Stanford Drops Tough Road Contest at No. 9 Oregon, 66-59
Jan. 18, 2007
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Aaron Brooks recorded 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 9 Oregon to a 66-59 win against Stanford on Thursday night.
Tajuan Porter added 15 points and Bryce Taylor scored 14 for the Ducks (17-1, 5-1), who are off to their best start in 80 years. The win ended a seven-game losing streak to the Cardinal (11-5, 3-3), who upset then 23rd-ranked Washington State 71-68 in overtime in their last game.
Brooks scored nine straight for the Ducks late in the second half, eventually giving them a 53-51 advantage with 5:04 to play. Oregon never trailed again.
The Ducks, who have no starter taller than the 6-foot-9, and their brand of small ball struggled for much of the game against Stanford's 7-foot twin brothers, Robin and Brook Lopez.
Maarty Leunen, Oregon's only true post player at 6-foot-9, was held scoreless in the first half and overall, Oregon had 10 shots blocked and shot just 29 percent from the field.
But the Ducks stayed aggressive and continued to attack the basket and draw fouls. They got to the free-throw line 28 times in the second half alone, making 23. They were 30 of 37 from the line overall. Brooks alone was 10-for-10.
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