Pregame: Nice to see the 6th Man Club members, who at least 50 strong in number, 45 minutes were before tip, doing everything they could to get into the heads of the Oregon players. Then again, I saw the Ducks hit 12 in a row at one point, so maybe it wasn't quite working…yet.
Pregame: Had a nice chat with Dave Flemming and John Platz before the game. I am sure the men on 1220 will be bring you a great call of this one and hopefully this adds a little color to tonight's contest.
Starting Lineups: Oregon comes out with a lineup of Malik Hairston, Bryce Taylor, Maarty Leunen, Tajuan Porter, and Churchill Odia. Stanford comes out big with Mitch Johnson, Brook Lopez, Lawrence Hill, Robin Lopez, and Fred Washington.
19:39 left in the 1st Half: Odia hits a right-corner three after the Cardinal lose the opening tap.
18:58: Fred gets an offensive rebound off a Hill miss, working back inside to Brook for the easy lay-in.
18:06: Mitch Johnson gets a feed in the left-corner for a quick three-pointer to give Stanford the lead at 5-3.
16:55: Robin Lopez can be found easily over-the-top when double-teamed and gets a feed from the three-point arc for another easy lay-up for Stanford.
16:38: Robin Lopez bites on the pump-fake inside from Leunen, who draws the foul and makes two free throws to cut the lead to 9-5.
16:05: After a bucket by Brook Lopez, a Fred Washington steal leads to a Johnson lay-up attempt that hangs onto the rim for a while before dropping in. That makes it 13-7 and Oregon coach Ernie Kent calls a timeout to stem the tide before it gets out of hand for his Ducks.
15:31: Lawrence Hill proves his hot streak may not be over after he nails a right-wing three to make it 16-7.
14:57: LeKendric Longmire picks up a loose ball under his basket after a miss from Hairston that no one else can seem to find for an easy lay-up for the Ducks.
12:31: Drew Shiller hits a long left-wing three (he came in at the media time-out). Those threes will be essential when Mitch is not on the floor to keep the defense honest. The Cardinal are blistering the nets so far, making eight of their first 10 shots from the floor.
11:34: Robin Lopez records a big block off a Joevan Catron lay-up that leads to a jump-ball situation that goes Stanford's way.
11:22: On the ensuing possession after the media timeout, Robin Lopez makes a strong move towards the hoop and goes in for an impressive one-hand jam! He's looking to score this game and is doing it well thus far.
10:24: Beautiful touch pass by Taj Finger to Robin Lopez for the lay-in forces Ernie to call another timeout at 23-11 in favor of the good guys.
9:16: Anthony Goods' ankle is just fine as he takes Odia off the dribble for an impressive lay-up, giving Stanford a 27-11 lead.
8:12: Brook just swatted a lay-up attempt by Taylor into the courtside seats. Yeah, he's an impressive athletic specimen if I do say so myself.
7:32: Porter hits a long three to cut Stanford's lead to 27-16. Kent's switch to the zone is working as Stanford is now hoisting up solely long three-point shots. It is a dangerous combo they may be playing themselves into when you consider the Cardinal are shooting over 65% from the field at this point.
6:34: Goods left-wing three-pointer breaks a nearly three minute drought for Stanford, giving them back a 30-16 advantage.
4:36: Finger finally gets inside, makes a nice move just outside the right block and gets one in off the glass.
4:15: Brook Lopez stuffs Drew Viney's driving lay-up attempt along the left baseline to give the Cardinal six blocks in the first half. If there is any way of getting more blocks in the stat sheets, it's to make them look as obvious as possible which they have been thus far tonight.
3:07: Nice effort by Bryce Taylor for Oregon as he misses the lay-up, but elevates above the defender to grab an offensive rebound and put it back in for two.
2:08: Stanford passes around the zone and finds Hill open in the left corner for a three-pointer, putting Stanford back up by 15, 35-20.
1:42: Shiller becomes the second Cardinal player in two games to get faked out on a three-pointer, although this time by a better shooter from deep, Porter, who nails all three from the charity stripe.
0:10: Goods dribble drives and pulls up for a left baseline jumper that hits all net. The ankle looks better and better with every step he takes in the 1st half.
0:00: After a Porter carry with 1.9 on the clock, Hill passes to Goods who launches a 40-footer that's nothing but net and the teams go into the locker room with Stanford up 40-23. It looked like it was mighty, mighty close to being in his hands at the buzzer. A few looks at the replay confirms the ball was indeed still in Goods' grasp so the score at the half remains 37-23.
Halftime: Well, if Stanford's shooting goes a bit further south (currently at 55%) and Oregon's goes back up north (24%), this will be a tightly-contested second half here at Maples.
Halftime: Other key stats include just four turnovers for Stanford (only five so far for Oregon), Stanford leading the rebounding column by three, 17-14, and ten assists for the Cardinal, compared to just three for the Ducks.
19:15 left in the 2nd half: Robin causes a jump ball after hustling all the way down the floor to guard Leunen. The tie-up inside gives Stanford possession of the ball.
18:13: Robin Lopez is called for the charge as Oregon has gone back to a man-to-man defense for now. I wonder how long they stay that way.
16:58: Hill gets the four points of the half for either team on one possession, one from the free throw line, then after an offensive rebound by Brook Lopez off his second shot, Lawrence gets a screen to hit a left corner three-pointer to make it a 16-point game at 41-25.
16:29: Ray Schaffer makes a nice move on the left baseline versus an active Robin Lopez to get Oregon's first two points of the second half.
15:26: Uh, oh Pac-10…here comes Lawrence Hill! Another right-corner three-point shot after a few passes around the perimeter gives Stanford a 44-27 lead.
13:55: Brook Lopez seals off Leunen well to get the incoming entry pass from Mitch for the easy two, giving Stanford its first lead of over 20 points in the game, 48-27.
13:27: Finger gets a hand on a Leunen shot, but it isn't enough to stop the two-footer from going in.
12:44: Taj from Mitch on the fast break is a thing of beauty as Taj gets great position and Mitch delivers the perfect pass for the lay-up after a Hairston turnover!
10:45: Back to the zone goes Oregon, but Anthony Goods hits a very nice step-back jumper on the right baseline to make it 53-31. He looks sharp coming off the bench tonight for Stanford.
8:27: Robin Lopez sinks two free throws to get Stanford up 24, 55-31. Oregon, according to the stat monitor in front of me, has not hit a field goal in over five minutes.
7:05: It took 6:22, but Oregon finally gets a lay-up, ironically off another missed lay-in and subsequent offensive rebound, by Bryce Taylor. Unfortunately, the lead is now down to "only" 22 for Oregon.
6:19: Robin Lopez is a man possessed tonight as he goes aggressively for an offensive rebound after a missed free throw by Mitch Johnson and rewards himself with a lay-up after the miss.
5:41: Landry Fields misses a three from the left wing, but he follows it up, drives inside the lane, and dumps off a pretty pass to Finger for the hoop and the foul. Finger converts the three-point play to put Stanford up 30, 63-33.
4:57: Off an inbounds pass, Mitch Platt, the much maligned and injured senior center, gets a rim-rattling dunk for the Ducks. At least it's good to see him get one bucket for the big man.
4:21: Owens makes an immediate impact, getting an offensive rebound and tapping it out to Shiller for a wide open three-pointer, giving the Cardinal a 67-35 lead.
2:19: I think Shiller plays pretty well when he gets some time on the floor. He makes an acrobatic lay-up, giving him eight points for the contest and further putting the Ducks out to sea.
2:00: Poor Platt – he just air-balled a free-throw and the crowd is letting him know it.
0:52: An Odia fast-break lay-in will get Oregon to 40. Their previous season low was 54 at Arizona State, an eight-point loss in the desert.
0:33: Downtown Kenny Brown hits a three from deep left wing territory to end the scoring for Stanford tonight.
0:16: Porter ends the game with a three-pointer of his own, making him the only Duck in double-figures this evening with 12.
Postgame: The Stanford Cardinal gets an easier than expected 72-43 win over the Oregon Ducks, pulling their record to 19-3, 8-2 in the Pac-10. Oregon drops to 13-9, 4-6 in league play.
Postgame: Stanford out-rebounds Oregon 40-28, commits just nine turnovers, and dishes out 16 assists on its 27 baskets. The Cardinal end up shooting 49% from the field, while Oregon "climbs" up to 29% after shooting 24% in the first half.
Postgame: Stanford was able to rest their starters a bit in the second half, which should keep them fresh for the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday at 5:00pm in Maples Pavilion. Go Cardinal!
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