Oregon Pulls Off Upset of No. 23 Stanford
Jan. 13, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Maarty Leunen scored 16 points, and Oregon used an 8-0 run in the final two minutes to beat No. 23 Stanford 71-66 Sunday.
Malik Hairston and Tajuan Porter each added 15 points for the Ducks (12-4, 3-1), who beat the Cardinal (13-3, 2-2) for just the third time in 13 meetings. The win also keeps Oregon undefeated in eight games at home this season.
Porter, whose 3-point shooting was instrumental in the Ducks' run to the NCAA tournament regional finals last season, was removed from the starting lineup three games ago. He had made just one of 16 3-point attempts in conference play prior to Sunday's game. But he came up big for the Ducks in the final two minutes with four points and a steal, and finished 6-of-13 from the field overall.
Brook Lopez tied a career high with 26 points for Stanford, though he was held to just six points on 2-of-7 shooting in the second half. The 7-foot, 270-pound sophomore center, tied his season high with 20 points in the first half on 8-of-9 shooting, and had 12 points in the final 6:15 of the half as the Cardinal rallied from a 10-point deficit to trail 41-40 going into the break.
Stanford took its first lead of the second half on a 3-pointer by Anthony Goods at the 16:41 mark to make it 45-44. There were three ties and six lead changes after that with the last coming at 1:53 when Porter drove through the defense for a layup and give Oregon a 65-63 lead.
Porter picked off a pass intended for Lopez down low at the other end and then missed on short jumper on his trip back down court. Stanford got the rebound and called for a time out with 56 seconds to play.
Lopez followed with an air ball on a jumper from the baseline and Porter grabbed the rebound. He was fouled by Mitch Johnson and made both free throws to make it 67-63 Oregon with 27 seconds left.
Free throws by Bryce Taylor and Hairston completed the 8-0 run for the Ducks.