Cardinal Cruises Past Ducks

Jan 11, 2003

AP Sports Writer

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - With five minutes left in Oregon's second straight lopsided loss, a player for the 12th-ranked Ducks rifled a pass to Ernie Kent - one of Oregon's top players.

But Kent was a top player for Oregon in the mid-1970s, and now is the coach. He caught the pass cleanly on the sideline, then slowly handed the ball to an official.

It was that kind of day for the Ducks, who completed a lost weekend in the San Francisco Bay area by losing 81-57 Saturday to injury-depleted Stanford - Oregon's 17th straight road loss to the Cardinal.

Julius Barnes had 15 of his 17 points in the second half, and Matt Lottich continued his torrid outside shooting for Stanford (11-4, 2-1 Pac-10).

Coupled with Thursday's 88-72 loss at California, Oregon (10-4, 1-3) risks falling out of the national rankings for the first time this season.

'We need to see where we're at, we need to do some soul searching. We got our butts kicked twice on the road. This Pac-10 is serious business. We have to be able to compete on the road.'

'Mentally, we're all down right now. We're a much better basketball team than we showed this weekend,' Kent said. 'I know myself that I'm down.'

Lottich made five 3-pointers for the second straight game, scoring all 15 of his points on shots from behind the arc. Stanford was 11-of-19 from 3-point range for the game.

Lottich, who began each half with a 3-pointer, was 5-of-7 on 3-pointers. Josh Childress added 14 points and Nick Robinson had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinal.

On Thursday, Lottich scored 18 of his career-high 23 points over the final 7:12 as Stanford rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half to beat Oregon State.

Luke Ridnour led the Ducks with 19 points, becoming the 24th Oregon player with 1,000 points - he now has 1,014. Last week, Luke Jackson became the 23rd member of that 1,000-point club.

Ridnour, despite being slowed by a sprained ankle, also had two assists, passing Frederick Jones to move into third place on the Oregon career list with 368.

Matt Short, a 7-foot freshman making his first start, added eight points before fouling out for the Ducks. But Jackson was held to seven points, 11 below his season average.

'We need to see where we're at, we need to do some soul searching,' Ridnour said. 'We got our butts kicked twice on the road. This Pac-10 is serious business. We have to be able to compete on the road.'

Luke Jackson was held to just seven points, 11 below his average.

Stanford held Oregon to 33 percent shooting and outrebounded the Ducks 45-26.

'Well, we picked a good time to put in the best performance of the year. We were aggressive, we were positive, we moved the ball, we shot and above all else we defended,' Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. 'We seem to play much better against teams with reputations.'

Leading 41-29 at halftime, the Cardinal built their lead to 23 points with an 11-0 run that began with 3-pointers by Lottich and Barnes. After Ridnour hit a 3-pointer to end the run, Barnes responded with a four-point play.

Oregon, which has not won at Stanford since Jan. 13, 1986, got within 13 points midway through the half, but Stanford pulled away again.

The Cardinal, already missing point guard Chris Hernandez for the rest of the season with a broken left foot, were without forward Justin Davis - the Pac-10's leading rebounder - for the second straight game.

Davis sprained a ligament in his left knee during a loss at California on Jan. 4.

'The key today is that we were more aggressive. We came out and took it to them early,' Childress said. 'We got them on their heels and we didn't let up.'

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