Defense was the name of the game in Ducks’ win over Stanford (2/10/19)

Oregon sweeps the Bay Area schools and surpasses .500 in Pac-12 play.

Posted: Feb. 11, 2019 2:50 PM

Eugene, OR. -- The Oregon men’s basketball team earned a convincing 69-46 victory over the Stanford Cardinal Sunday, completing the weekend sweep of the Bay Area schools.

Sophomore forward Kenny Wooten tied his career-high with seven blocks to lead the Ducks (15-9, 6-5) in a dominating defensive performance. Oregon held Stanford to a mere 46 points on 27.3 percent shooting. The last time a Pac-12 opponent shot that poorly against the Ducks was when the Washington State Cougars shot 25 percent in the 2014 season.

“No doubt [Kenny] gave us an opportunity because we were having a little trouble getting going offensively,” said head coach Dana Altman. “He set such a great defensive tone that it gave us a chance to win.”

“I know [Stanford] wanted to penetrate and I feel like after a couple blocks, they just started looking for another way to score,” said Wooten.

In the second half, junior guard Payton Pritchard opened the gates offensively. Pritchard was the team’s leading scorer and tallied 20 points in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.

The Ducks will look to even the score in this year’s Civil War series when they take on the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday night at 7:30 in Corvallis.

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