Seniors Power Ducks Past Bears
BERKELEY, Calif. – Led by LJ Figueroa's 20 points and career-high 14 rebounds, Oregon won for the seventh time in its last eight games, defeating California 74-63 Saturday afternoon at Haas Pavilion.
Oregon's seniors accounted for 58 points and 20 rebounds against the Golden Bears. In addition to Figueroa, Eugene Omoruyi scored 21 points and Chris Duarte added 17.
How it Happened: Ahead by one, 11-10 midway through the first half, the Ducks (16-5, 11-4) put some distance between themselves and Cal with a 10-0 run to go up 21-10 at the 5:52 mark. Chandler Lawson, Will Richardson, Eric Williams Jr. and Figueroa all had buckets during that run.
Oregon led 34-27 at the half.
Cal (8-19, 3-17) opened the second half on a 6-0 run to get within one early in the period.
A Duarte three and a fastbreak bucket by Figueroa pushed the Ducks' advantage back to six.
Oregon put the game out of reach with a couple of second half runs. Leading 41-38 with 13:47 to go, the Ducks went on a 10-0 run that featured back-to-back three-pointers by Duarte.
Later, leading 52-45 at the 9:30 mark, the Ducks went on an 11-0 run to open up an 18-point lead, 63-45, at the 7:34 mark. Figueroa had seven points in that run, with four from Omoruyi.
What Stood Out: Oregon took advantage of fastbreak opportunities to outscore Cal 27-11 on points off turnovers.
Notable: With the win, Oregon secured a first round bye for the Pac-12 Tournament. Figueroa's 14 rebounds were the most by a Duck since Francis Okoro grabbed 17 against Montana on Dec. 18, 2019. In addition to his career-high in rebounds, Figueroa also had season highs in points and steals (five). Figueroa's three-pointer with 10:28 to go in the first half marked the 800th consecutive game that Oregon has made a three-pointer, a streak that dates back to 1997.
Head Coach Dana Altman:
"I hope there's a sense of urgency. There's a difficult week ahead."
Up Next: Oregon continues its stretch of four games in seven days by hosting Arizona Monday at 6 p.m. (ESPN2).
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