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Stanford reaches new heights in win over Ducks
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|By Rick Eymer
Palo Alto Online Sports
There was no reason to believe the Stanford men's basketball team would follow its best road win with its best home win of the season and its most complete victory in a long time.
"It definitely ranks up there as one of the better moments for our program," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said following the Cardinal 76-52 victory over visiting No. 10 Oregon Wednesday night. "That's the type of team we thought we might have at the beginning of the season. And we're still developing into becoming the team we want to become."
Stanford (4-4 in the Pac-12, 13-8 overall) put a blemish on Oregon's otherwise spotless conference record. The Ducks (7-1, 18-3) remain in first place in the Pac-12 heading into their conflict with California on Saturday.
The Cardinal recorded its first victory over a top 10 team in almost five years thanks in large part to the efforts of Dwight Powell and Josh Huestis, who dominated the paint against one of the conference's top rebounding teams.
"They helped us with their board play," Dawkins said. "They blocked shots and were a bundle of activity inside."
Huestis scored 14 points, on 6 of 9 shooting, and had 13 rebounds. Powell added 12 points and 13 rebounds.
"Really, we just wanted to be as intense and aggressive as possible," Powell said. "We wanted to help each other out and be be prepared for the type of screens they set. It just came down to the mindset of digging in and doing what it takes."
Chasson Randle scored a game-high 17 points and Aaron Bright had 12 as Stanford built a 25-point lead early in the second half.
The Cardinal shot 52 percent to Oregon's 35 and made twice as many 3-pointers (8) in fewer attempts.
The last time Stanford beat a ranked opponent was just over two years, when it edged Washington, 58-56, in Maples Pavilion.
The Cardinal last beat a top 10 team nearly five years ago to the day (Feb. 2, 2008) when it upset Washington State, 67-65, in overtime.
Even though there was a large discrepancy between the team's ranking and records, Oregon was a 3-point underdog entering the contest.
"Someone told me that but I didn't think twice about it," Dawkins said. "That's not for us to decide. We're more interested in playing the game well."
Stanford beat host Utah, 87-57, on Sunday for its most lopsided conference win in nine years and then came back with its largest margin at home in a conference game.
"I hope we can look at this game and see the things we did well," Randle said. "Even the things we can improve on. This can be motivation to play the same way every time out."
Stanford gets a chance to prove it when Oregon State visits for a noon game Sunday in another Pac-12 game with consequences.
"If we continue to grow as a team we can be very competitive," Dawkins said. "We're seeing the ball go in and when you defend, it gives you a little more life offensively."
Oregon took ab early 6-2 lead but that was before Randle, Powell, Bright and John Gage each hit a 3-pointer during an 18-2 run that sparked the crowd and the team.
The Ducks missed their first six shots from beyond the arc and committed 20 turnovers, including three just before halftime that allowed Stanford to carry a double-digit advantage into the locker room. Anthony Brown made it 35-22 with a tough hook shot.
After E.J. Singler's 3-pointer cut the Cardinal lead to 10, the Ducks never got closer. Powell started a three-point play with a layup over Singler, then made a runner and another from beyond the arc as the Cardinal gained control for good.
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