Cardinal keeps Ducks winless in Pac-10

STANFORD, Calif. — Kenny Brown learned he was going to make his second career start a couple of hours before Stanford's game against Oregon on Thursday night.

The former walk-on made it a smooth transition in replacing senior point guard Mitch Johnson, who missed the game with a lower calf bruise.

Anthony Goods scored 20 points in helping Stanford beat the Ducks 77-55. Brown contributed three 3-pointers, four assists and three rebounds.

"We knew this was a big game and we had to step up," Brown said. "Mitch is the rock of our team. He holds us together. I've kind of made my living coming off the bench. My job is to stay in it, and stay focused."

Brown made his only other start in last year's Senior Night. He decided to return for a fifth season, putting off dental school.

"Kenny and Drew (Shiller, the backup point guard) have made great contributions," Goods said. "It's always tough without Mitch. He's been running the program for four years. But these guys have been working hard."

Landry Fields added 13 points as the Cardinal (13-3, 3-3 Pac-10) won their second straight. Goods, fourth in the Pac-10 with a 17.3 scoring average, has reached double figures in scoring in all but one game.

"I thought the guys responded well without Mitch," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "Mitch has been our leader and given a lot to this program. We didn't want to put too much pressure on Kenny and Drew, so we tried to make it a collective effort."

Tajuan Porter scored 14 points for the Ducks (6-13, 0-7), who are off to their worst conference start since losing 11 straight in the 1992-93 conference season. Kamyron Brown added 11 points and Matthew Humphrey scored all 10 of his points in the second half.

"They did a good job of getting up on us defensively in the first half," Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. "To say that we were going to come out and have that poor of a start, though, I would have never guessed that. We settled down and played much better in the second half, but by then, we got ourselves in a little bit of hole."

No. 13 UCLA 61,Washington St. 59

At Pullman, Nikola Dragovic scored a career-high 20 points as UCLA hung on to beat Washington State for its 16th straight win in Pullman.

Dragovic, who came in averaging 7.0 points per game, made 6-of-10 3-pointers as UCLA (15-3, 5-1 Pac-10) rebounded from a loss to Arizona State.

Washington State (11-7, 3-3) had a chance to win at the buzzer, but Marcus Capers' long shot missed the rim.

Washington 78,Southern California 73

At Seattle, Justin Dentmon rescued Washington from a rare off night by its leader, scoring 22 points and the surprising Huskies beat Southern California.

Senior Jon Brockman had 13 rebounds but scored a season-low four points and did not make a field goal for the first time since his freshman season. Yet dynamic freshman Isaiah Thomas, the team's co-leader in scoring coming in, scored 17 to aid Dentmon for the Huskies (14-4, 5-1 Pac-10). They won for the 12th time in 13 games.

Washington, off to its best start in four years, hosts No. 13 UCLA (15-3, 5-1) Saturday for the conference lead.

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