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Stanford men still playing for a postseason hoops berth

 

Josh Owens must enjoy the air in Eugene. A healthy, big breath of it amid the painted trees on the new court allowed the junior forward to produce a career-high 31 points with 11 rebounds in Stanford's 88-71 victory over host Oregon in a Pac-10 contest Saturday.

The Cardinal (7-10, 14-14) moved back into contention for a post-season spot with two games remaining to play. Stanford hosts Seattle Tuesday at 7 p.m. in a nonconference game before traveling to California for a 4 p.m. Pac-10 game Saturday.

Jeremy Green added 15 points and Dwight Powell notched his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds as the Cardinal ended a four-game losing streak. A fifth defeat would have been the most in a row for Stanford since it ended the 1992-93 season with six straight losses.

Owens, 12-of-15 from the field and 7-of-8 from the foul line, recorded his sixth double-double of the year. He also blocked four shots of the team's season-high total of eight.

Two Stanford players recorded a double-double in the same game for the first time since Mar. 13, 2008 against Arizona in the Pac-10 tournament quarterfinals, when Brook Lopez (20 points, 15 rebounds) and Mitch Johnson (11 points, 10 rebounds) accomplished the feat.

Aaron Bright scored 13 points and Anthony Brown 12 for Stanford, which shot 59.3 percent from the field and placed five players in double-figure scoring for the second time this season.

The victory also means a split of the season series with the Ducks, who ended their 24-year futility streak at Maples earlier this year.

Stanford bolted to a 43-34 halftime lead, thanks to 54.8 percent shooting over the first 20 minutes. Trailing 18-13 with 11:56 left in the first half, Stanford embarked on an 18-6 scoring run over the next five minutes to take control.

The Cardinal was even better in the second half, shooting 65.2 percent from the floor.

Stanford held a commanding 36-21 rebounding edge and forced Oregon into 16 turnovers.

Oregon's 21 rebounds were the fewest for a Stanford opponent since Harvard pulled down just 19 boards on Nov. 9, 2007.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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