Oregon beats Stanford, clinches bye in Pac-12 tourney 

click to enlarge Oregon's Dillon Brooks (24) dribbles past Stanford's Anthony Brown during Sunday's game. - JEFF CHIU/AP
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  • Oregon's Dillon Brooks (24) dribbles past Stanford's Anthony Brown during Sunday's game.

STANFORD — Dwayne Benjamin made one of two free throws with 14 seconds remaining to give Oregon the lead in a 73-70 victory over Stanford to clinch the third seed and a first-round bye in the upcoming Pac-12 Conference tournament.

Joseph Young, who scored 21 points, sank a pair of free throws with three seconds left after a missed Stanford shot.

Elgin Cook also scored 21 points for the Ducks (22-8, 12-5 Pac-12), who won their fourth straight and eight of nine overall. Benjamin finished with 15 points.

Chasson Randle scored 17 points to lead the Cardinal (18-10, 9-7), who fell into a fourth-place tie with UCLA, which holds the tie-breaker over Stanford. Stefan Nastic added 16 points, Marcus Allen 14 and Anthony Brown 11.

Brown gave Stanford a 60-59 edge on a driving layup with just under seven minutes remaining in the contest. He extended the lead a minute later with a short jumper.

Oregon kept coming, though, and tied the game on Benjamin's 3-pointer from the corner with 3:26 left. The Ducks took the lead moments later when Bell blocked a shot at one end of the court and slammed the ball through the net on the other end.

The game was tied at 70 heading into the final minute. The teams traded turnovers, with Benjamin stealing the ball and getting fouled with 14 seconds left to play.

Stanford missed its last seven shots of the first half, shot 4 of 8 from the foul line and committed a pair of turnovers during that eight-minute span.

The Ducks were 6 of 11 from the field over the same stretch.

The Cardinal were ahead 29-28 after a Stefan Nastic free throw with 3:45 to play in the first half.

Oregon outscored Stanford 8-1 the rest of the way to take a 36-30 halftime advantage.



Oregon: The Ducks have already won 20 games for a fifth consecutive season, all under coach Dana Altman, a program first. They've also won a school-record 119 games the past five years.

Stanford: Rosco Allen, who missed the past four games with a back injury, was cleared to practice on Friday and was able to play a few minutes on Sunday after testing himself during the shootaround.


Oregon completes the regular season at Oregon State on Wednesday night.

Stanford has games remaining at Arizona State on Thursday night and at Arizona on Saturday.

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