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February 24, 2011

Gutierrez goes off for 23 in comeback win

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Jorge Gutierrez scored 23 points and Allen Crabbe added 19 as California rallied in the second half to defeat Oregon 81-71 on Thursday night.

Brandon Smith had 18 points for the Golden Bears (15-13, 8-8 Pac-10), who trailed by 11 at halftime before coming back to beat the Ducks (14-13, 7-8) for the seventh straight time.

Tyrone Nared scored 16 points to lead Oregon. Joevan Catron added 14 points, Garrett Sim 12 and E.J. Singler 11.

One game after sparking a 76-72 overtime victory against UCLA with a career-high 34 points, Gutierrez led the Golden Bears' comeback against the Ducks with 16 points in the second half.

Cal went on a 15-4 run to take a 55-54 advantage with 11:38 remaining. Gutierrez scored seven points during the run, and Harper Kamp finished it with a layup in transition to give the Golden Bears their first lead since Crabbe opened the game with a 3-pointer.

Teondre Williams followed with a 3-pointer to put the Ducks up 57-55, but Cal scored the next six points to take a 61-57 lead with 8:20 to play.

Oregon tied the game at 65-all with just over four minutes remaining, but the Ducks left Smith alone on the perimeter at the other end, and the sophomore drained his fourth 3-pointer of the game to put Cal back on top for good.

After shooting 48 percent in the first half, the Golden Bears came out firing in the second. They shot 62.5 percent from the field after halftime and made 10 of 20 3-point attempts overall.


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