Not often in basketball can one bad call from a referee effect the entire outcome of a game. Usually, you might only see that in football. However, that is exactly what happened tonight as Oregon lost to Cal 58-54.
With 16 seconds left Oregon inbounded the ball while down 2 points. After a missed jump shot, Tony Woods got the rebound 3 feet away from the basket and went up for the tying shot. On the way up a Cal defender hit Woods on the hand and held it there for maybe a second, forcing Woods to come back down with the ball still in his hands. A referee who knows anything about basketball would call this either a foul, or at the very least a blocked shot. Woods went back up and made the shot, tying the game. Inexplicably, the official on the baseline called this a jump ball. Unfortunately the arrow was in Cal’s favor, which put Oregon down 2 points with 6 seconds left forcing them to foul. The Cal player hit both free throws to put Cal up 4 at the end of the game.
Tony Woods led all Ducks with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Arsalan Kazemi added another 10 points and 6 rebounds. Jonathon Lloyd injured his thumb late in the first period, forcing him to leave to the locker room. Despite the injury, Lloyd returned and was able to have a solid game with 8 points, 7 assists, and 2 steals. Oregon was not able to get it going from behind the arc, shooting only 2-12.
Cal was led by Richard Solomon and Allen Crabbe with 13 points a piece. Tyrone Wallace added another 12 points respectively. This is the second straight loss in conference play for the Ducks, who could possibly drop out of the top 25 on Monday.
Next up, Oregon takes on Colorado in Matthew Knight Arena on January 7th.