As a Stanford fan, there was a lot not to like about the Cardinal's 70-56 win last night against lowly Oregon State. The 6th Man Section was no more than two-thirds full at its peak, the Beavers' 1-3-1 zone and half-court traps produced 18 Stanford turnovers, Jeremy Green continued to struggle with his shot, and the Cardinal's free throw shooting, well, you know.
Still, Stanford (11-9, 4-5 Pac-10) earned a much-needed win to snap a four-game losing skid and got a breakout performance from a freshman making his first career start. Anthony Brown's 21 points and 8 rebounds rescued a team in a prolonged offensive slump from a disheartening sweep at home at the hands of two of the worst teams in the conference. Brown impressed head coach Johnny Dawkins in the process.
"I know he can score," Dawkins said. "The thing I wanted to see was how he rebounded. He stuffed the stat sheet tonight. He started to see what he's capable of doing. We needed everything he did tonight."