16th-ranked Ducks fly past Golden Bears
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Tajuan Porter scored 24 points and Malik
Hairston had 22 as 16th-ranked Oregon defeated California, 81-63, in the
semifinal round of the Pac-10 Tournament.
Maarty Leunen posted 13 points, five rebounds and five assists while Aaron
Brooks added 10 points and six assists for the fourth-seeded Ducks (25-7), who
face USC for the championship.
Ryan Anderson and Theo Robertson each had 17 points for the Golden Bears
(16-17) while Robertson grabbed 12 rebounds.
Oregon dominated the first half and held a 44-23 advantage at halftime before
the Golden Bears came out firing to start the second half. Cal opened up with
a 19-5 run to pull within 49-42 on Robertson’s three 6 1/2 minutes into the
An Anderson layup brought Cal within 59-53 with just over seven minutes to
play, but the Ducks regained control of the game with a 15-3 run, capped by
back-to-back threes by Bryce Taylor and Porter with 3:09 to play, that pushed
their lead back up to 74-56.
Oregon was all over Cal from the start, as Hairston made a layup, Porter hit a
three and Taylor dropped in a layup of his own to give the Ducks a 13-4
lead just four minutes into the game.
Then, after a Robertson three-point play brought Cal within six, Porter nailed
a jumper to ignite eight-straight Oregon points that pushed the Ducks’
advantage to 26-12 with 8:49 left in the first half. Oregon came back with yet
another 8-0 run to extend its lead to 20, 36-16, on a Hairston dunk with 3:38
The Ducks took a 44-23 advantage into the locker room.
Oregon’s lone Pac-10 Tournament title came in 2003…Despite the loss, the
Golden Bears still own a 71-53 lead in the all-time series with Oregon.