Malibu, Calif. – With four Broncos scoring in double figures in its first win at Pepperdine since 2005, Santa Clara defeated the Waves 71-59 on Thursday night. Santa Clara is 13-9 and 4-2 in the WCC. Pepperdine is 9-14 and 3-3 in the WCC.
It was Santa Clara's first win at Pepperdine since it won 83-71 on Jan. 22, 2005. It was just the third win at Pepperdine in 17 years and only its fifth victory in Malibu in 27 years. It is Santa Clara's first three game winning streak in the WCC since won four straight in 2009.
"Obviously this is a very difficult place to play and we were searching for a way to handle it coming off the success of last weekend," said Bronco head coach Kerry Keating. "We took advantage of a good opportunity when we got up early, taking a 24-3 lead. We made some great stops on the defensive end that translated to offensive points for us."
"I am really proud of our team to put four scorers in double figures on an off-night for Kevin Foster," continued Keating. "Niyi was huge tonight. He not only scored but he also took a really important charge for us. Niyi, Michael Santos, John McArthur and Troy Payne have all played really well in practice the last two and a half weeks. It is very important for us because good practice translates to good play in games. They all four really helped us tonight. John is coming off the bench and giving us valuable minutes on the defensive end which will translate to more minutes for him. It can be tough for a freshman post and he is giving good effort."
Moving forward, Santa Clara plays a 5 pm game at LMU on Sat., Jan. 29. The game will be broadcast on FSN.
The 18 first-half points by the Waves were the fewest scored against the Broncos since USF scored 17 in Santa Clara's 70-54 win on Jan. 23, 2009 in Santa Clara.
Santa Clara shot 49.0 percent from the field (25 of 51), including 25.0 percent from beyond the arc (3 of 12). The Broncos collected 33 rebounds, 13 assists, eight blocks, 11 steals and turned the ball over 16 times. They shot 78.3 percent from the free throw line (18 of 23). Pepperdine shot 40.7 percent from the field (22 of 54), including 33.3 percent from beyond the arc (3 of 9). The Waves collected 31 rebounds, 14 assists, four blocks, five steals and turned the ball over 16 times. They shot 70.6 percent from the free throw line (12 of 17).
Individually Santa Clara was led by Marc Trasolini's game-high 18 points and seven rebounds. Niyi Harrison scored a season-high 12 points. Evan Roquemore added 14 points, seven rebounds and two assists. It was Trasolini's 26th career game with 15+ points and Roquemore hit double figures for the 11th time in 17 games. It was an off-shooting night for the 1-2 scorers in the WCC with Pepperdine's Bell finishing with five (2 of 9) and the Broncos' Kevin Foster scoring eight (2 of 10 with zero threes). It was the first time Foster hasn't scored a three since his freshman year when he was 0-3 from beyond the arc in San Diego's 55-50 win in Santa Clara on Jan. 11, 2009.
Pepperdine was led by Thompson's 17 points and Lowery's 12 points off the bench. Thompson was also the team's leading rebounder with six.
In the first half Lorne Jackson fouled Foster when shooting a three at 19:48 and he hit two of three. After a Waves miscue on offense, Trasolini returned down the floor to hit a three at 19:22. Roquemore scored on a mini-slam and then Payne followed with his own floater at 18:29. Timeout Waves with the Broncos taking an early 9-0 lead.
Roquemore dumped the ball in at 17:24 to put SCU up 11-0. Darby got the Waves on board by hitting his second free throw, 11-1 Broncos at 17:09. Harrison and Foster hit back-to-back buckets inside and then a Foster steal resulted in an easy lay-in at 15:47. The Broncos were up 17-1 at the first media at 15:37 with Pepperdine shooting 0-6 including three Broncos blocks (Trasolini two, Payne one).
After the media timeout Mychel Thompson finally scored a bucket for the Waves at 15:31. Harrison scored again at 15:12, was fouled and hit the and-one to make it 20-3 Broncos at 15:12. Harrison scored his seventh point of the half to put SCU up 22-3 at 14:30.
Trasolini hit a five-foot jumper at 9:50 to put SCU up 26-5 after a Dane Suttle basket at 10:19, just the Waves second of the game. Lowery hit four straight free throws for the Waves as the Broncos led 26-9 at 6:56.
Then the Broncos went cold. The Waves were in the midst of an 13-0 run from 9:50 – 1:29 when Roquemore hit a three at 1:29 and then Payne stole the ball to lay it up at 1:00 to put SCU up 31-18. After a Pepperdine air-ball Santa Clara worked the shot clock down with Roquemore being fouled by Corbin Moore. Roquemore sank both to make it 33-18 with 15.5 left. SCU went to the lockerroom up 33-18.
In the first half Santa Clara shot 42.9 from the field (12 of 28), including 25.0 percent from beyond the arc (2 of 8). The Broncos collected 19 rebounds, five assists, five blocks and seven steals; and they turned the ball over eight times. They shot 77.8 percent from the free throw line (7 of 9). Pepperdine shot 21.7 percent from the field (5 of 23), including 20.0 percent from beyond the arc (1 of 5). The Waves collected 17 rebounds, five assists, two blocks, four steals; and they turned the ball over 10 times. They shot 87.5 percent from the free throw line (7 of 8).
Individually Santa Clara was led by Roquemore's nine points and six rebounds. Trasolini and Harrison both added seven. Foster had three steals, three turnovers and six points, playing just 10 minutes due to two fouls.
Pepperdine was led by Joshua Lowery's nine points off the bench, hitting six of six free throws. Thompson scored four rebounds for the Broncos.
In the second half Bell started the Waves scoring with a basket underneath at 19:41. Payne sunk his second free throw to put SCU up 36-20 at 18:44. Trasolini scored on a jump hook at 18:03 and a nifty pass from Payne resulted in another Trasolini basket at 17:41.
Payne stole the ball and ran the length of the court to slam it home, putting SCU up 43-22 at 15:54. Dowdell scored back-to-back baskets in less than 30 seconds to put SCU up 51-30 at 11:53.
Roquemore scored his second three of the game at 8:07 to put SCU up 56-41. Harrison scored a hard-nosed bucket at 6:36 to put SCU up 58-41. The Waves responded with a three. Trasolini put the ball in the hoop and was fouled by Darby at 3:37. After the media timeout he sank the free throw to make it 61-44 Broncos.
Payne hit both free throws to make the lead 15 at 1:51 at 65-50.