Bears Deal Ducks Another Tough Loss, 63-61

In another tightly contested Pac-10 battle, the California Bears defeated the 17th ranked Oregon Ducks 63-61 Thursday evening in Berkeley. Oregon has suffered four losses in the last five games. The win snaps a six-game losing streak for California (13-12, 5-8) while Oregon (20-6, 8-6) drops to sixth in the Pac-10 standings.

Oregon went ice cold over the final 4:34 of the game, not scoring a single point after Bryce Taylor's tip-in gave Oregon a 61-59 lead. After Oregon failed on many opportunities to expand the lead, Cal finally tied the game and took the lead on a traditional three-point-play by freshman forward Ryan Anderson with 1:01 to go.

The Ducks had numerous chances to tie or take the lead down the stretch but came up empty. In the final minute, Aaron Brooks missed a jump shot, Taylor misfired on a lay-up and a jumper, and Chamberlain Oguchi squandered Oregon's last chance to tie, missing a jumper with one second remaining.

The Ducks jumped to a 23-11 lead behind seven early points from Malik Hairston who would not score for the rest of the game. The Bears however would close the first half on a 24-4 run to take an eight point lead, 35-27, into the break.

Oregon rallied to take the lead in the second half behind four three point baskets from guard TaJuan Porter who led the Ducks with 14 points. It wasn't enough as Oregon failed to execute offensively in the final four plus minutes of the game.

Anderson led California with 18 points while Patrick Christopher, averaging 4.2 points coming into the game, chipped in with 16.

Brooks who hit two three pointers himself in the second half had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Ducks. Taylor finished with 11 points while Joevan Catron had a solid performance off the bench with eight points.

Oregon, now desperate for a win, travels across the bay to Stanford on Saturday to face the Cardinal in Palo Alto where the Ducks haven't won in a generation.

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