Stanford Cardinal Saturday game wrap: Ducks snap Stanford’s 3-game win streak 69-52

January 21, 2017

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Stanford’s Trevor Stanback, left, battles Oregon’s Kavell Bigby-Williams for a rebound with Stanford’s Grant Verhoeven and Oregon’s Chris Boucher, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, January 21, 2017

The 11th-ranked Oregon Ducks cruised to a 69-52 Pac-12 men’s basketball triumph over visiting Stanford Saturday at Eugene, Ore., snapping the Cardinal’s three-game winning streak.

A balanced attack helped the Ducks. Chris Boucher led Oregon with 16 points and 10 rebounds, Dylan Ennis was next with 15 points, followed by Jordan Bell and Tyler Dorsey with 11 points each.

Getting it done in the Ducks backcourt was Payton Pritchard, with seven assists and eight points.

Marcus Allen was the only Cardinal to score in double figures, leading Stanford with 13 points. Allen and Robert Cartwright had three assists each, while Michael Humphrey and Grant Verhoeven grabbed six and five rebounds, respectively.

Though the Ducks committed 19 turnovers, they also hit 47 percent from the field (24 of 51 2-point, 11 of 25 3-point) and outrebounded Stanford 40-29.

Stanford (11-9 overall, 3-5 Pac-12) was 20 of 62 (32 percent) for total field goal shooting – 6 of 20 behind the 3-point arc. The Cardinal also went more than eight minutes without a field goal in the second half.

Oregon (18-2 overall, 7-0 Pac-12) prevailed despite the absence of preseason All-American Dillon Brooks, who was an injury scratch (sprained foot). The Ducks proceeded to break a 104-year-old school record with their 16th consecutive win and 38th in a row at home.

After Stanford jumped to a 5-0 lead, the Ducks hit four straight 3’s to take a permanent lead at 16-7. Oregon built a 20-point lead late in the first half, and, after the Cardinal went five minutes without a field goal, the Ducks took a 40-22 halftime lead.

Oregon led by as many as 25 points late in the game. The Ducks have won their last six games by an average lead of 24.3 points.

With the loss, Stanford is still seeking its first win this season over a Top 25 team after six such defeats. In addition, the Cardinal have not swept a league road trip since 2010.

There is some good news for the Cardinal – leading scorer and rebounder Reid Travis is expected to return from a right shoulder injury in time to face California in eight days.

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