Cal point guard Tyrone Wallace discusses his comeback from injury, and Jabari Bird breaks down Oregon win

BERKELEY -- Tyrone Wallace returned much earlier than expected from a broken bone in his hand, and helped Cal to a 20-point win over No. 11 Oregon. Notes and quotes inside, plus, find out how Jabari Bird found out that Wallace was playing on Thursday.

California Junior Jabari Bird

On what this win can do for the season
“It’s a big confidence booster. We got Tyrone (Wallace) back. We got a big win over a good conference team at home, and we continued our home winning streak. So we’re just looking to keep it rolling to Saturday for our game against Oregon State.”

On his hot start in the first half (3-for-3 from three-point range) and his career-high-tying 24 points
“I was just trying to be aggressive and make plays. The ball just happened to keep going in and I got some good looks from my teammates attacking the lane and kicking out to me for open three’s. I just did my job and made them.”

On how he can continue to have games like tonight
“I’d like to have more games like tonight. It felt good out there tonight, to make those shots and get the crowd hyped, but the main thing for us is to go out there and play as a team. We played hard on the defensive end and shut down a really good offensive team. That was the main thing for us and me tonight.”

On guarding Dillon Brooks
“He’s a talented ball player I had to try and make it tough for him tonight. In the second half, I got a little lazy and fouled him, and he got some easy layups. But, for the most part, I tried to make him work and make him make tough two’s.”

Senior California Point Guard Tyrone Wallace

On what he gained from sitting on the bench while injured
“I thought sitting helped me today. I thought it was good to see the game from a coach’s perspective. Since I wasn’t able to play, I was able to watch the guys perform and see what was going on out there on the court during the game. I think the main thing was just noticing breakdowns and noticing what we could do better, and when I’m on the court, preach that to the guys. Just try and be aware of the things that are going on. Tonight we did a really good job, besides the last six minutes. I think we put them to the line a little too much and had some turnovers in the end, but not a lot to complain about.”

On the team’s ceiling
“ I think the sky is the limit. We defended really well tonight. They struggled. We got a couple 30-second shot clock violations against them and we forced them to take tough shots. I don’t think they were able to get comfortable today. So we just have to continue to bring that effort on the defensive side of the ball, and you see what it leads to on the offensive end where we get run outs, open shots and we’re able to have fun.”

On if this was the team’s best game
“Probably so. We did a lot of things very well. There was a lot of attention to detail one through five and whoever was on the court. Guys were helping each other out when they were driving the ball, rotating and everything. We were blocking shots, our bigs were, that is. This was definitely a big win for us. Got to keep playing well and taking it one game at a time.”


With today’s California 83-63 win over Oregon, Cal improved to 15-0 at Haas Pavilion this season. The Bears are currently enjoying a 16-game home winning streak, dating back to last season. The home winning streak is tied for fourth longest in school history. Cal improved to 6-0 on the home court in Pac-12 play this season. The last time the Bears won their first six conference home games was in the 2002-03 season when they won their first seven.

The win also marked Cal’s third victory over a top-25 team this season (No. 21/22 Utah, No. 11/12 Arizona). The Bears are 3-1 against ranked teams this year. The last time Cal beat three ranked teams in a season was in 2012-13 (10/12 Oregon, 7/7 Arizona, 23/23 Oregon).

Thursday's win marked Cal’s fifth 20-point win this season. Cal also shot a season-high 55.7% from the field (34-for-61).

The Bears started the game on a 12-2 run in the game’s first three minutes, which turned into an 18-6 run led by three treys from Bird. Cal led by as many as 21 in the first half and 25 in the second half. From the 14:04 mark in the first half, Cal led by double digits the rest of the game.

Cal hit the 40-point mark in the first half for the eighth time this year with its 42 points in the opening half tonight.

Four Bears reached double figures in scoring, led by 24 from Bird, which tied his career high. The other double figure scorers were freshman Jaylen Brown (16), freshman Ivan Rabb (13) and Wallace (10).

Bird notched his fifth career 20-point performance. Tonight was Bird’s seventh game this season of making at least three three-pointers, second making four and his first making five, one shy of his career high. In his last two games, he has shot 8-for-13 from behind the arc.

After totaling a then-career-high nine assists last week vs. Stanford, junior point guard Sam Singer tallied a career high for the second straight game with 11 against the Ducks. The team total of 20 assists were the most on Pac-12 play this year, one shy of the overall season-high total.

With six points (on 2-of-3 from the field), junior Jordan Mathews increased his career total to 1,059, which moved him up to 39th place on Cal’s all-time scoring list, surpassing Amit Tamir’s (2002-04) 1,055 points. Larry Friend (1955-57) is 38th with 1,061, Kevin Singleton (1977-81) is 37th with 1,068 and Ed Gray (1996-97) is 36th with 1,082.

Brown moved up the ranks on Cal’s freshman scoring list, now with 379 points, he passed Jason Kidd for seventh on the list. Rabb moved up to eighth place on the Cal freshman rebounding list, now with 200 this season.

Wallace returned to action after missing the previous five games with a broken bone in his right hand. With his 10 points, he now has 1,484, which ranks 11th on Cal’s career scoring list.

The Bears improved to 84-57 in the all-time series against Oregon.

Thursday's attendance was 10,628.

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