STANFORD, Calif. — No. 6 Oregon outlasted Stanford, 75-73, on Saturday afternoon from Maples Pavilion amidst Cardinal Senior Day. The Ducks garnered a huge victory, and keep hope alive for the regular season Pac-12 Championship. UO moves their impressive record to 26-4, and 15-2 in conference.
Oregon has usually struggled in the Bay Area. Nevertheless, the squad will gladly accept back-to-back nail-biting wins by a total of five points. For the regular season, UO is 6-3 away from Matthew Knight Arena.
You wouldn’t believe it if you didn't see it. And even then, you still may not believe. Yet, Oregon’s game-winning basket against Stanford was unbelievable.
With seconds left in the game, Dylan Ennis fired up a 3-pointer that fell short of the rim after the guard was apparently undercut by his defender. Payton Pritchard grabbed the loose ball, while in midair, and spun the ball off the glass. As usual, Jordan Bell was in the right place at the right time.
The junior fortunately tipped the ball straight into the basket.
“I was just trying to touch it gently because the shot clock was winding down,” said Bell. “Luckily, it went in. That was all God right there.”
The ball barely touched the net on its way down. The second-chance bucket placed UO ahead by two points, 75-73, with 16 seconds left in the game.
“Those are the games I love to play,” Bell said after the game. “They are a great offensive and defensive rebounding team. Man, (Reid) Travis gave me buckets today, but we still came away with the win.”
Bell amassed 13 points, five boards, two dimes, two steals, and a blocked shot.
Stanford was ahead, 9-8, when the Ducks began to roll. Oregon rattled off a 20-9 run midway through the first half. They found themselves ahead by as much as 12 points thanks to Tyler Dorsey.
The sophomore guard entered the locker room at halftime with 13 points. He would finish with a team-high 15 points. He was 4-for-8 from the field, including 5-for-6 from the free throw line. TD was the lone Duck to shoot well from the stripe.
UO found themselves up just six points, 43-37, at the break. Stanford gained momentum and rallied whenever Brooks went to bench in foul trouble. In fact, Stanford actually led the Ducks, 71-69, with three minutes left in the game.
Oregon thrives on playing and winning close games.
“I think it can help a lot. Keep doing what we’ve been doing all year. Keep fighting, keep grinding,” said Bell. “These were big wins (Cal and Stanford).”
Brooks did not play the last time these two teams met in Eugene. Unfortunately, he didn’t play much more Saturday after running into foul trouble. When he was on the floor though, he made an impact with 14 points, four dimes, and two boards.
It was his presence in the post against a zone defense that made the difference Saturday. When the Ducks needed to score, Brooks was knocking down clutch jumpers. What else is new?
Ennis fell one point shy of 10 for the game. He was the lone Duck starter to not register double figures in scoring.
Pritchard collected 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. The Oregonian was brilliant defensively with five stolen passes, five rebounds and three assists.
Boucher scored nine points off the bench. The big man had one board, two assists and two blocked shots. He was uancharaterically bad from the stripe. Boucher made just two of his six free throw attempts. Overall, Oregon shot a putrid 50 percent (10-for-20) from the line.
Stanford registered 13 offensive rebounds in first half, as the Ducks continue to struggle with second-chance points. Overall, the Cardinal destroyed Oregon on the glass, 38-25. However, they handed it back with 15 turnovers to UO’s eight.
Reid Travis was unstoppable against the Duck big men. The Cardinal forward led all scorers with 17 points and nine rebounds at the half. He finished with a game-high 27 points and 14 boards.
“I thought I was big until I saw him,” stated Bell.
All focus now shifts to Saturday’s primetime showdown between No. 4 Arizona and No. 5 UCLA. It is the first AP Top 5 Pac-12 match-up since 2008. The ramifications of the outcome could determine the conference regular season champion.
“I think we can really win this thing,” said Bell in reference to the national title.
IF Arizona wins, they will most likely be crowned (@ASU) with only their lesser rival remaining on the schedule. The Wildcats currently hold a half-game lead over Oregon.
IF UCLA wins, the Ducks slide into a tie atop the standings, but would hold the overall tiebreaker. The Bruins have (vs WSH, vs WSU) two games left after Saturday.
No. 6 Oregon (26-4, 15-2 Pac-12) will conclude their regular season on Saturday afternoon in Corvallis with The Civil War. Oregon State (5-25, 1-16 Pac-12) is fresh off their first win of the conference season against Utah.
The Ducks are seeking the sweep after embarrassing the Beavers, 85-43, by 42 points in Eugene. The regular season finale will tip at 3:00 p.m. PCT from Gill Coliseum. Get your tickets now.
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