Stanford ends No. 10 Oregon's nine-game winning streakBy Jake Curtis, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Thu, Jan 31, 2013 2:40 AM EST
STANFORD, Calif. -- Oregon's stay in the Top 10 apparently will be a short one. The No. 10 Ducks came into Maples Pavilion on Wednesday with a nine-game winning streak and their highest ranking since March 2007, when they also were ranked No. 10. They left with their tails between their legs after getting thoroughly outplayed by unranked Stanford 76-52. The erratic Cardinal, which was coming off a 31-point road win over Utah, beat the Ducks (18-3, 7-1) every way imaginable for its first win over a Top 10 team since beating No. 9 Washington State in February 2008. "We just got it handed to us, there's no other way to put it," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. Starting Stanford guards Chasson Randle (17 points) and Aaron Bright (12 points) were a combined 6 for 6 on 3-pointers after suffering though shooting slumps much of the season, and Dwight Powell (12 points, 13 rebounds) and Josh Huestis (14 points, 13 boards) both had double-doubles as the Cardinal controlled the paint as well. It helped produce what was probably Stanford's best game in Johnny Dawkins' five seasons as a head coach. "I haven't thought long and hard about that," Dawkins said, "but this was one of the better moments of our program. We thought this was the type of team we'd have this season." The Ducks came into the game second in the Pac-12 in scoring, averaging 76.2 points a game, but Stanford (13-8, 4-4) held Oregon to its lowest scoring total of the season. The Ducks shot just 34.6 percent and committed 20 turnovers. "Turnovers have been plaguing us for a long time," Altman said. "The points off the turnovers were unbelievable tonight -- I think it was 21-4." E.J. Singler, the Ducks' No. 2 scorer and the leader of the team, was limited to six points on 2-for-9 shooting as the Ducks starters were outscored by 40 points by the Cardinal starters. Carlos Emory came off the bench to score 12 points, and he was the only Ducks player in double figures. The Ducks came into the game leading the Pac-12 in rebounding margin, but were outrebounded by four by the Cardinal. "I thought we'd be ready to go," Altman said. "I thought we'd play harder, but that's the first time we fell flat on our face this year and really disappointed, I'm not gonna lie. A lot of it has to do with Stanford, they just kicked us." Freshman Dominic Artis, the Ducks starting point guard, missed his second straight game because of a foot injury, and he is not expected to play in Saturday's game against Cal either. But his absence could not explain Stanford's complete dominance. The Cardinal entered the game last in the conference in shooting percentage, but hit 51.9 percent of its shots on Wednesday, including 8 of 14 on 3-pointers. "It's good to see the ball go in the basket," Dawkins said. "That makes everything a little easier. And that's what you've seen the past two games." Randle helped the Cardinal (13-8, 4-4) get off to a good start by scoring the first eight points of an 18-2 Cardinal run that staked the Cardinal to an early 20-8 lead. The Ducks never threatened thereafter. "The difference was the way we started the game," Randle said. "We wanted to throw the first punch and keep punching. We wanted to impose our will." Stanford led by 13 points at halftime and Singler hit a 3-pointer early in the second half to cut the lead to 10. But Stanford quickly 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. "Down 13 at half, I thought we were all right," Altman said. "We've made up those deficits before. But we came out (for the second half), E.J. hit a three, and I thought OK, we got a spark here. But we never could get anything going." NOTES: 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, a 6-10 backup center for Stanford, had made 9 of his last 10 three-point shots heading into Wednesday action. He made his first three-pointer Wednesday before missing his second . . . Oregon was picked to finish seventh in the Pac-12 in the preseason media poll, and Stanford was picked to finish fourth . . . . Bright came into Wednesday's game having made 28 consecutive free throws. He made his first free throw Wednesday, but missed his second. Bright was only 2-for-15 on three-pointers over the previous four games.
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