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Humphrey's effort not enough in Stanford men's Pac-12 hoops loss

 

Michael Humphrey scored 18 points, one of three Stanford players to reach double figures, but the Cardinal men's basketball could not sustain its early advantage, falling to host Oregon, 71-58, in a Pac-12 Conference contest Sunday night in Eugene.

Rosco Allen had 13 points to go with a team-high seven rebounds and Marcus Allen added 12 points before fouling out late in the game.

Stanford (2-2 in the Pac-12, 9-6 overall) returns home to host Bay Area rival California in an 8 p.m. tip-off on Thursday.

The Cardinal had won seven of its previous nine before losing to the Ducks.

Stanford stayed competitive through the first 30 minutes or so before Oregon began pulling away, taking its first double-digit lead with 9:12 remaining to play.

Marcus Allen hit a pair of free throws with 2:43 left to pull the Cardinal within 60-53, but the game never got any closer as the Ducks hit nine consecutive foul shots to increase their lead.

Humphrey's jumper with 14:48 remaining to play brought Stanford within 35-34, the closest the Cardinal came in the second half.

Humphrey has averaged 14.0 points over his past seven games to improve his season average to 10.9.

Reid Travis has been out during that span due to a stress reaction in his left leg.

Stanford led by as many as six, 15-9, when Grant Verhoeven hit a jumper midway through the first half.

The game was tied entering the final minute of play in the first half before Oregon scored the final four points to take a 28-24 lead into halftime. The Ducks never trailed again.

There were five lead changes and the game was tied on five other occasions in the first half.

Women's gymnastics

Elizabeth Price swept the individual victories and No. 8 Stanford finished strong to place second in the season-opening NorCal Classic in San Jose.

Performing in the all-around for the second time in her career, Price posted meet-best scores in vault (9.850), bars (9.900), beam (9.850) and floor (9.900). She earned the all-around title with a final score of 39.500.

"She's one of the best in the world and we're happy to have her on our team," Stanford coach Kristen Smyth said.

No. 14 California finished first overall with a 195.575, followed by Stanford, Sacramento State (194.325), UC Davis (192.700) and San Jose State (191.800).

"We're going to get better each weekend and I'm confident if we continue to focus on staying healthy and making adds to routines throughout the year, we'll be where we want to be in April," said Smyth.

Three Cardinal gymnasts made their collegiate debuts and Melissa Chuang returned to the lineup after missing the 2014 season due to injury. The group did well and contributed scores on multiple events.

Four Stanford gymnasts combined for 10 top-three finishes, including four-of-five gymnasts who competed on bars.

Nicolette McNair registered a second-place finish on bars (9.875) and tied for third on vault (9.800) and beam (9.800). Taylor Rice and Ivana Hong tied for third on bars with scores of 9.850.

Wrestling

No. 18 Stanford completed the day with a pair of nonconference victories, beating host San Francisco State, 30-11, and then stopping off at Menlo College for a 42-6 win.

Against the Gators, redshirt senior Michael Sojka got the Cardinal on the board at 197 pounds, notching two takedowns, an escape and eight near fall points to record a 14-0 major decision over Calvin Nicholls.

Redshirt sophomore Nathan Butler added to the Cardinal's team score with a 9-0 major decision over Sam Alnassiri at heavyweight. Butler (15-4) scored three takedowns, was awarded two stalling points and compiled 4:44 in riding time.

The Gators took an 11-8 lead after the Cardinal forfeited at 125 pounds and Fern Giron recorded a 17-0 technical fall in 6:33 over junior Eric Cramer from Gunn High at 133 pounds.

Redshirt junior Peter Russo tied it at 11 with a 3-2 deciison over Joshua Weinberg at 141 pounds. Tied 2-2 going into the final period, Russo chose to start in the down position. After recording the go-head point with the escape, he held off attempt by Weinberg for the win.

The Cardinal regained the lead for good as redshirt sophomore Tommy Pawelski posted a 6-4 sudden victory decision over Dylan Furtado at 149 pounds.

Tied 2-2 going into the third, Furtado took the lead with an escape to start the period. Pawelski went ahead 4-3 with a takedown, but Furtado evened the score with an escape, forcing the extra time.

In overtime, Furtado went in on a shot, but Pawelski defended well and turned it into a takedown for the 6-4 win.

Stanford spotted Menlo six points, forfeiting again at 125 pounds.

Cramer picked up his first win of the season, an 8-2 decision over Logan Eaton at 133 pounds, to cut the Oaks' lead to 6-3.

Russo put the Cardinal on top after he pinned Christian Racimo in 2:30. He is now 9-3 on the year and 2-0 in duals.

Pawelski pushed the Cardinal lead to 13-6 with a 16-4 major decision over Jeff Uyesaka at 149 pounds. The redshirt sophomore scored six takedowns, a reversal and riding time in the win.

Walker Dempsey moved to 3-6 on the season with a 13-3 major decision over James Luscombe at 157 pounds.

Redshirt junior Jim Wilson, ranked 13th nationally, pinned Joseph Jauregui in 2:01, increasing the Cardinal lead to 23-6.

Redshirt junior Peter Galli recorded a 16-0 technical fall over Stone Escobedo at 184 pounds.

Redshirt junior Zach Nevills also registered a technical fall, defeating Nick Karis 18-2 at 184 pounds.

Sojka notched his second win of the day with a 7-2 decision over Erick Parsons at 197 pounds.

Butler capped the scoring with a fall in 54 seconds over Brady Rivera at heavyweight.

Stanford (5-2) hosts Utah Valley on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Duke on Saturday at 1 p.m. Both duals will be held in Burnham Pavilion and admission in free.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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