Cal Outlasts Oregon 65-62
Jan. 28, 2005
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Marquise Kately scored 11 of his 15 points in thesecond half and California hung on for its fifth straight home victory overOregon, 65-62 on Thursday night.
Rod Benson had 15 points and six rebounds for the Golden Bears (10-8, 3-5Pac-10), who built on their momentum from last weekend's road win over UCLA,which snapped a four-game losing streak.
Dominic McGuire matched his career high with 12 points in the first half,and Cal then held off several rallies by the Ducks in the final minutes for itsseventh win in the rivalry's last 10 games.
Malik Hairston scored 15 points for the Ducks (11-6, 3-5), who lost for thefifth time in seven games. The Bay Area road trip has been ugly for the Ducks,who haven't won in Berkeley since Feb. 12, 2000 - and haven't won at Stanfordsince Jan. 13, 1986.
But Oregon wasted several chances for a win at Haas Pavilion. The Duckstrailed by 12 early in the second half, but Aaron Brooks' 3-pointer with 2:06to play capped an 18-8 run that cut Cal's lead to one point.
After Kately made two free throws, Brandon Lincoln made a layup to pullOregon within 63-62. Cal's Martin Smith then missed a free throw - but Brooksmissed an open 3-pointer with 20 seconds left, and Ayinde Ubaka sealed Cal'swin on two free throws with 11.1 seconds left.
Jordan Kent scored 10 points for the Ducks, but airballed a 3-pointer in theclosing minutes before missing a long leaning shot at the buzzer. Brooksfinished with 11 points, well below his team-leading average.
Both programs are rebuilding, with no seniors on either roster - and theBears played their third straight game without top scorer Richard Midgley, whohas an injured right shoulder.
Cal took a 41-29 lead early in the second half on the first of two alley-oopdunks by McGuire, but Oregon hit three consecutive 3-pointers during a 13-2 runto stay close.
Brooks and Hairston hit two 3-pointers apiece, but Oregon made 18 turnovers.