Ducks Clinch Bye with 73-70 Win over Stanford

The Oregon Ducks clinched a bye in the upcoming Pac-12 Basketball Tournament with a 73-70 win over the Stanford Cardinal. Oregon had three players with double-figure scoring with Joe Young and Elgin Campbell both scoring 21 while Dwayne Benjamin added 15.

(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks forward Dwayne Benjamin (0) is guarded by Stanford Cardinal guard/forward Anthony Brown (21) in the first half at Maples Pavilion. Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

With the last weekend of the regular season coming up, a win would mean the Ducks would be in uncontested and sole possession of the third place in the conference race and for Stanford it would be a must game to stay in a possible reach for the NCAA playoffs. Oregon had not had a sweep in the Bay Area since 1976 so Oregon had to play nearly a flawless game to win.

The Ducks struggled again with the big men from Stanford as Stefan Nastic went to the line 13 times making 10 and was 3-for-8 from the field. Nastic was finished with 16 points while Chasson Randle was the leading scorer for the Cardinal finishing with 17. Marcus Allen had 14 and Anthony Brown contributed 10.

Oregon shot 47.4 percent from the field on 27-57 field goal shooting including 8-of-20 in 3s. Joseph Young hit three of those 3-pointers and Dwayne Benjamin hit two big 3-point shots to keep the Ducks in what turned out to be a very competitive game.

Stanford shot 40.0 percent from the field on 22-of-55 shooting, but were only 4-of-19 in 3-point shooting.

Stanford held a big advantage at the free throw line by hitting 22-of-31 free throws while Oregon was 11-of-16 in charity attempts.

Both teams had 33 rebounds though Stanford held the edge in offensive boards, 11-to-8.

Oregon had won the last few games in the last minute with sharpshooting from the free throw line, but today the Ducks got three points in the last minute, none bigger than Young's only trip the line where he canned both attempts to give the Ducks the final 73-70 lead.

Oregon improves to 22-8 for the season and 12-5 in conference play. Stanford falls to 18-10 and 9-7.

The Ducks will get the first night off at the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas because of finishing in the third spot in the regular season of the conference race. Oregon next faces Oregon State at Corvallis next Wednesday night in a game that will be carried on ESPNU with tipoff scheduled for 8 p.m.

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