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With loss by Arizona, Syracuse is poised to take over top ranking

Syracuse, which defeated Duke in overtime on Saturday to improve to 21-0, will likely be voted to the top of the polls when they are released on Monday
Berkeley, CA (SportsNetwork/WSYR-TV) - Not since the days of Jason Kidd in a California uniform had the Golden Bears beaten a No. 1 ranked team.

That all changed Saturday night.

Senior point guard Justin Cobbs hit the winning jump shot with 0.9 seconds remaining and California shocked No. 1 Arizona, 60-58, Saturday night.

With the loss, Syracuse, which defeated Duke in overtime on Saturday to improve to 21-0, will likely be voted to the top of the polls when they are released on Monday.

Cobbs scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half, including the final 12 points for the Golden Bears (15-7, 6-3 Pac-12), who earned their first win over a top-ranked team since Jan. 30, 1994 when Kidd, the current head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, had a triple-double in a victory over UCLA at Oakland Coliseum.

California, which owns a 3-24 all-time record against No. 1 teams, also received 14 points and 11 rebounds from David Kravish.

Not only were the Wildcats (21-1, 8-1) dealt their first defeat of the season, but they also lost the services of forward Brandon Ashley, who injured his right foot early in the first half. He was in a walking boot on the bench for the second half.

The only scorer for Cal over the final 11 1/2 minutes was Cobbs, who was given an opportunity to win the game after Nick Johnson missed a jumper in the lane for the Wildcats.

Cobbs was given an isolation play, dribbled to the left and hit a step-back shot over Kaleb Tarczewski.

Fans rushed the court, but were ushered back off it as officials checked the time remaining. The ensuing inbounds pass was stolen and the court at Haas Pavilion was again covered in a sea of yellow.

Tarczewski had 18 points for the Wildcats, who are expected to be supplanted as the No. 1 team come Monday.

The only other Division I unbeaten team left alongside Syracuse is Wichita State.


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