Ducks Pull Away From Bears In Second Half
BERKELEY – California put four scorers into double figures and made a run at Oregon early in the second half, but the Ducks pulled away on their way to a 74-63 victory Saturday afternoon at Haas Pavilion.
Both Ryan Betley and Jarred Hyder had their best offensive games in quite some time in the Bears' final game of the regular season. Betley paced Cal with 13 points, his highest total since pouring in 18 vs. Washington on Jan. 9. Hyder, who came into the contest averaging 5.1 points per game, tossed in 10, his first double-digit outing since he had 13 at Stanford on Feb. 7. In addition, Matt Bradley and Andre Kelly contributed 12 points apiece.
LJ Figueroa and Eugene Omoruyi tied for Oregon team honors with 20 points, while Chris Duarte had 18 points. Figueroa also grabbed 14 rebounds.
Cal committed just 11 turnovers for the game, but the Ducks turned them into 27 points, including 18 in the second half.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Oregon raced out to an 8-2 lead before Mark Fox called a timeout for the Bears. Cal rallied to get within 11-10 before the Ducks ran off 10 in a row. At that point, the Bears began to find their range, making five straight shots to close to 27-23 after a Bradley three-point play. Oregon ended the half up, 34-27.
Cal got out of the gates quickly in the second half. After Kelly scored on a put-back, he stole the ball and went the distance for layup. When Bradley hit a fade-away 15-footer, the deficit was down to 34-33. The Ducks, though, broke open the game with a 12-2 run sparked by back-to-back 3-pointers from Duarte to build a 51-38 advantage.
Cal has next week off before it travels to Las Vegas for the Pac-12 Tournament, which gets underway on March 10.
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