“We got kicked, I don’t know how else to put it," Oregon's Dana Altman of the game. "The point difference and their second-chance points never gave us an opportunity to get back in the game."
Dillon Brooks led Oregon in scoring with 17 but over Oregon shot only 42.6 percent from the field including a disappointing 5-of-18 in 3-point shooting. Top that off Oregon, normal a decent free throw shooting team was in the dumps at the charity line connecting on 12-of-21. With the loss, Oregon's win streak ended at six games.
Prior to the game, Oregon’s Dana Altman wanted to see a strong presence in rebounding but Cal outhustled the Ducks to the spots and came away with 13 more boards (39-26) and were rewarded by scoring 46 points in the paint and 27 points in second chance opportunities.
“That is the Cal team you expect when you play them at home," admitted Altman. "We are not the only victims of a loss here. They are a talented team."
What also killed the Ducks was an outstanding shooting night for Jabari Bird, who finished with 24 points including 5-of-8 three pointers. Brown had the hot hand early but cooled once Bird got going. Brown ended up with 16 while Ivan Rabb had 13 and Tyrone Wallace ended up with 10.
Chris Boucher was the only other Duck to score in double-figures besides Brooks and ended the night with 10 points.
Cal finished the night shooting 56 percent on 34-of-61 in field goals including 9-of-16 in 3-pointers and 6-of-12 from the line.
Oregon must regroup for the next couple of days and face Stanford on Sunday at 1 p.m.