Balanced Cardinal Offense Overwhelms Denver
Nov. 25, 2006
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Robin Lopez scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Anthony Goods made three 3-pointers on the way to 11 points in Stanford's 82-39 victory over cold-shooting Denver on Saturday.
The Cardinal (4-1) began the second half with a 26-5 run - including 21-0 during one stretch - that quickly turned the game into a rout. Stanford kept the pressure on for 40 minutes in its fifth game of a six-game homestand to start the season. The Cardinal don't have to go far for their first away game next weekend: The team will travel 20 minutes down the road to San Jose to face Bob Knight's Texas Tech team in the Pete Newell Challenge on Dec. 3.>p>Lopez, the talented 7-foot freshman, shot 6-for-12 and already had eight points and five boards only 8 1/2 minutes into the game. His twin brother Brook could make his debut in the next week or so after being sidelined while recovering from September back surgery.
Lawrence Hill added 11 points and Landry Fields 12 for Stanford, which shot 51 percent, held Denver to 14 total field goals and committed only nine turnovers.
Junior center Peter Prowitt returned for Stanford after missing the first four games with a broken bone in his right leg sustained in the team's first practice. He came back about a week sooner than expected and had five points, five rebounds and two assists.
Tyler Bullock scored 12 points for the Pioneers (1-4), who had a disaster of a day in their first road game since opening the season with a 14-point loss at Colorado on Nov. 10. They ended a three-game losing streak to start the season with a 74-68 victory last Sunday.
Denver went 8:13 without scoring in the second half before Bullock's basket with 9:14 remaining. They shot 29 percent and had 15 turnovers.
The Cardinal outscored the Pioneers 10-3 over the final 4:28 of the first half for a 38-19 lead at the break - holding Denver to its fewest points in a half so far this season.
The Pioneers began the game 3-for-14 and shot 23 percent in the first half (7-for-30), missing all but one of their 12 3-point tries. Denver also was limited to one opportunity on offense most possessions while Stanford pounded the glass on the other end to create second and third scoring chances.
Stanford also won last season against Denver at home, 71-49, and the Pioneers have lost the last four games in the series since a 77-74 victory Dec. 18, 1972.
Stanford walk-on Chris Bobel contributed two free throws and two late assists, with the student section chanting 'Bobel! Bobel!'