EUGENE, Ore. -- The talking ended Sunday for Stanford, which breathed life into its season with a critical 82-80 win over No. 17 but slumping Oregon at Matthew Knight Arena.
After a second straight Pac-12 Conference loss at Oregon State, Stanford's five starters held a private meeting. "It was a matter of pulling that determination, that will out of everybody. That hunger," junior guard Chasson Randle said.
"We did a lot of talking," Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins said. "At the end of the day we said, 'Enough talk.' It's got to be about out performance."
"I think we got that tonight," Randle said.
Anthony Brown, who shot 1 for 10 Thursday at Oregon State, made his first six attempts and scored a career-high 24 points as the Cardinal (10-5, 1-2) avoided its first 0-3 Pac-12 start since 2009.
Randle added 23 points -- giving him 53 for the weekend -- but the 85 percent foul shooter missed two with 7.4 seconds left, allowing the Ducks (13-3, 1-3) one last chance.
Bay Area native Dominic Artis, whose 3-pointer with 21.4 seconds left got Oregon within a point, missed a lay- up contested by Randle, and Dwight Powell grabbed the rebound as the buzzer sounded.
Asked how big the victory was, Dawkins exhaled and said, "It's pretty big."
Randle, able to smile despite misfiring at the finish, hopes the win can turn the Cardinal's season in the right direction.
"Yeah, we were desperate," he said. "I feel desperate now. We're still below .500 in the conference, and we need to step it up."
Brown, who took the blame after Thursday's loss, said the key for the entire team against the Ducks was playing aggressively.
"We challenged ourselves," said Brown, who made 10 of his 12 shots. "We didn't want to start 0-3. We knew it was going to be a fight."
Oregon, which won its first 13 games to ascend to No. 10 in the national rankings a week ago, now has dropped three straight.
The Cardinal seemed in control after a jump shot by Brown capped a 10-3 run and made it 59-50 with 13:25 left.
Suddenly, the Ducks came alive. They made four 3-pointers in a span of 90 seconds, three of them by UNLV transfer Mike Moser, to pull within 64-62 with 11:38 left. Moser finished with 24 points.
The Cardinal weathered the storm, thanks in part to senior Powell, who scored 13 of his 14 points in the second half and added six assists.
Against pressure of the quick Ducks, Stanford largely held its poise, turning over the ball just seven times.
Stanford also got a much-needed lift from its bench, which had contributed a total of just two points in the first two Pac-12 games, only 21 over the previous five games.
John Gage provided nine points on 3-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc, and Robbie Lemons had five points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. All told, Stanford's reserves scored 16 points.
"The bench was great today," Brown said. "Coach also trusted them more, and they were ready for the opportunities."
"They all came in and gave us something," Dawkins said.
Washington State (8-8, 1-3 Pac-12) at Stanford (10-5, 1-2), 7 p.m. Pac-12 Networks