Stanford crushes Ducks
STANFORD, Calif. — This time, it was Robin Lopez's turn to shine. And it never hurts his chances when opponents pay more attention to his 7-foot twin brother in the paint.
Robin Lopez had 15 points, six rebounds and two blocks and No. 9 Stanford jumped to an early lead on the way to winning its sixth straight game, 72-43 over Oregon on Thursday night.
Lawrence Hill had his second straight productive outing with 13 points, including four 3-pointers, after a slow start this season. Robin Lopez led the team in scoring this time instead of his twin brother, Brook.
"A lot of teams, rightfully so, are starting to pay a lot of attention to Brook," Robin said. "He's had a great first half of Pac-10 play. He's opening the lane for me."
Brook Lopez, swarmed each time he touched the ball, still had 12 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots. The sophomore 7-footer had been the top scorer in Stanford's previous seven games and came in having shot 23-for-41 — 56 percent — in his first three meetings against Oregon.
Hill followed an 18-point performance Saturday at Washington State with another solid outing as Stanford (19-3, 8-2 Pac-10) produced a methodical win at Maples Pavilion to kick off the start of the second half of conference play and avenge a loss last month at Oregon. The Ducks' offense had its worst output in more than 16 years.
"That was the most embarrassing offensive show we've had all year," coach Ernie Kent said.
Oregon was held to its lowest point total since a 78-39 loss to Montana on Nov. 22, 1991.
This trip has been tough on the Ducks so far this century. They haven't won a game in the Bay Area since 1999-2000, a 64-60 victory at California. They will play the Golden Bears in Berkeley on Saturday.
Hill had nearly half of Stanford's nine 3-pointers in a rare lopsided result with the Ducks. Seven of the last 11 meetings had been decided by 10 or fewer points.
"We played real well," Stanford coach Trent Johnson said. "Our offensive execution was probably as good as it's been all year. We got contributions from a lot of guys."
Tajuan Porter scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead cold-shooting Oregon (13-9, 4-6), which is 4-7 on the road and hasn't won away from home since an 84-74 victory at Arizona on Jan. 5. The Ducks came in averaging 80.3 points per game, but they managed only 14 total field goals in this one and were outrebounded 40-28.
Neither team scored any fast-break points until an Oregon layin in the final 30 seconds, a rarity these days the way teams prefer to push the tempo and run.
Anthony Goods sunk a 40-foot 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer, but the basket was ruled too late. Stanford still led 37-23 at the break after shooting 55 percent with five 3s.
"They played more together than I've seen them play in a while," Kent said. "They got more out of more players tonight."
Malik Hairston scored six points, leaving him two shy of becoming the 10th Oregon player to score 1,500. The Ducks lost for the fifth time in six games.
"This was the worst loss I can remember since freshman year, when Stanford had Chris Hernandez and Matt Haryasz and they killed us," Hairston said. "This game was shocking to us."