The Santa Clara Broncos stuck around with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for nearly 30 minutes, but a 12-0 run midway through the second half opened the game up as the Irish went on to an 84-69 win Friday night at Notre Dame.
The Broncos (2-2) dropped their second in a row after opening with two straight wins. Santa Clara led by as many as five in the first half, but Notre Dame (3-1) asserted itself with a 10-0 run late in the first half to erase a 23-22 Bronco lead. The Irish led 41-35 at the break.
Denzel Johnson hit a jumper with 11:06 remaining that brought Santa Clara back to within four points at 57-53, but Notre Dame scored the next 12 points to break out to a 16-point edge. The Broncos were never able to get closer than 10 points after that.
Brandon Clark scored 21 points and dished out six assists for Santa Clara and Jared Brownridge scored 16 points. Yannick Atanga and Robert Garrett had two blocked shots each and Atanga paced the Broncos with five rebounds. Santa Clara—not surprisingly against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent—got crushed on the glass, 42-25, and Notre Dame had 21 second-chance points to just six for the Broncos.
Jerian Grant led Notre Dame with 20 points and five assists, while Eric Atkins had 16 points and five dimes and Farrick Sherman added 16 points and eight rebounds. Demetrius Jackson had 13 points and eight boards off the bench and reserve Austin Burgett led the Irish with 10 rebounds.
The Broncos open the 47th annual Cable Car Classic on Nov. 29. Rice (2-2) and Rider (0-2) meet in the first game at 6 p.m. at the Leavey Center, with the Broncos taking on North Dakota State (2-2) at approximately 8:15 p.m.
The consolation and championship games are set for Nov. 30 at 6 and approximately 8 p.m., respectively.