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Brook Lopez powers Stanford over Texas Tech

Dec 23, 2007 - 3:36 AM DALLAS (Ticker) -- A layoff has not affected Brook Lopez.

Lopez scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half to rally No. 25 Stanford to a 62-61 victory over Texas Tech in the Red Raider Christmas Classic on Saturday.

The game was part of the Big 12-Pac 10 Hardwood Series, which the Cardinal (10-1) clinched for the Pac-10 with their sixth consecutive victory.

The 7-foot Lopez, who missed the first nine games of the season due to a suspension for academic reasons, scored 20 points in his season debut Wednesday - a 74-48 victory over Santa Clara.

Combining with his twin brother Robin to dominate the inside after the intermission, Brook Lopez also had a key block on Alan Voskuil with Stanford clinging to a 60-58 lead with 1:25 to play.

The difference in the game came underneath, where the Cardinal enjoyed a 38-24 advantage in points in the paint.

That helped offset an abysmal 1-for-9 effort from 3-point range and some shaky free-throw shooting by Stanford, which connected on just 62.5 percent (15-of-24) at the stripe.

Martin Zeno scored 14 points and Voskuil added 13 for Texas Tech (6-5), which blew a 10-point second-half lead in dropping its second consecutive game.

Freshman John Roberson open the second half with a 3-pointer to give the Red Raiders their largest lead at 36-26.

Brook Lopez scored 10 of the next 14 points for Stanford to trim the deficit to 43-40 with 11:51 to play.

The Cardinal finally went ahead, 52-51, on Mitch Johnson's 3-pointer with 6 1/2 minutes to go, while Zeno gave Texas Tech its last lead at 58-56 with 3:01 left.

Robin and Brook Lopez each hit a pair of free throws as the Cardinal iced the game at the line. Voskuil hit a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left for the final margin.

Taking advantage of Texas Tech's 6 1/2-minute drought without a field goal, Stanford jumped out to a 19-12 lead.

The Red Raiders stormed back with a 17-3 run of their own to take a 29-22 lead with just under three minutes to go en route to taking a 33-26 lead into halftime. Freshman D'Walyn Roberts had five points in the decisive spurt.

Stanford beat Texas Tech for the second straight season, having notched a 70-59 victory last season in San Jose, California.