Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
By RON RICHMONDEUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Jordan Bell scored a career-high 26 points, Casey Benson had 15 on five 3-pointers and No. 11 Oregon rolled to an 86-63 victory over California on Thursday night.
The Ducks (17-2, 6-0 Pac-12) matched a 104-year-old school record with their 15th consecutive win, but they lost preseason All-America Dillon Brooks to a lower leg injury late in the first half.
Brooks, who had offseason surgery on his left foot, limped off the court as Oregon was building a 44-30 halftime lead. Oregon officials tweeted that Brooks had injured his lower left leg after he did not appear with his teammates for the second half.
“Guys are gonna have to step up,” Ducks coach Dana Altmantold reporters. “We’ve got good players, and we’ll just keep playing.”
Bell took up the scoring slack by shooting 11 of 12 from the field to go with six rebounds and four blocked shots.
Jabari Bird had 21 points to lead the Golden Bears (13-6, 4-3), who had won three straight and eight of their last 10 meetings with the Ducks.
After two quick fouls on starter Payton Pritchard, Benson came off the bench to hit four straight 3-pointers as Oregon connected on 9 of 15 beyond the arc in the first half.
Tyler Dorsey, the Ducks’ best long-range shooter, turned playmaker in the first half with five of his six assists. He scored 13 points in the second half to finish with 16.
“[Brooks] is a big asset to our team, but we have to get ready not knowing what’s happening with him,” Dorsey said. “We’re finding our groove lately, and we gotta keep it going.”
California, at 4-3, needs a split of its Oregon road trip to keep contact with conference’s top three of Oregon, Arizona and UCLA.
Oregon, which has won a school-record 37 games at home, may have to adjust its starting lineup for the fifth time if Brooks isn’t able to play Saturday. The Ducks were 7-0 since Brooks replaced Chris Boucher as a starter.
California goes for its second Pac-12 road win at Oregon State on Saturday.
Oregon finishes a three-game home stand against Stanford on Saturday.
(AP Photo/Thomas Boyd)
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.