STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- With five minutes left in Oregon's
second straight lopsided loss, a player for the Ducks (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) rifled a pass to Ernie Kent -- one of Oregon's top players.
But Kent was a top player for Oregon in the mid-1970s, and now
is the coach. He caught the pass cleanly on the sideline, then
slowly handed the ball to an official.
It was that kind of day for the Ducks, who completed a lost
weekend in the San Francisco Bay area by losing 81-57 Saturday to
injury-depleted Stanford -- Oregon's 17th straight road loss to the
Coupled with Thursday's 88-72 loss at California, Oregon (10-4,
1-3) risks falling out of the national rankings for the first time
"Mentally, we're all down right now. We're a much better
basketball team than we showed this weekend,'' Kent said. "I know
myself that I'm down.''
Lottich made five 3-pointers for the second straight game,
scoring all 15 of his points on shots from behind the arc. Stanford
was 11-of-19 from 3-point range for the game.
On Thursday, Lottich scored 18 of his career-high 23 points over
the final 7:12 as Stanford rallied from a 15-point deficit in the
second half to beat Oregon State.
Luke Ridnour led the Ducks with 19 points, becoming the 24th
Oregon player with 1,000 points -- he now has 1,014. Last week, Luke
Jackson became the 23rd member of that 1,000-point club.
Ridnour, despite being slowed by a sprained ankle, also had two
assists, passing Frederick Jones to move into third place on the
Oregon career list with 368.
Matt Short, a 7-foot freshman making his first start, added
eight points before fouling out for the Ducks. But Jackson was held
to seven points, 11 below his season average.
"We need to see where we're at, we need to do some soul
searching,'' Ridnour said. "We got our butts kicked twice on the
road. This Pac-10 is serious business. We have to be able to
compete on the road.''
Stanford held Oregon to 33 percent shooting and outrebounded the
"Well, we picked a good time to put in the best performance of
the year. We were aggressive, we were positive, we moved the ball,
we shot and above all else we defended,'' Stanford coach Mike
Montgomery said. "We seem to play much better against teams with
Leading 41-29 at halftime, the Cardinal built their lead to 23
points with an 11-0 run that began with 3-pointers by Lottich and
Barnes. After Ridnour hit a 3-pointer to end the run, Barnes
responded with a four-point play.
Oregon, which has not won at Stanford since Jan. 13, 1986, got
within 13 points midway through the half, but Stanford pulled away
The Cardinal, already missing point guard Chris Hernandez for
the rest of the season with a broken left foot, were without
forward Justin Davis -- the Pac-10's leading rebounder -- for the
second straight game.
Davis sprained a ligament in his left knee during a loss at
California on Jan. 4.
"The key today is that we were more aggressive. We came out and
took it to them early,'' Childress said. "We got them on their
heels and we didn't let up.''
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