Ducks Come Closer But Still Lose to Cal

The Oregon Ducks showed a new look by having both Mike Dunigan and Josh Crittle on the floor at the same time. However, the results were the same as the Ducks dropped their 8th straight Pac-10 game and fall to 6-14 for the year in a 76-69 loss to California.

(PHOTO) Oregon's Josh Crittle (42) goes up for a shot over California's Nikola Knezevic during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Tajuan Porter led all scorers with 26 but was the only Duck in double-figure scoring. While only playing 19 and 12 minutes respectively, Dunigan and Crittle managed to stay out of foul trouble and allowed Oregon to stay close in the game. The Ducks trailed by 13 points (72-59) and with the combination of the two big freshmen the Ducks stayed was able to cut the lead to six, 75-69 but with only 18 seconds left in the game. Dunigan finished the game with nine points and five rebounds while Crittle had eight points and one rebound.

California's Jerome Randle had 22 points and five assists while teammate Jamal Boykin added 13 points and nine rebounds.

Oregon shot 48.3 percent in field goal shooting on 25-of-54 shooting including 6-for-17 in 3-point shooting. The Ducks did show improved free throw shooting by hitting 15-for-20 in free throw shooting but were 9-of-10 in the second half. The Ducks were outrebounded 28-24.

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