Anthony Brown showed Sunday why he's so important to the Stanford men's basketball team. He scored a career-high 24 points to help the Cardinal earn its first Pac-12 victory with an 82-80 victory over host Oregon, which entered the weekend ranked 17th in the nation.
Chasson Randle added 23 points for Stanford, which lost three of its previous four games and was on the brink of playing itself out of contention before the conference season was two weeks old.
The Cardinal (1-2, 10-5) instead picked up some momentum heading into Wednesday night's 7 p.m. home contest against Washington State (1-3, 8-8).
"I thought we saw a different team today," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "You could see it in their eyes right from the start. I thought the execution was good. We only had seven turnovers as a team and forced them into 15. That says a lot about our poise and ability to handle the pressure. I was really proud of them."
Randle hit a layup to give Stanford an 81-75 advantage heading into the final minute of play.
Oregon missed a 3-pointer, but got the offensive board and tip-in to make it 81-77 with 51 seconds left. Stanford worked the clock but Josh Huestis had his shot blocked with 29 seconds remaining and the Ducks hit a 3-pointer to close within 81-80 with 23 seconds left.
Brown was fouled with 15 seconds left, missed the first shot but made the second for a two-point advantage. Oregon missed a jumper and Randle was fouled after grabbing the rebound with eight seconds left.
Brown and Randle entered the game as Stanford's top free throw shooters, each successful on over 81 percent of their attempts. Randle missed both of his attempts to give the Ducks one final shot.
Dwight Powell, who had 14 points and a team-high six assists, grabbed a missed layup at the buzzer to preserve the Cardinal victory.
"We hadn't won a Pac-12 game, so it's good to get one under our belt," Dawkins said. "The way we did it was really good because I felt the guys had to dig deep and make some plays at the end to secure the lead."
Brown, who made one of 10 shots in Thursday night's loss at Oregon State, made his first seven against Oregon and was 10 of 12 overall.
"I just had to move forward. I haven't had a game like that all season," said Brown, who reached double figures in scoring in his first nine games and did it for the second time in six games. "I told the team I felt like I let them down. During this game, I just wanted to make sure my energy level was there."
Stanford recorded its second road victory over a top-25 team in the same season for the first time since 2002.
"This means a lot," Brown said. "We split on the road and now we're coming home for two games. I think we have to use this as a momentum-builder."