By Brian Rizzo
Stanford stayed competitive with Real Madrid for three periods on Tuesday night before the 30-time Spanish League champions and eight-time Euroleague champions shook free and claimed a 98-78 victory in an exhibition game in Spain.
Spain was led by Utah State grad Jaycee Carroll, who scored 32 points as Real Madrid outscored the Cardinal, 25-12, in the fourth quarter.
After scoring just 47 points in a scrimmage against Asefa Estudiantes on Monday, Stanford bounced back with 45 points in the first half alone against ACB League powerhouse Real Madrid.
Andrew Zimmermann, Stanford's leading scorer with 14 points, scored at the 5:45 mark of the third period made it a one-possession game.
Leading 73-66 to start the fourth quarter, Real Madrid used its hot shooting touch (23-24 free throws, seven three-pointers on the night) to secure the win.
Robbie Lemons added 10 points, knocking down both of his three-point attempts and grabbing three boards. Josh Owens also added 10 points to go along with a team-high six rebounds.
Dwight Powell and Jack Trotter chipped in with nine points apiece, Aaron Bright dished out seven assists and Anthony Brown contributed six points and four steals.
Stanford also managed to cash in at the charity stripe, making 23-26 tries for a percentage of 88.4.
After Stefan Nastic scored the first four points of the second period to bring the Cardinal within 28-23, Stanford remained hot and pieced together an 11-4 scoring run to take a 34-32 lead after a long two-point jumper from Lemons.
The teams alternated buckets up until halftime, with Real Madrid scoring four of the last six points in the second period to hold a 47-45 lead into the break. The Cardinal won the second period by a 26-19 margin.
Real Madrid stretched its lead to 57-51 with 7:38 left in the third period, only to have John Gage drill a three-pointer and bring the Cardinal within 57-54. Real Madrid countered with another triple to make it 60-54, but two free throws from Powell and a jumper from Zimmermann trimmed the deficit to 60-58 at the the midway point of the third period.
All 12 available players scored for Stanford, with several grabbing the spotlight with impressive offensive sequences.
Powell and Owens treated the crowd to some highlight-reel slams, Nastic opened the second period with a series of nifty post moves to both sides while consistently drawing contact in the post and Lemons displayed his sharp-shooting touch with a pair of timely jumpers in the second period.