EUGENE, Ore. -- Things didn't quite go according to plan, but Cal's basketball team was more than happy with the outcome.

Justin Cobbs hit a jumper just before time expired Thursday to give the Golden Bears their fourth consecutive win, 48-46 over No. 23 Oregon. The Bears are one game out of the Pac-12 lead, having knocked off a first-place team three times this month.

The final play was designed to use Pac-12 leading scorer Allen Crabbe as a decoy, setting a double screen for him to draw the defense away from Cobbs. The Ducks didn't bite, and Cobbs had to hit the game-winner with a man on him.

"It looked pure from the second it left his hand," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. "So we got what we wanted."

Cobbs asked for the chance to hit the winner to atone for an eight-turnover performance that was a microcosm for the game as a whole, the lowest-scoring contest in Pac-12 play this season.

"I just felt if I got the ball in the right spot, I'd be able to knock it down," said Cobbs, whose shot went in with 0.7 seconds left to give Cal its 11th consecutive win over Oregon.

The victory capped a tumultuous week in the wake of Montgomery's reprimand from the conference for shoving Crabbe four days earlier during a game against USC. Cobbs said the Golden Bears (17-9, 9-5) weren't distracted by the controversy as they prepared to face the first-place Ducks (21-6, 10-4).

Cal has won six of its last seven and trails co-leaders Oregon and Arizona by one game.


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"Three weeks ago we were given up for dead," Montgomery said. "Every game becomes a little more important, but they just believe in each other."

Crabbe was held to 12 points, his second-fewest in conference play this year. He spent two minutes of the second half on the bench after picking up his fourth foul, which was later correctly credited to Tyrone Wallace, a slip by the officials that became academic when the Golden Bears prevailed.

Crabbe's final bucket put Cal up 41-39, but Oregon quickly answered, and last led at 46-43. Robert Thurman evened it at 46-all with a three-point play with 2:06 remaining, and neither team scored until Cobbs hit the winner, as Cal held Oregon to the fewest points by a Pac-12 team in conference play this season.

"We've had some like this, where you wouldn't look at it as a work of art," Montgomery said. "Defensively we held them to 27 percent; that's pretty good. And you are talking about the team that's leading the league at home. That's pretty good stuff."

Neither team shot even 30 percent in the first half, and Crabbe didn't hit his first field goal until nearly 17 minutes had elapsed.

After scoring the game's first six points, the Golden Bears allowed Oregon to go on a 16-2 run, and Cal spent the rest of the half attempting to narrow the gap. The Ducks led 26-21 at halftime.