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Basketball: Oregon game thread

FINAL SCORE: Cal 85, Oregon 77. The Bears lost their way for a while there, but were very good down the stretch. Bears made their final 11 FTs, including 6 for 6 in the last 1:11. Cal has won three in a row for the first time since the season’s first three games. Bears are 12-9 overall, 5-4 in the Pac-10 at the halfway point of the conference. Oregon fell to 10-11, 3-6 and failed to pull off its first Bay Area sweep since 1975-76. 

:19.0: Ca lleads 85-77 after two FTs by Gutierrez, who has 17 points. MSF and Crabbe each have 18, Kamp has 13. Catron has 22 for Oregon.

0:27.3 2nd H: Cal scored six straight — a layup by Crabbbe, two FTs by Crabbe and a layup by Kamp off a Smith assist — for an 81-72 lead. But Catron just hit a 3-pointer. It’s 81-75.

1:26 2nd H: Cal up 77-72 after a layup by Crabbe off a nice feed by Gutierrez. But the Ducks are going away. MSF has a career-high 18 pts.

3:58 2nd H: Cal ahead 71-67 with Kamp going to the line for two FTs. Bears are 22 for 33 at the line. Bears are 6 for 21 from the field in the half. Oregon is 11 for 23.

4:46 2nd H: Oregon got within 64-63, but a layup by Kamp and 3-pointer by Gutierrez pushed Cal’s lead back to 71-65. Catron has four fouls for Oregon.

7:08 2nd H: Cal lead is still 64-61, but Oregon going to the line for two FTs. Kamp is coming back in.  Cal is 4-for18 from the field in the half — lots of them good shots that just missed. Sanxders-Frison has 16 for Cal, Crabbe has 14, but has had a tough afternoon. Catron with 19 for Oregon, Tyone Nared has 11 points, 10 rebounds.

8:13 2nd H: Cal still leads, but margin is down to 64-61. Catron has 19 for the Ducks and it’s clear the Bears miss Kamp on defense. He’s still sitting.

11:20 2nd H: Cal leads 61-52 after breakaway dunk by Crabbe off Oregon turnover. Game is very ragged right now.  Cal has missed 10 FTs, Oregon 9. Cal has just one second-half turnover. Somehow.

11:59 2nd H: Cal leads 59-50. Solomon just got his third foul; Bak also had three. Attrition could become an issue for the Bears. Cal shooting 2 for 10 in the half. Big cheers for rugby score: Cal 74, Stanford 0.

14:05 2nd H: Kamp just picked up his fourth PF and is out,

15:32 2nd H: Cal’s lead is down to 52-46 — closest it’s been since the game’s opening five minutes. Bears shooting just 2 for 5 in the half and having trouble defending the Ducks, who have outscored them 11-5 in the half. Catron and Malcolm Armstead each have picked up their third PFs for the Ducks.

JEROME IN THE HOUSE: Just talked briefly to Jerome Randle, who is impressed by the Bears but said they need to slow it down. That’s priceless coming from him, of course, but he’s right. Will post more on what he had to say later.

HALFTIME SCORE: Cal 47, Oregon 35. The Bears shot 62.5 percent in the half, but had 11 turnovers and missed seven free throws. Five Cal players with two fouls apiece — Kamp, MSF, Smith, Bak and Solomon — but none with three.  Crabbe has nine points, MSF has eight. Cal owns a 21-12 rebounding edge. Oregon shooting 39.3 percent.

3:47 1st H: Big ovation from the crowd for Jerome Randle, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year, who is on a brief hiatus from playing pro ball in Turkey and is sitting in the front row.

3:47 1st H: The game is getting a little sloppy — which works for Oregon and its scrambling press. Cal leads 40-29, but with MSF and Smith on the bench with two fouls, the Bears don’t seem to have quite the grip on things they had a few minutes ago.

7:34 1st H: Cal’s lead, which was 29-11, is down to 34-25 after a 14-5 Oregon run. The Bears had no trouble with the Ducks’ fullcourt press early, but have four turnovers in their past six possessions, three of them caused by UO’s pressure. Cal stiill shooting 64.7 percent.

11:46 1st H: Jeff Powers just hit a 3-pointer and Cal leads 29-11. Bears are moving the ball very well and are shooting 66.7 percent (10 for 15), including 4 for 5 from deep. Oregon is at 25 percent (3 for 12).

15:42 1st H: Cal leads 13-6 with Sanders-Frison going to the FT line for one after a layup.  Bears are shooting 71 percent (5 for 7), including 2 for 2 from 3-point. Oregon is 1 for 6 from the field against Cal, still in a zone defense.

STARTING LINEUPS: Cal goes with the usual — Markhuri Sanders-Frison, Harper Kamp, Allen Crabbe, Jorge Gutierrez and Brandon Smith. Oregon will start Joevan Catron, E.J. Singler, Tyone Nared, Garrett Sim and Johnathan Loyd.

WELCOME: Back at Haas Pavilion for the second game in a four-game homestand, with the Bears (11-9, 4-4) going for a third straight victory at the expense of Oregon (10-10, 3-5). Will have starting lineups in just a moment.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Stapes

    Playing zone and sagging off Gutierrez is working in the second half. He can’t shoot at all.

  • milo

    That got a little close near the end. I think the Bears might have been looking ahead a bit but good teams fight through that. So, over .500 in conference…nice.

  • Mitchie V

    Well, Gut made the one that counted.

    I was watching the first several minutes wondering if the Bears have executed better offense.

    I’m showing up for the Arizona game. Where’s the Jeff Faraudo sky box?

  • K1W

    Nice seeing Jerome in the crowd. So, 5 and 4 after the first half of Pac-10 play. That’s pretty decent. The Bears lost close ones to both UCLA and Arizona in road games; the next games against them are in Berkeley. Plus the remaining road games, except for Washington, are against the league’s weaker teams.

    Having played 5 of the first 7 Pac-10 games away from home is now going to work in Cal’s favor. The Bears have figured out how they are going to play as a team this year, during the tougher part of the schedule, and can now (hopefully) take full advantage.

  • Bears

    The Bears have put themselves in a good position to do something big and really make some noise down the stretch. The way they closed today was very impressive.
    It won’t be easy but I see no reason why Cal can’t keep winning a lot of games and go to the ncaa tournament.
    If they keep playing as hard and competing as well as they have been this team will keep getting better and better.
    Will be fun to see if they can put it all together and make it happen.
    Great win today.
    Go Bears

  • takeoffthatredshirt

    The tournament wil be very very difficult unless cal wins the conference tourney.

    At 12-9 we’ll need to go 7-2 to finish conference. I dont think 6-3 is enough.

  • rollonubears

    6-3 with 2 wins in the tourney gets us to 20 wins, which is usually the benchmark. that would put us at a solid #3 in the conference. i think it’ll happen. even if it doesn’t we’d still be in the nit with a good chance to win it. i really like this team. so fun to watch.

  • Takeoffthatredshirt

    I agree that would get us in. I tried to find a list of the worst at large selections to the ncaas. I couldn’t find anything, but I know some teams with very tough SOS have gotten in at 19-12 ish. Might be even tougher this year since the PAC 10 doesn’t exist, according to ESPN.