Ducks Drop Game To Cal
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
EUGENE, Ore. - Pacific-10 Conference scoring leader Joe Shipp had 23points as California rebounded from a halftime deficit to beat Oregon 86-75Saturday night.
Brian Wethers added 21 points and Amit Tamir had 18 for California, rankedsecond in the Pac-10 behind No. 2 Arizona.
The Golden Bears (16-4, 9-2) were coming off an 84-71 victory over OregonState that snapped a two-game losing streak.
Oregon, coming off a 79-64 victory over No. 25 Stanford, was stymied byCal's defense and had trouble making shots after holding a narrow 36-34advantage at the half.
Luke Ridnour had 19 points and seven assists for the Ducks (16-6, 6-5), whosuffered a rare loss at McArthur Court.
The Ducks went more than six minutes without scoring in the second half andcouldn't recover. Cal, meanwhile, went on a 11-0 run, capped by RichardMidgley's free throws that made it 64-48 with 6:10 to go.
Ridnour's 3-pointer to make it 71-65 with 2:46 left was the closest Oregonwould get. The Ducks shot just 36.8 percent from the floor in the second half.
The Ducks trailed until midway through the first half, when Ridnour's3-pointer gave them a 15-13 lead.
Cal closed the gap to within 18-17 on Tamir's first basket of the game with9:29 to go in the half.
Oregon built their biggest lead of the game, 30-22, on Andre Joseph's stealand 3-pointer, but California kept it close. Joseph and Wethers alternated onfour straight 3-pointers as time wound down, and Oregon held only a slimadvantage at halftime.
Shipp tied it at 43 before Wether's jumper put the Golden Bears ahead 45-43to open the second.
Oregon has lost just two games at McArthur Court over the past two seasons.The Ducks lost at home to Arizona on June 2.
Cal, with a 9-2 conference mark, is off to its best Pac-10 start since1993-94, when the Bears also went 9-2.