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Stanford rides hot start to win over Oregon State

Wire-to-wire win ends three game skid

NCAA Basketball: Oregon State at Stanford D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford (6-4 PAC) got off to a dream start. The length of Okpala smothered Beavers’ leading scorer Tres Tinkle early, the offense ran through Travis and flourished, and the scoreboard read 20-3. They never looked back, en route to an 80-71 win.

By the half, Reid Travis had scored 21 points. Until late in the twenty minute period, he was singlehandedly outpacing the output of the Beavers. The Cardinal went into the break up 43-28.

Like all games in Maples, a big lead did not mean the game was over. In the second half the Oregon State defense buckled down and forced some Stanford sloppiness. Daejon Davis picked up a series of ticky tack fouls and was sidelined for an extended period. Behind Tinkle and Drew Eubanks, the Beavers mounted a charge to cut it to as few as six.

Stanford ultimately iced this game at the defensive end of the floor and the free throw line. Da Silva and Okpala clamped down on the Beaver guards; their jobs were made easier after the late disqualification of Ethan Thompson. Though the Cardinal couldn’t buy a basket, Davis and Dorian Pickens combined for 13 free throw makes.

The three bench players who saw the floor for Stanford all contributed quality minutes. Oscar da Silva was his normal tenacious self despite not being fully healthy. He scored 8 big points and made a number of great defensive plays, including a deflected alley oop and taking a charge. Isaac White also added 8 points, getting into the lane at will and dishing out three nifty assists. Josh Sharma blocked two shots in limited action.

Reid Travis finished with 24 and 9 rebounds. Daejon Davis scored 12 points, handed out 7 assists, and had 4 steals. Pickens added 15 points and some steady minutes at point in relief of Davis.

For Oregon State, Drew Eubanks led the way with 19 points. Tres Tinkle finished with 18, but few of his makes came in the normal flow of the offense. Kezie Okpala et al hounded him all night, making his life tough and deflecting his shots.

Oregon State entered the game with the best scoring defense in the conference. The 80 Stanford points were more than ten points clear of their average points allowed. The Beavers have now gone almost two years since their last road win.

Stanford will be in action on Saturday when Oregon comes to Maples.