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Cardinal men drop out of Pac-10 basketball tournament

Green scored 25 points in Stanford's 69-67 loss to Oregon State

Jeremy Green scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half, but he wasn't able to get one more shot that might have made the difference as the Stanford men's basketball team dropped a 69-67 decision to Oregon State at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

Anthony Brown added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinal (15-16), which ended its season in the Play-In game of the Pac-10 tournament.

The Beavers (11-19) advance to Thursday afternoon's quarterfinal game against regular-season champion Arizona.

Oregon State won its first tournament game since March of 2006.

Green, 1-of-8 in the first half, was 7-of-10 in the second half, and finished 7-of-15 from 3-point range. Stanford shot 12 percent in the first half and 33 percent for the game. The Cardinal was 16-of-27 from the field over the final 20 minutes, only to come up short.

It was a career-high for 3-pointers for Green, who moved into second place on Stanford's all-time 3-point field goals list with 228, and dropping Casey Jacobsen (222) into third.

Green has made 27 career 3-pointers (of 37 total baskets) against Oregon State.

Stanford heads into next season with a full head of steam. Every current player is eligible to return, including Andy Brown, who sat out his third year with a torn ACL.

Only Chasson Randle, a senior point guard at Rock Island (Ill.) High who signed a letter-of-intent with Stanford, will need to play catch up with Johnny Dawkins' system. The rest of the group will be taking the advanced course.

Dwight Powell added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Cardinal in a game that was ripe for the picking. Stanford was effective with its defense, but early shooting woes were difficult to overcome.

Stanford connected on six of its first seven shots of the second half to draw even with Oregon State less than five minutes in. Green hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 34-all with 15:43 remaining to play.

The Beavers responded with an 11-3 run to pull ahead, 45-37, with 11:49 left.

Stanford never tied or grabbed the lead the rest of the way, although Green made it interesting. He hit a 3-pointer to bring the Cardinal within a point with 12 seconds left and then hit a pair of free throws to bring it within 68-67 with seven seconds left.

After Jared Cunningham made one of two free throws, Stanford inbounded the ball to Green, who tried to work his way to the basket but found himself in a double-team and was unable to get a clear shot off as the buzzer sounded.

Stanford went without a field goal for over 10 minutes and was 3-of-30 at one point in the first half. The Cardinal still made just four shots in the half.

Green, Dwight Powell and Jack Trotter were a combined 4-of-17. Everybody else went 0-for-16.

The Beavers were having their own shooting problems, making just 33 percent of their attempts but were able to carve out a 26-18 halftime advantage.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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