Cal hands short-handed Arizona first loss thanks to Justin Cobbs’ game-winner

Kyle Ringo
February 2, 2014

Cal guard Justin Cobbs scored a game-high 19 points in the Bears' 60-58 upset of No. 1 Arizona on Saturday night, including the game-winning shot with 1 second left on a fade-away jumper over center Kaleb Tarczewski.

This will be a night Cobbs will tell his kids and grandkids and neighborhood kids and anyone else who will listen about.

It took Cobbs most of the game to find his rhythm offensively, but when he did he managed to be all the offense the Bears needed down the stretch. He scored Cal's final 12 points after teammate Tyrone Wallace made a layup with 11 minutes, 30 seconds remaining in the game. At that point, Cal held a six-point lead and Cobbs was able to get the ball in the hole just often enough to get his team over the hump.

The Wildcats came into the game 21-0 and 8-0 in the Pac-12 and one of just three undefeated teams remaining in the nation. Syracuse and Wichita State are now the only two remaining unbeaten teams.

It took a gritty performance from the top-ranked Wildcats even to force Cobbs' late-game heroics.

Arizona's top two scorers - forward Brandon Ashley and guard Nick Johnson - suffered injuries that could affect their availability for upcoming games. Ashley suffered a lower-leg injury in the first half and watched much of the second half from the bench with his foot in a walking boot.

After the game Arizona coach Sean Miller told reporters he believes Ashley suffered a broken foot.

Johnson appeared to be bothered by a hand or wrist injury. He made just one of 14 shots and was 0-for-5 from behind the 3-point line with five turnovers. Johnson had a chance to give the Wildcats a lead with 17 seconds left but couldn't make a jumper. Star freshman Aaron Gordon scored only eight points on a poor shooting night for him as well. He was 4-for-14.

But credit the Bears for overcoming the Wildcats' length and stingy defense with a determined effort and clutch playmaking of their own.

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Kyle Ringo is the assistant editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at kyle.ringo@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!