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Bears can’t hold on in Eugene

The Associated Press
Friday January 11, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. – Frederick Jones scored 22 points and Anthony Lever had 12 as Oregon came from behind to defeat California 76-72 on Thursday. 

Chris Christoffersen and Luke Ridnour added 11 each, while Luke Jackson scored 10 for the Ducks (11-4 overall, 4-1 Pac-10), who are a perfect 9-0 at home this season. 

The Golden Bears (10-3, 1-2), playing only their third road game of the season, were led by Joe Shipp, who scored 24 points. Amit Tamir had 19. 

Down 65-58 with 4:13 to play, Oregon went on a 10-0 run to take a 68-65 lead with 1:44 left. Jones sparked it with a three-point play when he drew a foul on a rebound putback. Ridnour followed with a 3-pointer and Jackson a pair of free throws and a layup. 

Brian Wethers converted on a layup to pull the Bears within 68-67 at 1:14, but Oregon closed out the game by making eight straight from the foul line. 

Cal turned the ball over five times in the final four minutes, after giving it up only five times in the first 36 minutes. 

The Ducks, who lead the Pac-10 with an 88.1 points per game average, were held to a season-low 30 points in the first half and converted only seven field goals. 

The Ducks responded by shooting 52 percent from the floor in the second half. 

Jones gave Oregon its first lead since late in the first half on dunk at 9:50 to put the Ducks up 50-49. But Cal answered with a 9-1 run to go up 58-51 three minutes later, a lead extended to 65-58 on a 3-pointer by Tamir.