Pac-12 Tournament 2017: Oregon defeats Cal, 73-65

March 11, 2017

Tyler Dorsey had 23 points, Dylan Ennis scored on a key three-point play with 22 seconds left, and fifth-ranked Oregon outlasted California, 73-65, Friday night in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals.  The Ducks (29-4) will play Arizona in Saturday's Pac-12 championship game.

Ennis finished with 16 points, and Jordan Bell contributed 15 rebounds and five blocked shots.

California (21-12) lost leading scorer Jabari Bird 64 seconds into the game to a head injury after a hard fall, yet the Bears held their own with the Ducks.  Bird had to be helped to the locker room while holding a towel to the right side of his head.

Top-seeded Oregon played most of the second half without leading scorer Dillon Brooks, who was plagued with foul trouble.  In fact, Oregon opened the second half by getting into quick foul trouble. The Ducks had six in the opening 2 1/2 minutes - five on one possession - and Brooks had to go to the bench after picking up his fourth.

Despite the foul problems, the Ducks actually increased their advantage behind several blocked shots which led to transition baskets.

The fifth-seeded Bears still pulled within two in the final minute, but Ennis scored on a hard drive and hit the free throw to put the Ducks up 70-65.

Grant Mullins led Cal with 23 points and Charlie Moore added 15.

By Staff of and news services

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