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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Oregon 81 - Cal 63

Tajuan Porter (pictured) led all scorers with 24 points as #16 Oregon rolled over Cal to lead the Ducks into todays Pac-10 Tournament final against USC.

Malik Hairston added 22 points, Maarty Leunen 13 and Aaron Brooks 10 for the Ducks, who held Cal to 43 percent shooting in winning their fifth straight.

The Ducks shot 80 percent from the floor during the opening seven minutes, crushing the Bears with five 3-pointers on the way to Oregon's largest halftime lead of the season, 44-23. Cal, which set a school record for 3-pointers this season, hit just two in the half.

When the Ducks weren't scoring from the perimeter, they were dominating in the paint, outscoring the Bears 22-12.

"That's as good a first half as we've ever played. We were really clicking," Kent said.

Outstanding defense spurred the offense for Oregon. This team is putting all the pieces together at just the right time. I have been watching Duck basketball since the Dick Harter era and these guys are playing as good as any Oregon team since then.
It should make for an exciting game against USC today (3 PM PST - CBS).


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