Ducks End Season With Loss To Cal

The Pac-10's all-time 3-point scorer, Oregon guard Tajuan Porter ended his college career today knocking down 26 points including four 3-pointers, but that was not enough as the Oregon Ducks (16-16) fell to the California Bears 90-74 in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

(PHOTO) Oregon players, from left, Jamil Wilson, Tajuan Porter, Josh Crittle and Malcolm Armstead look on in the closing seconds of an NCAA college basketball game against California at the Pac-10 Conference tournament, Thursday, March 11, 2010, in Los Angeles. California won 90-74. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Porter's final game was a matter of endurance for the Ducks who beat the Washington State Cougars last night. California, the No. 1 seed in the tournament looked fresh and explosive as Jerome Randle came out on fire hitting long-range jump shots that seemed to extend out at least 30 feet from the hoop. Randle finished the game with 22 points and played only about three-quarters of the game before taking a seat on the bench.

Ducks trailed at halftime 47-34 and at one point cut the Bear's lead to 12 (52-40) but could get no closer. As the game went along the fatigue started showing on the Ducks as the Bear lead extended to as much as 25 (80-55).

Patrick Christopher was also a huge thorn in the Ducks' side hitting five 3-pointers and finishing with 22 points. Jamal Boykin ended up with 15 while Omondi Amoke added 12.

Besides Porter's 26, Oregon had double-digit scoring from LeKendric Longmire (16) and Malcom Armstead (10).

Oregon had three players score in double figures, led by Porter who hit 8-of-22 from the floor. Junior forward LeKendric Longmire added 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while sophomore guard Malcolm Armstead finished with 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting.

The Ducks made 35.8 percent of their field goals (24-of-67), while hitting on 47.4 percent of their 3-pointers (9-of-19). Oregon hit 17-of-21 from the free throw line for 81.0 percent. California shot a red-hot 54.1 percent from the field (33-of-61) and 55.0 percent of the 3-point attempts (11-of-20). The Golden Bears hit 76.5 percent of their free throws (13-of-17).

Oregon Media Notes:
- Senior guard Tajuan Porter finished 4-of-9 from behind the 3-point arc against Cal, in the process breaking the Pac-10 Conference record for most 3-pointers in a career with 345 (in 126 games). He moved passed the previous record-holder Salim Stoudamire who made 342 (from 2002-05). Porter also broke the conference record for 3-pointers attempted over a career (896). The previous mark was set by Arizona State's Stevin Smith (891, 1991-94).
- California's 69.2 percent shooting from behind the 3-point arc over the first 20 minutes was a season-best for an Oregon opponent this season. - Jerome Randle's 22 first-half points were the most of any opposing player this season. The previous high was 21 points from his teammate Patrick Christopher (at Berkeley, Calif. - Jan. 21, 2010).
- Porter remains fifth in school history with 1,803 points, eighth at Oregon for career field goals made (584) and ninth all-time with 103 career steals.
- Porter hit the 20-point mark for the 31st time of his career on Thursday. It was also the 86th time of his career that he scored in double-figures (15th of the season and sixth consecutive game).
- Junior forward LeKendric Longmire had seven rebounds in the loss to Cal, the second time in the last three games that he's led Oregon in rebounding (six times that Longmire has led or tied for the team-high this season).
- With one steal against Cal on Thursday, sophomore guard Malcolm Armstead moved his school-record single-season total to 65 (in 32 games). It marked the 10th consecutive game that Armstead had at least one steal. He broke the school mark on Wednesday night with three steals against Washington State in the opening round of the tourney. The previous record of 63 was held by Terrell Brandon, Fred Jones and Luke Ridnour who held a three-way tie.

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