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No. 22 Stanford 83, Oregon 61

February 16, 1997

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) _ Getting back home has Stanford back on a winning course.

Brevin Knight and Peter Sauer each scored 16 points, and No. 22 Stanford remained undefeated at home by beating Oregon 83-61 Saturday night.

Kris Weems and Arthur Lee added 15 points apiece as the Cardinal (15-6, 8-5 Pac-10) won its second straight, recovering from a three-game skid. Sauer and Mark Madsen each had 10 rebounds to help Stanford outrebound Oregon 43-33.

The Cardinal improved to 45-7 at Maples Pavilion over the last four years, including an 8-0 mark this season.

``We don’t need any more wakeup calls. We’ve had our wakeup calls,″ Lee said. ``Now we need to go to Washington and take what we’ve done at home up there.″

Stanford, in fourth place in the Pac-10 but just two games behind front-running UCLA, plays at Washington State on Thursday followed by a meeting next Saturday against Washington.

``We’re not dead yet in the race,″ Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said.

Kenya Wilkins’ game-high 24 points led the Ducks (14-8, 5-8), who have gone 4-8 since opening the season 10-0.

No other Oregon player scored in double figures. The Ducks were done in by a pair of Stanford streaks, early in the first half and another to start the second in which the Cardinal outscored Oregon 35-6.

``This was as rough a game as I have seen in 27 years of coaching,″ said Oregon coach Jerry Green. ``Those three guys (Knight, Lee and Weems) shot the ball so well and the whole team rebounded so well that we didn’t have a chance.

``That was an old-fashioned rear-kicking right there. They deserved to win. They were by far the better team. That Knight, he’s a great penetrator and pitchman. I’m glad he’s graduating.″

Knight, who also had eight assists, registered his second of the night and 700th of his career when he dished off to Lee for a 3-pointer that put Stanford up 33-21 late in the first half.

He became the second player in Pac-10 history to score at least 1,500 points with 700 assists. The first was Oregon State’s Gary Payton, now with the Seattle SuperSonics.

Up by 10 at the break, Stanford began the second half with a 17-6 run that boosted the Cardinal’s advantage to 56-35, their biggest lead to that point.

Knight helped ignite the flurry with a 3-pointer and kept it going with three key assists, two to Weems leading to 3-pointers and another to Sauer setting up a layup. Weems’ second 3-pointer capped the run, and Oregon never got closer than 17 points the rest of the way.

Stanford led 39-29 at halftime, getting 13 points from Lee in the opening 20 minutes.

The Ducks took an 8-6 lead on Ramaker’s 3-pointer but that would be their final advantage. They then endured a 5 1/2-minute scoring drought during which Stanford went on an 18-0 run to pull out to a 24-8 lead.

Knight had two 3-pointers in the spurt while Weems chipped in with seven of his points.

Oregon fought back to within 29-21 after a 3-pointer by Andre Larry but Stanford rebuilt a double-digit advantage, scoring 10 of the next 18 points over the last four minutes of the first half.

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