BERKELEY (AP) — Harper Kamp scored on a baseline layup with 49.7 seconds left, Allen Crabbe made three late free throws and California overcame one of its worst offensive performances of the season to beat Colorado 57-50 on Thursday night.
Kamp finished with 14 points and eight rebounds and Justin Cobbs added 12 points and five rebounds to help the Golden Bears (14-4, 4-1) move into a tie for the Pac-12 lead with Bay Area rival Stanford.
California did it despite an off night from its two leading scorers, Crabbe and Jorge Gutierrez, who went a combined 4 of 26 from the floor.
Andre Roberson had 11 points and 14 rebounds for Colorado (11-5, 3-1), which had won six straight overall before suffering its first Pac-12 loss.
It wasn't easy — and it certainly wasn't pretty for either team.
The Bears shot just 35.1 percent and were outrebounded 40-36 but ended the game on a 6-0 run to remain unbeaten at home this season.
The Buffaloes led by seven at halftime but made only six baskets in the second half and committed 17 turnovers to lose in their first road game since Nov. 30.
It was also the first meeting between the two schools since Colorado joined the Pac-12, though the teams met in the second round of the NIT last season. The Buffaloes, former members of the Big 12, won that game 89-72 on March 18 but couldn't repeat it in their first visit to Haas Pavilion.
Colorado's aggressive and quick defense held the Bears to a season-low 22 points in the first half, but couldn't keep it up despite holding Crabbe and Gutierrez in check most of the way.
Crabbe didn't make his first shot until nearly seven minutes into the second half and finished with only nine points, ending his streak of 12 games in double figures. Gutierrez wasn't much better, scoring five points on 2 of 17 shooting.
With the two struggling, Cal fell behind early, then rallied to tie the game midway through the second half before taking a 47-45 lead on Kamp's 14-footer with 5:08 left.
Cobbs later made two free throws and Richard Solomon scored on a dunk to make it 51-45. Carlon Brown's quick jumper and Austin Dufault's third 3-pointer pulled Colorado within 51-50 with 1:15 remaining before Cal closed it out.
Dufault finished with 19 points and six rebounds.
Colorado entered the night holding opponents to just 39 percent shooting, and the pattern held true early against Cal. The Bears missed seven of their first 10 shots and 14 of 19, allowing the Buffaloes to build an 18-11 lead.
Kamp stopped the slide with a reverse layup under the basket but California's top two scorers, Crabbe and Gutierrez, were struggling. Gutierrez missed his first eight shots, including an easy layup, while Crabbe went scoreless in the first half.
Colorado didn't look much sharper offensively but the Buffaloes kept getting to the free-throw line and took a 29-22 halftime lead after Dufault's 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds left.