Cal Outlast Ducks 85-77

The Oregon Ducks (10-11, 3-6) could have folded the tent halfway through the first half against the California Bears, but scrapped back to make a highly competitive game of it before succumbing 85-77 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. The Bears were up as much as 18 points in the first half, but Oregon whittled the lead to just one. The Bears though took control of the game in the final minute.

(PHOTO) Oregon's Joevan Catron, left, passes away from California's Bak Bak (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

California improved to 12-9, 5-4 in league play.

Senior forward Joevan Catron recorded 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead the Ducks offensively. Junior forward Tyrone Nared added career-highs with 14 points and 10 rebounds (five offensive boards) for his first career double-double as a Duck.

Junior guard Malcolm Armstead added a season-high 16 points and a team-high six assists off the bench for UO.

Marc Sanders-Frison and Allen Crabbe each scored 18 points to lead the Golden Bears.

Oregon returns to action next week with home games against Washington State (Feb. 3) and Washington (Feb. 5).

POSTGAME NOTES

- Oregon's only lead of the game was 2-0 at the 19:50 mark after Tyrone Nared hit a 15-footer from the right side to open the game.

- After being down by as many as 18 points, the Ducks cut the lead to one point 66-65 with 6:33 in the second half.

- Joevan Catron led the Ducks in scoring for the 12th time this season (15th time in his career). It was his sixth 20-point effort of the year (seventh of his career).

- Tyrone Nared, making his third straight start, reached double figures in scoring for the fourth time this season. His double-double was the fifth of the season for a UO player (Catron 2, Singler 2, Nared 1).

- Malcolm Armstead reached double figures in scoring for the second straight game (third time in the last five outings). It was the seventh time this season he has scored 10 or more points (22nd time in his career).

- Cal posted a 19-5 run in the first half (from the 16:21 to 11:51 mark) to take a 29-11 lead. The Ducks countered that with a 14-5 run to make the score 34-25 with 8:15 in the first half. Garrett Sim made

- After opening the first four minutes of the game shooting 1-of-6 from the floor (16.7 percent) to fall behind 13-6, the Ducks went on to make six of their next 13 shots (46.2 percent) to pull within nine points at 34-25. UO finished the first half 11-of-28 on field goals (39.3 percent).

(compiled from UO media release)

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