March 6, 1999
EUGENE, Ore. - California ran into a red-hot Oregon team on Senior Day at McArthur Court and the Ducks went onto a 93-82 victory over the Bears Saturday afternoon.
Cal, which fell to 17-11 overall, fell into a tie for fifth place in the Pac-10 with Oregon (16-11) with an 8-10 league mark. The Bears must now wait until Sunday afternoon to find out whether they are headed to the NCAA Tournament or the NIT.
Oregon who 52.2 percent from the floor, including a blistering 52.4 percent from three-point range (11-21).
The Ducks started the game by taking a 29-13 lead with 8:16 left in the first half. Cal, though, responded by cutting its deficit to five on several occasions. The Bears benefited by drawing 16 fouls on the Ducks in the first half and made 17-of-25 foul shots in the opening period to counter 32.3 percent field goal shooting. At the break, Oregon led, 42-37.
But in the second half, Oregon scored twice on offensive put-backs then made three three-pointers of a one-minute span to move ahead, 57-40. The lead reached 20 points at 79-59 before Cal began to chip away. Despite shooting 58.1 percent from the floor in the second half, the spread was too much to overcome for the Bears.
Sean Lampley paced Cal with a career-high-tying 21 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. Thomas Kilgore tallied 17 of his 20 points in the second half, and Geno Carlisle finished with 18. Carlisle also saw his free throw streak come to an end at 27 straight, just four shy of the school record.
"We have an outside chance to get into the NCAA Tournament based on some of our accomplishments," head coach Ben Braun said. "We just have to wait until tomorrow. I think we still have an opportunity.
"Oregon shot the ball well," Braun added. "They just nailed some threes. We got caught on some screens, and that's something that really hasn't happened to our team. I was proud of the way we almost came all the way back. I thought we had momentum going into the half. We weren't as aggressive to the ball as we needed to be."