Stanford Tops Oregon State, 70-55
Feb. 16, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Lawrence Hill scored 23 points and Brook Lopez matched his career high with 20 points, and Stanford extended its dominance at home over Oregon State with a 70-55 win on Thursday night.
Playing in its first game since losing point guard Anthony Goods to a high ankle sprain, Stanford (16-8, 8-5 Pac-10) tied a season-high with 22 turnovers but had little problem beating the struggling Beavers.
Oregon State shot just 32.3 percent from the floor, trailed the entire game and was outrebounded 42-29. Marcel Jones led the Beavers (10-17, 2-12 Pac-10) with 13 points.
The Cardinal, which fell out of the Top 25 this week after suffering back-to-back losses to Washington State and Washington, defeated the Beavers for the 14th consecutive time at Maples Pavilion dating back to 1992-93. Since beating then-No. 3 UCLA on Jan. 27, Stanford had lost three of four overall to put its postseason hopes in doubt.
Beating an Oregon State team that has lost 12 of its last 14 hardly qualifies as a major step forward, but the Cardinal will take it.
Stanford, which rallied from a five-point halftime deficit to beat Oregon State 67-56 earlier this season, needed no comeback Thursday.
Despite being without Goods, their second-leading scorer, the Cardinal never trailed against the Beavers, held off Oregon State's best charge midway through the second half, then coasted the rest of the way behind Hill and Brook Lopez.
Goods, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the Cardinal's loss to Washington on Sunday, spent the night on crutches with his left foot in a protective boot and is listed as day-to-day though it appears the talented sophomore will be out for some time.
Prior to the game on his pre-game radio show, Stanford coach Trent Johnson said Goods might not return until the Pac-10 Tournament beginning March 7.
'It doesn't look good,' Johnson said of the injury.
Without Goods, Stanford's offense suffered. The Cardinal committed 10 turnovers in the first eight minutes of the game, shot just 34.8 percent in the first half and were 0-for-5 from 3-point range.
Oregon State was worse offensively. The Beavers shot just 26.5 percent in the first half, were 2 of 11 from beyond the arc and were outrebounded 24-15.
Had it not been for Jones, who scored 10 straight points during one stretch in the first half, Oregon State would have been in even worse shape. As it was, a three-point play from Hill and a free throw by Washington gave Stanford a 26-22 halftime lead.