Feb. 9, 2002
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Amit Tamir scored six of his career-high 39 points in the second overtime as California handed No. 13 Oregon its second consecutive overtime loss, 107-103 on Saturday night.
Tamir made a tip-in and a 3-pointer to start the second overtime period as Cal, which fought back from a 19-point first-half deficit, completed its biggest comeback victory since 1994.
Luke Jackson scored a career-high 29 points for the Ducks (17-7, 9-4), who lost 90-87 in overtime to No. 20 Stanford on Thursday. Frederick Jones added 23, Luke Ridnour 15 and Anthony Lever 14.
Cal scored the first eight points of the second overtime, including a 3-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 87-85 lead with 1:57 left. After the teams exchanged free throws, Forehan-Kelly's 3-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, before Legans threw the ball out of bounds with 2.1 seconds left. Jones just missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, sending the game to a second overtime.
The game, pitting the conference's best offense against its top defense, saw Cal wipe out a 19-point first-half deficit to take a 58-56 lead with 12:20 left in regulation after a 3-pointer by Forehan-Kelly. It capped a 23-8 run to start the second half in which Cal made 10 of 13 shots.
From there, the game featured seven lead changes and seven ties in regulation, the last coming 82-82 on a layup by Tamir with 1:00 left in regulation.
The Bears had held five of their previous six Pac-10 opponents to less than 60 points at home coming in.
Oregon throttled the conference's best defense in the early going, drilling 10 of its first 11 shots, including back-to-back 3-pointers from Jackson and Lever 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 points in 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 Ducks increased 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 Bears 14-6.
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 the shot clock running down. Tamir put back his own miss, his 14th point of the half, cutting the Ducks lead to 48-35 at halftime.
The last time Oregon was ranked as high as 13th was in 1975 when coach Ernie Kent was a sophomore for the Ducks.