EUGENE, Ore. — Justin Cobbs wanted the final shot.
Cal’s junior point guard hit a jumper in the final second as the Bears made it 11 straight wins over Oregon and moved within one game of the 23rd-ranked Ducks in the Pac-12 Conference standings with a 48-46 road win on Thursday night.
Oregon’s Damyean Dotson missed a shot with 29 seconds left and Richard Solomon grabbed the rebound for Cal, which took a timeout with 25 seconds left. Cobbs dribbled until making a 16-footer with 0.7 seconds remaining for the winner.
“The whole game I felt like I had a lot of turnovers, mental lapses,” Cobbs said. “I owed it to my team. I work on my jumper a lot and felt like if I got the ball in the right spot, I’d be able to knock it down.”
Cobbs led the Bears with 14 points and seven assists, but also had eight turnovers.
“He wanted it, he felt it, and he said ‘Give me the ball,’” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. “I think he felt bad because he turned the ball over more than we should be able to afford, but he started to feel it toward the end.”
The Bears rallied from a 26-21 halftime deficit to improve to 9-5 in the conference, one game back of the Ducks and Arizona, both 10-4. Cal has won six of its last seven games.
“The guys are more confident in themselves,” Montgomery said. “They believe something will work out. We are a game out of first and three weeks ago we were given up for dead.”
Oregon led 26-21 at halftime before Allen Crabbe opened the second half with two baskets to pull the Bears to 28-25. Cobbs added a basket for Cal, and after a free throw by Oregon’s E.J. Singler, the Bears tied the score 31-31 on a layup by Tyrone Wallace.
The score was tied again before Singler made a free throw and added a three-pointer to put the Ducks ahead 37-33 with 12:57 left to play.
Cal got free throws from Robert Thurman and Cobbs before Cobbs added a jumper to tie the score 37-37 with 10:23 left in the game.
Cal took its first lead in more than 25 minutes when Cobbs scored with 7:09 left, but Dotson answered with a jumper for Oregon to tie the score 39-39. Crabbe and Dotson exchanged baskets to keep the score tied 41-41.
Carlos Emory put the Ducks ahead with two free throws with 4:16 remaining and Arsalan Kazemi added a free throw with 3:30 left to push the lead to 44-41.
Thurman got an inside hoop to get Cal within 44-43 with 2:30 left in the game. After a layup by Emory, Thurman converted a three-point play to tie the score 46-46 with 2:06 left.
Emory scored 13 points to lead the Ducks and Kazemi added 11 points and 18 rebounds for Oregon.
“That’s a really disappointing loss,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said.
Cal took an early 6-0 lead after a layup by Cobbs, but then Oregon answered with seven straight points.
Dotson scored the first three points for the Ducks before Emory hit a jumper. Kazemi added two free throws to put Oregon ahead 7-6.
Cal went back ahead on a jumper by David Kravish, but then Emory added a basket and a 3-pointer to put the Ducks ahead 12-8. Tony Woods followed with a dunk off an assist by Johnathan Loyd and Emory followed with a bucket to give Oregon a 16-8 lead with 10:17 left in the first half.
The Ducks stretched the lead to 22-11 on a dunk by Waverly Austin with 5:42 left in the half. Oregon led 26-21 at halftime.