Bears Bounced By Oregon In Pac-10 Tourney
March 11, 2004
By JOHN NADEL
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Luke Jackson had 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists,and freshman Aaron Brooks scored five straight points down the stretch Thursdayas Oregon beat California 87-82 in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament.
Andre Joseph and James Davis added 19 points each for the Ducks (15-11), whowill face top-seeded Stanford in Friday night's semifinals at Staples Center.The second-ranked Cardinal (27-1) beat Washington State 68-47 in Thursday'sopener.
The Ducks are seeded fifth - just like last year when they won thetournament. They have won three straight games after losing four in a row.
Amit Tamir scored a season-high 24 points and Leon Powe added 20 points andnine rebounds for fourth-seeded California (13-15), which finished its seasonby losing three straight games and six of eight.
Jackson made two free throws with 2:46 remaining to give Oregon a 77-76lead, and they were on top the rest of the way.
Powe was called for traveling befofe Brooks made a 3-pointer with the shotclock running down for only his second field goal of the game, giving the Ducksa four-point lead with 1:54 to play.
The teams exchanged misses before the Golden Bears committed a turnover with49 seconds to go. Brooks made two free throws four seconds later to give theDucks an 82-76 lead.
A dunk by Powe with 7.9 points seconds remaining made it 85-82. Oregon's IanCrosswhite made two free throws to clinch the victory.
Richard Midgley scored four straight points early in the second half to givethe Bears a 45-44 lead - their first of the game.
Davis made a 3-pointer and a layup off a pass from Jackson to trigger a 10-3spurt that put the Ducks on top 63-56, equaling the largest lead for eitherteam.
But Cal battled back, with A.J. Diggs scoring five points during an 11-2 runthat gave the Bears a 67-65 lead with 7:43 left.
Neither team led by more than three points after that until the Ducks scoredseven straight to take command.
Jackson joined former Arizona star Sean Elliott as the only players inPac-10 history with 1,800 points, 700 rebounds and 400 assists by getting twoassists in the opening five minutes.
Jackson made a 3-pointer to give Oregon a 14-7 lead before Davis scored 14of his team's next 15 points on a basket and four 3-pointers.
But Tamir kept the Bears in the game by scoring 19 points in the first half,which ended with Oregon on top 42-40. Tamir's previous season-high was 21points. His career high is 39.
Jackson, a senior, scored in double figures for the 34th straight time andthe 92nd in 121 career games. He is Oregon's third-leading scorer with 1,873points.