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Basketball: Oregon game thread

FINAL SCORE: Cal 64, OSU 49. A smart, controlled second half by the Bears (18-9, 10-5), who maintain their hold on first place. Oregon (12-14, 4-10) did not make a field goal in the final 10 1/2 minutes. Randle finished with 16 points, including 4-for-7 from the 3-PT acrc. He now has 1,702 career points, passing Lamond Murray (1,688) for second all-time at Cal. He also had two assists, pulling even with Jason Kidd (494) for third on Cal’s all-time list. Robertson added 16 points and was 3-for-6 from 3-PT. Christopher wound up with 10 points, and Mike Montgomery said afterward Christopher missed most of the week of practice due to tendinitis in his knee. Max Zhang’s final numbers: 8 points, 2-2 FG, 4-5 FTs, 1 rebound, 1 block, 1 assist, 1 nice screen set to free Randle for a 3-pointer, 3 PF — a full day’s work in 5 minutes on the floor. Oregon had some gruesome numbers, none more than these: 13 turnovers, 1 assist (none in the final 37 minutes). Also, the Ducks shot 1-for-11 from 3-PT, making them 2-for-29 in two games vs. the Bears this season.

2:30 2nd H: Still 61-49, but the Ducks faithful apparently aren’t expecting a comeback. They’re all suddenly leaving. Zhang’s contribution as eight points, one rebound, and three fouls in just over 4 minutes. Cal is 12-for-18 for the half.

4:00 2nd H: Cal leads 61-49 after a 3-pointer by Robertson. Cal is shooting 12-for-16 in the half — still 75 percent. Zhang sat down with 5:42 left — exhausted but effective.

7:44 2nd H: Lots has happened since we last talked — Cal leads 55-43 and Zhang has been in the middle of most of it. He has six points, making a shot from the key and free throw, after hitting 3-for-4 from the FT line earlier. He also set a nice screen to free Randle for a 3-pointer. Things just got a little heated as Gutierrez and Oregon’s Singler had to be separated after Gutierrez was whistled for a foul on a rebound. A double-technical was called on Gutierez and Garrett Sim. Cal is shooting 75 percent this half — 9-for-12.

10:33 2nd H: Boykin picks up his third foul — Max Zhang is in.

11:42 2nd H: Cal leads 46-37, thanks to better second-half  ball movement and shooting. The Bears are 4-for-5 from the 3-point arc in the half.  Ducks PG Armstead came out with his fourth foul at 12:53 and 17 seconds later his replacement, Porter, hit a 3-pointer. But Gutierrez answered with one for the Bears.

14:09 2nd H: Did I speak too soon? Jacob scored inside for the Ducks, then Malcolm Armstead picked the ball from Randle and raced for a layup. Inexplicably, Christopher fouled him, sending Armstead to the FT line for the chance to make it a 3-point play. Armstead made the FT. It’s 39-32.

15:13 2nd H: For the first time all weekend, the Bears have found an offensive rhythm. Randle and Robertson have made 3-pointers on the Bears’ last two possessions, and they lead 39-27. Cal has scored on six of seven possessions in the half, and Amoke missed two FTs on the other one.

18:45 2nd H: Ernie Kent already has called timeout — Cal leads 28-23 after two aggressive plays by Christopher resulted in a pair of free throws and a basket off a baseline drive. Randle also drew a foul by forcing a defender to stop his dribble. Maybe the Bears are ready to begin attacking on offense.

AMOKE UPDATE: Amoke will start the second half.

OTHER SCORES: Washington State (16-11, 6-9) just finished off USC 51-47, knocking the Trojans (16-10, 8-6) out of a tie for second place. Earlier, Stanford (13-14, 7-8) completed a weekend road sweep, beating Oregon State 65-55. The Beavers (12-14, 6-8)  had beaten Arizona and Cal in two previous games. 

HALFTIME STATS: Cal shot 25.8 percent (8-for-31), including 2-for-8 from 3-point range. Christopher is 1-for-9 — the alley-oop dunk. Boykin is 1-for-6, Robertson 1-for-4. Oregon shot 36 percent (9-for-6) and missed all four of its 3-pointers. Cal has a 22-16 rebounding edge. Turnovers are high for both teams — nine for Cal, eight for Oregon. The Ducks have one assist. Randle leads Cal with seven points, Robertson has six, and Boykin has eight rebounds. Singler has eight points for Oregon.

HALFTIME SCORE: Cal 24, Oregon 23. Pretty ugly stuff. Cal scored one point in the final 4:25 of the half after an alley-oop dunk by Christopher off a feed from Randle made it 23-16. Omondi Amoke is likely done for the day after re-injuring his bad left shoulder with 3 minutes left when he hustled after a loose ball offensive rebound. The Bears led by as many as eight points, but haven’t found any offensive rhyth, especially after Oregon switched to a zone defense. Will have some halftime stats in a few minutes.

3:35 1st H: Cal leads 24-18 and is shooting 32 percent (8-for-25). The Bears are lucky that Oregon is inept offensively these days. Sanders-Frison is out with three fouls; Randle is back in.

7:56 1st H: Cal leads 16-12 despite shooting 30 percent (6-for-20) from the field. Randle, who missed two shots a moment ago, is out for Brandon Smith.

9:29 st H: Cal leads 16-10. Randle has seven points — including a 3-pointer — and has moved into the No. 2 spot on Cal’s career scoring list, passing Lamond Murray. E.J. Singler has eight of Oregon’s 10 points, twice scoring on hustling putbacks. Tajuan Porter entered the game with 14:31 left — Oregon immediately went to a zone — and has not taken a shot yet. Jorge Gutierrez and Markhuri Sanders-Frison going in for Amoke and Boykin.

13:21 1st H: Cal leads 10-4. Ducks are shooting 2-for-8 with five turnovers. (WSU leads USC 32-25 with 12 minutes left).

15:15 1st H: Pretty sluggish so far. Cal leads 6-2, but is shooting 2-for-8 with three turnovers. The Bears just blew a 3-on-1 fastbreak off an Oregon turnover. Ducks are 1-for-6 shooting with three turnovers. To review: We have three field goals, two free throws and six turnovers.

STARTING LINEUPS: Cal will go with Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher, Omondi Amoke, Theo Robertson and Jamal Boykin. Oregon sophomore center Michael Dunigan, battling a sore hip, is in uniform but did not warm up with his teammates. The Ducks will start Jeremy Jacob, E.J. Singler, Malcolm Armstead, Matt Humphrey and LeKendric Longmire. That means senior Tajuan Porter will come off the bench today.

HONORARY CAPTAINS: Oregon introduced two of its former stars — Glenn Moore and Jack Rask — and former Cal All-America center Darrall Imhoff as honorary captains. Imhoff joked that Mac Court still reminds him of old Harmon Gym. “It has the same smell — its the men’s locker room. It permeates through the building,” he said.

WELCOME: Good afternoon all. This is my last trip to storied McArthur Court — The Pit — which will be replaced next season by the new Matthew Knight Arena. Mac Court opened in 1927 — the year Ruth hit 60 home runs — and it’s still the most charming joint in the Pac-10.

Will be back with starting lineups in a few minutes.

Jeff Faraudo

  • The Wisdom Cow

    5 minutes in, and these are deffinitely not the same refs. They just called a charge, and actually called blocking for body checks by Oregon. At least we have that going for us today.

  • batmansf

    We are playing horribly. Who are these guys? I don’t recognize them.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Up only one at the half after missing a ton of open shots that were in pretty good rhythm. I’ll be suprised if we do not pull away in the second half, but not that suprised.

  • SteveNTexas

    Here we are late in the season sucking big time. While the 15 or so other better conferences than us – have their top teams in battles with other tourney bound hopefuls we are in danger of losing to the two worst teams in a poor conference. Even Stanford beat OSU – by 10! No Pac 10 teams deserves to go the NCAA’s the Automatic bid rule is driven by politics and money.

  • Otro Dan

    An observation on Max’s free throw shooting: he’s definitely been practicing with the coaching staff. Players with high free throw percentages tend to have a consistent motion to their shot. Early in the season, Max looked lost at the line. In the last couple of games where he’s gotten into the game, he’s demonstrated a repeatable motion. Getting low, a slow, deliberate approach to the bucket, and a smooth release with nice rotation. He could really pay dividends down low and at the line down the stretch and in the Pac-10 Tournament.

  • Otro Dan

    An aside: I wish I could have made the trip up to Eugene to see our last game at Mac Court. What a historic old building, so many great basketball moments.

    It is really the life of kings, Jeff.

  • Otro Dan

    Am I hearing a “Hip Hip Jorge” chant on my television? Is there a big California contingent at the game?

  • rollonubears

    finally let max get in there, and it pays off big time. go bears.

  • Otro Dan

    It was an unsatisfying first half, but a very solid second half. Cal’s defense performed admirably throughout; they allowed fewer points to Oregon this afternoon than they did in the game in Berkeley.

  • SteveNTexas

    64-49 is the final. Its nice that we won. The alternative was unthinkable.

  • batmansf

    good job in the second half. We’ve split every road trip. Not ideal, but a whole lot better than some years. Here’s a thought: If UW wins tonight and AZ wins at home over ASU tomorrow, we can clinch the title outright by sweeping at home next weekend!

  • milo

    Geez, got that monkey off the back although it wasn’t much of a monkey given it’s UO. Still, the alternative was unthinkable.

  • ondal

    I’ll take the W. The alternative was unthinkable.

  • joey

    The alternative was unthinkable. I still don’t understand why Max didn’t play against OSU especially after he proved important against OU. I think Monty screwed up against OSU.

  • SteveNTexas

    LOL I think we all agree on something for a change;

    The alternative (to winning tonight) was unthinkable.

  • CalJeff

    Unthinkable

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Kinda funny seeing how every one of you had a thought or two about that alternative during halftime.

  • milo

    Lets hope UA defends home court tomorrow.

  • Will

    LOL +1 Wisdom Cow