Dante leads Ducks over Stanford, Pac-12 tourney next
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — N’Faly Dante had 15 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks, including a pair late to help Oregon hold off Stanford 73-68 in a regular-season finale on Saturday.
Dante collected his ninth double-double this season and the Ducks (18-13, 12-8) won their third straight and clinched the fourth seed and a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament next week in Las Vegas.
Keeshawn Barthelemy made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points and Will Richardson had 10 points plus six assists for Oregon.
Spencer Jones made four 3s and scored 18 points for the Cardinal (13-18, 7-13), who will be the 10th seed. Brandon Angel also scored 18 points. Harrison Ingram added 11 and Maxime Raynaud 10.
Ingram drove to the hoop and cut an Oregon lead to four with 2 1/2 minutes left but Dante blocked Stanford’s next two attempts on drives and Jermaine Couisnard made it 72-66. Dante missed 3 of 4 free throws in the final half-minute but Stanford made just 2 of 5 over the same span.
Oregon led by five at halftime and took the game’s largest lead of 12 with nine minutes left after a 15-6 run. Stanford responded with nine straight points but wouldn’t get closer.
Jones had all four of his 3s in the first half, making three in a row when Stanford took a 14-5 lead while Oregon began the game 2-of-10 shooting. Barthelemy hit two straight 3-pointers to cap a 16-3 run and put Ducks into the lead. Stanford rallied to tie before Kel’el scored the final five points before the break for a 39-34 Ducks edge.
Stanford won the teams’ first meeting 71-64 on Jan. 21.
The Pac-12 Tournament starts Wednesday in Las Vegas.
Taylor scores 28, Oregon State rallies to beat Cal 69-66
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Glenn Taylor Jr. scored a career-high 28 points, Michael Rataj scored the last four points of the game and Oregon State beat California 69-66 on Saturday night in a Pac-12 Conference regular-season finale.
Grant Newell’s jumper gave Cal a 66-65 lead with 28 seconds left before Rataj’s layup made it a one-point lead for the Beavers with 15 seconds left. On the ensuing possession and without any timeouts, Sam Alajiki stepped out-of-bounds to give the ball back to the Beavers.
Dzmitry Ryuny tossed an inbounds pass to Rataj, who caught the ball past midcourt and scored on a two-handed dunk. Cal’s Joel Brown heaved a deep 3-pointer that hit the top of the backboard to end it.
Taylor was 6 of 13 from the floor and 15 of 16 from the free-throw line. Jordan Pope added 17 points and Tyler Bilodeau had 11 for Oregon State (11-20, 5-15), which shot 42% (20 of 47) overall and 83% (24 of 29) from the line.
Brown finished with 22 points to lead Cal (3-28, 2-18), which led by as many as 16 points late in the first half.
Cal jumped out on a 15-3 run and built a 36-28 lead at the break. Brown scored 13 points and Newell added eight as the Bears shot 54% (13 of 24) from the field.
Both teams will play first round games on Wednesday in the Pac-12 Conference Tournament.
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