Santa Clara won 95-59 in exhibition play Friday vs. CSU Maritime. It was CSU Maritime's fourth straight game on the road to start the season. Santa Clara opens the regular season next Friday vs. CSU Bakersfield at 6 pm.
"Troy Payne and Ben Dowdell really spearheaded our effort in the second half," said Bronco head coach Kerry Keating. "They are lead our team on the defensive end of the court and in rebounding as seniors and they were in some foul trouble in the first half; and that hurt us. We need them to stay on the floor for their defense and rebounding.
"We are playing Kevin Foster and Robert Smith at the point with Evan Roquemore also seeing some time there," added Keating. "Kevin is making really good decisions. Kevin and Robert had an 11-2 assist to turnover ratio tonight and so that is good for our starting back-court."
"The younger guys played with a lot of intensity and effort," said Keating. "I liked our effort."
"I thought the team played well tonight, especially in the second half," said junior Marc Trasolini. "At halftime we realized it was part nerves, our first game in front of our fans. We needed to be aggressive and that huge run at the beginning of the second half was led by two of our seniors, Ben and Troy. They were big in helping us get the lead. We have been through adversity before and we had to continue to work through it."
"I was really nervous at first, but I have been playing basketball all my life so after a bit, it went away," said sophomore-redshirt Kevin Foster, after missing most of last season due to a broken foot.
Santa Clara shot 49.3 percent from the field, including 37.5 percent from the three-point line. Santa Clara had 53 rebounds, three blocks and six steals. CSU Maritime shot 30.9 percent from the field including 27.8 percent from the three-point line. CSUM had 26 rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Santa Clara had 16 turnovers to CSUM's own 15.
Santa Clara's starting line-up included seniors Troy Payne and Ben Dowdell, junior Marc Trasolini and sophomores Robert Smith and Kevin Foster. First off the bench was Chris Cunningham at 17:37 for Trasolini.
Individually, Marc Trasolini led the Bronco team with 21 points and nine rebounds. Other Broncos in double figures included Kevin Foster (14 points, 5 assists), Julian Clarke (13, 4 of 6 from 3 point) and Ben Dowell (10 points, 6 rebounds). Robert Smith had six assists and six points. Troy Payne had six points and eight rebounds. Niyi Harrison added six rebounds and Chris Cunningham was 4 of 6 from the free throw line, scoring six points. Evan Roquemore scored seven points with four assists.
David Prendeble's eight points and four rebounds led CSUM. Jordan Birchell had four points and seven rebounds.
Ben Dowdell scored the first basket of the year on a pass from Kevin Foster at 19:27. Trasolini scored the first three of the year at 18:48. Foster scored the first two free throws of the year at 17:37.
Santa Clara took a 9-5 lead on Robert Smith's lay-in on a breakaway steal at 17:08. CSUM went on a 5-0 run with a combination of a basket and three free throws to take a 10-9 lead at 14:57.
Foster's first three of the year gave the Broncos the lead at 13:12, 12-10 SCU. CSUM tied it up again before Trasolini's lay-in under the basket put the Broncos up 14-12 at 12:16.
Moving ahead, Trasolini's three tied it up 21-21 at 9:42 and then CSUM took a 26-21 lead on two free throws at 7:43 and a three-pointer at 7:25. Trasolini added basket before Prendeble hit a pair of free throws to make it 28-23 CSUM at 7:04.
Foster's three at 5:01 made it 28-26 CSUM. A CSUM score made it 30-28 and then Harrison's nifty move at 3:53.
Eberhardt scored under the basket to put CSUM up 32-28 at 2:22 and Keating whistled for a 30-second timeout. Trasolini scored on an inbounds pass at 1:40, but CSUM responded with one of its own to make it 34-30 at 1:32. St. Hubert hit a three-pointer with four seconds left in the half to give CSUM a 37-33 lead headed to half-time.
Santa Clara shot .46.4 percent in the first half, including 30.8 percent from the three point line. The Broncos collected 18 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and one block. CSUM hit shot 42.9 percent in the first half, including 45.5 percent. The Keelhaulers collected 15 rebounds, one steal and one block. Individually, Trasolini scored 11 points and Foster added eight. For CSUM Ty Houghton and Daniel St. Hubert both scored eight.
To start the second half Payne scored and then Dowdell scored a basket and added a free throw to tie it up 37-37. Trasolini's basket at 19:10 gave the Broncos the lead, 39-37.
Tied at 39-39, Santa Clara went on an 11-0 run. Dowdell hit a bucket off an offensive rebound to take a 41-39 lead at 17:39. Payne missed a free throw but put his own rebound at 17:45 and then Trasolini scored under the basket and added a free throw at 17:06 to give the Broncos a 46-39 lead. Dowdell's lay-up made it 48-39 and then Payne's steal and Dowdell's basket made it 50-39 at 16:25. Timeout CSUM.
Cunningham's two free throws made it 53-42. Prendeble scored a basket at 12:55 and Payne hit two free throws and Cunningham hit one to make it 56-44 Broncos at 11:46.
Roquemore's three with 11:07 and then Trasolini's basket at 10:45 and Foster's three at 10:17 pushed the Bronco lead to 64-44. Timeout CSUM. SCU had outscored 31-7 in the second half thus far.
Smith's rebound and put-back made it 69-48 Broncos at 8:39. The Broncos stole the ball and Trasolini's dunk literally brought the rim down at 8:15, 71-48 Broncos. After a quick fix, action re-started.
Julian Clarke hit back-to-back threes from the corner to make it 79-49 Broncos. At 3:52, Roquemore drove under the basket to score, 83-55 Broncos.
Clarke hit back-to-back threes for the second time in the game, at 2:09 and 1:29, to make it 92-59 Broncos.
At 1:07 Santa Clara's four walk-ons checked in: Nate Mensah, Phillip Bach, Kyle Perricone and Beau Gamble. Gamble responded with a sweet pass to Bach for a three at :58.0, 95-59 Broncos. Gamble's defensive rebound ended the game, 95-59 Broncos.