Oregon Falls to Stanford at the Buzzer
STANFORD, Calif. – The Ducks battled back from a 14-point deficit to tie things up with one minute to play Sunday, but would fall short 72-69 after a Stanford buzzer-beater.
How it Happened: The first half started with the Cardinal holding a steady advantage, but the Ducks would come on strong behind big defensive stops that led to transition offense. Oregon saw three blocked shots lead to buckets, a key to Oregon's success. The game saw six lead changes in the half, before the Cardinal were able to close out the half with an 8-0 run. Oregon took the lead with four minutes left in the first half and didn't score the remainder of the half, trailing 37-30 at the break.
The second half started as much of the same with a 6-1 run for Stanford, before Quincy Guerrier hit a three to get the Ducks on the board. Stanford was able to keep the lead around 11 points for most of the half, until momentum shifted temporarily in the Ducks' favor, when UO was able to cut the lead to five points with 8 minutes left.
Oregon kept chipping away, forcing turnovers and converting free throws to get to within three points with four minutes left and eventually tied the game with a minute to play. Will Richardson got a good look to put the Ducks ahead, but it fell short and the Cardinal were able to hit a contested three as time expired.
Who Stood Out: Quincy Guerrier was one rebound short of a double-double, with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Richardson added 15. Rivaldo Soares led the bench unit with 10 points.
Up Next: Oregon hosts Portland on Wednesday at 6 p.m., before the No. 2 ranked Baylor Bears head to Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday at 7 p.m.