Cardinal Nips Texas Tech, 62-61
Dec. 22, 2007
DALLAS (AP) -- Brook Lopez scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half as Stanford won its sixth straight by beating Texas Tech 62-61 Saturday.
Stanford (10-1) won its first game by single digits this season. The Cardinal had won its first nine by an average of 21 points.
Texas Tech (6-5) lost its second in a row as coach Bob Knight remains stuck on 896 victories.
Lopez hit two free throws to give the Cardinal a 60-58 lead with 1:55 left. With Texas Tech looking to tie the game, Lopez then blocked Alan Voskuil's layup attempt.
After a Stanford miss, Texas Tech freshman guard John Roberson threw a bad pass for a turnover with 46.7 seconds left.
Lopez then hit one free throw with 27.3 seconds left to put Stanford up 61-58. Roberson missed a possible tying 3-pointer with about 10 seconds left. Stanford's Mitch Johnson hit one free throw before Voskuil hit a 3-pointer to bring Texas Tech within 62-61 with 2.1 seconds remaining.
But Stanford was able to run out the clock to secure the victory.
Martin Zeno scored 14 points for the Red Raiders and Voskuil added 13.
The 7-foot Brook Lopez played 9:30 in the first half before picking up his second half. Robin Lopez, another Stanford 7-footer and Brook's twin brother, also picked up two quick fouls and logged less than six minutes before halftime.
Texas Tech ended the first half on a 21-7 run to take a 33-26 halftime lead.
That's when Brook Lopez got going offensively. He scored the first six points of the second half, and was 5-of-8 from the field as the Cardinal rallied.
Anthony Goods had a 3-point play to put Stanford ahead 19-12 with 9:42 left in the first half before Texas Tech stormed back.
Voskuil hit a jumper to tie things at 21, and Damir Suljagic hit a pair of free throws to give the Red Raiders their first lead of the game.
Tech took its biggest lead of the half at 33-24 when Suljagic blocked Lawrence Hill's shot and then he tipped in a D'walyn Roberts missed shot.