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FINAL SCORE: Cal 58, Oregon 54. The Bears enter the second half of the Pac-12 schedule still in the mix after handing the No. 10 Ducks their second defeat on the Bay Area trip. Cal (13-8, 5-4) will be no worse than tied for fifth place entering the second half of the conference calendar. Cal hadn’t beaten a team in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll since a 69-64 win over No. 9 Washington State on Jan. 31, 2008. Montgomery is now 10-0 vs. Oregon as coach at Cal, 23-0 against Ducks in game played in the Bay Area: 18-0 while at Stanford, now 5-0 with the Bears. Richard Solomon completed best weekend of his career with 13 points and 12 rebounds — giving him 25 and 19 for two games. Freshman Tyrone Wallace had 12 points, Allen Crabbe scored 13 — but 10 on transition layups and dunks — and David Kravish had eight points and eight rebounds. Monty thrilled with team’s defense. Bears helped force Oregon into 22 turnovers and held Ducks scoreless over the final 3:58.
4:25 2nd H: Cal answered with a 6-0 run, including a breakaway layup by Crabbe to make it 50-48 with 5:25 left. A dunk by Kazemi pushed Oregon’s lead back to 52-48.
7:27 2nd H: Cal coming apart. Bears haven’t scored on six straight possessions, turning it over the past four. Oregon leads 48-42 and has the ball.
8:16 2nd H: BSmith picks up PF No. 4. Oregon on 7-0 run and leads 46-42.
11:20 2nd H: A 3-pointer by Wallace off another Ore turnover and Cal leads 42-39. Crowd alive. Moments earlier, Wallace drove the lane and dished to Robert Thurman for a dunk. Oregon has 17 TOs. Solomon has 11 points, nine rebounds for Cal, Wallace has 10 points.
15:39 2nd H: Solomon already has six points in the half and the score is even at 33-all. Turnovers continue to plague the Ducks, who hae three in 4 1/2 minutes and 14 for the game.
HALFTIME SCORE: Oregon 27, Cal 24. The Ducks score the final six points of the half — all from the FT line — to regain the lead. Brandon Smith picked up his third foul with 16.4 seconds left. Songler has seven points for Oregon, Crabbe and Kravish each with six for Cal.
2:49 1st H: Cal still leads 22-21. Game has 17 baskets, 16 turnovers. Bears playing with lots of energy — sometimes too much. Their transition game has been rushed and at times out of control.
4:01 1st H: Another Oregon turnover — No. 8 — and Crabbe goes coast to coast for a ferocious dunk. Cal leads 22-21. First lead since 6-4. Good crowd. Bears ahead despite shooting 33.3 percent.
7:22 1st H: A 3-point bank shot by Wallace tied it at 13-all, but Loyd answered with a 3 of his own and Oregon leads 16-13. Six Oregon turnovers keeping the Bears in it, but they are not converting. Brandon Smith playing well with a couple steals off the bench.
11:39 1st H: Cal’s strong start a memory. Oregon uses 7-0 run to lead 9-6. Cal hasn’t scored on past six possessions and shooting 20 percent (3 for 15) for the game. Cobbs and Solomon already with two PFs.
THIS SCORE JUST IN: Utah blew most of a 22-point, second-half lead, but held on to beat Colorado 58-55 in SLC. Buffaloes slip to 4-5 in Pac-12.
11:39 1st H: Cal’s strong start has disappeared. Oregon has scored past seven points and leads 9-6. Cal without a point on its past six possessions and shooting 20 percent (3 for 15). Cobbs and Solomon each have two PFs. Could be worse: Oregon has four turnovers and has missed a pair of FTs.
15:53 1st H: Cal leads 4-2 after a put-back by David Kravish. Intense defensive play, but Cal shooting 2 for 7, Oregon 1 for 5. Bigger issue: Justin Cobbs appears to have injured his right hand. Medical staff checking him out during timeout. Cobbs staying in the game.
LINEUPS: Oregon will start Johnathan Loyd, Damyean Dotson, Tony Woods, E.J. Singler and Arsalan Kazemi. Cal goes with Allen Crabbe, Justin Cobbs, Tyrone Wallace, David Kravish and Richard Solomon.
WELCOME: Cal (12-8, 4-4 Pac-12) takes its best shot at No. 10 Oregon (18-3, 7-1) on what the Bears have promoted as a “Gold Out,” handing gold T-shirts to the first 8,000 fans. Back with lineups.