Feb 22, 2017; Berkeley, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks forward Dillon Brooks (24) dribbles the ball as California Golden Bears guard Stephen Domingo (31) defends during the second half at Haas Pavilion. The Ducks won 68-65. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Brooks Gives Oregon a Win at the Buzzer…Again

It came down to the final seconds in last night’s game when No. 6 Oregon barely beat unranked California, 68-65. It was Oregon’s junior, Dillon Brooks, who hit a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left to bring home a win for the Ducks.

Brooks had a similar game-winning shot against UCLA earlier this season.

The Game

Oregon ended the first half down by 14 and trailed by 10 with under three minutes to go in the second.

Three-pointers by Chris Boucher, Dylan Ennis and Payton Pritchard, gave the Ducks their first lead of the game, 62-61, with just 1:48 to go in the second half.

With just 9.7 seconds to go, the Golden Bears tied the game. But Brook’s 3-pointer took it home for the Ducks.

Brooks finished with a game-high 22 points and scored seven of Oregon’s final 10 points. Right behind him was senior Chris Boucher with 18 points for the Ducks.

California’s Jabari Bird scored 20 points to lead the Bears, but it wasn’t enough. Cal’s head coach, Cuonzo Martin, broke down the second half.

The Overall View

For Oregon this win will give them a step up in the Pac-12 and NCAA Tournament. For the Bears, they could get another shot at a top ranked team next month in the Pac-12 tournament.

Up next, Oregon will head to Stanford on Saturday, while California will host Oregon State Friday.

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