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Ducks can't complete comeback against the Cardinal

John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon lost their first pair of games in a row on Saturday after losing to Stanford, 76-72. Dillon Brooks led a late comeback and finished with 24 points and five rebounds.

The Ducks lacked defensive intensity and let the Cardinal shoot 69 percent from three-point range. Oregon was also out-rebounded 33-25.

Oregon and Stanford each made a pair of three-pointers to start the game. Rosco Allen scored the first six points for the Cardinal and dominated the opening half. The senior led all first half scorers with 14 points and finished with a game high 25 points.

It was the second game in a row the opposing team caught fire from beyond the arc. The Cardinal made their first four threes-pointers and led 15-13 at the first media timeout.

The Ducks fought back and tied the game after Tyler Dorsey converted a tough layup. The freshman has struggled this month and had a mixed first half. After multiple turnovers, Dorsey led the Ducks going into the locker room with eight points.

Elgin Cook picked up his fourth foul with under 10 minutes left in the game. Boucher and Dorsey also received four fouls, forcing the Ducks to play with players in foul trouble.

Stanford used a 9-0 run in the second half to extend their lead to 10 points. Both teams exchanged baskets, but the lead was close to 10 for the remainder of the game. With under five minutes left the Ducks were down six points when Boucher fouled out.

A couple of possessions later Dwayne Benjamin stole the inbound pass and converted a layup to cut the lead to 69-65. The Ducks tightened up their defense and forced a couple of stops to give them a chance to win the game. With over a minute left Benjamin threw a pass across the court to Brooks. Brooks made a three-pointer to make it a one possession game.

The Ducks had multiple opportunities at the end of the game to tie it. Stanford failed to make their free throws and Brooks missed a layup to tie the game.

The call at the end of the game could have gone either way. Oregon didn't play good enough defense for 40 minutes to win and put themselves in that position.

Oregon will have an extended break. It is Civil War week and the Ducks will host the Beavers next Saturday at 7 p.m.