Stanford had everything clicking on Saturday, en route to a 96-71 win over the Oregon Ducks. The game was never in a lot of doubt, as for much of the game the Cardinal shot better than 70% from the field.
This game was a great reminder that this Stanford team is not the same one we saw in non-conference; Pickens and Okpala, both of whom were out for much of the year, combined for 45 points and 7 three point makes.
This is the Stanford team Jerod Haase alluded to in the preseason, when he said he wanted to up the pace on offense. With Daejon Davis manning the point this team can get up the court in a hurry. Everyone who sees the court can hit the three, and most everyone is a gifted passer.
Early foul trouble hit both teams, with Troy Brown, Payton Pritchard, and Michael Humphrey all getting two fouls. That seemed to favor Stanford, as Oregon’s stars never seemed to get in any sort of rhythm. Lost in the gaudy final score of this game is the defensive effort put in by the Cardinal, which is quickly becoming par for the course. The Ducks’ leading scorers were flummoxed by the length and quick hands.
Dorian Pickens’ 25 points led the way for Stanford. He made his first seven shots, and hit five threes. Kezie Okpala put in an impressive 20, scoring from the perimiter, at the rim, and in the midrange. Davis had an all around good night, with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, and just 1 turnover.
Stanford is now 7-0 when the freshmen combine for 29 or more points (White and da Silva added 6 and 7, respectively). The future is looking brighter all the time.
Depending on the outcome of other games around the conference, Stanford may find itself in third place by the end of the night. They will be in action next on Thursday at Utah.