Oregon State, Oregon bounced from Pac-10 tourney

LOS ANGELES — Anthony Goods was better the third time around against Oregon State.

Goods scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half when Stanford rallied to win 62-54 in a first-round game of the Pac-10 tournament Wednesday night.

He was scoreless in 21 minutes of Stanford's 66-54 loss at Oregon State on Feb. 19 after scoring 15 in the teams' late January matchup.

"I didn't think he needed to be reminded," first-year Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins said. "I had a feeling he would be ready to play."

The ninth-seeded Cardinal (18-12) were making their first-ever appearance in the tournament's play-in game a year after losing to UCLA in the title game. They advanced to Thursday's quarterfinals against No. 13 Washington (24-7), the top seed which beat the Cardinal twice this season.

"The good book says all men are created equal," Goods said. "We're going to be ready come tomorrow. We have to rebound and we definitely have to take care of the ball against Washington."

The eighth-seeded Beavers (13-17) swept Stanford in the regular season for the first time since 1992-93 and twice got within one in the final 3:45. But they missed some big free throws and failed to hit a field goal in that stretch.

Lathen Wallace led the Beavers with a season-high 18 points. They shot 39 percent from the floor, well below their 46 percent season-average.

"We had a great season and I feel like we ended on a bad note, but we improved," he said.

The Beavers led 28-21 at halftime, helped by their 50 percent shooting from 3-point range. But things changed quickly to open the second half.

That's when Goods delivered, scoring eight points in a 14-2 run that put Stanford ahead 35-30. The Cardinal never trailed again. Landry Fields added 13 points and eight rebounds, and Goods grabbed seven rebounds.

"We wanted to be aggressive coming into the second half," Goods said. "We knew the first half we missed some open shots."

Stanford outscored Oregon State 11-4 over the final 31/2; minutes, when Goods picked up a steal and hit a 3-pointer. The Cardinal have won three of their last four after losing eight of 10.

"We're starting to peak in our season — better late than never," Goods said. "It's a beautiful thing right now."

The Beavers fell to 5-10 in tournament history in the teams' first-ever meeting in the postseason event at Staples Center.

First-year Oregon State coach Craig Robinson didn't pull off quite the comeback of his brother-in-law Barack Obama, who rallied to win the presidency after trailing Republican rival John McCain.

But Robinson did oversee a seven-game turnaround during the regular season, going from 0-18 to 7-9 in league play — one of the five best improvements in Pac-10 history.

"We didn't want to end it on this negative note," he said, while noting the pride he had in his team.

"These guys are the same guys, minus their leading scorer and one other player, who went 0-18 in this league last year. By all rights, they were a laughingstock. For them to do this turnaround without any additional help, is duly noted."

Washington St. 62, Oregon 40

After dispatching Oregon with ease, as expected, the Washington State Cougars get another shot at No. 15 UCLA.

If the first two games between the teams this season are an accurate indication, the quarterfinal matchup between the seventh-seeded Cougars and second-seeded Bruins in the Pac-10 tournament Thursday night should be close.

Aron Baynes scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half, and the Cougars never trailed in routing Oregon 62-40 in a first-round game Wednesday night.

"We were solid," WSU coach Tony Bennett said. "We did a nice job getting the ball inside to Aron and he did a good job getting us going offensively. We didn't give up too many easy baskets. We've been playing solid basketball."

Baynes, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound senior from Australia, shot 7-of-8 from the field, 6-of-6 from the foul line and grabbed eight rebounds before leaving the game for good with 5:57 remaining and the Cougars leading 56-37.

"Lately, we've been playing a more defensive-style of basketball," Baynes said. "It's good if we can feed off the fear of our defensive style. Our guards did a great job breaking their press. Oregon has been letting it fly from the 3-point and our guards helped take that away."

The win was the fourth in the last five games for Washington State (17-14), which lost to UCLA 61-59 at home Jan. 22 before stunning the Bruins 82-81 a month later at Pauley Pavilion to begin its recent hot streak. The Cougars had lost five of six before that game.

"It's going to take a special effort for us on the defensive end," Baynes said.

Tajuan Porter scored 20 points for 10th-seeded Oregon (8-23), which set Pac-10 tournament records for the lowest point total, lowest number of field goals (13) and lowest field goal percentage (26 percent).

"It's been the same thing all season," said Porter, a 5-foot-6 junior who helped the Ducks reach the final eight in the NCAA tournament two years ago. "It hurts, man. We've been a postseason team for two years. I've never been on a losing team in my life. You've got to be tough, you've got to have pride, you've got to have heart. I don't think we did. I don't want to lose like this my senior year."

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