Oregon holds off Cal, evens Pac-12 record – USA TODAY
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Chris Boucher scored 18 points and Tyler Dorsey had 17 as Oregon held off California for a 68-65 victory on Wednesday night.
Dorsey’s 3-pointer from the left corner with the shot clock at 3 gave the Ducks (12-3, 1-1 Pac-12) a 63-57 lead with 58 seconds to play. Oregon then sealed the win by hitting 5 of 8 free throws to finish the game.
Jaylen Brown led the Golden Bears (12-4, 2-1) with 20 points and nine rebounds. Ivan Rabb had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Tyrone Wallace added 16 points.
Oregon won despite shooting 40.7 percent from the field (24 of 59) and 50 percent from the foul line (13 of 26).
California dominated inside by a 46-32 margin on points in the paint and finished with a 38-35 edge in rebounds, but it missed all 12 of its 3-point attempts and came with one of its season high for turnovers with 18.
The Ducks also snapped Cal’s nine-game streak of holding opponents to fewer than 65 points and below 40 percent shooting.
Oregon opened a 13-7 lead before Sam Singer came off the bench to spark a 9-0 run for California. The teams traded the lead six times in the first half, which ended in a 27-27 tie.
The Ducks stayed close despite shooting just 32.4 percent for the half and missing 10 of 12 3-pointers. Dorsey hit both of Oregon’s 3s as he and Boucher each had eight points.
The Golden Bears were hampered by 10 first-half turnovers and a 21-18 rebounding deficit. Brown had seven points and five rebounds at the break.
California: Tyrone Wallace passed Russ Critchfield for 12th on the Golden Bears’ career scoring list with 16 points to give him 1,440. No. 11 is Justin Cobbs at 1,469. . Cal came into the game tied with Stanford for fewest turnovers per game in the Pac-12 at 11.9. The Golden Bears had 10 by halftime and finished with 18. . Cal is now 11-2 when it wins the rebounding battle.
Oregon: The Ducks will be without senior guard Dylan Ennis for the rest of the season after he reaggravated a foot injury in Sunday’s loss at Oregon State. Ennis, a graduate transfer from Villanova, played 21 minutes in two games after missing the first 12 recovering from surgery on his left foot. . Oregon, next-to-last in the Pac-12 in 3-point shooting at 32.1 percent, made 7 of 21 (33.3 percent) in the victory.
California plays at Oregon State on Saturday night.
Oregon hosts Stanford on Sunday night.
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