STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Robin Lopez will soon be joined by his
healthy twin brother Brook, perhaps as soon as Tuesday night.
And Stanford's intimidating 7-foot frontcourt will really be
Robin Lopez scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Anthony
Goods made three 3-pointers on the way to 11 points in the
Cardinal's 82-39 victory over cold-shooting Denver on Saturday.
Stanford (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.
The Cardinal kept the pressure on for 40 minutes in their fifth
game of a six-game homestand to start the season. They 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.
Lopez, the talented 7-foot freshman from Fresno, shot 6-for-12
and already had eight points and five boards only 8½ minutes into
the game. Coach Trent Johnson said Brook could make his collegiate
debut on Tuesday against UC Davis after being sidelined while
recovering from September back surgery.
"If things go well and he has no setbacks tomorrow or Monday,
we'll probably take a look at Brook on Tuesday," Johnson said.
"We expect 35 points and 30 rebounds."
And how about blocks?
"Twenty," Johnson joked.
Brook is considered the more talented of the twins -- but Robin
had quite the first-game performance with 14 points, 15 rebounds
and six blocks in a 92-72 season-opening win over Siena on Nov. 11.
"He's been working hard this past week," Robin Lopez said of
his brother. "He's really looking to get out there and play. He's
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. The Cardinal have won two in a row
since a disappointing 79-45 defeat against Air Force in the second
round of the CBE Classic on Nov. 15.
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.
"Their strength and power inside were the keys to the whole
game, no question about it," Denver coach Terry Carroll said. "We
didn't take the fight to Stanford -- they took it to us. Nothing
they did surprised me at all. We didn't rise to the challenge that
they presented us."
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
Denver went 8:13 without scoring in the second half before
Bullock's basket with 9:14 remaining. They shot 29 percent and had
"We wanted to come out like it was 0-0 and it was a new half
and another game," Goods said.
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 haven't won in the last four games in the series since
a 77-74 victory Dec. 18, 1972.
Even Stanford walk-on Chris Bobel contributed two free throws
and two late assists, with the student section chanting "Bobel!