The rest of the Pac-10 has more than one Lopez to worry about when they play Stanford.
Robin Lopez hopes to continue producing alongside his more heralded twin brother on Saturday when the eighth-ranked Cardinal try to win their seventh straight game and keep Oregon State winless in conference play.
Lopez, the lesser known of Stanford’s 7-foot sophomores, had 15 points, six rebounds and two blocks in the Cardinal’s 72-43 home rout of Oregon on Thursday.
It was the first time in 11 games that Robin, who averages 9.0 points and 5.9 rebounds, scored in double digits. Known more for his defense, Robin has been overshadowed by brother Brook, who averages 18.4 points and 8.2 boards.
With Brook swarmed each time he touched the ball Thursday, Robin benefited as Stanford (19-3, 8-2) outscored the Ducks 22-18 in the paint and 20-8 on second-chance points. Brook finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and five blocks.
“A lot of teams, rightfully so, are starting to pay a lot of attention to Brook,” said Robin, who averaged 11.4 points through the first nine games of the season while Brook was academically ineligible. “He’s had a great first half of Pac-10 play. He’s opening the lane for me.”
If the brothers are able to provide a potent offensive punch on a consistent basis, the Cardinal could be in better shape than they currently are - second in the league, one game behind No. 5 UCLA.
On Thursday, nine players scored for Stanford, which held high-scoring Oregon to a season low for points and field-goal shooting (29.2 percent).
“We played real well,” Stanford coach Trent Johnson said. “Our offensive execution was probably as good as it’s been all year. We got contributions from a lot of guys.”
Johnson’s team had a similar performance in a 66-46 win at Oregon State on Jan. 10. Ten Stanford players scored and the Cardinal held the Beavers to 30.4 percent shooting.
“Methodical’s good. Grind, slug. All of that’s good,” Johnson said of describing his team.
Brook Lopez had 12 points and nine boards against the Beavers last month while Robin added eight points and four rebounds in 19 minutes.
Stanford looks to sweep the series with Oregon State for a third straight season as it tries for a sixth consecutive victory over the Beavers.
Oregon State (6-16, 0-10) fell 81-76 at California on Thursday for a school-record 12th consecutive loss.
Omari Johnson had 16 points and Marcel Jones added 15 for the Beavers, who hung close before going scoreless for more than four minutes down the stretch.
Johnson, a 6-5 freshman who averages 8.7 points, was the only Oregon State player to score in double figures with 11 in last month’s loss to Stanford.
The Beavers, who have lost 12 consecutive Pac-10 contests, have dropped 19 in a row to ranked opponents since a 75-65 win over then-No. 24 Arizona on Jan. 12, 2006.