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Oregon Basketball

Oregon Takes Down Stanford 73-56

January 2, 2021
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Stanford got the scoring started early and jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Chris Duarte hit a corner-three to lessen the Cardinal’s early lead. Stanford’s scoring continued despite the three, and after a fast break off a steal that led to a converted and-one, the Cardinal lead was 8 only 3 minutes into the contest. Two quick steals and subsequent buckets from the Ducks brought them right back into it, down only 1. 11-10 Stanford with 16 minutes left in the first half.

Scoring slowed down out after the 16-minute mark, with both teams only scoring 4 points apiece in the next 3:30 minutes. However, Aaron Estrada picked a Stanford pocket and used the fast break to put the Ducks on top by 1. 16-15 Ducks with 12 minutes left in the first half.

After early scoring runs from both teams, the focus moved to defense in the first half. Oregon scored 0 points between 12:25 and 7:52, while Stanford only scored 4. After a couple of scores, Stanford began pulling away from the Ducks. Stanford led 25-18 with 6 minutes to go before the half.

The last 6 minutes of the first half went a bit more Oregon’s way, scoring 12 to Stanford’s 7. An Eric Williams corner-three right before the game-clock expired brought the Ducks to within two going into halftime. The Ducks had a difficult getting anything going offensively in the first half, but their defense kept it close going into the second half of action.

Halftime Score: 32-30 Stanford

Oregon first half scoring leaders: 

Chris Duarte - 9 points, 4-10 from the field, 1-4 from three, 0-0 from the line. 

Eric Williams Jr. 9 points, 3-8 from the field, 2-6 from three, 1-2 from the line.

Oregon had 8 first-half steals, leading to 12 first-half points off turnovers.

The first half was not a game to watch for lovers of the three-pointer. Oregon shot 3-14 from deep, while Stanford shot 1-7.

 

Oregon got the second-half scoring started with a corner-three from Eric Williams to give them the 1 point lead with 18 minutes to go. This didn’t prove to be a sign of improvement in the second half from behind the arc for the Ducks, as they missed their next 3 attempts from deep. LJ Figueroa changed that with a three to tie the game 36-36 with 16:30 left. It was his first make on 4 attempts on the night. 

After a three from Stanford that made it 41-39 Cardinals, LJ Figueroa had a huge putback dunk on his own shot to tie the game once again. 41-41 with 13 minutes to go. This was a huge momentum shift, and helped the Ducks force a shot-clock violation on the ensuing possession. They then came down the court and Figueroa hit a floater to take the lead, 43-41.

Neither team could hold a lead for long, but with 8:45 left in the game, Aaron Estrada hit a corner three to give the Ducks a 5 point lead, 51-46.

A Duarte three-pointer helped Oregon begin to pull away late in the game, going up 62-53 on the Cardinals with 4:30 to go. A second Duarte three about 30 seconds later made it even harder for Stanford to come back.

Oregon’s offense completely turned around from the first half, with Eugene Omoruyi laying it in with 1:45 left in the game to give the Ducks a 14 point lead and effectively put the Cardinals away. Another Chris Duarte three-pointer with 30 seconds left for good measure and the Ducks came away with their third conference win and 8th win overall on the season.

Final Score: 73-56 Oregon.

Oregon scoring leader: Chris Duarte - 23 points, 9-17 from the field, 4-9 from three, 1-1 from the line. A great defensive game as well, totaling 4 steals and 2 blocks.

This game and the game before against Cal shows that the Ducks have the talent to beat any team in the conference, and so far they have, but they take some time to show it. Both games were close up until they weren’t. The final score doesn’t show it, but for the first half, it seemed like this was going to be Oregon’s second loss of the year. They impressively pulled it together in the second, but they have areas to work on for sure. I hope the second-half performance doesn’t make coach Altman believe shooting isn’t something to work on in practice, because it is. Oregon hit a lot of shots late that gave them the win, but their shooting in the first half was tough to watch. Will Richardson’s eventual return will help that no doubt, but it’s begun affecting other areas as well. Omoruyi needs more space to work in the paint, and if the opposition doesn’t believe there are outside threats to worry about, they collapse and make it tough for him to get anything inside. However, given the loss in Arizona earlier in the day, this was a welcome finish for Duck fans no matter what. Oregon has very few bench players right now, so a win like this over a good team like Stanford is a good sign for the rest of the season.

 
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