FINAL SCORE: Cal 96, Oregon 83. The Bears (11-4, 2-0 Pac-12) beat the No. 17 Ducks (13-2, 1-2) for the 12th straight time. Mathews scored a career-high 32 points. Cobbs had 20 points and 11 assists. Solomon added 16 points and nine rebounds, Wallace had 14 points and four steals and Kravish had 12 points and eight rebounds.
9:05 2nd H: Cal leads 69-62 after fastbreak layup by Cobbs off steal and assist by Wallace. But Cobbs going to bench with cramps in his left leg. How long will he be out?
10:05 2nd H: An 8-0 run by the Bears and they lead 67-60. Oregon timeout. Solomon scored on a layup and free throw, Wallace a breakaway layup and free throw, and Christian Behrens just tipped in a miss by Cobbs.
11:56 2nd H: Fouls and turnovers are killing the Bears. They lead 59-58 after a 3-pointer by Cobbs and a dunk by Solomon off a Mathews assist. But Cal now has 13 turnovers and already has nine personal fouls in the half. Mathews, Solomon and Wallace each with three PFs. The Ducks are one more foul from the double-bonus for the rest of the half and that will be trouble for Cal as Oregon is 13 for 13 at the FT line.
15:47 2nd H: Young’s jumper with 16:12 left gives Oregon its biggest lead, 52-49. Cal hasn’t scored on its past four possessions.
16:41 2nd H: A 3-pointer by Mike Moser — after two Oregon offensive rebounds — gives the Ducks a 50-49 lead. Monty calls timeout. His team suddenly getting careless and outworked.
18:15 2nd H: In a span of 34 seconds, Mathews has picked up his 2nd and 3rd fouls. Oregon within 49-47.
HALFTIME: Cal 46, Oregon 42. The Bears led 44-36 with the ball with just over 2 minutes left, but a turnover on the inbounds play led to a steal, layup and free throw by Joseph Young. The Bears turned the ball over three times on their final four possessions of the half, but still take a four-point lead into the break. Mathews with 20 points on 7 for 9 from the field and 5 for 5 at the FT line. Wallace with 10 points, 3 steals and 3 assists and Cobbs with six points and six assists. Young leads Oregon with 13 points.
1:59 1st H: Cal in midst of 8-0 run and lead 44-36, with the ball. Mathews has 20 points. Bears now shooting 51 percent to 54 percent for the Ducks. That wasn’t nearly as close earlier.
3:39 1st H: Cal is up 40-36. Mathews has 18 points, Cobbs has six assists and is running things very nicely. Wallace has 10 points and three assists. Young has 10 points to lead Oregon, which is shooting 59.1 percent. The teams have combined to shoot 16 for 17 from the FT line. Rebounding is even.
7:27 1st H: Cal lost the lead briefly after a 6-0 run by the Ducks made it 24-23, but the Bears are back in front 32-29. The Bears are 9 for 9 from the FT line and Wallace has made a pair of 3-pointers. Oregon still red-hot at 70.6 percent (12 for 17), but has seven turnovers, worth 14 points to the Bears.
11:59 1st H: Cal lead is 23-18 after two more FTs by Mathews, who is 5 for 5 at the line and has 14 points. (BTW: Mathews’ career-high is 22). Oregon actually made its first six shots, but sprinkled in the five TOs. Ducks now 8 for 11 from the field. Montgomery has just put Sam Singer and Christian Behrens into the game, trying to give Cobbs and Solomon some rest with a five-point lead. After the timeout, Cobbs is back.
14:59 1st H: Cal leads 14-11 and Jordan Mathews is shooting an and-1 after a fastbreak layup. Oregon has five turnovers, including on its past three possessions. The Bears have eight points off those TOs. Mathews already has nine points. Cal started two big men, but has played four guards against the smaller, quick Ducks since 18:16.
STARTING LINEUPS: Cal will go with Richard Solomon, David Kravish, Tyrone Wallace, Jordan Mathews and Justin Cobbs. Oregon is starting Mike Moser, Joseph Young, Johnathan Loyd, Richard Amardi and Damyean Doston.
WELCOME: I’m here at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore., for tonight’s Pac-12 game between the Bears (10-4, 1-0) and No. 17 Oregon (13-1, 1-1).
Cal has won 11 straight in the series, unbeaten against the Ducks since Mike Montgomery took over as coach in 2008-09. The Bears are coming off a road win over Stanford while the Ducks lost for the first time in their most recent outing, falling 100-91 at Colorado.
It’s a late one and I have print deadlines, but will do the best I can to provide updates here. Will be back with lineups.