Oregon Rallies To Beat Stanford, 68-64
STANFORD (CBS/AP) — E.J. Singler scored 10 consecutive points in the final six minutes, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:45 remaining, and Oregon held on to beat Stanford 68-64 on Sunday night.
Singler finished with 20 points, five rebounds and three assists while Olu Ashaolu added 14 points off the bench for the Ducks (19-8, 10-5 Pac-12), who have won two straight at Maples Pavilion following a 24-game losing streak that dated to 1986.
More importantly, the win moves Oregon into a fourth-place tie with Arizona with three regular-season games remaining. That’s critical because the top four teams in the standings receive first-round byes in the Pac-12 tournament.
Josh Owens had 20 points and Dwight Powell scored 11 for Stanford (18-9, 8-7). The Cardinal went scoreless over the final 3:45 after taking a 64-61 lead on Owens’ dunk.
Oregon trailed by as much as nine and didn’t take its first lead until less than 9 minutes remained.
Stanford responded with a 9-2 run and led 60-56 before Singler keyed the Ducks comeback two days after his desperation heave at the buzzer fell short in an 86-83 loss to California.
Singler banked in a shot high off the glass, made a 3-pointer, scored on a lean-in layup through traffic and then made another 3 to put Oregon ahead 66-64.
Stanford, which tried to recruit Singler out of Medford, Ore., two years ago, had multiple chances to tie but missed three shots and committed a pair of costly turnovers, allowing the Ducks to complete the season sweep.
Owens had one of the turnovers while Chasson Randle missed two shots, including a layup attempt with 4.8 seconds left.
Devoe Joseph rebounded Randle’s miss and was fouled. He sank both free throws and finished with 12 points.
Aaron Bright tried a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer for Stanford but missed. The Cardinal fell to 13-3 at home.
The Ducks, who beat Stanford 78-67 on Jan. 5 in Eugene, completed the sweep of their conference rivals despite a sloppy first half when they missed their first five shots and fell behind 16-7.
Stanford still led by seven with 1:30 left in the first half before Oregon cut the gap to 31-28 following Ashaolu’s dunk and Singler’s 10-foot turnaround jumper.
Ashaolu, who went into the game averaging 8.2 points, later scored on a reverse dunk after driving the baseline early in the second half to keep the Ducks within three and added a pair of critical three-point plays. The second gave Oregon a 52-51 lead, its first lead of the game.
Powell had five points as part of a 9-2 run that gave the Cardinal a 60-54 lead with 6:20 left before Singler helped rally the Ducks again — this time for good.
While Oregon improved its outlook for the stretch run, Stanford dropped two games out of fourth place and needs to sweep its final three games to have a shot at a first-round bye.
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who coached four seasons at Stanford before jumping to the NFL, was among those in attendance.
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