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Santa Clara Broncos Turn Up Defensive Heat In Blowout Of Pacific Tigers

The Santa Clara Broncos held the visiting Pacific Tigers to just 28 percent shooting in the first half en route to a 70-50 blowout Thursday night at the Leavey Center.

The Broncos (12-16, 5-10 West Coast Conference) held the Tigers (14-12, 5-10) to 19 first-half points, taking a 29-19 lead into intermission, before breaking the game open with an 11-0 run midway through the second half. Leading 39-29 with 12:05 to go, Santa Clara scored the next 11 points—nine of them at the foul line—and led 50-29 with 10:02 remaining.

Brandon Clark had 17 points and four assists for the Broncos, while Jared Brownridge contributed 16 points and three steals. Nate Kratch pulled down seven rebounds and Evan Roquemore dished four assists.

Tony Gill was the only Tiger in double figures with 10 points and he also had six rebounds. Trevin Harris pulled down six boards, as well.

Pacific, which was just 7-for-25 in the first half, was 16-for-50 (32 percent) overall, 1-for-9 (11.1 percent) from 3-point range and 17-for-18 (94.4 percent) from the free-throw line. Santa Clara was 20-for-56 (35.7 percent), 8-for-27 (29.6 percent) and 22-for-28 (78.6 percent).

The Broncos had a 38-33 rebounding advantage and committed only eight turnovers. The Tigers gave it away 12 times. Santa Clara forged a split in the season series; Pacific had won 80-68 in Stockton on Jan. 11.

The Broncos will host Saint Mary’s on Saturday at 1 p.m. while the Tigers go to San Francisco Saturday at 3 p.m.

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