Once again, and for the 11th time in a row, the California Golden Bears have topped the Ducks. This time it was a low scoring affair that the Ducks dropped 48-46 in Matthew Knight Arena. The game started off well with Oregon going on a 16-2 run to jump out ahead and close the half up 26-21.
In the last few minutes the two teams exchanged leads back and forth until the last possession. The game was tied with Cal having the chance to take the last shot. Justin Cobbs ended up with the ball in his hands with 3 seconds left. He put up a jumper just inside the arc and cashed it with just 0.7 left on the clock. Oregon inbounded the ball and heaved a last chance shot that fell short.
As I wrote in my preview, Cal has a knack for controlling the flow of the game and keeping the score down, which is exactly what happened. They held Oregon to terrible percentages, with the Ducks shooting just 27.6% from the field and 13.3% from behind the arc. Carlos Emory led all Ducks with 13 points. Arsalan Kazemi was his normal ridiculous self, putting up 11 points, ripping down and outrageous 18 boards, 4 steals, and 1 block. However, one man can only do so much. Johnathan Loyd had a tough time from the field but did add 5 steals and 4 assists.
Justin Cobbs led all Golden Bears with 14 points including the game winner, with Allen Crabbe adding another 12 points. With this loss, Oregon is now tied with Arizona atop the conference and could possibly drop out of the top 25.
Next up, Oregon looks for redemption against Stanford in Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday, February 23rd.