How Oregon won: Oregon junior forward Dillon Brooks made a three-point basket from straight away with two tenths of a second remaining to give the Ducks a 68-65 win Wednesday night against California at Haas Pavillion in Berkeley, Calif.
The winning shot, which was very similar to the one Brooks made on Dec. 29 during an 89-87 win at home over UCLA, ended a furious late run by UO to steal a game the Ducks trailed most of the night.
The Ducks (24-4, 13-2 Pac-12) trailed 20-7 with seven minutes remaining in the first half after making just 2 out of their first 15 shot attempts, including missing all seven three point attempts within the first 13 minutes.
Oregon trailed 30-16 at halftime after scoring a season-low for a half, and trailed 37-21 with 16:51 remaining in the game.
The Ducks got to within 39-30 with 13:43 remaining but then fell behind 47-34 with 10:06 remaining in the game thanks to California continuing to apply defensive pressure and make timely shots to stem any UO attempts at making a run.
Oregon finally began to truly chip away at its deficit minutes later before getting to within striking distance late as Cal (18-8, 9-5) began to crumble by committing critical late turnovers.
What it means: The Ducks put pressure on Arizona (25-3, 14-1) to continue winning. The Wildcats host USC Thursday night. Arizona leads Oregon by one game in the Pac-12 standings, but the Ducks hold the head-to-head tie breaker.
Key sequence: Oregon trailed 59-52 before senior guard Dylan Ennis and freshman guard Payton Pritchard hit back-to-back three-pointers to make the score 59-58 with 3:07 remaining.
A score inside by senior forward Chris Boucher off of an assist from Pritchard gave the Ducks a 62-61 lead with two minutes remaining.
Cal's Grant Mullins gave his team a brief one-point lead before Brooks hit a jumper to make it 64-63, UO with 58 seconds remaining.
UO guard Tyler Dorsey's two free throws gave the Ducks a 65-63 lead, but Cal answered with a jumper from Ivan Rabb that tied the game at 65 with seven seconds remaining.
That led to the Brooks' heroics.
High flying Ducks: Brooks had a game-high 22 points and Boucher scored 18 to go along with six rebounds off the bench.
Oregon shot 46.3 percent from the field and made seven of its final 14 three-point attempts to get back into the game and win it.
The Ducks committed just seven turnovers.
Fowl play: Dorsey made just one of 8 shot attempts to finish with five points. Other than Boucher, the UO bench contributed zero scoring.
Up next: Oregon continues its road trip Saturday at Stanford (13-13, 5-9) with a 3 p.m. tipoff.