Ducks Gun Down Bears, 92-70

The Oregon Ducks (14-9, 5-6) found touch against the California Bears (14-8, 5-6) by shooting 54 percent in 3-point shooting and romped over the Bears 92-70.

(PHOTO) Oregons' Maarty Leunen (10) gets his three point shot in the air before California's Ryan Anderson (34) gets there during second half action of their college Basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008. Oregon won the game 92-70. (AP Photo/Thearon Henderson)

Tajuan Porter came out smoking in the second half by canning four-straight 3-pointers and his hot shooting ignited his teammates as well. The game had been close in the first half with Oregon taking a 34-32 lead at halftime, but in the second half the Ducks shot the long ball at will and it was all the Bears could do to stay on the same floor.

Porter was 7-for-11 in the triple score but it was Bryce Taylor who actually was the game's leading scorer with 28 on 10-for-18 shooting including 5-for-8 in 3-point shooting. Maarty Leunen recorded a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds while Malik Hairston added 15. Porter wound up with 23 for the day.

California had four players in double figure scoring. Jerome Randle and Ryan Anderson both had 17 while DeVon Hardin contributed 13 and Jamal Boykin had 10. The big news though was that Anderson was unable to score for most of the second half and was held to just six points in the final 20 minutes of play.

For the game Oregon shot 58 percent from the floor on 29-of-50 field goal shooting with 18-for-33 in 3-point attempts and was 16-of-20 from the free throw line. The Ducks out rebounded the Bears 30-18. Cal finished the day shooting 43.1 percent in field goals on 22-of-51 including 5-for-20 in threes. The Bears were 21-of-23 from the free throw line.

Oregon badly needed to get a win after a disastrous outing against Stanford on Thursday night and the win, coupled with the Ducks rediscovering their outside shooting touch could not have come at a better time. Porter played like he did in the final stages of the season last year and shell-shocked the Bears by hitting jumpers from all angles. Just when it seemed Porter was slowing down, Taylor hit two big bombs in a row. Leunen got into the act, even after getting accidentally kicked in the nose and immediately buried a long 3-point jumper.

Oregon's split of the Bay Area road trip marks the first time the Ducks have come back to Eugene getting at last one win since the 1999-2000 season.

Next week the Ducks will be back home at McArthur Court for Washington on Thursday night and Washington State on Saturday.

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