Ducks Move One Game Closer To 1st Place

Despite huge performances from Stanford's Casey Jacobsen and Curtis Borchardt, Oregon took advantage of five players scoring in double figures to top the Cardinal 87-79 in front of a sell out crowd at McArthur Court in Eugene.

In a half court oriented game Oregon took advantage of their size down low, via Chris Christoffersen, who despite battling foul trouble, came up with a crucial 16 points and six rebounds. More importantly he went 6-7 from the foul line, contributing to Oregon's 81.8% for the game.

"(Christoffersen) stepped up on center stage in a huge game for us," Oregon coach Ernie Kent told OSN.

The four other Ducks in double figures were, Luke Jackson with a team high 27, Freddie Jones with 12, Luke Ridnour with 11, and Brian Helquist with 10. Another key contribution came from glass man Robert Johnson who pulled down nine boards.

Leading the way for the Cardinal were Jacobsen and Borchardt with 32 and 29 points, respectively. Jacobsen had 22 points at halftime, and managed to drop ten in the second half despite an injury near the 14 minute mark. Much like Cal's big man Amit Tamir, Borchardt showed great range, making both of his three-point attempts at crucial points in the second half. Stanford relied on Jacobsen and Borchardt's shooting, a point illustrated by no other Cardinal player topping five points.

Stanford may have let the game slip out of their hands when at the line with 1:30 to go in the second half and the Ducks up three, Jacobsen missed two key free throws.

In a game where few fouls were called (UO 20, Stanford 17) a trait that typically leads to high turnover marks, there were only 12 total, five by Oregon and seven by Stanford. The most detrimental TO for Stanford occurred with the clock under one minute to go in the 2nd half. During a key possession, and with the Ducks up four points, a Stanford pass caromed off Casey Jacobsen's hands and face and went out of bounds which led to two Freddie Jones free throws.

This win snapped Stanford's five game win streak at Mac Court, and puts Oregon at 5-1 in PAC-10 play, 12-4 overall. Oregon looks to continue their run of undefeated play at home Tuesday against the Willamette Bearcats. This contest will undoubtedly be an emotional one, as it commemorates Mac Court's 75th Anniversary.


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