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Stanford upsets Oregon 71-64 for first win streak

Jan 21, 2023; Stanford, California, USA; Stanford Cardinal guard Isa Silva (1) drives to the basket against Oregon Ducks guard Rivaldo Soares (11) during the first half at Maples Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Robert Edwards-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Robert Edwards-USA TODAY Sports

Spencer Jones led a balanced attack with 16 points, Stanford’s defense held Oregon to its third-lowest scoring output of conference play and the Cardinal dominated the visiting Ducks at both ends for a surprising 71-64 victory Saturday night.

Harrison Ingram aided the cause with 11 points and all six other Cardinal who saw action chipped in with at least six points. Stanford (7-12, 2-7 Pac-12) won its second straight after opening the conference season with seven straight defeats.

Jermaine Couisnard had a game-high 18 points for Oregon (11-9, 5-4), which split Pac-12 contests for the third straight week after an impressive 87-58 romp at California on Wednesday.

In a game that featured two distinctly different halves, Stanford went up by as many as nine while running up a 42-37 halftime advantage. Jones had half his 16 points in the half, during which the Cardinal shot 66.7 percent overall and hit seven of their 12 3-point attempts.

The second half immediately took on a different personality when the Cardinal held the visitors without a point for the first 3:04. In the meantime, Michael O’Connell had a three-point play and Ingram nailed his third 3-pointer of the night, extending the Stanford advantage to 48-37.

The Ducks never got closer than nine again until Couisnard hit two free throws to close the gap to 68-61 with 28 seconds left. But Jones knocked down two clinching free throws less than a second later.

Michael Jones had 10 points, O’Connell eight, Brandon Angel and Max Murrell seven each, and Maxime Raynaud and Isa Silva six apiece for the Cardinal, who shot 50.0 percent from the field.

Ingram, who connected on 3-for-6 from beyond the 3-point arc, also found time for a team-high-tying eight rebounds, a game-high five assists and two steals. Raynaud matched Ingram’s rebound total.

Rivaldo Soares backed Couisnard with 13 points and Keeshawn Barthelemy added 11 for Oregon, which shot just 4-for-16 on 3-pointers in the second half after going 6-for-14 in the first 20 minutes.

Oregon’s N’Faly Dante was the game’s leading rebounder with 15 to go with nine points and two blocks.

–Field Level Media