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January 20, 2007
No. 9 Oregon rallies past Cal 92-84
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EUGENE, Ore. -Aaron Brooks scored 15 of his 22 points to help No. 9 Oregon rally to beat California 92-84 on Saturday night.
Brooks hit three 3-pointers in the second half as the Ducks (18-1, 6-1 Pac-10) overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to win their fifth straight league game for the first time since 2002.
The 46-38 deficit was Oregon's biggest at the half this season. It also was the first time that an opponent had scored more than 38 points against the Ducks in the first half.
The Bears scored 18 second-chance points in the first half and shot 59 percent from the field to take their lead.
Brooks made two 3-pointers early in the second half and scored eight of his team's first 10 points as the Ducks tied it 48-48 at the 17:35 mark.
After a jumper by Ayinde Ubaka put Cal up by two, Taylor gave Oregon its first lead since the opening minutes of the first half with a 3-pointer at 16:23 that made it 51-50.
Leunen capped the Ducks' 20-6 start to the second half with a jumper at 13:15 to give Oregon a 60-52 lead.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Ubaka and Eric Vierneisel, and a layup by Jerome Rand pulled the Bears back into a 62-62 tie, but Brooks hit another 3-pointer to put the Ducks up for good with just under 11 minutes to play.
Theo Robertson led the Bears (12-7, 4-3) with 19 points, while Omar Wilkes and Ubaka had 17 points each.