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Stanford Lives For Another Day

Posted by davefowkes on 03/11/2009

A very nice win for the Cardinal tonight. After getting blown out by Oregon State in each of the first two match ups it was a shock to see the Cardinal favored by six points. I guess someone knew something somewhere! Stanford wins 62-54.

In a season filled with “what could have been” with three one-point road losses, it is great to see the seniors step up for the Cardinal and get an extra game for the team. Winning the first round match up earns them a date with Washington tomorrow afternoon.

But for one night it is a nice win for Stanford. Anthony Goods stepped up wtih 23 points, 17 of those points coming in the second half. Landry Fields added 13 points.

The keys for Stanford this year has been to shoot well and play perimeter defense. They do not have a good inside game on offense or defense. So playing well on the outside is critical. Stanford only shot 43% tonight, but unlike so many other games when they really needed that big shot, Goods delivered. His final three from the corner to put Stanford up by 7 with just over a minute to go was pretty much the game. That is the shot Stanford has missed all season long until tonight.

On defense the Cardinal limited a cold Beaver team to just 39% shooting. It was not the best game in the world by Oregon State, a team that has had such a great year by Beaver standards.

For the Cardinal it will be a tough task to beat the top-seeded Huskies, but at least they will get the opportunity. Seniors Goods, Lawrence Hill, Mitch Johnson and Kenny Brown have seen a lot on the Farm the last four years. This year has been such a disappointment that it is nice to seem them get that one win and give them the chance to play another day.

And who knows, one of those one point losses was at Washington to open the Pac Ten season. Maybe things can come full circle?

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