BERKELEY, Calif. — Every time Arizona had been challenged this season, the Wildcats survived by making big plays and big shots in the closing moments of big games.
They finally found out what it feels like to be on the other end of a celebration.
Justin Cobbs hit a step-back jumper with 0.9 seconds left, and California stunned No. 1 Arizona 60-58 on Saturday night to hand the Wildcats their first loss of the season.
“We’d always found a way to be on the positive end of it,” Wildcats coach Sean Miller said. “Tonight in that same moment, we didn’t make the shots and we didn’t get the big stop.”
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Cobbs, who scored Cal’s final 12 points, dribbled to his left and beat Nick Johnson before pulling up in front of an oncoming defender to sink the winning shot that sent a raucous, gold-shirt wearing crowd at Haas Pavilion spilling onto the court.
Not realizing a timeout had been called, Cal coach Mike Montgomery and security had to frantically usher fans away before the final play.
Gabe York’s full-court pass was knocked down to give the Bears (15-7, 6-3) their first victory over a top-ranked opponent since Jan. 30, 1994, when they beat UCLA 85-70 at the Oakland Coliseum.
“I think it’s just good for Cal, and I think it’s good for the university and the students to come out and have that kind of excitement,” Montgomery said. “I think one of the things you’re trying to generate is them enjoying the game, enjoying the experience, and I think there was some of that tonight.”
Arizona (21-1, 8-1), which had won a school-record 21 straight games, was one of just three unbeaten teams left in Division I. Now only second-ranked Syracuse (21-0) and No. 4 Wichita State (23-0) remain.
Even worse for the Wildcats, Miller said starting forward Brandon Ashley appeared to have broken his right foot going for a rebound in the opening minutes. He was scheduled to have an X-ray when the team gets back in Tucson.
Cobbs finished with 19 points and seven assists, David Kravish had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Richard Solomon scored 12 points to propel Cal to one of the biggest wins in school history. The Bears improved to 3-24 against teams ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press poll, and they had never beaten a top-ranked team in Berkeley.
“Just a lot of fun,” Solomon said.
Kaleb Tarczewski scored a career-high 18 points for the Wildcats, who shot 32.3 percent from the floor. Cal, which shot 44.6 percent, held Johnson — Arizona’s star guard — to just four points on 1-of-14 shooting.
At Colorado 79, Utah 75 (OT)
Xavier Talton scored five of his 14 points in overtime, including the go-ahead three-pointer to start the extra period, and Colorado overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to beat Utah.
Josh Scott had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Colorado (16-6, 5-4), which averted losing a third straight game. Askia Booker added 18 points for the Buffaloes, who have beaten the Utes eight of the past nine times in Boulder.
It was another tough setback for Utah (14-7, 3-6). The Utes have lost their seven games this season by a combined total of 26 points.
Delon Wright and Brandon Taylor each scored 17 to lead the Utes, who remain winless in five conference road games this season.
Taylor connected on a three-pointer from the top of the key with six seconds remaining in regulation, tying it up and forcing overtime after Booker missed a long jumper as time expired in regulation. Talton hit a three-pointer to start overtime, giving Colorado a lead it would not relinquish as the Buffaloes outscored the Utes 14-10 in the extra session.
At Stanford 76, Arizona State 70
Dwight Powell matched his season high with 28 points, helping Stanford beat Arizona State.
Chasson Randle scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half for the Cardinal (14-7, 5-4), which was coming off a 60-57 loss to top-ranked Arizona on Wednesday.
Jahii Carson scored 24 points to lead the Sun Devils (16-6, 5-4), who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Jermaine Marshall added 22 points.
At Oregon 78, USC 66
Joseph Young scored 21 points, including a key three-pointer that touched off a 12-0 Oregon run midway through the second half as the Ducks defeated the Trojans.
Jason Calliste had 18 points for Oregon (15-6, 3-6), which led by as many as 17 points. The Ducks had lost six of their past seven games after opening the season with 13 straight wins and climbing as high as No. 10 in the AP rankings.
The Ducks had 16 steals, finishing just one shy of the school record. Young had a career-high six.
Byron Wesley finished with 19 points for the Trojans (10-12, 1-8), who have lost three straight overall and haven’t managed to defeat the Ducks in seven straight meetings.
|Saturday’s resultsWSU 72, Washington 67Stanford 76, Arizona St. 70Colorado 79, Utah 75 (OT) Oregon 78, USC 66 California 60, Arizona 58Sunday’s gameUCLA at Oregon State|