Ducks Lose Barn Burner On The Farm

In a back and forth battle for the ages, the #13 Oregon Ducks fell to the #20 Stanford Cardinal 90-87 in overtime at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, California.

After Oregon went up three points on two Freddie Jones free throws with 13 seconds left in regulation, Stanford's Tony Giovicchini drilled a Hail Mary three pointer, his only points of the game, to tie the game at 78. Oregon forward Luke Jackson then took the inbound pass all the way down the floor and missed a jumper that would have won the game for the Ducks.

Oregon, playing in its first overtime game of the year took the first lead of the extra period 79-78 on a Jones free throw. With 24 seconds left and Stanford up two, Casey Jacobsen drove to the hoop with time running down on the shot clock. As he went up for an awkward jump shot, he was fouled by Jones, his fifth of the game. Jacobsen made both free throws giving Stanford their biggest lead of the overtime, four points.

The game was give and take from then on out. Ducks guard Luke Ridnour made a lay-up with 12 seconds left to put Oregon down two, 89-87. Oregon then immediately fouled Giovicchini, who made only one of two, giving Oregon a chance to tie with a three pointer. On the ensuing possession, after a loose ball, Robert Johnson wound up with the rock and had to throw up a three that was just short, giving Stanford the win.

"This was one heckuva college basketball game. I'm so proud of these guys. In a tough environment, with tough calls.they gave themselves a chance to win," Oregon coach Ernie Kent told OSN after the game.

Stanford was once again led by Casey Jacobsen, this time with 41 points. Curtis Borchardt added 24 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks for the Cardinal.

The Ducks were led by a career high tying 36 points from Freddie Jones. He also grabbed 10 rebounds. Luke Ridnour, Luke Jackson, and Robert Johnson also scored in double figures for the Ducks with 18, 17 and 10 points respectively. Johnson also had 13 rebounds.

Oregon next heads across the bay to Berkley and a Saturday afternoon match up with the Cal Bears. The Ducks are now 9-3 in PAC-10 play, 17-6 overall, now tied for first place with Arizona. "We made a pact in the locker room to go over and beat Cal," Kent told OSN.

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