After defeating the Oregon State Beavers on Thursday night, 59-35, the Stanford Cardinal were looking to get their second consecutive sweep at home this season against a team that had not beaten them in their home building in over two decades. The Oregon Ducks came into Maples Pavilion on Saturday evening off of an 89-57 blistering in Berkeley at the hands of the California Golden Bears. In a season where nothing has made much sense in the Pacific-10 Conference, this was one of those rare times that what could be reasonably expected from the two squads did indeed happen as Stanford led nearly wire-to-wire in an 84-69 win over Oregon. Stanford moves to 10-9, 4-3 in Pac-10 play, while Oregon drops to 10-9, 2-5 in league action.
The game didn't get to as promising a start at Stanford would want. Despite an early 4-2 lead and Oregon coach Ernie Kent using an early 30-second timeout, Jarrett Mann was called for his second foul attempting to block a shot off a turnover, sending the point guard to the bench with 16:46 to go in the first half. After a LeKendric Longmire layup was good, Stanford ran off nine points in a row over a 2:42 stretch, bookended by three-pointers from Jeremy Green and Drew Shiller, to give the Cardinal a 15-5 lead with 11:52 remaining in the first half.
A Jeremy Jacob layup for Oregon would stop the bleeding, but six points from Landry Fields, sandwiched around a Drew Wiley top-of-the key three-pointer kept the lead at nine before some sloppy play by Stanford led to free throws by Teondre Williams and a breakaway layin by Malcolm Armstead, cutting the lead to five. The Cardinal, though, were not done from three-point land as Shiller came off a screen to hit from the left wing and Green simply shot over his man from deep to boost the edge to 11. However, the Ducks were not going to go quietly into that good night as E.J. Singler hit inside for two and Garrett Sim nailed a right wing three off an offensive rebound, bringing the lead back down to six.
A Michael Dunigan free throw had the lead down to five, but a 6-2 run by Stanford, powered by a Mater Daian layup and two tough jumpers, one from close range, one from near three-point land, from Fields, put Stanford up 33-24 and caused Kent to call another timeout. Green made good on two free throws, while Daian muscled his way to a layup inside after gobbling up a timely offensive rebound, placing Stanford up by 11 with 1:08 to go in the half. Armstead made two free throws on the ensuing possession for Oregon, then hit a jumper with 24 seconds left, edging Oregon closer. However, Fields drove the lane from the left side and converted on a tough layup to end the half, putting Stanford up 39-30 at the break.
For the half, Stanford shot 52% from the field, 44% beyond the three-point arc, and made five of seven (71%) at the charity stripe. Oregon made just 37% of their field goals, 25% of their three-pointers, and drained 8-11 (73%) from the free throw line. The Cardinal outrebounded Oregon 20-13, including 9-7 on the offensive end, leading to an 11-5 edge in second chance points. Stanford dished out nine assists and turned the ball over seven times, while Oregon tallied four assists and five turnovers.
Fields led the way for Stanford at the break, netting 15 points on 6-9 shooting from the field, to go with a team high five rebounds. Green was the only other player at double-digits with 12. Armstead led the Ducks with eight points on 3-5 shooting, while Longmire and Jacob had four each.
Oregon started off the second half cold, missing a long jumper and a tough layup that just wouldn't drop for Tajuan Porter, while Stanford was hot, getting a tough jumper in the lane with the shot clock expiring by Mann and a little jump shot in the lane by Green which hit the rim a couple of times before dropping in, putting Stanford up by their biggest margin of the game, 13, at 43-30, prompting Kent to call another timeout before things got out of hand for his team from Eugene. Fields found Mann with a rope of a pass under the hoop for two, then a Dildy rebound off a missed long ball by Armstead led to a fast break opportunity that ended with a pass from Mann to Green for the layup, getting the crowd on its feet and Kent to call his second-to-last timeout of the half with 15:19 left and Stanford up 49-34.
Stanford, however, kept up the pressure, running off five more in a row, capped by another Green three-pointer, before a Williams layup stopped the Cardinal run. Momentum, though, stayed with Stanford as Daian made a reverse layup off a nearly impossible pass from Fields in the lane. Another Williams layup before the media timeout shaved the lead again to 18, 56-38, with 11:51 to go in the game. After the media timeout, both teams traded blows back and forth, allowing for the lead to hover between 18 and 21 for the next four minutes before two Fields free throws with 7:49 left gave Stanford their biggest lead of the night, 23, at 65-42.
Oregon, though, had one last push in them as they turned up the defensive pressure and started to attack the hoop, getting nine points from Longmire and Jacob, cutting the Stanford advantage down to 15, 66-51, with 4:49 left in the contest. A tough layup by Porter extended the run to 11-1 right before the last media timeout of the half, causing some of the folks in the stands to get a little antsy before the remaining 3:39 played out. Could Stanford continue to hold off the Ducks, or would the visitors from Eugene find a way to steal a victory out of the jaws of what seemed to be certain defeat? After the timeout, Dildy made one of two freebies and Porter missed a left wing three to pause the Oregon run. Missed on both ends, followed by a Critter shot in the paint brought Oregon to its closest margin since early in the second half, 67-55, with 2:47 to go, but a Green pull-up jumper from the right side after Stanford broke the Ducks press calmed the fears of all in the building. The Ducks would continue to try to mount a comeback, but were not able to get any close than an even dozen the rest of the way.
For the game, Stanford shot 52% for the contest, 39% outside the arc, and made 76% of their free throws, hitting 29 of 38, with a good portion of those down the stretch as Oregon continued to foul Stanford in an attempt to make a comeback. Oregon finished the game making 42% of their shots, 36% from the three-point line, and 74% (14-19) at the charity stripe. Stanford outrebounded Oregon 36-29, although Oregon had one more offensive board, 15-14, for the game. This didn't translate to an advantage in second chance points as the Cardinal outscored the Ducks 18-12. Stanford tallied 14 assists and 13 turnovers for the game, while Oregon had 10 assists and 12 turnovers.
Stanford was led by Fields' career high 32 points on 9-15 shooting from the field and 14-19 from the line. Fields also led the squad with eight rebounds. Green scored 25 on 8-12 shooting, making his shots from a variety of spots on the floor, while Shiller was next in line with 10 off the bench. Oregon was led by Porter's 16 points, most coming in the final five minutes of play as he tried to shoot the Ducks back into the game. Armstead tallied 12 and Jacob scored 11 and grabbed five boards off the bench for the Ducks.
Stanford next heads out on the road for four straight over two weekends,
starting with the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson on Thursday at 5:00pm. Stay
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