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Brown turns Cardinal men into Pac-10 winners

 

By Rick Eymer

Palo Alto Online Sports

The Stanford men's basketball team picked things up in the second half and rode freshman Anthony Brown's shooting prowess to a 70-56 victory over visiting Oregon State in a Pac-10 Conference game Saturday night.

Brown scored 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting and matched Josh Owens for game-high honors with eight rebounds as the Cardinal (4-5, 11-9) ended a four-game losing streak, matching the longest since a five-game slide in 1993, Mike Montgomery's only losing season as a college coach.

Brown made his first three 3-pointers, celebrating his first start of the season.

"He's earned a second start," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "He's working hard and getting better."

Stanford hosts Arizona at 6 p.m. Thursday, continuing its longest homestand in conference play since 2002.

"It was fun," Brown said. "It's been a long time since we got a win. Personally, I wanted to be the sparkplug from the get-go. I wanted to get the team going."

The Cardinal also got out and ran a little bit, getting key buckets in transition, making it even more of a frolic for the players.

"We want to push and make those plays," Dawkins said. "But we weren't ready for it. We had to learn to value the basketball."

Owens added 14 points and blocked a pair of shots for the Cardinal, which also ended a two-game home losing streak. Stanford is now 9-2 at Maples Pavilion this season and ends the first half of the conference season on a good note.

"This was one of the best games we've had in regards to making connecting plays," Dawkins said. "Anthony gave us a big lift starting the game off for us."

Jarrett Mann also contributed, distributing more assists (7) than the Beavers (5) did as a team. He also defended Oregon State's leading scorer Jared Cunningham, limiting him to a season-low one point.

"Jarrett wants to guard the other team's top perimeter player," Dawkins said. "He's doe a terrific job. Cunningham is a good player, probably the most improved player in the Pac-10."

Stanford scored the game's first 10 points and led, 13-2, early in the contest. Ten minutes later, Oregon State tied the score at 20 and held a three-point edge at one point.

Brown was 3-of-3 from long range in the first half, the last one coming with a minute to play, giving the Cardinal a 31-30 lead at halftime.

It was a lead Stanford would never relinquish, eventually building a 15-point edge.

The Cardinal was able to turn the tables on Oregon State's effective 1-3-1 extended zone defense. The Beavers were making things hard in the first half but Stanford eventually found the seams.

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