Stanford Cardinal Saturday game wrap: Bell nails the game winner for the Ducks as Oregon edges Stanford 75-73

February 25, 2017

NCAA, Stanford Cardinal

Oregon guard Payton Pritchard, center, dribbles between Stanford guard Dorian Pickens, left, and Marcus Allen during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

By London Marq

PALO ALTO–The #6 Oregon Ducks travel into Palo Alto to take on the Stanford Cardinal at Maples Pavilion. Stanford looked to go 2-0 vs teams from the state of Oregon this week, as they already routed the Beavers of Oregon State this past Wednesday. The Ducks however, currently hold the number two spot in the PAC-12, versus the Beavers who are last in the conference. The Cardinal would need a solid effort to send the Ducks home disappointed. It was not to be as the Cardinal lost at Maples in a razor close shave contest 75-73.

Oregon jumped out front early, with their unselfish fast paced style of basketball. They were able to move the ball around and play good defense. This allowed them to pour the ball in as they scored 17 points off of 11 first half turnovers. Stanford was able to keep the game within reach with their 13 offensive rebounds that lead to 15 second chance points. The score was 43-37 in Oregons favor at halftime.

The second half pace slowed down a bit as Stanford was able to control the call more and maintained their presence on the glass. The Cardinal were able to close the gap and tie the game on the second period and neither team held more than a four point lead after that.

The game remained close until the end when In the final 30 seconds Oregon obtained 4 offensive rebounds on a single possession. It was tipped in finally for a two-point lead by Jordan Bell, Oregon’s star forward, with 14 seconds remaining. Stanford would make an attempt to get the advantage on the ensuing possession but to no avail, ending the upset bid.

Even in the loss, Stanford rose to the occasion against a team with legitimate National Title aspirations this year. Reid Travis, Stanford’s star forward, led all scorers with 27 points. Travis also had 14 rebounds. In contrast, the Ducks had four players in double digits. Nevertheless, this may not have been a win for Stanford, but it should be a game to build off of for Coach Haase and his team.

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