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Lopez steps up as Stanford slips past Arizona State

Jan 20, 2008 - 7:25 AM PALO ALTO, California (Ticker) -- Brook Lopez scored 19 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to lead Stanford to a 68-52 comeback win over 25th-ranked Arizona State on Saturday in a Pac-10 Conference battle.

Anthony Goods added 14 points for the Cardinal, who scored 48 points in the second half after totaling just 20 in the opening 20 minutes.

Lopez scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half, including a personal 10-0 run that took Stanford (15-3, 4-2 Pac-10) from a two-point deficit to a 50-42 lead with 6:10 left. It marked the second straight 19-point outburst for Lopez, who led the Cardinal to a 56-52 win over Arizona on Thursday.

Arizona State (14-3, 4-1) entered the contest ranked for the first time since 1995 and riding a 10-game winning streak following a hard-fought double overtime victory over California on Thursday.

It looked like the Sun Devils would cruise to their first 5-0 start in Pac-10 history when they closed the first half up 30-20 due in part to a 7-of-7 effort at the free-throw line.

But the second half proved to be a different story, as Arizona State shot just 5-of-19 in the period and missed 9-of-14 free throws.

Goods, Lopez and Mitch Johnson combined for 15 points over the final 5:26 to seal the win for the Cardinal.

"I thought they were incredibly physical," Arizona State coach Herb Sendek told the San Francisco Chronicle. "They really beat us up."

Stanford - thanks mainly to Lopez - dominated on the glass, winning the rebounding battle, 39-25, and scoring 32 points in the paint. The Cardinal also forced 14 turnovers - leading to 15 points.

Jeff Pendergraph, who scored 26 points in the win over California, managed just seven points on 3-of-10 shooting while getting called for four fouls.

Freshman guard James Harden led the Sun Devils with 16 points and Ty Abbott added 12 on 3-of-6 shooting.

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    ARIZONA ST (25) 30 22 52
    STANFORD 20 48 68 FINAL

    Jan 19 11:58 PM
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    Arizona State(25) vs. StanfordJan 19 11:24 PM

    (25) ARIZONA ST 30

    Jan 19 10:50 PM