Santa Clara Gets Big Win Over San Diego

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That much needed defense finally showed up for Santa Clara.

The Broncos got back into the win column on Thursday as they beat San Diego 61-52 and moved into sole possession of fourth place in the West Coast Conference.

The win snapped a short two-game skid for Santa Clara (18-8, 6-5 WCC) moved them a half a game ahead of San Diego for fourth place, which would guarantee a bye into the quarterfinals of the WCC Basketball Championships in three weeks.

San Diego (13-14, 6-6) led 38-35 after a layup from Chris Anderson but then Santa Clara turned it around with help from its bench. The Broncos went on a 10-2 run, including six points from Brandon Clark, which gave them a 47-42 lead with 6:42 left.

Santa Clara led by as much as 11 in the final minutes.

Marc Trasolini paced the Broncos with 17 points and 11 rebounds, his seventh double-double of the season. Clark finished with 11 points.

The Broncos held San Diego to 33 percent shooting from the field and held sharpshooting Johnny Dee to 15 points on 5-for-17 shooting and 1-for-9 from three.

San Diego also committed 16 turnovers, resulting in 16 Santa Clara points.

Santa Clara will host Pepperdine on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Leavey Center.

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