EUGENE, Ore. – Freshman Jordan Mathews led Califiornia to a 96-83 win over No. 13/17 Oregon with a career-high 32 points Thursday night at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. to give their Golden Bears their 12th-straight victory over the Ducks.
The win was Cal's third-straight overall, improving the Bears to 2-0 in the Pac-12. The last California freshman to record at least 30 points in a game was Allen Crabbe, who scored 30 against Washington State on Jan. 13, 2011.
Justin Cobbs had 20 points and 11 assists for the Golden Bears (11-4, 2-0 Pac-12), who shot 52.5 percent in the contest. Five Golden Bears finished in double digits: Mathews, Richard Solomon (16), Tyrone Wallace (14), David Kravish (12), and Cobbs (20).
Cal's victory over Oregon was its six-straight wins in Eugene, Ore. The Bears now own an 81-55 advantage in the all-time series. Mike Montgomery has won his last 15 games against Oregon, dating back to his tenure at Stanford.
Joseph Young scored 29 for the Ducks (13-2, 1-2), who went 5 of 19 from 3-point range and dropped their second consecutive game after opening 13-0. Oregon was held to 40.6 percent shooting overall.
Matthews scored 20 points in the first half and kept up his strong shooting in the second, knocking down his third 3-pointer a minute in to give Cal a seven-point lead. The Ducks started chipping away, though, going on a 10-0 run to take a 52-49 lead with 16:12 to go, capped by a 3-pointer from Mike Moser and a jumper from Young.
The back-and-forth continued. Cal tied the game on a three-point play from Richard Solomon, but Moser took the lead back with a 15-foot jumper. Cobbs hit a 3-pointer followed by a two-handed dunk from Solomon with 12:45 left, putting California up 59-56.
Oregon took a one-point lead with 11:56 to go, but Cal went on an 8-0 spurt and led 67-60. Cal took its first 10-point lead on a dunk from Solomon with 2:52 remaining, and the Golden Bears managed to hold on down the stretch.
It was much of the same in the first half, with Cal fending off every Oregon charge. The Golden Bears led 14-11 just 5 minutes into the game, thanks to five early turnovers by Oregon that led to eight points.
The Ducks kept the score close and took the lead with 11:25 to after a fast-break layup from Damyean Dotson and a putback by Moser, who finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The momentum was short-lived, though, with Cal going on a 9-2 run. Cobbs hit a pull-up jumper, then Tyrone Wallace followed with a quick 3-pointer with 10:30 left in the half. Richard Amardi briefly stopped the run with a basket, but two free throws by Solomon and a layup from Wallace pushed Cal's lead to 32-26 with 8 minutes left.
Oregon tied the score twice more, but its nine first-half turnovers helped the Golden Bears take a 46-42 lead into the break.
Cal continues Pac-12 play in the state of Oregon, traveling to Corvallis for a 5 p.m. (PT) game on Saturday at Oregon State at Gill Coliseum.