EUGENE, Oregon (Ticker) -- Luke Ridnour and Andre Joseph helped Oregon play to its strength.
Ridnour overcame foul trouble to score all 23 of his points in the second half and Joseph also had a big game, leading the 23rd-ranked Ducks to a 79-64 Pac-10 Conference victory over Stanford.
Coming into the game with an edge in the backcourt, the Ducks saw leading scorer Ridnour pick up two quick fouls and play just two minutes in the first half while going scoreless.
Joseph stepped in for Ridnour and scored 14 points off the bench in the first half, helping the Ducks (16-5, 6-4 Pac-10) to a 36-27 lead. The junior guard finished with 17 points, one shy of matching his career high.
Ridnour, who came into the contest averaging 19.1 points, carried the load in the second half as the Ducks gained a split of the season series with the Cardinal while beating them for just the second time in the last 13 meetings.
"I was pretty fired up," Ridnour said. "But you have to give credit to the team, they really played hard tonight."
"It was a little unorganized," Ducks forward Robert Johnson said. "But we knew when he's on the bench, he's mad and he plays better when he's mad. So, it was good for him to get mad."
While the Ducks took advantage of their backcourt, they also watched their frontcourt hold their own against Cardinal big men Rob Little and Justin Davis. The Ducks garnered a surprising 38-37 rebounding edge.
"We got hurt inside," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. "We came off the bench and didn't get much. It makes it hard on everyone."
Oregon forwards Luke Jackson and freshman Ian Crosswhite each added 14 points.
"Those big guys for us, we challenged them a bit," Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. "We just needed them to play a solid game for us and they did."
Julius Barnes scored 17 points and Josh Childress 15 for Stanford (16-6, 7-3), which had a four-game winning streak stopped. Last week, the Cardinal had impressive victories at then-No. 1 Arizona and Arizona State.
Saddled with his fouls, Ridnour made his first basket of the game with 18:31 remaining, giving the Ducks a 40-30 lead.
But the Cardinal answered with their best stretch of the contest, using a 12-4 surge, capped by Matt Lottich's 3-pointer to close within two with 13:49 to go.
After Joseph drilled a shot from behind the arc, Ridnour took over by scoring the Ducks' next 11 points, including a pair of 3-pointers to make it 58-51 with 8:53 remaining.
Joseph and Ridnour combined to make eight of the Ducks' nine shots from beyond the arc. Joseph went 5-of-9 while Ridnour was 3-of-7.
Two foul shots by Childress pulled the Cardinal within five, but the inside play of Crosswhite sparked an 11-2 run to allow the Ducks to take control of the game.
Crosswhite scored the first five points of the decisive spurt and Ridnour capped it with a jumper, pushing the lead to 69-55 with 5:15 to play. The Ducks led by double digits the rest of the way.
"Stanford kept battling," Ridnour said. "They are a good team. They just show how hard the Pac-10 is."
To give the Ducks more of an inside presence against the bigger Cardinal, Kent opted to start Matt Short rather than Crosswhite.
Short was a non-factor in 15 minutes, managing two points and three rebounds. Crosswhite proved more effective, going 3-of-6 from the field and making 8-of-9 foul shots in 18 minutes.
Despite missing Ridnour for almost the entire first half, the Ducks trailed only twice, the last time at 6-5 less than six minutes into the contest.
Joseph made four 3-pointers in the half, his last giving the Ducks their biggest lead of the opening 20 minutes at 36-24.
The Cardinal struggled from the floor, shooting just 30 percent (10-of-33) in the first half and 33 percent (20-of-61) overall.