Stanford men two games out of second place in Pac-12 hoops


Stanford turned in a big performance in its 83-60 victory over host Oregon State in a Pac-12 Conference men's basketball contest Thursday in Corvallis.

More specifically, it was 6-foot-9 Oscar Da Silva and 7-footer Josh Sharma who stood tall as the Cardinal (12-10, 5-5) won despite getting minimal offensive contributions from leading scorer KZ Okpala and leading ball handler Daejon Davis, who both still reached double figures in scoring.

Josh Sharma/Stanford Athletics
That's good news in the sense Stanford can overcome the rare off night of its extraordinary sophomores. Da Silva, also a sophomore, matched his career-high with 23 points and added nine rebounds and seven assists.

Sharma, a senior, also put together a solid night with 20 points and eight rebounds. He was 8 of 10 from the field and is shooting at a .675 percentage on the season.

Da Silva scored at least 20 points for the fourth time this year after reaching a season-best 14 points as a freshman. He upped his scoring average to a season-high 10.4 points.

Davis and Okpala combined for another 21 points, five rebounds and six assists. Okpala was 2 of 9 from the floor but 6 of 6 from the foul line. Davis made all three of his 3-point attempts.

The Cardinal finds itself in good position as the second half of conference play got underway. Stanford is in sixth place but second place is just a game away following another bizarre night that saw Washington State knock off Arizona State and Washington threatening to make a mockery of the race after beating Arizona in Tucson.

Oregon State (14-8, 6-4) is one of four teams tied for second place behind the undefeated Huskies. Stanford, which has won four of its last five, shares sixth place with the Wildcats, Oregon and UCLA. The Cardinal plays the Ducks (14-9, 5-5) at 5 p.m. in Eugene on Sunday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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