.8 seconds left.

"We just want to win," Cobbs said. "We were competing tonight. We're that much closer to being where we want to be."

Kamp, playing the final home games of his Cal career, said he was a little worried midway through the second half.

"We all had our heads down a little bit," he said. "Justin turned it up on defense, Jorge started making some plays. That's when I knew we were going to win."

Cal won despite the fact Allen Crabbe, who had 26 in the Bears' 77-60 win at Eugene, scored just eight points and was scoreless in the second half.

Gutierrez, who played the final 7:57 with four fouls, had just seven points while playing in front of his parents and family, who traveled from Mexico for the game.

"We got aggressive at the end," Montgomery said. "We defended at the end."

PAC-12 standings

Conference Overall
W L W L
Cal 11 3 21 6
Washington 11 3 18 8
Arizona 10 4 19 8
Colorado 9 4 17 8
Oregon 9 5 18 8
Stanford 8 6 18 8
UCLA 8 6 15 11
Wash. St. 5 9 13 13
Oregon St. 5 9 15 11
Arizona St. 4 10 8 18
Utah 2 11 5 20
USC 1 13 6 21