Cal Upsets Ducks In Double OT, 107-103
Feb. 9, 2002
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Amit Tamir scored six of his career-high 39 pointsin the second overtime as California handed No. 13 Oregon its secondconsecutive overtime loss, 107-103 on Saturday night.
Tamir made a tip-in and a 3-pointer to start the second overtime period asCal, which fought back from a 19-point first-half deficit, completed itsbiggest comeback victory since 1994.
Shantay Legans added 22 points, including eight in the second overtime, forthe Bears (17-5, 8-4 Pac-10). Joe Shipp had 13 points and Ryan Forehan-Kelly 10as Cal won its third straight.
Luke Jackson scored a career-high 29 points for the Ducks (17-7, 9-4), wholost 90-87 in overtime to No. 20 Stanford on Thursday. Frederick Jones added23, Luke Ridnour 15 and Anthony Lever 14.
Cal scored the first eight points of the second overtime, including a3-pointer by Legans who added five more free throws down the stretch.
Jackson wiped out an 85-82 deficit in the first overtime with a 3-pointer,followed by a tough jumper from the corner by Jones to give Oregon an 87-85lead with 1:57 left. After the teams exchanged free throws, Forehan-Kelly's3-pointer gave Cal an 89-88 lead with 42.9 seconds left.
Jones tied it with one free throw with 22.8 seconds left in overtime, beforeLegans threw the ball out of bounds with 2.1 seconds left. Jones just missed a3-pointer at the buzzer, sending the game to a second overtime.
The game, pitting the conference's best offense against its top defense, sawCal wipe out a 19-point first-half deficit to take a 58-56 lead with 12:20 leftin regulation after a 3-pointer by Forehan-Kelly. It capped a 23-8 run to startthe second half in which Cal made 10 of 13 shots.
From there, the game featured seven lead changes and seven ties inregulation, the last coming 82-82 on a layup by Tamir with 1:00 left inregulation.
The Bears had held five of their previous six Pac-10 opponents to less than60 points at home coming in.
Oregon throttled the conference's best defense in the early going, drilling10 of its first 11 shots, including back-to-back 3-pointers from Jackson andLever capping a 12-0 run to give the Ducks a 27-11 lead.
Jones, coming off a career-high 36-point effort vs. Stanford, had 10 pointsin the first 6:31, his 18th straight game scoring in double figures.
Tamir, whose previous high was 19 points in a 76-72 loss at Oregon on Jan.10, tried to keep things close, scoring eight straight for Cal, but the Ducksincreased their lead to 43-25 with 3:13 left on another 3-pointer by Lever.
To that point, Cal made half of its 22 shots, but committed nine turnovers.Meanwhile, the Ducks shot 16-of-23 from the floor and outrebounded the Bears14-6.
Cal went on a 7-0 run to close to 45-33 with 56 seconds left in the half,but James Davis drilled a 3-pointer - Oregon's seventh in 11 tries - with theshot clock running down. Tamir put back his own miss, his 14th point of thehalf, cutting the Ducks lead to 48-35 at halftime.
The last time Oregon was ranked as high as 13th was in 1975 when coach ErnieKent was a sophomore for the Ducks.