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February 15, 2007

California upsets slumping Ducks 63-61

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BERKELEY, Calif. -Ryan Anderson converted a three-point play with 1:01 remaining and California snapped a six-game losing streak by beating slumping No. 15 Oregon 63-61 Thursday night.

The Golden Bears (13-12, 5-8 Pac-10) held Oregon (20-6, 8-6) scoreless for the final 4:31 of the game - including misses my Bryce Taylor and Chamberlain Oguchi in the final seconds - to win for the first time since Jan. 18 at Oregon State.

Anderson led the way for Cal with 18 points, Patrick Christopher added a career-high 16 and Omar Wilkes had 10.

Tajuan Porter scored 14 points to lead the Ducks, who have lost five of seven. Aaron Brooks added 12 points and Taylor had 11.

The Bears appeared unlikely to snap their skid after falling behind by 12 points midway through the first half. But Cal ended the half on a 17-0 run and then withstood a shooting spree by the Ducks early in the second to rally for the win.

Oregon made six of its first seven 3-pointers in the second half and 11 of its first 14 shots overall, building a 57-50 lead on Tajuan Porter's 3-pointer with 8:25 to play.

Anderson then started a 7-0 run that tied the game with a tip-in before both teams struggled to score down the stretch.

Taylor put Oregon up 61-59 with 4:31 to go on a putback, but the Ducks didn't score again. Anderson's three-point play off a nice pass from Ayinde Ubaka gave Cal the lead.

After Brooks missed a runner with 37 seconds remaining, Ubaka made one free throw on the other end. Taylor then missed a potential tying shot with 17 seconds to go, but Oregon got another shot after Alex Pribble missed the front end of a one-and-one.

But Taylor missed a shot from the corner and Chamberlain couldn't convert the offensive rebound, sending the Cal students onto the floor in celebration.

Brooks' jumper on Oregon's first possession of the second half ended a more than seven-minute scoreless stretch for the Ducks and helped the Pac-10's leading scorer find his touch after an even longer slump.

Brooks had shot just 4-for-28 in his previous five halves, scoring just 13 points in the stretch. But he then made his first four shots of the second half, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Brooks' teammates followed suit, opening the half on a 12-2 run that erased an eight-point halftime deficit. Porter hit two 3-pointers in the run and added two more after that, putting Oregon up 57-50 on his fourth 3-pointer of the half. But the Ducks went cold after that.

Cal was down 12 early and it would have been more if not for Christopher. He made five of his first seven shots, while the rest of the team was just 1-for-12 in the opening 14 minutes as the Bears fell behind 27-18.

Christopher got help from his teammates just as the Ducks fell into a deep shooting slump. Anderson started a 17-0 run to close the half with a 3-pointer and scored eight points in all in the spurt that was aided by Oregon's struggles on the offensive end.

The Ducks didn't score for the final 6:08 of the half and Joevan Catron's layup was their only basket in the final 9:23. On their final 10 possessions, the Ducks committed three turnovers and missed seven 3-pointers.

Jerome Randle's off-balance jumper with 9 seconds remaining capped the spurt and out Cal on top 35-27.

For more coverage of California, visit BearTerritory.net; for more on Oregon, visit DuckSportsAuthority.com.



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