Brandon Clark scored 17 of his game-high 30 points in the second half and the Santa Clara Broncos took control of the game with an 18-3 run after trailing in the first half of a 70-61 win over the Sacred Heart Pioneers at the Leavey Center Wednesday night.
The game was the second regional game of the Las Vegas Classic. Santa Clara beat Radford on Monday night.
The Pioneers (2-9) proved to be a stubborn foe, taking a 31-27 halftime lead and extending their lead to eight points early in the second half.
But the Broncos (6-5) were able to put Sacred Heart away with that 18-3 run, during which Clark canned a pair of 3-pointers. Clark then made four free throws in the final minutes as Santa Clara held on for its third straight win.
Clark also had five assists for the Broncos. Evan Roquemore scored 17 points for Santa Clara, while John McArthur had 12 rebounds and Jerry Brown blocked three shots.
Evan Kelley led the Pioneers with 20 points and had five assists. Chris Evans scored 12 points, Louis Montes had 10 points and six rebounds and De’Von Barnett tossed in 10 points. Phil Gaetano also had six boards and five dimes for Sacred Heart.
Santa Clara now heads to the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas for the championship stage of the Las Vegas Classic, where they will play UNLV (5-4) in the semifinals on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Pacific. The Broncos will play either South Florida or Mississippi State on Monday.