Cal Shocks No. 12 Oregon
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Amit Tamir scored 25 points and Joe Shipp added 22points and eight rebounds to lead California to its third straight win, an88-72 upset over No. 12 Oregon on Thursday night.
Brian Wethers added 16 points for the Golden Bears (9-2, 2-0 Pac-10), whowon at home for the 12th straight time.
Luke Jackson had 17 points, eight assists and five rebounds for Oregon. ThePac-10's top scoring team had only 38 points with 14:54 left, and the Duckshave been averaging nearly 90 per game. They had been doing just abouteverything right coming into this game.
Oregon (10-3, 1-2) leads the conference in scoring, field-goal percentageand 3-point percentage, as well as free-throw percentage, steals and assists.Even assist-to-turnover ratio.
But the Ducks never got in sync against the aggressive and up-tempo Bears,who couldn't seem to miss when it mattered most. Oregon was sloppy with theball to fall behind early, and its top players struggled to score all game. TheDucks often rushed their shots as the 35-second clock was winding down.
At least four players had scored in double figures in all but two of theteam's previous 12 games this season. The Ducks had three this game, with LukeRidnour and Andre Joseph adding 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Cal built on its 10-point halftime lead with an impressive start in thesecond half. The Bears started the half with an 8-3 run and had an answerwhenever the Ducks made a threat.
Tamir and Shipp combined to shoot 5-for-10 from 3-point range and Cal was 53percent from the field to Oregon's 44 percent.
The Ducks will have to try to regroup and save their ranking Saturday atStanford, which will surely be another tough game.
Cal and Oregon split their series last season, with both games being decidedby four points. One of those was a 107-103 win in double-overtime. The Duckshaven't lost at home since - they're 7-0 this season and 12-0 overall at HaasPavilion dating back to Feb. 2, 2002.
The Ducks committed four turnovers in the first three minutes and started1-for-4 from the field to fall behind 9-2.
They trailed by as many as 11 in the first half, but went on an 9-0 to tiethe game at 27 at the 4:41 mark.
But Cal made two 3-pointers late in the half and shot 55 percent to take a43-33 halftime lead. Ridnour let a shot fly from the far free-throw line justafter the buzzer and it banked in.
Cal football coach Jeff Tedford and former basketball coaching great PeteNewell were in attendance and shown on the big screen as fans cheered madly. Itwas much different for another celebrity. Nike co-founder Phil Knight's picturewas never shown even though he was in a front-row seat. He's a huge Oregonsupporter.