Oregon 0-2 in Bay Area
February 2, 2013, 3:52 pm
Turnovers plague the Ducks again, as they drop their second consecutive Pac-12 loss, this time to Cal 58-54.
After committing 20 turnovers on Wednesday in the loss to Stanford, the Ducks commit 21 in the loss to Cal on Saturday.
Oregon shot the ball better than they did on Wednesday, shooting 48% from the field, but the persistent turnover problem clinched an 0-2 trip to the Bay Area for the Ducks.
Oregon was again without Dominic Artis, and Jonathan Loyd started in his place. Loyd had 8 points and 7 assists, but also lead the team with 6 turnovers. Loyd also left the game near the end of the first half after falling on his wrist. He'd return in the second with it taped up.
The Ducks appeared to be taking control of the game midway through the second, when an 11-0 run gave them a 50-42 lead. However, over the remaining 6:33 in the game, they'd be outscored by Cal 16-4.
Trailing 56-54 with 17 seconds left, the Ducks would have a chance to tie or take the lead on the final possession. EJ Singler would have an open look for a three, but it was short. Tony Woods would grab the rebound, but called for a jump ball on his attempt back up. The possession arrow favored Cal, and the Ducks suffered consecutive losses for the first time since March of 2011 and swept in the Bay Area for the first time since 1976.
Cal only shot 36% in the game, with Richard Solomon and Allen Crabbe leading the team with 13 points apiece.
Oregon falls to 18-4 on the season, and 7-2 in Pac-12 play.
The Ducks return to Matthew Knight Arena next where they play Colorado on Thursday.