Freshman Jordan Mathews scored a career-high 32 points and the Cal Golden Bears beat a ranked opponent for the first time this season, taking down the No. 17 Oregon Ducks in Eugene Thursday night 96-83.
What a difference a year makes—when the Golden Bears (11-4, 2-0 Pac-12 Conference beat the Ducks (13-2, 1-2) at Matthew Knight Arena last Feb. 21, the teams combined for 94 points in Cal’s 48-46 win. Tonight, the Bears topped that total themselves.
Cal led 46-42 at halftime and the Golden Bears were hot all night long, shooting 52.5 percent overall and hitting half of their 3-point attempts, while holding Oregon to just 40.6 percent overall and 26.3 percent from 3-point range. The win was the Golden Bears’ 12th in a row over the Ducks, the longest active streak over any opponent in the Pac-12.
The Golden Bears took control with a 10-2 run in the middle of the second half. The Ducks went up 60-59 on a pair of free throws by Joseph Young before Cal went on its 10-2 burst, capped by Justin Cobbs’ layup with 9:10 to go that put the Golden Bears up 69-62.
Johnathan Loyd got a steal and a layup with 7:16 left to bring the Ducks back to within two at 71-69 and a tip-in by Joseph Young made it 76-74 with 5:15 remaining.
But Mathews splashed a 3-pointer and the Bears were back up by five and they pulled away from there with a 15-5 burst.
Coach Mike Montgomery leaned heavily on his starting lineup—Cal had just two bench points all night—and despite five players having four personal fouls, the Golden Bears escaped with no one being disqualified.
Cobbs finished with 20 points, 11 assists and six rebounds for the Bears, while Richard Solomon went for 16 points and nine rebounds. Tyrone Wallace scored 14 points and had four steals and David Kravish knocked down 12 points and blocked three shots.
Young scored 29 for the Ducks, while Mike Moser had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Loyd finished with 14 points, four assists and four steals and Damyean Dotson had 10 points.
Cal was 32-for-61 from the floor, 6-for-12 from 3-point range and 26-for-29 (89.7 percent) from the foul line. Oregon was 26-for-64, 5-for-19 and 26-for-29 (89.7 percent).
The Golden Bears led on the glass 36-30 and turned the ball over 17 times to 14 for the Ducks.
Cal visits Oregon State, which beat Stanford Thursday night, on Saturday night for a 5 p.m. Pacific tipoff.