Bears Drop Decision to Ducks, 76-72

Jan 10, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - Frederick Jones scored 22 points and Anthony Lever had12 as Oregon came from behind to defeat California 76-72 on Thursday.

Chris Christoffersen and Luke Ridnour added 11 each, while Luke Jacksonscored 10 for the Ducks (11-4 overall, 4-1 Pac-10), who are a perfect 9-0 athome this season.

The Golden Bears (10-3, 1-2), playing only their third road game of theseason, were led by Joe Shipp, who scored 24 points. Amit Tamir had a career-high 19.

Down 65-58 with 4:13 to play, Oregon went on a 10-0 run to take a 68-65 leadwith 1:44 left. Jones sparked it with a three-point play when he drew a foul ona rebound putback. Ridnour followed with a 3-pointer and Jackson a pair of freethrows and a layup.

Brian Wethers converted on a layup to pull the Bears within 68-67 at 1:14,but Oregon closed out the game by making eight straight from the foul line.

Cal turned the ball over four times in the final four minutes, after givingit up only six times in the first 36 minutes.

The Ducks, who lead the Pac-10 with an 88.1 points per game average, wereheld to a season-low 30 points in the first half and converted only seven fieldgoals.

The Ducks responded by shooting 52 percent from the floor in the secondhalf.

Jones gave Oregon its first lead since late in the first half on dunk at9:50 to put the Ducks up 50-49. But Cal answered with a 9-1 run to go up 58-51three minutes later, a lead extended to 65-58 on a 3-pointer by Tamir.

Cal head coach Ben Braun postgame quotes:

'I thought basically that we stayed with our game plan. We played well on defense, but couldn't handle the foul trouble.'

'I think we played hard and kept battling. We certainly took Oregon out of some of the things they are accustomed to getting. Down the stretch, we made some errors that were costly.'

'Amit really stepped up for us. It's scary what he could have done if he wasn't in foul trouble. He's going to help us this year and is going to be very valuable.'

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