The Stanford Cardinal entered Thursday night's game versus the Oregon State Beavers just five days removed from a heartbreaking loss at California. The question on the minds of many was whether or not Stanford could mentally recover from losing a game they seemingly had won after a blistering start in Berkeley. Unfortunately, the hangover from the loss lingered over the first half of their game tonight, creating a deep hole they could ultimately not climb out of, losing to the Beavers by a final score of 66-54. With the win, Oregon State moved to 12-13 overall, 6-8 in Pac-10 play, while Stanford fell to 15-9 on the season and 4-9 in the league.
In the first half, Mitch Johnson was the only Cardinal player to make a field goal, swishing in two three-pointers, over the first 12 minutes of the first half. The anemic offense, powered by missed shots and a bevy of turnovers, allowed the Beavers to start the game off on a 27-8 run, fueled by hot shooting Roeland Schaftenaar and his 12 points over that span. After a media timeout at the 7;19 mark, Stanford appeared to get its legs under themselves for the remainder of the first 20 minutes, closing the half on a 9-2 spurt, capped off by a Landry Fields three-pointer off an assist from freshman Jarrett Mann. Stanford was down just 12, 29-17, at the break, and seemed poised to cut further into the lead on the strength of their final seven minutes.
However, Oregon State, led by first year head coach Craig Robinson, began the second half by scoring the first nine points over a 2:09 span to break the game open, giving the Beavers a 38-17 lead. The Cardinal, though, continued to chip away at the lead, getting the lead back down to 12 over a three-minute period. Oregon State countered the run with eight straight before Stanford once again pulled closer, getting the margin down to 11, 48-37, with an Josh Owens layup with 9:24 remaining in the contest. After two Schaftenaar free throws bumped the lead back up to 13, freshman Jeremy Green and Fields took it upon themselves to get the Cardinal get back into the game. Two layups by Green, then a free throw, dunk, and three-pointer by Landry helped keep the Cardinal within striking distance, down just 10 with 4:05 to go. Green then got into a zone, hitting three long balls in a 1:12 span, the last getting Stanford to within five, 59-54, with 1:59 left in the game. Somehow, some way could come all the way back in a game that seemingly looked lost for so long?
After Seth Tarver made one-of-two free throws, Fields missed a tough layup and Hill had to foul Rickey Claitt. After Claitt also made one-of-two, Green took one more three-pointer, but couldn't get it to go in. He fouled Schaftenaar, giving him his fifth and sending the Cardinal's hottest shooter to the bench. The senior for OSU, though, missed both free throws and Stanford seemed to corral the rebound only to have Claitt rip it away from Drew Shiller's hands to continue the possession for the Beavers. Haynes would make two free throws with 53 ticks left on the clock. A missed Goods three sealed the deal for Oregon State.
For the game, Stanford shot 42% from the field, 36% from behind the arc (8-22), and was 6-8 from the free throw line. Oregon State shot 54% from the field, 4-8 from three-point land, and made an above average 74% of their charity stripe attempts, making 20 of 27 from the line. In a game with only 87 field goal tries, Stanford was outrebounded 29-19, but did manage to outassist the Beavers by a 15-7 margin. Both teams were about even in the points off turnover department, with the Cardinal edging the Beavers, 16-15, but they were doubled up in the paint, 24-12.
Leading Stanford on the evening was Green, who had 19 points, all in the second half, including five three-pointers. Fields was next with 17 on a 5-12 shooting night. No other player had more than Johnson's seven, including seniors Lawrence Hill and Goods, who combined for two points on 1-of-8 shooting. A bright spot, though, for Hill was that he led the team with six assists to just one turnover in 38 minutes of play.
Oregon State was led by Schaftenaar's 26 on 8-11 shooting from the field. Haynes was next in line with 17 points in just 29 minutes. Tarver and Claitt both had seven for the Beavers.
Head coach Johnny Dawkins will again attempt to regroup his team as they head to Eugene to face the Oregon Ducks (6-20, 0-14 in the Pac-10) who themselves are coming off a trouncing at home at the hands of Cal, 78-60. The teams will face off at 5:00pm PDT on Saturday evening.
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