Jan. 31, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - For most of Santa Clara's 64-52 win over Pepperdine, the Broncos were in complete control. Leading the charge against the Waves was Bronco big man, John Bryant. The San Pablo native added another milestone to his illustrious career.
Bryant became only the third player in Santa Clara history to amass 1,000 rebounds in a career. He is the 14th player in WCC and the first in the Bay Area since Tim Young of Stanford pulled down 1,000+ in 1999.
"It's an honor but I am not really focused on it," said Bryant. "It's a great honor to be one of the top rebounders in SCU history."
Santa Clara moves to 11-13 and 3-4 in the WCC, while Pepperdine falls to 5-18 and 2-5 in the WCC.
Bryant has 323 total rebounds on the year, and is the national leader. The center added his 17th double-double, second nationally only to Blake Griffin of Oklahoma with 18 double-doubles, by finishing with 19 points, and 17 rebounds.
Calvin Johnson, James Rahon, and Kevin Foster all finished in double figures. Johnson finished the game with 12 points, Rahon with 11 and Foster with 15. The trio combined to make all 12 of the Broncos three point field goals on the night - a season-high for the team.
At halftime Santa Clara led Pepperdine 33-26, and after 13:09 remaining in the second half, the lead was never less than 12.
The Waves were led by Keion Bell, and Mychel Thompson, who finished the game with twelve and ten points respectively.
In the first half John Bryant scored 10 points and shot 4-5 from the field to lead the Broncos. Four of Bryant's 10 were on dunks the second of which came at 15:03. Fueled by a 8 -2 run, the Broncos extended their lead to 10 points midway through the second half, and they never looked back. Along with Bryant, Foster shot 3 of 4 from three, and James Rahon added five points on his own.