(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks forward Dillon Brooks (24) dunks the ball in front of Stanford Cardinal guard Christian Sanders (1) at Matthew Knight Arena. Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports
Dillon Brooks led the way for the Ducks with 15 points, 10 rebounds and dishing out seven assists in a game the saw the Ducks fall behind early. Brooks played well tonight and seemed to be everywhere on the court, scoring, rebounding and handing out assists.
“I came off a bad game against Cal, and I just wanted to make up for it,” Brooks said of his play against the Cardinal. “I just wanted to be more active and get my teammates into it.”
Stanford managed to get out in front of the Ducks with a six point lead (15-9) at the 8:13 mark of the 1st half which was its biggest lead. The Ducks took the lead for good with 1:53 left in the first half at 24-22 and led 28-24 when the half ended.
“I really like the rebounding totals,” said Dana Altman of the Ducks performance. “I thought Jordan Bell gave us a big, big lift there in his 21 minutes to go get 10 rebounds. The second chance points were the difference in the game. We were 16-3 there and we win by 13 so the rebounding definitely was the difference.”
Oregon out rebounded Stanford 38-22 and outshot the Cardinal 42.2 percent from the field to 38 percent.
Tyler Dorsey and Dwayne Benjamin both had 12 points, but it might have been point guard Casey Benson’s 3-for-5 in 3-point shooting that would give Duck fans a big sigh of relief.
“He’s a good shooter,” remarked Altman of Benson’s early season shooting struggles. “Watch him in some shooting drills. He got a little rushed early in the season because everyone wants to score.”
Michael Humphrey of the Cardinal led his team with 18 points while Rosco Allen added 13 and Marcus Allen had 12 before fouling out.
Oregon now hits the road for a two game swing in Utah and Colorado. Up first is Utah on Thursday night and then next Sunday in Boulder to take on the Buffaloes in a Sunday night game.
With the win the Ducks sweep the Bay Area school at home avenge a loss to Oregon State in the opening game of conference play.
“Losing to our rivals just made us want to play harder,” admitted Brooks of the loss to Oregon State. “We got our butts kicked (in Corvallis last week). It fired us up more to play defense and rebound the basketball.”
(Garrett Hill contributed to this story)