Stanford came into tonight's game versus the Oregon Ducks looking to build momentum off their big win on Saturday night again the California Golden Beats. Despite not having Mitch Johnson in the lineup (strained calf, day-to-day), Stanford led nearly wire-to-wire, defeating the boys from Eugene, 77-55.
The Cardinal started off hot in the first three minutes of the game. With Mitch on the bench, Kenny Brown started the game over Drew Shiller at the point guard spot and helped Stanford to an early 10-2 advantage, punctuated by a three-pointer from Anthony Goods. Over the next 3:03, the Ducks hung around, down just 10, before the wheels came off the bus and the ineptitude switch came on for Oregon as Stanford went on a 10-0 run spanning the next 8:40 to take full command of the game at 27-7. It wasn't until Churchill Odia hit a three-pointer that Oregon could finally get itself into double-digits. During that scoreless span, Oregon missed eight shots and turned the ball over seven times. Despite keeping it close the rest of the way, Landry Fields would cap the first half with a dynamic put back just before the buzzer, helping Stanford go into the half with a 22-point lead, 40-18.
In the first half, Stanford shot 45% overall from the field, 44% from beyond the arc, 47% inside the three-point line, and just 5-9 from the free throw stripe. Oregon made just 32% of their shots, including 2-5 from the three-point line, 29% inside the arc, and 4-4 from the free throw line. The Cardinal led in almost every other category, including 21-11 on the boards (nine of those rebounds were of the offensive variety), committed just eight turnovers (Oregon had 14), and 11 assists to the Ducks four. This was the fourth time, and third instance in just seven conference games, where Oregon failed to top the 20-point mark in the first half of play.
Stanford was amazingly ahead by 22 without last week's Pac-10 Player of the Week, Lawrence Hill, scoring a single point over the first twenty of minutes play. Individually, the Cardinal were led by Goods who had 12 at the break on 3-7 shooting. Fields added 11 points and six rebounds while Kenny had six on two three-point makes. The Ducks were led by Michael Dunigan and Tajuan Porter, who had five apiece. No one else had more than three points for Oregon.
The second half was more of the same as Stanford rolled off eight of the first 11 points of the final stanza, taking a 48-21 lead after a Da'Veed Dildy layup. Stanford was still up 23, 56-33, with just under 13 minutes to go after a 360-layup from Dildy and a Lawrence Hill dunk when Oregon put together its only impressive run of the game, outscoring Stanford 12-2 over the next 2:20 to bring the Ducks within 13 points at 58-45. Stanford, though, would not allow Oregon to get any closer, slowly stretching its lead to 23 with less than six minutes to go after a Hill free throw. The teams would trade buckets the rest of the way before Stanford finally settled on the final 22-point margin.
For the contest, Stanford shot 50% from the field (56% in the second half), 8-20 from beyond the three-point line, and 47% inside the arc. Their free throw shooting left a lot to be desired as they finished 13-22, just below 60%, for the game. The Ducks' improved offense in the second half helped them finish the game shooting 39% from the field. Oregon managed to shoot 53% from three-point land, but just 33% from inside the arc. They did finish the game with the better charity stripe shooting, netting 14-16 from the line. Stanford outrebounded Oregon 34-23, had 18 assists to Oregon's seven, and committed just 13 turnovers to the Ducks' 22, tying their season high they reached against former Stanford assistant coach Eric Reveno's University of Portland Pilots in an OT win earlier this season. Stanford scored 25 points off those turnovers, while Oregon had just four. The Cardinal also had their way inside the paint with the Ducks, outscoring them 34-14, despite just seven points from their primary big men, Will Paul and Josh Owens.
Individually, Goods led the way for Stanford with 20 points on 5-10 shooting, although he was a stellar 8-9 from the charity stripe. Fields was the only other player in double figures as he finished with 13 points and eight rebounds for the Cardinal. Hill and Brown both had nine points for Stanford, with the duo adding ten assists to their final stat lines. The bench contributed 23 points for Stanford, including five each from Jeremy Green, Jarrett Mann, and Shiller. For Oregon, the Ducks were led by Porter's quiet 14 points, despite Stanford's efforts to blanket him with defenders all night long. Kamyron Brown had 11 off the Ducks bench, while Matthew Humphrey also got 10 off the pine for Ernie Kent's program which has not won a game at Maples Pavilion since our own Emeritus was at Stanford over 20 seasons ago!
Next, Stanford will take on an Oregon State team who delivered the shocker of the season so far in the conference by defeating the California Golden Bears, 69-65, at Haas Pavilion minutes before the end of Stanford's contest. Will Oregon State (2-5 in league play) still be riding high off of a huge conference win when they visit Maples and play Stanford on Saturday at 7:00pm? Only time will tell, but you better believe that Johnny Dawkins will have his players ready for a game that will be much tougher than people thought it would be before the season, and even the night, began.
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