Pac-12 basketball: Oregon beats Stanford to stay atop conference rankings
Eugene, Ore. • Johnathan Loyd had season highs of 15 points and nine assists to lead No. 23 Oregon to a 77-66 victory over Stanford on Saturday.
Carlos Emory led the Ducks with 19 points and Arsalan Kazemi scored 15 points for the Ducks (22-6, 11-4 Pac-12), who gave coach Dana Altman his 600th career win and kept themselves tied with Arizona atop the league standings.
Loyd, making his ninth start in place of injured point guard Dominic Artis, sparked Oregon. The junior, who was 6 of 8 from the field, had a career in assists.
Dwight Powell led the Cardinal (16-12, 7-8) with 16 points and Josh Huestis had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Oregon led 30-26 at halftime but outscored the Cardinal 11-4 early in the second half to go up 46-34 with 13:50 to play. Stanford never got closer than 10 points the rest of the way.
The Ducks shot a season-worst 27.6 percent against California in a 48-46 loss on Thursday and it looked like things were on the same track when both Damyean Dotson and E.J. Singler air-balled shot attempts in the opening minutes against the Cardinal.
But after falling behind 14-7, Oregon heated up.
The Ducks finished the game shooting 48.4 percent and made 24 points off Stanford's 17 turnovers and outscored the Cardinal 42-18 inside.
California 60, Oregon State 59 • Justin Cobbs had 18 points and surging California won its fifth straight game by outlasting a late rally from Oregon State.
California (18-9, 10-5 Pac-12) has won seven of its last eight games, including victories over then-No. 7 Arizona and No. 23 Oregon.
The Golden Bears led by as many as 14 points but Oregon State cut it to 45-42 on Joe Burton's layup with 8:32 left in the game. The Beavers (13-15, 3-12) stayed within reach and Devon Collier's layup cut Cal's lead to 58-55 with 1:47 left.