Santa Clara Hangs On For Split Of WCC-Opening Trip, Wins At Portland

The Santa Clara Broncos broke the game open with a 12-0 run in the second half, then hung on as the Portland Pilots mounted a rally, winning Monday afternoon 76-68 at the Chiles Center.

The Broncos (8-7, 1-1 West Coast Conference) salvaged a split of their conference-opening trip after losing at Gonzaga on Saturday.

Santa Clara was hot from outside, hitting 12-of-23 3-pointers, including 5-of-7 by Evan Roquemore, who was one of three Broncos to score 20 points in the game.

Brandon Clark and Jared Brownridge also scored 20 points each, with Roquemore and Clark dishing out six assists apiece. Roquemore, Brownridge, Jerry Brown and Yannick Atanga led Santa Clara with four rebounds each.

Thomas van der Mars led the Pilots (8-6, 0-2 WCC) with 23 points. Kevin Bailey added 19 points and Ryan Nicholas had 12 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots. Bryce Pressley doled out six assists and had two blocks for Portland.

Santa Clara was 23-for-53 (43.4 percent) overall and 18-for-24 (75 percent) from the foul line.

Portland was 24-for-60 (40 percent) overall, 2-for-11 (18.2 percent) from 3-point range and 18-for-26 (69.2 percent) from the free-throw stripe.

Portland dominated the boards by a 43-27 margin, but committed 13 turnovers to just nine for the Broncos.

Santa Clara returns home to the Leavey Center Thursday night to host Pepperdine at 7 p.m. Pacific.

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