Cardinal win third straight Pac-12 contest 62-46

January 19, 2017

NCAA, Stanford Cardinal

Oregon State’s Ronnie Stacy, center, shoots past Stanford’s Michael Humphrey (10) and Josh Sharma (20) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Stanford won 62-46. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Stanford won its third consecutive men’s basketball game Thursday in Corvalis, Ore., defeating Oregon State 62-46 in Pac-12 conference action.

Michael Humphrey paced the Cardinal with 21 points, while Marcus Allen added 12 points. Dorian Pickens pulled down seven of the Cardinal’s 29 rebounds, while Humphrey and Grant Verhoeven each had six boards. Josh Sharma blocked three shots.

Stanford played without Reid Travis, the Cardinal’s top scorer (16.6 ppg) and rebounder (8.9 rpg) due to a right shoulder injury. The Beavers were also shorthanded, missing Tres Tinkle, their top scorer (20.2 ppg), who has missed 13 games after breaking his right wrist on Nov. 25 against Fresno State.

Stephen Thompson Jr. was the Beavers’ top scorer with 15 points. OSU (4-15 overall, 0-6 Pac-12), which has lost six straight games, jumped to an early nine-point lead, but later trailed by 17 points.

The Cardinal (11-8 overall, 3-4 Pac-12) pulled to within 20-17 on a Marcus Sheffield jumper nearly five minutes before halftime. A dunk by Humphrey closed Stanford’s deficit to 25-23 and a layup by Allen tied the game.

Stanford surged ahead 27-25 at the break on a pair of Humphrey free throws. The Cardinal began to pull away in the second half when Sheffield’s 3-pointer put Stanford up 37-32 with 12:35 to play.

The Cardinal hit 45 percent (18 of 40) from the field, including 3 of 12 from 3-point range.

Defensively, Stanford forced the Beavers into 17 turnovers. Oregon State was held to 35 percent shooting (14 of 40), though Thompson Jr. hit 4 of 8 3-pointers. The Beavers had 26 rebounds. Thompson Jr. and Kendal Manuel each had two steals.

The Cardinal’s road trip continues Saturday when they visit No. 11 Oregon.

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