California 67, Oregon State 62
How Oregon State lost: The No. 12-seeded Oregon State Beavers (5-27) hung tough with No. 5-seed California (20-11) today during the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., before the Golden Bears pulled away late to win 67-62.
OSU shot just 40.4 percent from the field but its defense made life difficult for Cal, holding it to 39.7 percent shooting. The Golden Bears made just 8 of 23 three-point attempts and committed 13 turnovers.
The killer for OSU was making just 14 of 24 from the free throw line.
Senior guard Jabari Bird led Cal with 20 points.
What it means: The Beavers ended a disastrous season that raises questions about the future of the program. However, OSU will return plenty of young talent to present a reasonable chance at making a quick turnaround.
Key sequence: The Beavers trailed just 41-39 with about 10 minutes remaining in the second half when Cal's Charlie Moore hit a three-point basket only to be followed up with a three from Bird following a missed jumper from OSU sophomore guard Stephen Thompson Jr. The sequence gave Cal a 47-41 lead with 10:31 remaining.
OSU hung though, however, and with about a minute remaining trailed just 59-57. The Beavers had a chance to take the lead on a fast break following a defensive stop, however a three-point attempt from freshman guard Kendal Manuel resulted in an air ball and a fast break the other way. Bird ended the break with a dunk and was fouled by Manuel. Bird made the free throw to give the Golden Bears a 62-57 lead with 54 seconds remaining in the game.
Top Beavers: Thompson led the Beavers with 25 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Sophomore forward Gligorije Rakocevic had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Up next: Oregon State will lick its wounds and figure out a way to rebound next season.