Ducks Lose Hard-Fought Game To No. 2 Stanford, 69-62

Feb. 8, 2001

AP Sports Writer

EUGENE, Ore. - Jason Collins had 19 points and 11 rebounds as No. 2Stanford used a 20-6 run during the final 5 1/2 minutes to overcome an awfulperformance at the foul line and hold off Oregon 69-62 on Thursday night.

Casey Jacobsen added 13 points for the Cardinal (21-1, 9-1 Pac-10), whichnarrowly avoided its second straight upset loss. Stanford was beaten 79-73 athome by UCLA on Saturday.

Bryan Bracey scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half to lead the Ducks(12-8, 3-7), who lost to Stanford for the 10th straight time.

Stanford entered leading the conference in virtually every statisticalcategory, including free-throw shooting at 74 percent. But the Cardinal shotjust 21-of-37 against the Ducks. Collins was 4-of-9, and his twin brotherJarron was 6-of-14.

That was a big reason why Stanford found itself trailing 56-49 after Braceymade a 3-pointer with 6:06 remaining.

Oregon went the next 4:19 without a point, however, and Stanford slowly cameback. Jarron Collins hit two free throws, Jason Collins converted a layup andRyan Mendez hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 56.

A left-handed layup by Jacobsen pushed the Cardinal's lead to 62-56 withjust over two minutes to go. Oregon twice cut the lead to three, but Mendezmade six straight free throws in the last 34.2 seconds to seal the victory.

Oregon had success inside but couldn't keep its big men in the game.

Backup center Julius Hicks fouled out with 8:35 to go, and third-stringerChris Christoffersen followed him to the bench with 5:21 left. The Ducks' otherfrontline players, Bracey and Flo Hartenstein, played the final six minuteswith four fouls and appeared tentative on offense.

Oregon, which lost at Stanford 100-76 on Jan. 13, has shown its best andworst the past three games. The Ducks followed their upset of Arizona last weekwith a 27-point loss to Arizona State.

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