Cunningham paces win over Oregon
Oregon State coach Craig Robinson put extra pressure on Jared Cunningham last week, telling his star guard it is up to him to lead the Beavers.
Cunningham responded Sunday against Oregon, though not right away.
Cunningham scored 27 points, 24 of them in the second half, to lead Oregon State to a 76-71 victory over the Ducks in Eugene, Ore.
“I told Jared, ‘Our best player will help us win games on the road,’ ” Robinson said. “So not only did he have the pressure he was putting on himself, but I put that added pressure.”
Cunningham, who was 1 for 7 in the first half, hit 5 of 7 shots after the break and was 6 for 8 from the free-throw line in the final two minutes.
Cunningham was 12 for 15 from the line overall. He also had a team-high seven rebounds for the Beavers.
“I think I responded well,” Cunningham said. “In the first half, I got two early fouls, so I just encouraged my teammates to keep it going and pick it up. Once the second half hit, I was a new person. I wanted to come out and just play hard.
“Coach gave me that freedom to play, and I took advantage of it.”
The win ended a 12-game losing streak in Pac-12 road games for the Beavers (14-7, 4-5), who beat Oregon at home for only the second time in 19 games in the state rivalry known as the Civil War.
“We haven’t won here very often,” Robinson said. “It’s hard to win here. … I’m still nervous coming down here.”
Ahmad Starks added 15 points, Devon Collier 13 and Joe Burton 10 for the Beavers.
Devoe Joseph scored 26 points and E.J. Singler added 16 for Oregon (15-6, 6-3), which had a season-high 23 turnovers.
“The second half was not one of our better efforts,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “Our turnovers disappointed me most. We had some awful turnovers.”
After shooting 28 percent from the floor in the first half, the Beavers made 57 percent in the second half to finish at 42 percent for the game.
California 69, Stanford 59: Allen Crabbe had 18 points and seven rebounds and Harper Kamp scored 15 points to lead the Golden Bears past the rival Cardinal in front of their first home sellout in almost two years.
Jorge Gutierrez added 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to propel Cal (17-5, 7-2 Pac-12) to its fifth win in the last six meetings against Stanford and fourth in a row at home.
The announced crowd of 11,877 at rowdy Haas Pavilion cheered Cal to a perfect 14-0 start at home this season.
Josh Owens added nine points and nine rebounds for the Cardinal (15-6, 5-4), losers of a season-high three straight.