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.
20 points is the fewest Oregon has allowed in the first half of a Pac-12 game this season. The Ducks held Washington State to 19 points in the second half on 1-27. Oregon held Cal to 21 points on Wednesday.— Oregon Men's Basketball (@OregonMBB) February 11, 2019
Oregon leads Stanford by headed into halftime. #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/VAeT0by1aM— Oregon Men's Basketball (@OregonMBB) February 11, 2019
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).
Payton Pritchard has now passed Nick Jones (1,087/1964-67) for 30th in UO career scoring.— Oregon Men's Basketball (@OregonMBB) February 11, 2019
Payton Pritchard has now passed Charlie Franklin (1,090/1955-58) for 29th in UO career scoring.— Oregon Men's Basketball (@OregonMBB) February 11, 2019
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.
Oregon allows a season-low 46 points to Stanford. Previous low was 47 against Eastern Washington on Nov. 9.— Oregon Men's Basketball (@OregonMBB) February 11, 2019
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.
Payton Pritchard registers 20 points and Kenny Wooten records seven blocks as the Ducks down Stanford, 69-46!#GoDucks pic.twitter.com/YyyK2xzlBe— Oregon Men's Basketball (@OregonMBB) February 11, 2019
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.
*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
*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