Stanford Stops By At Oregon St. For A Late Night Showdown

Ahmad Starks became Oregon St.'s career leader in 3 point baskets last week in Seattle. The Beavers could use some more to beat the Cardinal, who won with a slew of 3 pointers in the team's first meeting this season. - (Photo by Andy Wooldridge)
Loading Scores

Stanford (15-11, 6-7) at Oregon St. (13-13, 3-10) / Gill Coliseum / 8 PM PST / ESPNU / KEJO 1240 AM / KEX 1190 AM

Game Notes Gametracker

Oregon St. returns home for the last series of the regular season, starting with a visit from Stanford. It's yet another late night start, but at least its a now days rare "normal" Thursday-Saturday weekend.

The last time the Beavers and Cardinal hooked up in Corvallis the result was the epic, if un-elegant, quadruple overtime game early last January that both teams failed to win on several occasions before Stanford finally won 103-101. Even though Oregon St. leads the all-time series with Stanford 71-65, and holds a 37-25 edge in Corvallis, the 4 overtime win started a 3 game Stanford winning streak in the series. The Cardinal won the rematch 87-82 in Palo Alto, and then when the Beavers ventured south again 2 1/2 weeks ago, back on Feb. 3, Stanford won again, this time 81-73.

The Cardinal put the game away with 8 consecutive made free throws, but it was the 14 3 pointers they sank (out of 25 attempts) that won the game for Stanford, as Oregon St. made only 5 3 pointers.

A lot of the damage was done by Chasson Randall, who sank 4 of the 3 pointers, on his way to matching Oregon St.'s Roberto Nelson, who hit 8 of 14 shots, for game high scoring honors, as both posted 20 point nights.

Joe Burton, who as Oregon St.'s lone senior, is playing his last week in Corvallis (Oregon St. finishes the regular season with 3 road games), had a 17 point, 10 rebound double double in Palo Alto, which about matched the Cardinal's Josh Huestis, who finished with his own 16 point, 13 rebound double double. Expect a similar duel tonight.

Since the season's first Stanford game, Oregon St. has been alternating losses and wins, and if that pattern holds up, tonight will be a Beaver win, after losing 72-62 last Saturday night at Washington.

The Cardinal have dropped 3 of their last 4 since beating the Beavers, including getting swept off their own floor last weekend by the LA schools, as USC edged them 65-64, and then UCLA outscored them 88-80 last Saturday.

Based on what happened in Palo Alto, the Beavers could use a few more 3 pointers from Ahmad Starks, who became the Oregon St. career leader in made 3 pointers in Seattle, when he sank his 181st, passing Chris Stephens. Starks will be honored at tonight's game for his record.

Both teams probably would have to win the Pac-12 Tourney to make it to the NCAA Tournament, though Stanford has a bit more wiggle room. Both have a lot of work to do to even earn a first round bye in the conference tournament. But the NIT and CBI are still attainable goals, and a win tonight would be a significant step in that direction.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com

SB Nation Featured Video
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Building The Dam

You must be a member of Building The Dam to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Building The Dam. You should read them.

Join Building The Dam

You must be a member of Building The Dam to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Building The Dam. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker