Santa Clara Beats Utah, 72-57
Nov. 19, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- John Bryant scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds despite playing only 14 minutes because of foul trouble in Santa Clara's 72-57 win over Utah on Monday night.
Bryant played intermittently after picking up two fouls in the first 87 seconds of the game, but helped the Broncos (3-1) hold the Utes (2-2) without a basket for nearly eight minutes of the second half while pulling away.
Bryant picked up his second foul of the game with 18:33 left in the first half and did not play the rest of the half. However, Okechukwu Mbanugo came off the bench and gave SCU solid play in the middle and the Broncos found themselves leading 29-27 at the half. Bryant came out and poured in 17 points in the second half, while also slowing down Utah's seven-footer, Luke Nevill, defensively.
SCU pulled away with a 21-4 run, sparked by back-to-back 3-point plays by Mbanugo. Calvin Johnson scored 21 points for the Broncos, including back-to-back 3-pointers down the stretch to finish off the run. The second one came after Nevill swatted away a layup attempt by Brody Angley, and gave the Broncos a 62-45 lead with 2:34 left.
The Broncos then made 10 straight free throws to clinch the victory.
Johnnie Bryant scored 19 points to lead the Utes, including 17 in the second half. But Nevill managed only 10 points on 2-for-10 shooting, and SCU held the Utes to only 39 percent shooting in the second half.
Angley had a great all-around game for the Broncos with 11 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals. Mbanugo set a career high with 24 minutes played and Cedric Latimer contributed a career high eight points in 12 minutes of play.
Santa Clara does not play again until after Thanksgiving when they travel to Sacramento to take on the Hornets of Sacramento State on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. PT. Fans can catch all the action on 1220 KNTS or SantaClaraBroncos.com.