Santa Clara seniors Evan Roquemore, Jerry Brown and Julian Clarke jumped out to an aggressive start offensively. However, a three-point jumper by Gaels senior guard James Walker III with 15:43 left in the first-half would launch a 24-0 run by the visiting squad.
In the first half, Saint Mary’s simply dominated most areas of the game. They had a 22-6 rebounding advantage. The Gaels also out-shot their opponents in every way. They converted 59.3 percent from the field (to Santa Clara’s 34.8 percent), 5-of-9 from behind the arc (to Santa Clara’s 2-of-8) and a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe (to SCU’s 5-of-10) in the first half.
In the second half, the Broncos were able to get to the free-throw line twice as much of their opponents. Additionally, they pushed the tempo, and won the turnover battle, 15-7 on the night. They only lost the second half by two-points, but the damage was already done in the first half. The Broncos would lose their home closer by twenty-two points.
This game was an emotional and hard-fought game for senior guard, Evan Roquemore. He was aggressive from the start, but found himself befuddled by the shooting barrage on behalf of the Gaels. Roquemore finished his final home game with 13 points (4-of-8 FG, 4-of-4 FT), three assists and two steals. His running mate, junior Brandon Clark, led the team with 16 points and a game-high five assists, but the ever-consistent duo could were not enough to break Saint Mary’s steady team defense.
This night was truly about one Gael. Stephen Holt was in a groove from the start. The 6-4 point guard was able to get to any spot that he wanted to offensively. Even more impressive, he was able to convert shot after shot, regardless of who was guarding him, where he was shooting from or how much space he had. He finished with 35 points in 35 minutes on 14-of-17 from the field (4-of-6 from 3-point range, 3-of-3 from the line).
Junior forward Brad Waldow and senior guard James Walker also turned in solid performances for the visiting squad in their victory. Waldow finished with twelve points and a rebound short of a double-double in 27 minutes. Walker added nine points and six rebounds of his own on a pure 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.
Holt looked like an NBA player in this outing, his best collegiate game. He was coming off a seven point performance at San Francisco and is averaging 14.8 ppg He has good size, solid point guard skills and can score in a variety of ways. He averaged 4.3 assists per game in this season, but has a tendency to make weak passes. In this game, he had four turnovers and only one assist. If he can continue to improve his distributing and lateral quickness on the defensive end, he may have an outside chance to get an NBA Summer league or training camp invite.
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