Stanford Downs Siena In Season Opener, 92-72
Nov. 11, 2006
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Anthony Goods scored a career-high 30 points and 7-footer Robin Lopez made an impressive college debut with 14 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks to lead Stanford past Siena 92-72 Saturday in the season opener for both schools.
Goods, a sophomore who started one game last season and had 12 points in his top performance, shot 11-for-16 and also had five rebounds and four assists.
Lopez, whose twin brother and teammate Brook is sidelined recovering from September back surgery, looked nothing like a freshman adjusting to the next level - and the Cardinal fans were quick to give him a warm ovation.
He had two blocks in the first 3 1/2 minutes and was aggressive under the basket fighting for rebounds. The heralded twins from Fresno have big shoes to follow: Stanford's last set of twins, Jarron and Jason Collins, are playing in the NBA.
Fred Washington added 14 points and seven assists and Lawrence Hill 14 points for Stanford, picked to finish seventh in the Pac-10. The Cardinal missed an NCAA berth last season to end a school-record stretch of 11 consecutive trips, and instead settled for an NIT bid in coach Trent Johnson's second season.
Alex Franklin scored 18 points for Siena, playing for the first time in raucous Maples Pavilion.
Goods scored seven straight points - hitting consecutive 3-pointers - and Washington and Lopez each scored six during a 21-4 spurt by Stanford early in the second half that broke open the game and gave the Cardinal a 63-41 lead.
In only 11 minutes of action in the first half, Lopez had eight points, nine rebounds and four blocks to help Stanford shoot 52.9 percent on the way to a 42-35 lead at the break.
Lopez scored four points as Stanford jumped to a 15-4 lead and had another nice move for a basket that didn't count because he traveled on the play. Stanford missed his presence late in the first half when he went to the bench with two fouls.
Michael Haddix and Kenny Hasbrouck added 12 points apiece for the Saints, who are from Loudonville, N.Y., and play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
The Cardinal, who are 9-2 in their last 11 opening games at home, are short-handed in the post with center Peter Prowitt out with a broken bone in his right leg. Stanford lost key players Chris Hernandez, Matt Haryasz and Dan Grunfeld to graduation.
Former Stanford coach Mike Montgomery, fired by the Golden State Warriors in August, made an appearance at the game.
The schools played two times previously, with Stanford winning the last matchup during the 1991-92 season. Siena has played five times against the Pac-10.