November 11, 2007

UCSB Drops Road Game To Stanford, 67-48

Nov. 11, 2007

Box Score

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Anthony Goods gave a thumbs-up before the game signaling he felt fine and no longer had the upset stomach that bothered him in recent days.

Goods scored 10 straight points during one first-half stretch and finished with 23 points and an MVP plaque, and No. 23 Stanford beat UC Santa Barbara 67-48 on Sunday to win the Basketball Travelers Classic.

"I got it out of my system after the first game," said Goods, whose shooting touch wasn't hurt by the bug.

He also grabbed six rebounds, and Robin Lopez added 12 points, two blocks and two steals for the unbeaten Cardinal, off to their first 3-0 start since beginning 26-0 in 2003-04.

Lopez's 7-foot twin, Brook, could only watch because he is academically ineligible for the fall semester and won't play until at least the team's Dec. 19 game against Santa Clara.

Alex Harris scored 18 points and Chris Devine added 14 points and eight rebounds for Santa Barbara, which is favored to win the Big West Conference.

Both teams seemed to tire for short stints, but showed few signs of playing their third game in as many days during the round-robin event.

"It's a good start for us," said Trent Johnson, beginning his fourth year coaching the Cardinal. "The thing that impressed me with this group this weekend, regardless of who we're playing we're playing with energy right now. We kept playing hard."

Santa Barbara (2-1) used a 6-0 spurt to open the second half and get back to 35-30 before Mitch Johnson swished a 3, then threw a pretty pass on Lopez's one-handed alley-oop dunk the next time down the floor for one of his five assists.

The Gauchos couldn't keep up after that, allowing Stanford to go ahead by 16 with an 11-0 run. Santa Barbara shot 34 percent and 4-for-17 from 3-point range.

Stanford scored 111 and 97 points, respectively, in its first two games -- taking good care of the ball and making crisp passes to create open looks both inside and on the perimeter.

The Cardinal faced tight defensive pressure in the opening minutes by a physical Santa Barbara squad, but the Gauchos were whistled for their sixth foul only 7 minutes into the game in a tightly called game.

"I got a little annoyed with the amount of whistling I heard in my ears," Gauchos coach Bob Williams said. "The whistling made it a difficult game for both teams to have much feel or rhythm."

Goods scored 20 points in the first half on 7-for-12 shooting with three 3-pointers as Stanford built a 35-24 lead at the break. The Cardinal held a 45-28 rebounding edge -- certainly a positive sign for Trent Johnson, who mentioned a night earlier his team needed to do a better job on the boards. But he surely didn't like the 24-for-39 free-throw shooting.

Lopez picked up his second foul on an over-the-back call at the 16:45 mark after trying to get control of the board on Johnson's missed free throw, and Taj Finger quickly entered in his place. Lopez played only 12 minutes in the Cardinal's 97-58 win over Northwestern State on Saturday night, but was much more effective Sunday.

Harris, who averaged 25.5 points in his first two games and was the conference scoring leader last season, didn't get his first points until a 3 at 12:08.

"The size of their front line helps a lot," Harris said. "They were able to be more physical inside, limit us to one shot and those two things made it hard for us to come out with a W."

He was held to 7-for-18 shooting, defended by Fred Washington.

"All you have to do is look at Harris. He's 7 out of 18. We're guarding him," Trent Johnson said. "I thought Fred did not a good job, but an exceptional job. We expect to be a better rebounding team, better defensive team and take care of the ball better."

His jumper at 9:54 gave the Gauchos a 13-12 lead, marking the first time Stanford trailed in its first three games.

It was the teams' first meeting since 1999. The Cardinal have won the past four in the series and six of nine overall.

The event didn't attract the big crowds the Cardinal are used to on their home floor in imposing Maples Pavilion. Yet that should change soon. Stanford is much improved thanks to more experience and earned one of the talented Pac-10's six preseason Top 25.

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