Washington Stumbles Against No. 14 Stanford
Feb. 1, 2008
SEATTLE (AP) - Brook Lopez scored a career-high 31 points and had 13 rebounds, and No. 14 Stanford bullied Washington inside in a 65-51 victory on Thursday night, the Huskies' worst home loss in five years.
Lopez, a 7-foot sophomore, made 11 of 17 shots in the biggest scoring night by a Cardinal since Dan Grunfeld scored 31 against Arizona State in 2006. Lopez entered averaging 17.8 points.
Stanford (17-3, 6-2 Pac-10) won for the first time in Seattle since 2001 and for the fourth consecutive time overall heading into Saturday's game at No. 9 Washington State. The Cardinal is currently alone in second place in the Pac-10, because Washington State lost Thursday night at home to California.
Stanford had lost five consecutive games to Washington in Seattle, plus a second-round upset loss in the 2004 NCAA tournament to Alabama in KeyArena across town, when Stanford was a top seed.
The Cardinal's last win in the Emerald City was Jan. 25, 2001, over Washington when Stanford was ranked No. 1.
The Huskies had won three of last four games to climb out of the Pac-10 basement. But that was before Lopez and his 7-foot twin, Robin, arrived to send the Huskies to their worst home loss since Gonzaga thumped them by 24 points on Dec. 3, 2003.
That was also the last time a team had beaten Washington by double-digits at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
While Robin blocked shots and repelled those smaller Huskies who dared enter the lane, Brook took ample care of the offense.
Washington tried rugged star Brockman, 7-footer Joe Wolfinger, 6-foot-8 Artem Wallace and 6-9 freshman Matthew Bryan-Amaning on Brook Lopez. Lopez bulled through and shot over them all with equal ease.
He was 6-for-9 shooting on power moves in the low blocks and midrange jumpers in the first half, when Stanford surged to a 14-point lead. After Washington cut the lead to 11 at halftime, he ended any Huskies' thoughts of a comeback by scoring eight of Stanford's first 10 points of the second half.
Consecutive three-point plays while slamming through Wallace and Pondexter had Lopez pumping his fists and yelling 'Ohhhh!' and the home crowd stunned. When Lopez beat Brockman to position down low for his ninth make in 13 tries, Stanford led 43-26. The Cardinal cruised from there.
Washington was outrebounded for the sixth time in 21 games this season. The Huskies, the Pac-10's worst free-throw shooting team at 59.9 percent entering the game, also doomed themselves by making just 14 of 26 from the foul line.