FINAL SCORE: Cal 89, Oregon 57. Cal matched its biggest margin of victory ever over Oregon, since a 78-46 win on Dec. 29, 1962 in Portland. Christopher scored all 21 of his points in the first half. Robertson had 18, Randle and D.J. Seeley 11 apiece, Boykin 10. Amoke had 11 rebounds and drew praise afterward from Montgomery for his hustle. Oregon shot 38 percent, including 1-for-18 from 3-point range. Cal (12-6, 4-2) climbed into a tie for first place with idle Arizona State. Oregon (10-8, 2-4) lost its fourth straight.
15:44 2nd H: Cal’s lead is 57-27 and this is getting silly. Amoke has 10 rebounds. Boykin made a beautiful left-handed hook to give Cal is first 30-point lead at 55-25 with 17:45 left. Garbage time is here and it’s not leaving.
HALFTIME: Cal 48, Oregon 21. This team beat Washington??? Cal outscored the Ducks 31-6 over the final 6:45 of the half to pretty much end this one, barring an Act of Congress. The Bears ended the half with a 15-0 run over 2:38, including 3-pointers by Randle, Christopher and Robertson. Cal is shooting 54.4 percent, including 5-for-8 from 3-PT. Oregon is 26.7 percent, and 0-for-7 from 3-PT. Christopher has 21 points, Robertson 12, Randle seven and four assists. Dunigan has eight points for Oregon, but turns the ball over seemingly every time he’s double-teammed. Longmire, given a start after playing well the past couple games, is 0-for-7.
0:55 1st H: The Ducks are falling apart. Cal’s lead has stretched to 44-21 after consecutive 3-pointers by Christopher and Robertson. Christopher has 21 points. Oregon is shooting 8-for-30 — 26.7 percent.
3:25 1st H: Cal leads 31-19. Christopher has 16 points, including the Bears’ last 14 in a span of 2:46. Keep that pace up for 40 minutes and, well, it would be a record, right?
5:52 1st H: Christopher just scored five points in the span of 12 seconds — a 3-pointer off a feed from Randle, a steal by Amoke, who passed to Randle, who threw up an alley-oop pass off the break, which Christopher flushed. It’s 24-15.
7:07 1st H: Safe to say I spoke too soon about the Bears taking control. They lead just 17-13 against an Oregon team shooting 5-22, including 0-for-6 from 3-PT. Amazing. Cal has failed to score on seven consecutive possessions since taking a 17-8 lead. Six TOs for the Bears. Seemingly that many airballs for the Ducks. At this point, fair to say Cal is playing to its opponent’s level.
11:18 1st H: Markhuri Sanders-Frison took over for Boykin and just made a little hook shot over Dunigan for a 17-8 Cal lead. The Bears are shooting 8-for-13 after a slow start. Oregon is at 4-for-13. Each team has four turnovers. Both clubs playing fast — a bit too fast at times. The Bears are working hard on defense, but have given up a couple offensive rebounds that have hurt them. Gradually, looks like they are taking control.
13:31 1st H: Cal leads 12-6. Randle has scored twice, helping the Bears extend the lead a bit. He was limping a bit after a tumble on a turnover a minute ago. We’ll keep an eye on it.
15:39 1st H: An ugly start. Cal leads 6-4. Bears are shooting 3-for-7 with two turnovers, Oregon 2-for-7 with two turnovers. Christopher is defending the 5-foot-6 Porter, and Randle has his PG counterpart Armstead. Boykin doing a good job so far on the 6-10 Dunigan, who has missed his first two shots.
STARTING LINEUPS: Cal will go with the same group it used both games in Washington, with Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher, Theo Robertson, Omondi Amoke and Jamal Boykin. Oregon’s starters: Malcolm Armstead, Tajuan Porter, LeKendric Longmire (who has played well off the bench in recent games), E.J. Singler and Michael Dunigan.
GREETING: Good evening all. I survived my little gig on “Chronicle Live” and it’s time for some basketball.
Cal and Oregon just came out to begin warmups and it looks like Jorge Gutierrez is out for the fifth straight game. He’s passing the ball to his teammates for shots, but wearing a sweat outfit and T-shirt, not a game jersey. Maybe Saturday against OSU.
Will be back with starting lineups.