Jerome Randle had never before seen first-year coach Mike Montgomery like this.
"That was the most I've seen him upset," Randle said. "He had a right to be."
In the wake of Oregon State's 69-65 victory at Cal, Montgomery aired things out with his team the next day.
"I yelled at them pretty good coming off Thursday's game. I was upset," Montgomery said. "I felt they needed to know why I was upset. We had some good conversation that I thought was healthy."
The Bears transformed talk into victory with a 76-69 win over Oregon that snapped their first two-game losing streak of the season and kept them in a three-way tie for second place in the Pac-10 Conference standings.
"I think it was kind of a regrouping for us," junior guard Patrick Christopher said. "A year ago we might have been pointing fingers and turning on each other. It was good for us to come together like a family and talk things out, make sure we're on the same page and not digging a deeper hole."
The bottom line is the Bears were reminded that nothing will come easily in the Pac-10. Even Oregon, winless in the conference, provided a stiff test.
"We won those first four (Pac-10) games and all of a sudden it was like we were better than everybody else," Montgomery said. "We are in a pack of a whole group of people in our league, and if we make a mistake it's going to drop us right out."
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