Ducks hit school-record 18 3-pointers to end 16-game Bay Area losing streak
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP)—Tajuan Porter hit four straight 3-pointers during a decisive run to start the second half and seven in all, and the Ducks made a school-record 18 3s to end a 16-game losing streak in the Bay Area dating back nearly eight years with a 92-70 victory against California on Saturday.
Bryce Taylor scored Oregon’s first seven points after the break and the Ducks made eight consecutive 3-pointers and 10 of 11 from long range during one stretch to quickly turn a two-point halftime lead into a rout. They wound up 18-of-31 on 3s and Taylor scored a team-high 28 points.
Malik Hairston had 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots before fouling out. He became the 10th Oregon player to reach 1,500 points after joining the school’s top-10 scoring list Thursday at Stanford.
Porter finished with 23 points, 7-for-11 on 3s, and Taylor started the 19-6 run after intermission for Oregon (14-9, 5-6 Pac-10), which rebounded from its worst offensive outing since late 1991 with one its most impressive this year. The Ducks, who managed only 14 total field goals in a 72-43 loss Thursday at Stanford, had dropped five of six and gone 0-3 on the road since an 84-74 victory at Arizona on Jan. 5.
Against ninth-ranked Stanford, Oregon was held to its lowest point total since a 78-39 loss to Montana on Nov. 22, 1991—also the Ducks’ lowest output in a conference game in the beginning of the shot-clock era in 1986-87.
Maarty Leunen added 17 points with four 3s, 11 rebounds and seven assists as Oregon snapped Cal’s three-game winning streak—the Golden Bears’ longest in Pac-10 play since the team won six in a row from Jan. 26-Feb. 16, 2006—and denied Ben Braun his 550th career victory.
Jerome Randle scored 17 to lead Cal (14-8, 5-6), leaving briefly in the second half after getting hit in the face. DeVon Hardin added 13 points, Ryan Anderson had 17 and six boards and Cal was outrebounded 32-20.
Hardin, who didn’t play against Washington State or Washington last weekend because of a viral infection, came off the bench for the second straight game.
The Ducks hadn’t won in the Bay Area since a 64-60 victory at Cal on Feb. 12, 2000. The streak also included a loss this season at now-No. 25 Saint Mary’s, where Ernie Kent got his first head coaching job.
Hairston scored five with three rebounds and an assist in the opening eight minutes. He and Taylor also played strong defense on Patrick Christopher, Cal’s second-leading scorer coming in at 16.6 points per game. Christopher had a tough time penetrating, went 0-for-7 overall and had just two points.
The Ducks hit five of its first eight shots and jumped to a 10-1 advantage on the boards with several second-chance opportunities. After they went up 16-9, Cal answered with a 12-2 run that featured four points by Randle and back-to-back 3s from Anderson and Nican Robinson.