Jan 5, 2013; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Santa Clara Broncos guard Evan Roquemore (0) drives in ahead of Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Kevin Pangos (4) during the first half at Leavey Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Santa Clara Faces CS Bakersfield in Final Non-Conference Matchup: Game Preview

Santa Clara seems to be back to track after winning both its conference games last week and now will take a quick West Coast Conference break when they face Cal State Bakersfield on Wednesday.

Is it any coincidence the Broncos (14-6, 3-3 WCC) have started to pick up wins as their starting five have picked up their play? Absolutely not.

Kevin Foster was named the WCC Player of the Week after averaging 27 points against San Francisco and Pepperdine. Marc Trasolini has picked up 11 boards per game in his last three contests.

But the X-factor has been Raymond Cowels III.

The senior forward has been solid defensively and has also lighting up the scoreboard. He is averaging 13.5 points per game in WCC play.

Their game against Cal State Bakersfield (7-13), which begins at 7 p.m., is Santa Clara’s final nonconference game. It will also be CS Bakersfield’s fourth game against a WCC team (LMU twice and Portland).

Bakersfield guard Stephon Carter leads the Roadrunners in points (15.3) and steals (2.2) and will likely be covered by Foster.

Freshman point guard Britton Williams has been efficient as a distributor this season as he leads the team in assists with 3.8 per contest and carries a 2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio.

The Roadrunners won their last game against Nebraska-Omaha 84-79 but had lost the previous three.

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