BERKELEY -- Mike Montgomery has coached college basketball for 31 years, so watching Cal's student section swarm the floor at Haas Pavilion after a 58-54 victory over No. 10 Oregon on Saturday drew little reaction.
But it was a novel experience for Cal's players.
"It was like nothing I've ever done before," sophomore David Kravish said. "That was crazy."
"I've been here three years, and I've never had anything like that," junior Richard Solomon added. "It felt good."
What felt best for Montgomery -- now 23-0 all-time against the Ducks in games played in the Bay Area -- was the manner in which the Bears pulled off their first win over a top-10 team in five years.
"Obviously, we weren't very smooth offensively," said Montgomery, whose team shot 35.6 percent from the field. "The fact that we were able to hang in defensively is a huge step for us because that's something we have to do if we're going to have a chance."
Playing in front of a season-high crowd of 9,457 -- including Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott and NCAA president Mark Emmert -- the Bears (13-8, 5-4) rallied from eight points down in the second half to complete the first half of the conference schedule no worse than tied for fifth place.
Justin Cobbs hit a go-ahead jump shot with 1:35 left as the Bears fought back from a 54-48 hole with just under 4 minutes left.
Oregon's E.J. Singler missed a 3-point try with about 10 seconds left, and Kravish
Cobbs made two free throws with 3.9 seconds left to ice the win, and Cal's students stormed the floor afterward to celebrate.
"I thought the crowd both games was really good," Montgomery said, alluding also to Cal's 71-68 win over Oregon State on Thursday night. "As a college environment, that's kind of what you're after. It just shows the emotion. They got excited."
Not quite as exciting for the Ducks (18-4, 7-2), who arrived in the Bay Area unbeaten in the Pac-12 with a two-game lead and lost twice. For the Ducks, turnovers were once again the culprit.
Without injured freshman point guard Dominic Artis, Oregon coughed the ball up 22 times. That's 65 turnovers in three games without the one-time Salesian High-Richmond star.
Montgomery said the emphasis was minimizing the Ducks' fast break and offensive rebounding -- and the Bears delivered on both counts. Oregon had just six points in transition, and Cal outscored the Ducks 13-3 on second-chance points.
No one had a bigger game for the Bears than Solomon, their 6-foot-10 forward who had 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. In two games this week, he had 25 points and 19 rebounds.
His parents traveled from Los Angeles for the game, providing him extra incentive.
"I was kind of excited. I know she had a big smile on her face," he said of his mother, Sheryl.
"Richard's playing with a lot more confidence," Montgomery said. "He was engaged mentally. He adjusted to the physical play."
Freshman Tyrone Wallace contributed 12 points, and Cobbs had eight points and seven assists.
The Bears beat a team ranked in the top 100 of the Ratings Percentage Index computer rankings for the first time this season, despite the fact that Pac-12 scoring leader Allen Crabbe had a quiet 13 points, just three of them out of Cal's half-court offense.