Jan. 15, 2000
By LANDON HALL
Associated Press Writer
EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon stayed close against Stanford most of the way, but only until the Cardinal's shooters found their touch.
Jarron Collins had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 3 Stanford used timely 3-point shooting in the second half to fend off Oregon 85-71 Saturday night.
"Getting a sweep on this road trip is huge," said Stanford coach Mike Montgomery, whose team routed Oregon State by 28 Thursday night. "We hit big baskets when we needed to, and our free throws when we had to down the stretch."
David Moseley scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half and was 4-of-6 from 3-point range for the Cardinal (13-1, 3-1 Pac-10), who won their seventh straight over the Ducks.
"David Moseley almost single-handedly blew open the game for us," said teammate Casey Jacobsen, who scored 12 points and hit all four 3-pointers, breaking the Stanford freshman record of 30 set by Dion Cross during the 1992-93 season.
Alex Scales scored 21 points and A.D. Smith had 13 for Oregon (11-3, 2-1).
"I felt like we did an awesome job of battling them," Ducks coach Ernie Kent said. "They came away with the victory, but the thing I'm telling our guys is how much they stood up to them."
Stanford didn't earn its sweep of the Oregon teams until late in the game.
Three free throws by Collins, followed by Moseley's 3-pointer, put the Cardinal up 68-56 with 4:23 remaining. But the Ducks ran off seven straight points, and a 3-pointer by Scales cut the lead to 68-63 with 2:51 to play.
The Ducks got no closer, and a 3-pointer by Michael McDonald with 1:49 left pushed the lead to 73-63.
"Mike's 3-pointer was huge. It was significant and it provided a nice turn," Montgomery said. "If we had rattled a little bit and cracked, I'm afraid they might have come back and got us."
Stanford was 14-of-14 at the line in the final 2:20.
Oregon was outsized by Stanford's front line of Mark Madsen, Collins and his brother Jason, and the Ducks weren't helped by the absence of 6-foot-8 backup center Julius Hicks, who injured his back late in Thursday's victory over Cal.
But Oregon got a surprising number of layups from Smith, Frederick Jones and center Flo Hartenstein. Stanford had been holding opponents to under 32 percent this season, but the Ducks shot 45 percent.
"If we're at full strength, maybe we can battle them a little bit better," Kent said. "But I just thought the war in the paint was won by them, and then the war in the perimeter was eventually won by them, too. We needed to win one of those battles, if possible, to be in a position to win."
Oregon trailed by eight with 17:41 to go, but Bryan Bracey completed an 8-2 run by the Ducks with a reverse layup to cut it to 46-44. Three free throws by McDonald and a tough 3-pointer in the corner by Jacobsen made it 52-46.
"Stanford has a lot of players who have been through it before, and they know how to win down the stretch," Oregon's Darius Wright said.
Madsen was held scoreless in the first half because of foul trouble, but was productive in the second half, hitting two free throws and a layup before the Ducks made their final run.
Oregon clung to a slim lead in the first half until Moseley hit a 3-pointer to put the Cardinal ahead 21-20. Stanford pushed the lead to nine before the Ducks hit a couple of jumpers to pull within 39-34 at the half.
Smith became the 10th player in Oregon history to reach 1,000 career points and 500 rebounds. He has 1,011 points and 510 boards.