CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP)—Stanford coach Trent Johnson turned to Lawrence Hill and turned the tables on Oregon State. Johnson reinserted Hill into the starting lineup, going small against the Beavers.
Hill had 13 points, Brook Lopez added 12 points and nine rebounds and the 23rd-ranked Cardinal beat Oregon State 66-46 on Thursday night, the Beavers’ fifth straight loss.
Hill replaced Robin Lopez at power forward, then scored 11 of Stanford’s first 24 points as the Cardinal took a 16-point lead on the way to being ahead 39-20 at halftime.
“I thought we were ready to play from the start and it carried over,” Johnson said.
The Beavers hoped to be smaller and quicker than the Cardinal, who typically start the 7-foot Lopez twins on their front line.
“We weren’t ready for the lineup they had,” said Omari Johnson, the Beavers’ 6-foot-7 freshman power forward. “We weren’t expecting Hill to start.”
Anthony Goods added 12 points for the Cardinal (13-12, 2-1 Pac-10), who have beaten the Beavers in 16 of the last 17 meetings.
Omari Johnson had 11 points and eight rebounds but was just 4-of-14 from the field for the Beavers (6-9, 0-3), who had a season-low point total and shot 30.4 percent. C.J. Giles and Seth Tarver were Oregon State’s next leading scorers with seven points each.
The Cardinal scored the game’s first seven points. Johnson converted a layup for Oregon State’s first score, but Stanford rolled up eight points in the next 49 seconds to take a 15-2 lead.
Hill torched Oregon State last season, with averaging 23.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in two games. He hit a career-high five 3-pointers in Corvallis last season.
The 6-8 junior had started 44 consecutive straight games, but he had a bad game at UCLA last week and started on the bench the next game against Southern California.
Hill has played both forward positions for the Cardinal, but more recently had been playing at small forward.
“We have a lot of guys who can play a lot of different positions,” Hill said. “We’re all just team players.”
Hitting their first five 3-point attempts, the Cardinal went up 24-8 and Oregon State didn’t get closer than that in the first half as the Beavers were 8-of-28 from the field.
Goods scored with 8:48 left to put the Cardinal up 55-30.
“It wasn’t pretty, OK?” Oregon State Jay John said. “But we gave great effort against a team that no question is the best team we’ve played so far. A team that will go deep in the NCAA tournament.”
Oregon State’s Giles, a highly regarded transfer from Kansas, continued to struggle, fouling out for the fifth time in seven games.
Stanford is among the top 10 teams in the nation in scoring defense, holding opponents to 56.8 points per game coming in.
Robin Lopez had eight points and three rebounds for the Cardinal while Taj Finger had eight rebounds.