Dry Spells Cost Cardinal In 62-46 Loss

Dec. 16, 2006

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Stanford, playing its first game since topping Texas Tech Dec. 3, fell 62-46 Saturday to Santa Clara, ending a four-game Cardinal win streak.

Mitch Johnson scored nine points and Robin Lopez had eight points and six rebounds in Stanford's return to the hardwood from final exams.

The Cardinal were 4-for-27 from the field in the first half and scored 12 points in the stanza.

Santa Clara led by as many as 22 points in the second half, but Stanford's 7-foot Lopez twins helped get the Cardinal back in it. Robin made a tip-in before his brother Brook scored five straight points to make it 40-27.

Santa Clara answered with Scott Dougherty hitting a tough baseline 3-pointer with 7:27 to play before Pariseau converted two free throws at 6:51 to make it 46-32.

Stanford went more than five minutes without scoring during a second-half drought, and the near-capacity crowd at Maples Pavilion cheered when the Cardinal finally reached 20 points on Fred Washington's two free throws at 11:08. Stanford lost at home for only the second time in seven games this season.

The Cardinal have lost the last two meetings between the schools, located 20 minutes apart off Highway 101, after winning the previous seven. The Broncos' 86-76 home victory on Nov. 28, 2004, was the first win in six tries against Stanford for longtime Santa Clara coach Dick Davey.

The Cardinal were 1-for-13 to start the game and went nearly seven minutes between their first two field goals, 3-pointers by Johnson and Lawrence Hill.

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