Seniors Lead Second Half Surge at Stanford
STANFORD, Calif. – Senior Chris Duarte scored 24 points and fellow senior Eugene Omoruyi added a double-double to lead Oregon past Stanford 71-68 Thursday night at Maples Pavilion.
Like he did in the matchup in Eugene, Duarte did most of his damage late in the game. He scored 19 of his 24 points in the final 10 minutes of the second half.
"We know Chris is a scorer," said Omoruyi. "He knows how to score in bunches so when he gets hot you just have to keep finding him."
The Ducks (15-5, 10-4) tied a season-low by committing just seven turnovers. Points off turnovers proved to be a key statistic Thursday night with Oregon coming out on top 14-8.
How it Happened: Oregon led by five at halftime, but it was Stanford (14-10, 10-8) that took control of the game midway through the second half. The Cardinal led by as many as six, 56-50 with 9:06 remaining.
But Duarte kept the Ducks close by scoring nine straight at one point to cut Stanford's lead to one, 56-55, with 8:12 left. Oregon finally took the lead for good, 65-64, on Duarte's three pointer with 3:55 remaining.
Oregon manufactured just enough offense to stay in front of Stanford the rest of the way, including Chandler Lawson's dunk that was part of his season-high nine points.
In the first half, it was Eric Williams Jr. and LJ Figueroa who pushed the Ducks ahead.
Leading 24-23 with 3:38 left in the first half, Williams Jr. and Figueroa keyed a 7-0 run that gave the Ducks a 31-23 lead with 2:28 to go. Williams Jr. made a lay-in and then hit a three-pointer before Duarte found Figueroa on a long outlet pass that led to an emphatic two-handed slam.
The Ducks led 33-28 at the break. Figueroa, another senior, scored all 13 of his points in the first half to lead Oregon.
What Stood Out: Omoruyi continues to do yeoman-like work almost every night. Thursday he earned his third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. It was his 18th game in double figures this season. Williams Jr. added 10 points with six rebounds.
Notable: Oregon can lock up a first round bye for the Pac-12 Tournament by defeating California on Saturday. Williams Jr. moved back into the starting lineup for the first time since the Oregon State game on Jan. 23. The Ducks swept the season series with Stanford for only the third time in the last 36 years.
Head Coach Dana Altman:
"Guys found a way. We hit just enough shots and made just enough stops."
Up Next: Oregon moves up the Bay to play California Saturday at 1 p.m. (Pac-12 Network).
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