Oregon held the ball down 56-54 and a chance to tie, and it called timeout with 17 seconds left. E.J. Singler missed a three, and Tony Woods grabbed an offensive rebound. But Cal's David Kravish forced a jump ball, and the possession arrow awarded the Bears the ball.
Oregon immediately fouled on the new possession, and Cal's Justin Cobbs made two free throws.
Ducks point guard Johnathan Loyd appeared to injure his right thumb late in the first half, and he missed the half's final 20 seconds. He was escorted to the locker room with a towel over his face, but he returned to start the second half. Loyd, who has now started three games in place of the injured Domonic Artis, finished with eight points and seven assists.