How Oregon won: Oregon won with a little bit of fire and ice. What started out as a hot shooting performance, lead by freshman guard Troy Brown, who got off to a perfect 3-for-3 from the field and 2-for-2 from three-point range, gave the Ducks an early lead. But slowly the Bears woke up from hibernation and put out the Oregon fire, making this a 34-26 Oregon lead at half. Oregon seniors Elijah Brown and Mikyle McIntosh took over from there to give the Ducks (15-7, 5-4 Pac-12) a winning Pac-12 record with a 66-53 win over the Cal Bears (7-16, 1-9 Pac-12).
What it means: The Oregon defense held the Bears scoreless until the 13:40 minute mark. Pressured shots, shot clock winding down, and getting on the boards quickly gave Oregon the lead and the momentum. But that wouldn’t last long and didn’t carry over through halftime. Something that the Ducks have struggled with this season is going into halftime and coming out of halftime with the same energy as just before Oregon tipoff.
The Ducks fell into an icy pit for over four minutes. During that stretch of time: zero points and four turnovers. Mikyle McIntosh, Elijah Brown, and Troy Brown got Oregon out of the pit. McIntosh finished with a double-double 13 points and 11 rebounds.
High flying Ducks: Elijah Brown continued his hot shooting and finished with 15 points, going 6-for-8 from the field and 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. Freshman Victor Bailey Jr., also continues to be not just an energizer bunny off the bench, but an additional scorer finishing with nine points.
Foul play: McIntosh and Troy Brown each finished with four fouls.
Up next: The Ducks remain on the road to face the Stanford Cardinal (11-11, 5-4 Pac-12) at 2 PM (PT) this Saturday in Palo Alto, CA.