California 70

(10-4, 1-2 Pac-12)

Oregon 79

(11-4, 2-1 Pac-12)

    8:30 PM ET, January 10, 2008

    McArthur Court, Eugene, Oregon

    1 2 T
    CAL 26 4470
    ORE 31 4879

    Top Performers

    California: R. Anderson 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast

    Oregon: M. Leunen 18 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Oregon 79, California 70

    Associated Press

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Malik Hairston and Bryce Taylor scored 20 points apiece and Oregon held off California 79-70 on Thursday.

    Maarty Leunen added 18 points and 11 rebounds for his Pacific-10 Conference leading 10th double-double of the season. The Ducks (11-4, 2-1 Pac-10) have won back-to-back games for the first time since early December.

    Ryan Anderson, the Pac-10s leading scorer, scored 22 points and Patrick Christopher added 21 for the Bears (10-4, 1-2), who were playing their first road game since Dec. 9.

    Oregon (83.4) and Cal (80.5) entered as the top scoring teams in the Pac-10, but both struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the first half.

    Oregon made few attempts at getting to the basket, preferring to take their chances with long-range attempts. The strategy worked to a degree, as the Ducks led 31-26 at halftime.

    California shot 35 percent in the first half and went almost six minutes without scoring after Jerome Randle hit a 3-pointer to cut the Bears deficit to 21-20 with 9:22 left in the half.

    Oregon failed to take full advantage during Cal's cold stretch, only putting together a 6-0 run before a layup by Harper Kemp ended Cal's scoreless streak with 3:29 left in the half.

    Three-pointers by Kamyron Brown and Hairston put Oregon up 39-28 early in the second half, and another 3 by Hairston followed by a layup from Frantz Dorsainvil put the Ducks up 48-34 by the 14:31 mark.

    But Christopher answered with 3-pointers on consecutive possessions cut Oregon's lead to 48-40. He later capped an 11-0 run with five straight points to give the Bears their first lead of the game, 56-54, with 7:18 to play.

    Leunen hit a 3-pointer at the other end to spark an Oregon run that put the Ducks back up 64-56 with 5:05 left. Christopher again got Cal close; his fifth 3-pointer of the night trimmed Oregon's lead to 66-64.

    But Brown followed with a pair of free throws for the Ducks, and after Hairston blocked an attempt by Anderson, he followed at the other end with a 3 to make it 71-64 with 1:57 to play.

    The Ducks shot 47 percent for the game. They made 15-of-20 shots from inside the 3-point line, but just 9-of-31 from outside it.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 70 79
    FG Made-Attempted 28-63 (.444) 24-51 (.471)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-21 (.476) 9-31 (.290)
    FT Made-Attempted 4-6 (.667) 22-28 (.786)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 14

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