The Saint Mary’s Gaels reached the 20-win mark for the seventh consecutive season with a 76-54 thumping of the Santa Clara Broncos Saturday afternoon at the Leavey Center.
Stephen Holt poured in a career-high 35 points for the Gaels (20-9, 10-6 West Coast Conference), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Holt couldn’t miss, hitting 14-of-17 overall and 4-for-6 from behind the 3-point line.
Saint Mary’s took complete control of the game with 24 unanswered points in the middle of the first half. Evan Roquemore’s jumper gave the Broncos (12-17, 5-11) a 10-9 lead with 16:32 left in the half, but the Gaels held Santa Clara scoreless for the next 10:20. When Brandon Clark scored with 6:10 to go in the opening half, Saint Mary’s had opened a 33-12 lead.
The Gaels finished out the rout, leading by as many as 29 points in the second half, avenging a 57-55 loss to the Broncos at McKeon Pavilion on Jan. 9.
Brad Waldow added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Gaels.
Clark led the Broncos with 16 points and five assists and Roquemore tossed in 13 points. John McArthur was their rebounding leader with just four.
Saint Mary’s was 29-for-49 (59.2 percent) overall, 9-for-14 (64.3 percent) from long range and 9-for-10 (90 percent) from the free throw line. Santa Clara was 20-for-50 (40 percent), 3-for-14 (21.4 percent) and 11-for-18 (61.1 percent).
The Gaels doubled up the Broncos on the boards 36-18. Santa Clara committed only seven turnovers, however, compared to 15 for Saint Mary’s.
The Gaels open their final regular-season home stand on Thursday when they host Portland at 6 p.m. The Broncos finish up the regular season on the road, beginning Thursday with a visit to Loyola Marymount at 8 p.m.