Santa Clara Can’t Recover From Cal Poly Run In 64-53 Loss

The Cal Poly Mustangs closed the first half on an 8-0 run to take a 29-23 lead and never looked back in a 64-53 win over the Santa Clara Broncos at Mott Gym in San Luis Obispo Saturday night.

The Broncos (3-5) led by as many as six points in the first half before the Mustangs (3-5) recovered. Santa Clara pulled to within six on a Nate Kratch layup with 14:45 remaining, but Cal Poly responded with a 10-2 run to pull away.

David Nwaba led the Mustangs with 21 points and also had three steals. Chris Eversley yanked down 15 rebounds for Cal Poly, Maliik Love had four assists and Jamal Johnson picked four steals.

Evan Roquemore and Brandon Clark scored 12 points each to lead the Broncos, with Clark adding five assists. Kratch finished with 11 points and four blocked shots. Jerry Brown had nine rebounds and two blocks for Santa Clara.

The Broncos were a chilly 19-for-50 (38 percent) overall, 4-for-20 (20 percent) from 3-point range and 11-for-17 (64.7) on free throws and were outrebounded 42-31.

Cal Poly was 23-for-53 (43.4 percent), 3-for-11 (27.3 percent) and 15-for-27 (55.6 percent).

Santa Clara will be home next Saturday night for a 7 p.m. contest against NAIA La Sierra (2-9).

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