With one nonconference game remaining, the Stanford men's basketball team finds itself in better shape than ever.
The Cardinal's workmanlike 62-61 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday gives coach Trent Johnson his best start (10-1) since returning to Stanford as head coach.
Sophomore center Brook Lopez showed again he's at full strength despite missing nine games due to academic issues. He scored 17 of his game-high 19 points in the second half, including some clutch free-throw shooting in the final minutes, and was a defensive force against the Red Raiders.
In two games, Lopez has 39 points. There's no rust on this big man heading into next Saturday's 2 p.m. game against visiting Fresno State.
Robin Lopez and Anthony Goods each added 10 points to the come-from-behind victory.
The Cardinal took the early lead, fell behind and responded with a late charge.
Texas Tech took a 33-26 lead into halftime, and extended that advantage to nine points early in the second half.
Stanford began whittling away at the lead, finally tying it at 47-47 with 9:48 remaining to play.
"In the second half we had to crawl back in there," Robin Lopez said. "Once we set the tempo early in the second half I thought we would run away with it but Texas Tech wouldn't go away."
Mitch Johnson's 3-pointer at 6:33 put Stanford in front 53-51 and it was a see-saw battle the rest of the way.
Robin Lopez made two free throws to tie the game at 58, Brook Lopez made two to give Stanford its final lead with 1:56 remaining, and added another later, and Johnson's free throw with nine seconds left all but clinched the game.
"I felt good at the free throw line," Robin Lopez said. "I knew I would have a good game. When we're playing together our offense just flows."
The Lopez twins, who attended high school in Fresno, are also looking forward to the game against Fresno State. They anticipate a large following.
The Lopez's will be in Fresno over the holidays "to relax."