Fields helps Stanford beat Oregon State, 59-35
STANFORD – Landry Fields grinned slightly when asked about Stanford’s defensive effort.
“I’d like to think we came out and played outstanding defense,” Fields said Thursday after the Cardinal held Oregon State to its lowest point total since 1984 in a 59-35 victory. “We know they are capable of scoring a lot of points at times but we did play excellent defense.”
Beavers coach Craig Robinson was a little more blunt about his team’s lack of offense.
“Early in the game, we got three or four point-blank shots and didn’t make them,” he said. “That demoralized us, and we couldn’t dig out of it.”
Fields had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinal (9-9, 3-3 Pac-10), who won for the seventh time in their last eight home games. Jeremy Green added 13 points and Jack Trotter had 10.
Seth Tarver scored 10 points to lead Oregon State (8-10, 2-4), which lost the fifth time in seven games.
Jared Cunningham hit a 3-pointer with 2:22 remaining to end a nearly nine-minute scoreless stretch for the Beavers.
“That was probably the best defensive performance we’ve had,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. “The guys were alert and coordinated. Our big guys were active and made plays.”
The Cardinal outscored Oregon State 22-8 in the first 13 minutes of the second half to open a 50-30 advantage. The Beavers committed nine turnovers, shot 33 percent from the field and were outrebounded 14-5 during that span.
“I think it’s a combination of a lot of hard work and more game experience,” Trotter said of Stanford’s success. “There’s a mentality that we need to attack and not let anything get in our way. It’s toughness.”
Oregon State scored its fewest points since beating Oregon 29-23 on March 3, 1984, the year before the shot clock came into effect.
“What I think it is, is this: We’re afraid of being good,” Robinson said. “There is such a thing as fear of being good. Being good takes a lot of work. Getting rebounds and setting picks takes work.”
Stanford hasn’t held an opponent to fewer points since beating Princeton 58-34 on Dec. 21, 2005.
Stanford used a 9-0 run to erase an early deficit and carry the momentum to a 28-22 lead at halftime.
Former Stanford All-American and current New Jersey Net Brook Lopez was in attendance and sat in the student section. Former Stanford and NBA star Adam Keefe was also in the stands.