Jan 10, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. - Frederick Jones scored 22 points and Anthony Lever had 12 as Oregon came from behind to defeat California 76-72 on Thursday.
Chris Christoffersen and Luke Ridnour added 11 each, while Luke Jackson scored 10 for the Ducks (11-4 overall, 4-1 Pac-10), who are a perfect 9-0 at home this season.
Down 65-58 with 4:13 to play, Oregon went on a 10-0 run to take a 68-65 lead with 1:44 left. Jones sparked it with a three-point play when he drew a foul on a rebound putback. Ridnour followed with a 3-pointer and Jackson a pair of free throws and a layup.
Brian Wethers converted on a layup to pull the Bears within 68-67 at 1:14, but Oregon closed out the game by making eight straight from the foul line.
Cal turned the ball over four times in the final four minutes, after giving it up only six times in the first 36 minutes.
The Ducks, who lead the Pac-10 with an 88.1 points per game average, were held to a season-low 30 points in the first half and converted only seven field goals.
The Ducks responded by shooting 52 percent from the floor in the second half.
Jones gave Oregon its first lead since late in the first half on dunk at 9:50 to put the Ducks up 50-49. But Cal answered with a 9-1 run to go up 58-51 three minutes later, a lead extended to 65-58 on a 3-pointer by Tamir.
Cal head coach Ben Braun postgame quotes:
"I thought basically that we stayed with our game plan. We played well on defense, but couldn't handle the foul trouble."
"I think we played hard and kept battling. We certainly took Oregon out of some of the things they are accustomed to getting. Down the stretch, we made some errors that were costly."
"Amit really stepped up for us. It's scary what he could have done if he wasn't in foul trouble. He's going to help us this year and is going to be very valuable."