Dec. 19, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Brook Lopez returned from being academically ineligible and had 20 points and six rebounds in his season debut, and Stanford avenged a loss on its home floor last season to Santa Clara with a 74-48 victory Wednesday night for its fifth straight win.
John Bryant scored 17 points to go with nine boards and Brody Angley had 10 points but Santa Clara couldn't overcome a poor first half in which the Broncos shot a season-low 23 percent (5-for-22) for a half and were held to their worst points total of 17. Their total of 48 was a season low after twice being held to 48 last season.
Santa Clara (7-4) struggled from the floor the entire first half and was held scoreless for 5 minutes, 46 seconds after a pair of free throws by Bryant at 11:57 until his basket at 6:11. The Broncos went nearly nine minutes without a made field goal.
Goods finished with 11 points and four assists. The Cardinal, who play only four times in December, shot 44 percent and held a 40-23 rebounding advantage.
Both teams were cold on offense early, with Stanford starting 6-for-19 to 2-of-11 for Santa Clara.
Santa Clara gets back in action this weekend against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Broncos and Golden Gophers play at 4 p.m. PT on Saturday, Dec. 22 and fans can catch the game ESPNU or on the radio on 1220 KNTS or SantaClaraBroncos.com.