Ducks Snap 24-Year Drought

The Oregon Ducks ended 24 years of losing at Stanford's Maples Pavilion Thursday night with a 67-59 win over the Stanford Cardinal. The Ducks had four players scoring double figures led by senior Joevan Catron's 15 points.

(PHOTO) Stanford forward Jack Trotter (50) gets the rebound in front of Oregon forward Joevan Catron (34) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Oregon had not won at Stanford since the 1985-86 season, before any of the players on the court were born. Oregon is now 10-10 for the season and 3-5 in conference play. It was also Oregon second straight road win.

"It's huge coming down the Bay Area and getting a win," said Catron, who shot 5-for-10 from the field and also pulled down six rebounds.

The game was tied at halftime 29-29 but Oregon relied on an active front line and deadly free throw shooting to take control of the second half. The Ducks hit 12-of-13 free throws and had a 28-20 edge in rebounding over the taller Cardinal.

"They challenged us in the second half and were killing us on the board," assessed Oregon headman Dana Altman. "We turned it around on the boards."

Senior guard Jay-R Strowbridge added 13 points off the bench, hitting 3-of-5 from behind the 3-point arc.

Junior guards Malcolm Armstead and Garrett Sim each tallied 10 points.

Oregon shot 42.9 percent from the field (23-of-53), including a season-high 52.9 percent on 3-pointers (9-of-17). Stanford was limited to 41.7 percent shooting (20-of-48) and 31.6 percent from behind the 3-point arc (6-of-19).

Jeremy Green led Stanford with a team-high 13 points.

The Ducks return to action Saturday at 3 p.m. (PT) with a game at California.

POSTGAME NOTES

- Oregon snapped a 24-game road losing streak to Stanford. The Ducks' last road win over Stanford was back on Jan. 13, 1986, an 83-69 result. The last time UO won at Stanford, Ronald Reagan was President of the United States and gasoline was $1.12 per gallon (BM, 2011).

- The Ducks shot a season-best from behind the 3-point arc at 52.9 percent (9-of-17). The previous best was 42.1 percent (8-of-19) in the season-opener against North Dakota State.

- Oregon improved to 9-1 on the season when shooting for a better percentage than its opponent. UO is 7-3 on the year when they out-rebound the opponent.

- Joevan Catron led the Ducks in scoring for the 11th time this season (14th time in his career).

- Garrett Sim and Jay-R Strowbridge both hit for double figures in scoring for the second straight game.

- Malcolm Armstead reached double figures in scoring for the sixth time on the season (21st time of his career). Armstead has averaged 10.0 points per game in three career outings against Stanford.

- The Cardinal took their first lead of the game (31-29) with 19:32 in the second half, the opening basket of that stanza. It was part of a 9-3 run Stanford posted to open the final half. UO countered that Stanford second-half run with by out-scoring the Cardinal 12-0 from the 15:57 to the 11:49 mark.

- Oregon opened the first 10 minutes of the game shooting 57.1 percent (8-of-14), including 60 percent on 3-pointers (3-of-5). Ducks held a 19-12 lead through that point in the half.

- UO finished the first half hitting 42.9 percent of its field goals (12-of-28), including a season-high for first-half 3-point field goal percentage 55.6 percent (5-of-9).

- Stanford closed the first half by out-scoring Oregon 17-10 over the final 10 minutes.


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