Stanford Cardinal Wednesday game wrap: Cardinal get two straight home wins with 79-66 victory over Beavers

February 23, 2017

NCAA, Stanford Cardinal

By London Marq

PALO ALTO–The Stanford Cardinal (14-13) looked to add a second win in as many games as the three game homestand continued against the Oregon State Beavers (5-24). The Cardinal got satisfaction with a home victory at Maple Pavilion 79-66. For both teams wins have come at a premium this season, with Stanford holding a 5-9 conference record entering play. For the Beavers it has been a nightmarish season. Though they won their previous game on the schedule, they had lost all of their prior 14 conference games, leaving them 1-14 in conference play. The last win for Oregon State before conference play was back on December 21st, and before that they had a five game losing streak.

Stanford was dialed up as the came onto the floor scoring seven unanswered points to open the first half. Oregon struggled to put the ball in the hoop, but struggled even more to hold onto the basketball. Numerous times in the first half an Oregon player with possession fell to the floor untouched and relinquished possession to Stanford. It was insult to injury because The Cardinal did an excellent job of forcing turnovers as well, keep their opponents off balance and out of sync. Reid Travis, Stanford star forward, could not be stopped in the paint on either end of the floor. He tallied 17 points and 8 rebounds on the night. The Cardinal went into half-time with a ten point lead.

That lead would grow to more than 20 points in the second period as the Beavers continued to turn the ball over. Oregon State was able to close the gap as the game got to the business end by getting to line (Stanford accumulated 21 personal fouls), and knocking down long ball effectively. Those two statistical categories as well as total assists were the only places Oregon was able to gain an advantage. In the end though they were never able to narrow the gap to a deficit lower than 11 points as they ended up with 21 turnovers on the night.

Stanford walks away from this one with a ‘W’ on the home floor and move a game above .500 (14-13). The host their other Oregon rivals on Saturday when the #6 ranked Ducks come to Maples Pavilion.

Stanford def. Oregon State 79 – 66


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