PULLMAN, Wash. -- Cal point guard Justin Cobbs takes pride in getting his teammates involved in the offense. At crunchtime, however, Cobbs takes pride in getting just a little bit selfish when it's time to make plays.

Cobbs, who did not take a shot or score a point in the first half, poured in 22 points the rest of the way to spark Cal to an 80-76 overtime victory at Washington State on Wednesday night.

"My whole life, I've been a winner and a leader, doing what it takes to win," Cobbs said. "I think I did a great job of that tonight."

Cobbs scored seven of Cal's 11 points in overtime, including the final seven on 5-for-6 free-throw shooting and a thunderous, breakaway dunk at the final horn. He also scored the Bears' final 10 points in regulation, though he missed a last-seconds, 17-foot jumper that would have prevented overtime.

"Justin Cobbs was really, really good," WSU star DaVonte Lacy said.

Lacy, a junior guard who scored a career-high 39 points, forced overtime by sinking two free throws with 16.2 seconds left in the second half. Lacy finished the night 10 for 20 from the field, including 8 for 15 on 3-pointers, and he sank all 11 of his free throws.

"We were giving him a bit too much space," Cobbs said, "and great shooters knock down shots."

The victory pushed Cal (16-8, 7-4) into a third-place tie with Arizona State and Colorado in the Pac-12, a half-game behind UCLA.

"This game was critical," Bears coach Mike Montgomery said.

"Any road win you can get ... it means a lot in this conference," Cobbs said. "Teams are just beating up on each other."


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A 10-0 run gave the 11th-place Cougars (9-15, 2-10) an early 19-10 lead, but the Bears led 39-30 at the half after finishing with a 14-2 run. Cal's lead grew to 10 early in the second half, but Lacy sank six 3-pointers in the first 10:05 of the second half to help the Cougars take brief, small leads.

"Washington State did a really nice job," Montgomery said. "I mean, you've got to give those kids credit. They've had a tough time, but they battled. They shot the daylights out of it."

The Cougars, who have struggled on offense, shot just 40.4 percent from the field. However, they were 13 of 28 from 3-point range and made 21 of 25 free throws.

Richard Solomon had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Cal. David Kravish added 14 points, and Jordan Mathews scored 12.

WSU senior forward D.J. Shelton had 18 points and a game-high 19 rebounds.

Saturday's game

Cal (16-8, 7-4 Pac-12) at Washington (14-11, 6-6), noon, Pac-12 Networks