Santa Clara defeats UC Santa Cruz 85-60
Behind the six threes of Kevin Foster, Santa Clara defeated UC Santa Cruz 85-60 Tuesday night. Santa Clara is 6-0 this season and 14-1 under head coach Kerry Keating when scoring 80+ points. Santa Clara is 15-9 and 5-2 in the WCC. UC Santa Cruz is 9-12.
Santa Clara plays at USF on Sat., Feb. 5 at 7 pm. Both teams are tied for second place in the WCC with 5-2 records. The game will be telecast on Comcast.
This was the sixth time this season Foster has hit 6+ threes as he continues to build on the best tally in school history in a season. He was the first player to hit 6+ threes in a season three times earlier this year.
"We were able to spread it out a little bit tonight which is good. Our walk-ons got some time tonight, which they deserve. Our regulars did their job so that could happen," said Bronco head coach Kerry Keating. "This game gets you in game mode, helps you to stay sharp, it's good to execute and win again. It's a long week heading into Saturday so it's good to get in a game, get in front of the home crowd after being on the road and get ready for Saturday.
"It was good to get John McArthur the minutes he got. John had 11 rebounds in 25 minutes, which was impressive. He was really amped up and he was able to make an impact on the boards and in a game like this, that is usually a big key," continued Keating.
What will they do to get ready for Saturday? "The same thing we have been doing all week long. We will continue to get our scouting report ready. There aren't a lot of secrets between the two teams because we have played USF already. We have two teams playing that have to keep maintaining in the league. We know what it's like to win on the road because we have done that this year and we have to be extra-motivated because they have gotten us at our place already."
Santa Clara shot 46.7 percent from the field (28 of 60), including 45.8 percent from beyond the arc (11 of 24). The Broncos collected 46 rebounds, 15 assists, 11 steals and two blocks with 18 turnovers. They also shot 64.3 percent from the free throw line (11 of 24). UC Santa Cruz shot 41.8 percent from the field (23 of 55), including 26.7 percent from beyond the arc (4 of 15). The Slugs collected 26 rebounds, 14 assists, seven steals and four blocks with 19 turnovers. They also shot 76.9 percent from the free throw line (10 of 13).
Individually Santa Clara was led by Foster's 18 points and three assists. Troy Payne added 11 points and eight rebounds. John McArthur grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds, scoring five points. Ben Dowdell scored 10. Phillip Bach had nine and Niyi Harrison and Raymond Cowels III both had eight. Nate Mensah scored five.
In the first half Foster started the Broncos scoring with a three at 19:13. Dowdell hit a two-pointer at 18:25 before the Slugs got on the board at 18:13. Foster tossed in another three at 17:53. Foster stole the ball and tossed it to Payne who laid it in at 16:03 and Payne followed that with another lay-up at 15:51. Timeout Slugs.
The Slugs scored three straight buckets with SCU up 12-8 at 13:22. Foster crushed his third three of the game at 12:42 and the Slugs answered with a bucket (12:07) and Dowdell responded with one as well, 17-10 Broncos (11:58).
The Broncos went on a 9-0 roll to take a 26-12 lead at 8:30. Raymond Cowels III hit a three at 10:15. McArthur hit two free throws at 9:34, 22-12 Broncos. Cowels came back off a sweet pass from Foster to hit another three. Payne scored on a free throw before the Slugs hit one from the charity stripe at 7:41.
The teams traded baskets before Foster knocked in his fourth three of the night at 6:41, 31-15 Broncos.
Trading baskets again, Keating whistled for time at 5:23 up 33-19. Foster hit his 5th 3 at 5:03 and McArthur scored under the bucket at 4:22 to put SCU up 38-19.
Santa Clara had out-scored the Slugs 16-5 from 11:06 to 5:26. Phillip Bach stole the ball, was fouled and hit a free throw at 1:39, putting SCU up 42-21. Santos' pass to Harrison led to a monster slam at 1:00.
Santa Clara shot 48.4 from the field (15 of 31), including 46.7 percent from beyond the arc (7 of 15). The Broncos collected 25 rebounds, nine assists and six steals with eight turnovers. They also shot 53.8 percent from the free throw line (7 of 13). UC Santa Cruz shot 37.9 percent from the field (11 of 29), including 0.0 percent from beyond the arc (0 of 9). The Slugs collected 13 rebounds, seven assists, five steals and two blocks with nine turnovers. They also shot 50.0 percent from the free throw line (1 of 2).
Individually Santa Clara was led by Foster's 15 points (5 of 8 from 3). Payne added seven and Cowels scored six. Payne led the team with five rebounds, Foster had three assists and three steals as well. Ryan Matsuoka had a team-high six points.
Dowdell started the team's scoring in the second half with a basket in the paint at 19:35. Payne followed with another at 18:53. After a Slugs turnover Dowdell and Roquemore both scored on pairs of free throws before Foster crushed his sixth three of the night at 16:46. The Slugs went on a 5-0 run to follow.
Harrison made a few fancy moves under the basket to score at 15:29. Cowels scored at 11:04 to put SCU up 64-38. Harrison scored on a put-back at 6:24, was fouled and sank the free throw to put SCU up 72-45.