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MBB Recap: Oregon grabs definitive win against Stanford

12 days ago, the Oregon Ducks lost to Washington State at home, all but extinguishing their March Madness hopes. But after winning on Saturday at Oregon State, and winning Thursday night in Palo Alto against the Stanford Cardinal, the Ducks have shown that they are not yet out of the fight.

After a close first half, the Ducks pulled away in the second half. The Cardinal were held to 41% from the field in the second half and 33 points, which led Oregon to a 13-point victory.

Jadrian Tracey shined in Thursday’s win. He finished with 19 points on 62% shooting. He also made 4/5 three-pointers, several of which were in the first half, which helped jump-start the Ducks’ offense.

Below are the rest of my instant reactions to Oregon’s Thursday night win.

Final Score - Oregon Ducks 78 - Stanford Cardinal 65

Keys to the Game

Top Performers

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Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

Jadrian Tracey: 20 points, 8/13 FGs, 5 rebounds, 2 assists

Jackson Shelstad: 19 points, 8/13 FGs, 7 assists, 5 rebounds

N’Faly Dante: 13 points, 6/8 FGs, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Kario Oqunedo: 9 points, 3/6 FGs, 3 rebounds, 2 assists

Key Stats

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Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
  • Oregon finished with a three-point percentage of 48.

  • The Ducks only shot 4 free throws — and made 5 — but they still managed to score 78 points.

  • Oregon shot 63.6% on shots at the rim. They scored X points in the paint.

  • Oregon outrebounded Stanford 38 to 31.

What's Next?

(Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)
(Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)

On Saturday, Oregon will play Cal to complete the second half of their Northern California road trip. The Golden Bears are 8-6 in the Pac-12 this year, and they will give the Ducks a challenge. Oregon beat Cal earlier this season at Matthew Knight Arena.

Story originally appeared on Ducks Wire