Down 67-63 to Pacific with a minute to go, Santa Clara scored six of the next seven points including a clutch three by Kevin Foster to push the game to overtime and outlasted the Tigers 78-74 in the extra period. Santa Clara is 7-3, including 5-0 in the Leavey Center, and Pacific falls to 4-5. Santa Clara travels to Houston Baptist to play at 5 p.m pst. on Wednesday, December 21st.
"We had good practices this week and I like to think we play like we practice," said Bronco Head Coach Kerry Keating. "We stayed focused with intensity. Yannick was by far our hammer holder on both ends of the floor with his rebounding. I have to remember that coming off the bench we have a very young team. Our emphasis is for them to keep getting better and better and learning everyday."
The Broncos were led by Kevin Foster's 26 points (6 from 13 from three -- see notes below) and Evan Roquemore's second double-double of his career of 14 points and 11 assists. Raymond Cowels III added 13 points and Brandon Clark poured in eight off the bench. Yanick Atanga pulled down 10 rebounds while John McArthur had six. Niyi Harrison added five points and five boards, picking up a huge charge late in the game.
"I've worked hard to make big shots all my life so I feel confident," said Kevin Foster. "I feel like at the end of the game there is less pressure on me because of that. (Question: Are you surprised your 7-3 without Mark Trasolini): "Yes, but a lot of us had to step up. Yannick is working hard to get stronger and better while John and Niyi are doing a lot to step up."
Pacific was led by Lorenzo McCloud's 22 points. Travis Fulton added fifteen while Khalil Kelley added 10 off the bench.
Santa Clara shot 41.5 percent (27 of 65) from the field, including 37.5 percent from beyond the arc (12 of 32). The Broncos collected 31 rebounds, 20 assists, nine steals and six blocks. They shot 70.6 percent from the free throw line (12 of 17) with 12 turnovers. Pacific shot 52.0 percent (26 of 50) from the field, including 46.7 percent from beyond the arc (7 of 15). The Tigers collected 35 rebounds, ten assists, seven steals and two blocks. They shot 81.0 percent from the free throw line (17 of 21) with 20 turnovers.
Khalil Kelly opened up the scoring with a solid post move but Ray Cowels III responded with a three. After a Tigers bucket, Harrison knocked down two free throws and Foster nailed a transition three. Foster knocked down his second three from the left wing, and after a Tiger free throw Foster hit his third three.
Duran knocked down a three and Cowels III knocked down a pair of free throws. The Tigers strung together an 8-2 run but the Broncos would answer. Brandon Clark answered with a three from the right wing and Foster knocked down a wide open three resulting from beautiful ball movement.
After a pair of McCloud free throws, The Broncos broke the press resulting in a thunderous slam from Yannick Atanga. Cowels III knocked down a three from the right wing but Beatty converted an easy back door cut to answer. Foster finished a left-handed layup off the glass at 6:22 to make the score 31-20 Broncos.
After two minutes of scoreless Rivera and Roquemore swapped free throws. Travis Fulton knocked down a three from the left wing and McCloud hit a runner in the lane to cut the lead to six. Foster finished with a right-handed scoop shot but Trevin Harris responded with a three for the Tigers at 1:48. McCloud buried a three from the top of the key and then knocked down two foul shots to make the score 37-35 Santa Clara at the half.
In the first half, Santa Clara shot 44.4 percent (12 of 27) from the field, including 41.2 percent from beyond the arc (7 of 17). The Broncos collected 12 rebounds, 11 assists, five steals, and four blocks. They shot 100.0 percent from the free throw line (6 of 6) with five turnovers. Pacific shot 54.5 percent (12 of 22) from the field, including 57.1 percent from beyond the arc (4 of 7). The Tigers collected 15 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and three steals. They shot 70.0 percent from the free throw line (7 of 10) with five turnovers. Foster led the Broncos with 16 points and two assists. Cowels III added eight points while Roquemore added four points. Harrison led the Broncos in rebounding with four. The Tigers were led by McCloud's ten points while Fulton added five. Mauge pulled down a first half high five rebounds.
Fulton gave UOP their first lead since the first minute of action with a three to open up the half. After a Cowel free throw, Kelley tipped in a UOP miss and McCloud made two free throws to give UOP their biggest lead of the game at four. The Broncos responded as McArthur converted a nice post move and Cowels knocked down a mid range jumper. UOP rattled off a quick 6-0 run before Roquemore knocked down a three and McArthur hit a mid-range jumper. Harrison converted a put-back and later a free throw before checking out of the game.
Foster hit a midrange jumper to cap a 10-0 run at 10:13, pushing the Broncos lead to 52-48. Pacific scored their first points in 5:15 with a pair of free throws from Rivera. Atanga converted a tough floater and Brandon Clark knocked down a there from the right wing to give the Broncos a 57-50 lead. McCloud knocked down the first field goal for the Tigers in more than seven minutes.
Fulton knocked down a three to make the score 57-55 Santa Clara at 7:22. McCloud hit a baseline jumper to tie the game. McCloud converted a layup and Roquemore ended the 9-0 Pacific run with a layup of his own.
Colin Beatty hit a layup at 3:57 to give the Tigers a 61-59 lead and Kelley dropped in an easy bucket. Kelley's put-back gave the Tigers their largest lead of the game at six. The Broncos responded out of Coach Keating's timeout, as Atanga and Roquemore quickly hit to buckets. McCloud knocked down a pair of free throws to push the lead back to four. Atanga pulled down an offensive board and kicked it out to Roquemore who sank the three to cut the lead to one.
McCloud hit two free throws but Foster drilled a three to respond and tiw the game at 69. On the other end, McCloud slipped on the floor and was called for traveling giving the ball back to the Broncos. Roquemore's running three at the buzzer missed off the backboard and the game went to overtime.
After two offensive boards Foster drilled his sixth three from the right wing. After the teams swapped points, Clark knocked down a jumper to push the lead to five. Beatty hit a three from the right side to cut the lead to two with 47.5 left in the game. Cowels knocked down two free throws to make it a two possession game with 16.3 seconds left.
Santa Clara Game Notes: Kevin Foster is now No. 4 on the all-time West Coast Conference career three-pointers list with 284 (six today). He passed Richie Frahm of Gonzaga, who made 280 from 1997-2000 for Gonzaga. Next up: Blake Stepp with 288 at No. 3 for Gonzaga from 2000-04.
Santa Clara started Foster, Harrison, McArthur, Cowels III and Roquemore for the ninth time in 10 games. Only Foster hasn't started every game with Denzel Johnson starting in his place vs. Pacifica on Dec. 13.