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Kenny Wooten Jr. ties career-high in blocks helping lead Oregon past Stanford 69-46

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Wooten’s having a block party in Eugene and everyone’s invited

NCAA Basketball: Stanford at Oregon
Oregon Ducks forward Kenny Wooten blocks a shot by Stanford guard Bryce Wills during the first half at Matthew Knight Arena.
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Kenny Wooten Jr. ties career-high with 7 blocks advancing past the Stanford Cardinals. Ducks (6-5) leap-frog Stanford in the conference standings sitting one game back of being tied for second.

It may not be too late for the Ducks after all. With seven games still remaining on the schedule before conference tournament play begins Oregon has a chance to play themselves into the big dance.

With their second win in-a-row since returning home after a short road stint, Oregon looks to be back on track heading down the home-stretch of the regular season. Punctuated by their win over the Cardinal at Matthew Knight Arena, Sunday night. We’ve seen the Ducks put together back-to-back quality performances, but sustaining a high level of play over a duration of multiple games hasn’t really happened. Well this could be their chance.

Oregon jumped out to an early lead against Stanford, opening with a 16-2 run highlighted by Wooten skying into the air on defense to record a block on Stanford’s forward KZ Okpala. Then finishing with a tip-in dunk on offense in transition just minutes into the game with 15:18 remaining in the first half. Wooten finished the game with 6 PTS, 6 REB and tying a career-high in blocks (7).

The Ducks held Stanford to 20 points in the first half. The fewest points allowed in the first half of a PAC-12 game by Oregon this season.

Pritchard was the leading force on offense for the Ducks dropping 20 points for the second-straight game, passing both Nick Jones and Charlie Franklin for 29th all-time in career scoring at the University of Oregon. Two other Ducks scored in double figures, Louis King (16) and Victor Bailey Jr. (11).

Oregon’s defense led by Wooten held Stanford to a season-low 46 points recording 8 BLK, 9 STL, forcing 14 turnovers and limiting Stanford to only 15-55 (27.3%) from the field and 3-18 (16.7%) from deep. Keeping Stanford’s leading scorer Okpala to just 10 points, turning in possibly their best performance on the defensive end of the floor this season.

Sitting one game back of second place in the PAC-12, Oregon faces a tough challenge heading out on a three-game road trip. Fortunately they wont have to leave the state for their first game heading to Corvallis, Oregon for a rivalry matchup against the Oregon State Beavers who sit 7-4 and one game up in the conference. The Ducks will be tested playing five of their final seven games on the road to close out the season. They do, However have opportunities to advance in the conference rankings playing against Oregon State, USC, Arizona State and Washington. All of which, besides Washington, sit a game or less ahead of the Ducks in the PAC-12.

Oregon will get nearly a week off before heading to Gill Coliseum to play the Beavers for their final matchup of the regular season. The Ducks lost their previous matchup against Oregon State earlier in the season. They’ll have to try limit Oregon State’s leading scorer Tres Tinkle (20.5 PPG) at home, which is easier said than done. Tip-off is Saturday at 9:30 p.m. central.

Oregon

*Payton Pritchard: (37 MIN) 20 PTS / 4 REB / 2 AST 8-13 FG / 2-4 3PT

*Kenny Wooten Jr.: (25 MIN) 6 PTS / 6 REB / 2 AST / 7 BLK 2-6 FG

*Louis King: (31 MIN) 16 PTS / 7 REB / 0 AST 6-12 FG / 1-3 3PT

*Paul White: (22 MIN) 4 PTS / 6 REB / 1 AST 1-3 FG / 0-1 3PT

*Will Richardson: (26 MIN) 0 PTS / 3 REB / 4 AST 0-3 FG

Francis Okoro: (10 MIN) 5 PTS / 3 REB / 0 AST 2-5 FG

Victor Bailey Jr.: (20 MIN) 11 PTS / 3 REB / 1 AST 4-11 FG / 3-7 3PT

Miles Norris: (14 MIN) 5 PTS / 3 REB / 0 AST 2-3 FG / 1-1 3PT

Ehab Amin: (15 MIN) 2 PTS / 2 REB / 1 AST 1-3 FG / 0-1 3PT

Stanford

*KZ Okpala (35 MIN) 10 PTS / 2 REB / 1 AST 3-14 FG / 1-4 3PT

*Oscar Da Silva (10 MIN) 2 PTS / 6 REB / 0 AST 1-6 FG / 0-1 3PT

*Josh Sharma (30 MIN) 8 PTS / 10 REB / 0 AST 2-5 FG

*Bryce Wills (31 MIN) 13 PTS / 1 REB / 1 AST 5-10 FG / 0-2 3PT

*Cormac Ryan (29 MIN) 0 PTS / 2 REB / 1 AST 0-4 FG / 0-3 3PT

Jaiden Delaire (14 MIN) 4 PTS / 2 REB / 0 AST 1-6 FG / 0-2 3PT

Marcus Sheffield (29 MIN) 3 PTS / 2 REB / 0 AST 1-5 FG / 1-4 3PT

Isaac White (10 MIN) 6 PTS / 2 REB / 0 AST 2-3 FG / 1-2 3PT

Lukas Kisunas (6 MIN) 0 PTS / 1 REB / 0 AST 0-1 FG

Kodye Pugh (6 MIN) 0 PTS / 1 REB / 0 AST 0-1 FG

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