Santa Clara has won three-straight games at San Diego and improved to 5-2 in the three-year history at Jenny Craig Pavilion (2-2 in WCC Tournament).
Santa Clara won its road WCC opener for the first time since 1999-2000 and opened league play for the first time since a 64-52 win at Portland in 2000.
The San Diego game marked the first action of the season for sophomore Bakari Altheimer, who suffered a fractured foot in the preseason. His return is timely after the announcement last week that junior point guard Kyle Bailey is out for the season with back and foot injuries.
Santa Clara outrebounded San Diego 38-35, marking the 12th opponent this season the Broncos have beaten on the boards and the eighth-straight game.
Brandon Rohe's 20 points marked the third time this season he scored over 20 points in a single game.
With his 3-of-4 effort from the three-point arc, Rohe moved into third on the Santa Clara list for most three-point field goals in a single season for a freshman with 31. He surpassed Brian Jones on the list and is just 18 shy of Steve Nash's school record 49.