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No. 23 Oregon beats Stanford 77-66

Source : AP
Last Updated: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 04:15 hrs

Johnathan Loyd had season highs of 15 points and nine assists to lead No. 23 Oregon to a 77-66 victory over Stanford on Saturday night.

Carlos Emory led the Ducks with 19 points and Arsalan Kazemi scored 15 points for the Ducks (22-6, 11-4 Pac-12), who gave coach Dana Altman his 600th career win and kept themselves tied with Arizona atop the league standings.

Loyd, making his ninth start in place of injured point guard Dominic Artis, sparked Oregon. The junior, who was 6 of 8 from the field, had a career in assists.

Dwight Powell led the Cardinal (16-12, 7-8) with 16 points and Josh Huestis had 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Oregon led 30-26 at halftime but outscored the Cardinal 11-4 early in the second half to go up 46-34 with 13:50 to play. Stanford never got closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

The Ducks shot a season-worst 27.6 percent against California in a 48-46 loss on Thursday and it looked like things were on the same track when both Damyean Dotson and E.J. Singler air-balled shot attempts in the opening minutes against the Cardinal.

But after falling behind 14-7, Oregon heated up.

The Ducks scored eight straight points, including two on a short jumper from Loyd that put them up 15-14 with 11:01 to play in the half.

Stanford regained its lead 3:09 before halftime when Huestis capped a 6-0 run with a rebound dunk to make it 24-23.

Loyd followed with a 3-pointer, then dished to Kazemi for a dunk and made two free throws to help Oregon take a 30-26 halftime lead

Powell was a force for the Cardinal in the first half, scoring 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting. But the junior forward also picked up his third foul right before halftime and added his fourth 2 minutes into the second half attempting to block Tony Woods from stuffing back a miss by Singler.

That sent the Cardinal's leading scorer and second-leading rebounder to the bench for 6-minute stretch and the Ducks took advantage, going on a 14-6 run to extend their lead to 46-34.

Oregon led 48-36 when Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins was hit with a technical foul with 10:13 to play for arguing a foul called against Cardinal guard Gabriel Harris.

Singler made one of the two free throws for the technical, then both free throws for the original foul call to put the Ducks up 51-36.

Oregon's lead grew to 24 points, 66-42, with 5:27 left to play.

The Ducks finished the game shooting 48.4 percent and made 24 points off Stanford's 17 turnovers and outscored the Cardinal 42-18 inside.



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