The first half was characterized by the sloppy play and loose ball battles. Santa Clara forced turnovers and won the battle on both the offensive and defensive boards. The Broncos launched a balanced scoring attack. Freshman guard, Jared Brownridge led the charge with eight points (3-of-7 FG, 2-4 3PT), while senior forward Jerry Brown added six points with a perfect 2-of-2 from the field (2-of-2 FT) in the opening half.
The Tigers, highly reliant on their seniors were disappointed by the uncharacteristic three first half turnovers by Trevin Harris. Senior point guard Andrew Brock also struggled to find his groove shooting 1-of-6 from the field, including missing a wide-open fast break lay-up. The one bright spot for the Tigers in the first man was senior big man, Tony Gill. His efficient eight first half point (on 3-of-5 shooting) and four first half rebounds kept the Tigers in the game.
Santa Clara senior big man John McArthur started the second half with a burst of energy. In the first 60 seconds on the half, he asserted his will on the Tigers, scoring an impressive wing jumper, pulling down two rebounds and adding a vicious swat to his feverish minute. This surge fueled aggressive play on the block, which was noted by the officials as SC’s Brown got twisted up on the block with Pacific’s senior forward, Ross Rivera. Although this altercation only granted warnings to the bench, the physical play would continue. Minutes later, Tiger freshman T.J. Wallace would receive a technical for losing composure in a rebound battle with Santa Clara forward, Yannick Atanga. At this point, the collected Broncos continued to open the gap, ending in a comfortable win.
In this game, the Broncos played as a complete unit. 11 players contributed to Coach Keating’s 112th win at Santa Clara. The difference makers on the offensive end were junior guard Brandon Clark and freshman guard Brownridge. Clark continued his offensive dominance in this game, attacking the defense and getting in the paint at will. He got to the line repeatedly, shooting 8-of-9 on the night. He uses every dribble and moves about the court with absolute purpose. He quietly finished the night with an impressive 17 points, four rebounds, and four assists.
Brownridge continued his impressive season with 16 points, three rebounds and three steals. He, like Clark, lets the game come to him. He hit a number of shots towards the end of the shot clock or as a result of a play off the ball. He ran off screens all night and the Tigers simply could not keep track of him. When his teammates found him, he was most deadly as a shooter.
Although Brownridge and Clark were the offensive workhorses, the defensive play of Brown cannot be ignored. He guarded every position from point guard to center in this game and got into the collective head of the more senior Pacific team. The senior-transfer’s energy, intensity and efficient seven point, six rebound night was worth much more than the box score would suggest.
Several players on both squads have a legitimate chance to play overseas. Some of the younger Broncos (namely Clark and Brownridge) have also shown the consistency this season, which we will continue to monitor as their career progresses.
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