Ducks Run Losing Streak To Five

Oregon fails to score a field goal in the final 10 minutes of the game, allowing the Pac-10 leading California Golden Bears to extend their second half lead to as many as 15 in their defeat of the Ducks, 64-49, before just over 8,000 attendees at historic McArthur Court.

With the season just a few weeks away from winding down, the Oregon men are circling the proverbial drain. After handing the Stanford Cardinal their first Pac-10 road win of the season on Thursday night, the Ducks failed to bounce back this afternoon against California, the current first place team in the conference.

For the fifth straight game, Oregon's shockingly woeful play continued. Compared to the Ducks, the Bears scored 12 points off turnovers to Oregon's three, shot 40% from three-point range compared to 9.1% for Oregon, and dished out 15 assists compared to the Ducks' one.

That's right. One assist.

According to Oregon head coach, Ernie Kent, it was a matter of the Ducks' inability to convert basketball plays on the offensive end of the floor.

"It was the difference in the game," said Kent, "because when you talk about one assist on 15 field goals, there are a lot more assists on the floor but we just didn't finish the play.

"I would say we left about 15, 20, 25 points on the floor just not being able to shoot the basketball...we left a lot of basketball plays on the floor."

For the second straight game, the Ducks were led by sophomore center Jeremy Jacob and freshman forward, E.J. Singler. Jacob led the Ducks in scoring with 14 points, while Singler spearheaded Oregon's effort on the glass, grabbing seven rebounds to go along with 10 points.

"He is what everybody needs on a team," stated Kent of Singler, "A glue guy. He's the one guy who does a little bit of everything.

"He's really poised and focused for a freshman. He never gets rattled whether it's practice, games; he stays the same...he's always had that edge and he's got a lot of fight in him and I think he's done a nice job."

Cal was led this afternoon by three players who scored in double-figures as Jerome Randle and Theo Robertson paced the Golden Bears with 16 points a piece, while Patrick Christopher pitched in 10 of his own. The difference in the game however may have been the play of sophomore Max Zhang. The 7'3'' center from China gave the Bears the spark they needed in the second half in order to pull away from their one point lead over the Ducks at halftime.

"He's gotten good enough at 7'3'' that, in a matchup zone, they did some good things where they forced penetration and forced you to rotate with a 6'6'' forward on to a guy who's 7'3'', said Kent,

"He's just gotten good where he can score some buckets one feet from the bucket and knock down his free throws. There was not a lot we could do with that."

The Ducks look to snap their five-game losing streak in Los Angeles next week as they take on the Trojans of USC this upcoming Thursday at the Galen Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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