The last time Stanford faced Siena, Anthony Goods and Robin Lopez had career games.
The duo hopes to repeat those performances Saturday when the 20th-ranked Cardinal visit the Saints for the first time.
Goods and Lopez were outstanding in Stanford’s 92-72 win over Siena to open last season. Goods set a career high with 30 points and Lopez had personal bests of 15 rebounds and six blocks while adding 14 points in his first collegiate game.
They combined for another terrific showing Thursday, totaling 35 points in the Cardinal’s 71-60 win at Northwestern as Lopez added seven rebounds and five blocks in a dominant performance in the paint.
The 7-foot sophomore center is averaging 10.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and a team-high 2.5 blocks, helping Stanford (4-0) to its best start since setting a school record with 26 consecutive wins to open 2003-04.
“Let’s don’t get on the Robin Lopez fan club,” Stanford coach Trent Johnson said. “His footwork looked good today, but I’ve seen him for a year and half and he’s got a long way to go. I’d like to see him be consistent from start to finish.”
Goods has been just that, shooting 52.3 percent from the field after making 36.9 percent of his shots to average 12.8 points last season. The junior guard, who leads Stanford with 16.5 points per game, has scored 42 points and shot 14-for-29 in the last two contests.
“It was not really expected. I don’t think I’m going to take a certain amount of shots,” Goods said. “I just try to stay aggressive when the time presents itself. Try to do what I was recruited to do.”
Stanford, though, could be without Lawrence Hill, who suffered a mild sprain of his left ankle Thursday. The junior forward tied Brook Lopez for the team lead in 2006-07 with 6.0 rebounds per game, and is grabbing 4.8 boards a contest this season.
With Hill possibly out, that could mean more playing time for senior Taj Finger, who had five rebounds and a block in 17 minutes against the Wildcats.
Siena (1-2), meanwhile, is looking to build on its first win of the season after beating Fairleigh Dickinson 88-66 in the consolation game of the NIT Season Tip-off on Tuesday. The win came a day after the Saints lost 97-89 to Syracuse in the tournament’s opening round.
Kenny Hansbrouk scored 20 points and had six of Siena’s 13 steals in the victory over the Knights. The junior guard is off to a strong start, averaging 21.0 points and 4.3 steals after finishing with a career-high 16.0 points per game last season.
Hansbrouk is getting a lot of help from sophomore swingman Edwin Ubiles, who is averaging 20.7 points after scoring 11.8 last season.
Siena has lost all eight of its meetings against ranked opponents since 1996.