Ducks Destroyed, 81-57

Wow. Not much more can be said about the Duck decimation at Maples Saturday, as the Cardinal tarred and feathered the visiting water fowl in a very public and dominating fashion. From tip to final buzzer Stanford shot, defended and rebounded better than the much-hyped Oregon squad. All of this without leading frontman Justin Davis...

After needing a furious rally to defeat Oregon State on Thursday, Stanford absolutely demolished #10 Oregon on Saturday.  The Cardinal offense provided an electrifying show for both Stanford fans as well as a slew of highly touted football recruits who were at Maples as part of their weekend at Stanford.

Matt Lottich wasted no time to prove that Thursday's performance was no aberration by hitting his first shot, a three pointer, to give Stanford a 3-0 lead.  Stanford had built up a 9-6 advantage seven minutes into the game when Josh Childress connected on a three pointer of his own from the baseline.  Following a steal and basket by Nick Robinson and a three pointer from Brian Helquist, Childress was good again from the exact same spot to push the lead to 20-10.

Julius Barnes was later whistled for his second foul, forcing Coach Montgomery to play Jason Haas for the remaining 7:28 of the half.  Momentum could have taken a serious shift at this time with the veteran point guard removed from the game.  Fortunately, despite never scoring, Haas ran the offense admirably.  Stanford led by 12 at 30-18 when Haas was put in the game and they would maintain that lead at halftime by the same margin at 41-29.

The Cardinal promptly went on a 11-0 run to start the second half.  Matt Lottich and Julius Barnes added three pointers before Rob Little erupted on the inside, sandwiching a free throw between two field goals.  Luke Ridnour ended the Oregon dry-spell with a three pointer, but Barnes quickly diffused any chance of an Oregon rally.  Barnes made a spectacular play, connecting from the outside.  Additionally, he was fouled on the play and completed the three-point play with his free throw.

Oregon subsequently started to apply more pressure on the Stanford offense in an attempt to stymie the Cardinal.  The plan was successful at first as the Ducks were able close within 13 points at 59-46.  The Stanford underclassmen responded as Matt Haryasz hit a turnaround jumper with 7:15 remaining to push the lead back to 20.  Then, Nick Robinson became the fourth Cardinal player to connect from behind the arc to make the lead 23.  Dan Grunfeld later added a bank shot with 3:45 left, as Stanford led 78-53.  The final result would be 81-57 with Stanford prevailing easily.

"That's the best I have seen Stanford play since the Florida," said an exasperated Ernie Kent, head coach of the Ducks after the game.  "Certainly, they didn't look like that versus Oregon State.  They were all-world today.  Today, I don't know that anyone in the conference could have played with Stanford the way they played.  It wasn't just their shooting - it was their intensity and their rebounding."  Stanford monopolized the rebounding game as they snagged 45 rebounds compared to Oregon's 26.

Nick Robinson was unquestionably the "blue collar" player of the game.  Starting in place of the ailing Justin Davis, Robinson contributed 13 points and 11 rebounds for his first career double-double.  He also added an assist, a steal, and a block.  "There's no reason for Nick not to play that well," said head coach Mike Montgomery afterward.

Julius Barnes led Stanford in scoring with 17 points, despite missing much of the final ten minutes of the first half due to foul trouble.  15 of his points came in the second stanza.  Matt Lottich scored 15 points, all of which came via three pointers (5 for 7 on the afternoon).

Also of note, with a minute remaining, manager-turned-player Tunde Sobomehin made his college debut.

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