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Oregon beats Stanford 75-73

Stanford (14-13. 6-9) may have played its best basketball game of the season but it wasn’t quite good enough as the Oregon Ducks (26-4, 15-2) leave the Bay Area with a sweep by beating the Cardinal 75-73. It was a hard fought game, and it took Dillon Brooks to make a great defensive play at the end for the win.

While Oregon had built a 12 point lead in the first half which found the score at 43-37 in Oregon’s advantage, the second half was all about a Stanford team believing it could win the game.

For most of the second half Oregon led, but with 11:40 left in the game, Stanford tied the game at 53 and from that point the lead never exceeded four points by either team. In fact, the Cardinal took the lead at the 2:51 point of the second half on a Reid Travis jumper giving Stanford a 71-69 lead.

Travis had been a monster all game as evidenced by his 27 points and 14 rebounds. He was nearly unstoppable in the first half when he picked up 17 points and nine rebounds; most of his scoring was at point blank range, and for one of the few times this year, Oregon’s front line could do very little to keep Travis from going the spot on the floor he wanted.

With the game going back and forth in the final two and half minutes, the key plays came down to the last possession by Oregon followed by Stanford’s last time with the ball.

With game tied at 73 following a successful jumper by the Cardinal’s Michael Humphrey with 1:34 left in the game, the Ducks managed to keep the ball alive and their possession by picking up four critical offensive rebounds (two by Jordan Bell and two by Payton Pritchard) Then with just 14 seconds left to go in the game, Dylan Ennis made a pass into Pritchard, who flipped the ball up behind his head to the basket, but the ball it the rim, and Bell snagged the ball and put it back in for the score, and giving the Ducks a 75-73 lead.

Stanford called timeout and when play resumed, looked for Travis at the high post with his back the basket. All game long he’d had his way on whoever was guarding him, but his time as he nudged his way to the basket against Bell, he turned to his right, but Dillon Brooks, who made the heroic winning basket against California on Wednesday night, slide to his right and with quick hands caused Travis to fumble with the ball. The ball spurt out of Travis’ hands as the clock was expiring. Ennis jumped onto the ball, but the clock ran out, giving Oregon the win.

“We just want to keep it fun,” Jordan Bell told the Pac-12 Network of the final few moments of the game. “These are the kind of games I like to play in.”

For the game Oregon shot 50.9 percent field goal shooting on 29-of-57 shooting including hitting 7-of-19 3-pointers. Oregon could have made things easier on itself form the free throw line but missed 10 free throws and ended up shooting 10-of-20 freebies.

The Ducks had four players finish in double figure scoring led by Tyler Dorsey’s 15 as Brooks added 14. Bell and Pritchard had 13 each.

Travis was the game’s leading scorer with 27 while Dorian Pickens added 18 and Marcus Allen had 13.

Stanford shot 49.1 percent on 27-of-55 shooting with eight 3-points and were 11-of-15 from the charity stripe

The Cardinal out rebounded Oregon 37-25 including a 15-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Oregon had two more blocked shots (4-2) and turned the ball over eight times to Stanford’s 15.

The win improves the Ducks to 26-4 for the year and 15-2 in conference play. Oregon will close the regular season next Saturday against Oregon State at Corvallis in a game that will be aired on ESPN2 with tip off scheduled for 3 p.m.

Official Box Score from GoStanford.com

 


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