Story by Knight Jarecki
The Oregon Ducks defeated the California Golden Bears by a final score of 82-69 on Thursday. The Ducks extended the nations 3rd longest home win streak to 27 straight wins. In what started as a close contest, Ducks pulled away late solidifying the victory.
Oregon won the tip off and took an early lead 16-9. The Ducks led most of the first half before going on a 4 minute scoring drought just under the 6 minute mark that saw them to fall behind 33-26 to Cal. The Ducks were able to overcome the deficit by ending the half on a 10-2 run capped off by a Aaron Estrada 3 pointer at the buzzer giving the Ducks a 36-35 point lead at the half. The Ducks and Bears battled it out early in the second half making it a tie game at 49 with 12:45 left. However, a strong performance by Chris Duarte down the stretch where he had 14 straight points for the Ducks in the final 5 minutes and 18 seconds helped propel Oregon to a 82-69 victory. Duarte finished with 19 points in a solid showing. Eric Williams Jr, the Duquesne transfer, scored 13 points pushing him over the 1,000th point mark for his career. Eugene Omoruyi was the star of the night as he finished with 26 points and 6 rebounds in the victory. The Rutgers transfer has been a huge player for the Ducks and his 26 point performance was the 3rd time he has finished with over 20 points this season.