Payton Pritchard came up two points shy of matching his season high.
Dana Altman was more impressed watching the junior guard chase down a career-high 10 rebounds during Oregon’s 73-62 win over California on Wednesday night in front of 8,768 at Matthew Knight Arena.
“Those were not easy rebounds, he went and got them,” Altman said. “He mixed it up and got some boards. By far, that was the best part of his game. Everyone likes hitting 3-pointers, and he needed to hit a few of those, but he went and got 10 tough rebounds.”
Pritchard lost count of his rebounds until the last one.
“Somebody told me I had nine,” he said. “I had to go get 10.”
Pritchard also got 20 points for the second double-double of his career. He added two steals and one assist.
Pritchard went 7-for-14 from the field, including 5-of-9 on 3-pointers, one day after discussing his recent shooting struggles with reporters. Pritchard entered the game shooting 31.8 percent from the field and 28.3 percent on 3-pointers in Pac-12 play.
“I kind of tightened up my form,” Pritchard said. “I wasn’t thinking too much, just playing ball.”
Oregon trailed 15-13 before Pritchard hit a pair of three-pointers to begin a run of 11 straight points that put the Ducks into the lead for the rest of the night.
“I was more ready to shoot open ones rather than not being ready and throwing it up,” Pritchard said. “I knew when my shots were coming, I was going to shoot it.”
Oregon (14-9, 5-5) had 11 turnovers in the first half, but still took a 32-21 lead over the Bears (5-17), who fell to 0-10 in the conference while losing a school-record 11th straight game. The Ducks had four turnovers in the second half.
“We gave them a lot of easy baskets,” Altman said. “At halftime, they had 21 points and 12 were in transition off our turnovers. Really sloppy. Guys standing straight up and down not ready to make a play.”
Louis King scored 12 points while Paul White and Kenny Wooten each added 11. Wooten also had five rebounds and four blocks, including one block that he followed up with a rebound and dunk that brought the loudest roar of the night from the crowd as Oregon went ahead 30-17.
“That did get us going,” Altman said. “When he blocks a shot, that gives us energy.”
Freshman Will Richardson had eight points and nine assists to go with five turnovers. Oregon was 29-for-53 from the field, including 11-of-29 on 3-pointers.
King made a three-pointer to open the second half and Pritchard followed with a basket to give Oregon its largest lead at 37-21 before Cal followed with seven straight points. The Bears had another run of seven points in a row to close within 41-35 before King scored and Pritchard got a steal and layup.
Pritchard added a couple of 3-pointers in the final five minutes as Oregon pulled away from the Bears.
“Hopefully I can keep making strides and I hope this bounces me back to shooting the ball well,” Pritchard said.