Stanford played at home last night for the first time in nineteen days and lost to Oregon State 62-50. Oregon State beat Stanford on the Farm for only the second time since 1993. Stanford beat Oregon State earlier in the year but could not finish this time. With Oregon State leading the entire game, Stanford pulled within five points of the Beavers with 1:07 to play making it 54-49. However, Oregon State began to pull away. Oregon State made their free throws in the final minute while Stanford turned the ball over and missed shots.
Like last game against Cal, Stanford couldn't shoot the ball well. They shot 37 percent from the field and about 28 percent from the three point line. Stanford had only two players with over ten points. Rosco Allen had twelve, and Grant Verhoeven had ten. Meanwhile, Oregon State had three players in double digits, and Oregon State's Tres Tinkle led all scorers with nineteen.
Stanford has now lost four straight games and has struggled in the second half of the season. In the past few years, Stanford seems to always struggle in the second half of the season. With Dawkins leading Stanford, they have gone 44-60 in the second half of the season and 3-11 against ranked teams. Surely, Stanford has a problem to fix. Maybe the solution is a change in coaching.
Looking forward, Stanford plays #11 Oregon on Saturday. A win Saturday won't come easy and to win, Stanford needs to improve their shooting and not continue their struggles. With last night's loss, Stanford moved to 11-11 overall and 4-7 in conference.