Ducks Blown Out at Cal 89-57

Senior Guard Patrick Christopher sparked the California Bears on a 31-8 run during the final seven and a half minutes of the first half and the Bears went on to knock out the Oregon Ducks 89-57.

(PHOTO) Oregon's Michael Dunigan (33) shoots over California's Jamal Boykin during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Christopher scored 19 of the 31 by himself.

Oregon had played the Bears tough, trailing only 17-13 after 12 minutes when Christopher took the game over for the Bears during the decisive run. Cal (12-6, 4-2), a preseason conference favorite moved into a tie for first place in the Pac-10 with the ASU Sun Devils who were idle.

Oregon was ineffective all night offensively. The Ducks (10-8, 2-4) shot only 27 percent from the field in the first half and were 0-7 from behind the three point line and trailed 48-21 at the break after the Bears closed the half by scoring the final 15 points. For the game, the Ducks were only slightly better, hitting 24 of 62 shots for 38.7 percent from the field. Oregon finished a meager 1 of 18 from the three point line.

It wasn't much better on the defensive end for Oregon. The Ducks allowed Cal to shoot 55 percent in the first half and 49 percent for the game on 31-63 from the field. The Bears also converted 7 of 17 three point attempts. The Ducks were outrebounded 38-33 and had 14 turnovers for the game compared to just nine assists.

Cal's leading scorer, PG Jerome Randle who averages 19.5 a game, chipped in with 11 points while forward Theo Robertson added 18 points and six rebounds. The Ducks had only one player in double figures, forward Jeremy Jacob, who scored a career-high 13 points and was perfect on his six attempts from the field. Center Michael Dunigan had 10 rebounds and nine points, just missing out on a double-double. Guard Malcom Armstead also added nine points.

Oregon now finds itself mirred in a four game losing streak after having won its' previous six games. The Ducks next stop is Palo Alto for a Saturday matchup with Stanford. Oregon has not won at Stanford since 1985. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:00 PM.

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