Casey Jacobsen and Curtis Borchardt both had new career highs in a tough
87-79 loss against Oregon at Mac Court. It was Ernie Kent's
against Stanford, and was Oregon's first win over Stanford in ten
After Jacobsen and Borchardt, the next highest scorer would be
with five points. Leading the scoring for the Ducks was
Luke Jackson with
27. However, the most eye-catching stat was the bench
scoring. Usually a
strength of the Cardinal in the last few years, the reserves were
outscored 18-7 by
There was a reason why Oregon was three point favorites.
They had recently
swept Arizona. One of the victories was a 30-point rout in
Today, they showed the rest of the conference that they are
indeed for real
against Stanford. Both teams played overall pretty decent
ball games, but
the Ducks were able to pull it out in the end with more balanced
In the first half, only one other player besides Borchardt or
Jacobsen scored a field goal. That player, Tony Giovacchini
had a single basket before the break and had a total of four
points for the game.
Oregon led 42-36 at halftime and maintained an advantage that
six for the first part of the second half before Montgomery
decided to give
both Borchardt and Jacobsen a rest. Bad idea! Before either
player could grab a cup of Gatorade and take a seat, the Ducks
stretched their lead to nine. Oregon pushed the lead to ten
with 8:37 to go before Stanford seemed poised to make a slow but
inexorable comeback with less then ten minutes to go.
Borchardt hit a three-pointer to pull within one at 74-73 before
the teams began to trade baskets back and forth. Down by
three at 78-75, Jacobsen stepped to the free throw line, only to
miss both attempts. Then, trailing by five with less then a
minute to go, Casey had trouble with a pass from Chris Hernandez
and the ball went out of bounds.
Looking back, this loss is probably not as bad as it
appears. Oregon will at least make a decent run at the
conference crown. However, I have a hard time finding
"moral victories" so the result of the game is still
disappointing. It's time to sweep the Washington schools!
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