Stanford 76, Oregon 52By Jake Curtis, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Thu, Jan 31, 2013 1:30 AM EST
STANFORD, Calif. -- Oregon's stay in the Top 10 apparently will be a short one. The No. 10 Ducks had their nine-game winning streak halted in emphatic fashion by unranked Stanford, which hammered Oregon 76-52 Wednesday at Maples Pavilion. Oregon (18-3, 7-1) was taken out of the game early and never threatened the erratic Cardinal, which was coming off a 31-point road win over Utah. The Ducks remained in first place in the conference, but it's unclear how long they will be without starting point guard Dominic Artis, who missed his second straight game with a foot injury and is not expected to play on Saturday against Cal. The Cardinal (13-8, 4-4) got 17 points from Chasson Randle, who was 3-for-3 on 3-point shots, while Dwight Powell and Josh Huestis both had double-doubles for the Cardinal. Powell had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Huestis added 14 points and 13 boards, including two dunks off offensive rebounds. Aaron Bright added 12 points, and he also was 3-for-3 from beyond the arc after struggling from long range all season. Carlos Emory had 12 points off the bench and was the only Oregon player in double figures in scoring. The Ducks entered the game ranked second in the Pac-12 in scoring offense, but had their lowest scoring output of the season. Their previous low had been 56. Stanford led by 13 points at halftime and expanded the margin to 16 as Powell scored the Cardinal's first six points of the second half. Stanford then applied a dagger when Randle and Bright hit 3-pointers within three seconds of each other. An Oregon foul was called off the ball while Randle was sinking the first long-range shot. That gave Stanford a 19-point lead and an additional possession. Bright took the inbounds pass and hit another 3-pointer from the corner to give the Cardinal a 47-25 lead at the 15:03 mark. Stanford increased its lead to 25 points on another 3-pointer by Bright with 12:08 left. The Cardinal still led by 25 with less than seven minutes left. Stanford controlled the first half, thanks primarily to an 18-2 run early in the game that turned a 6-2 deficit into a 20-8 lead with 12:47 left. Outside shooting has been a problem for the Cardinal all season, but Stanford made four of its first six 3-point shots to take command. Randle scored the first eight points in the Stanford run. He had 10 points in the first half, which ended with Stanford holding a 35-22 lead. The Ducks came into the game averaging 76.2 points but had trouble getting their transition game going in the first 20 minutes. E.J. Singler, Oregon's No. 2 scorer with an average of 11.2 points per game, failed to score in the first half, missing all four of his field-goal attempts. Arsalan Kazemi and Emory led the Ducks with six points apiece at intermission. Powell had only four first-half points, but he had 10 rebounds at the break. NOTES: Freshman Dominic Artis, Oregon's starting point guard for the first 19 games, missed his second straight game because of a left foot injury. It's not certain when he'll return. ... Oregon's 7-0 record in Pac-12 play before Wednesday's game was the Ducks' best conference start since 1926, when they won their first 10 conference games. ... John Gage, Stanford's 6-foot-10 backup center, had made nine of his past 10 3-point shots heading into Wednesday action. He made his first 3-pointer Wednesday before missing his second. ... The Ducks' No. 10 Associated Press ranking this week is their highest since being ranked 10th in March 2007. ... Singler made his 116th consecutive start. ... Oregon was picked to finish seventh in the Pac-12 in the preseason media poll, and Stanford was picked to finish fourth. ... Oregon had lost 24 straight games at Stanford before winning at Maples Pavilion the past two seasons. ... Twelve different players have started games for Stanford this season, and coach Johnny Dawkins has used nine different starting lineups. ... Bright came into Wednesday's game having made 28 consecutive free throws.
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