Santa Clara beats Eastern Washington

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CHENEY, Wash. (AP)—Mitch Henke scored 20 points and Santa Clara used made free throws down the stretch to hold off Eastern Washington 66-57 on Thursday night.

Henke hit four foul shots in the final minute for the Broncos (5-1), who led by as many as 16 points in the second half against the Eagles (2-6).

Milan Stanojevic made five 3-pointers and finished with 15 points for the Eagles.

With Santa Clara holding a five-point halftime lead, Henke scored the first eight points of a 10-0 run to start the second half, giving the West Coast Conference Broncos a 41-26 edge.

Eastern Washington pulled to within eight points on several occasions, and got as close as 64-57 on Trey Gross’ 3-pointer with 35 seconds left.

Santa Clara took a 16-6 lead, getting eight points from John Bryant while limiting the Big Sky Conference Eagles to 2-of-12 shooting. But the Eagles rallied behind Stanojevic, who hit three 3-pointers, and tied the score at 21 on Brandon Moore’s jump hook with three minutes left in the half.

Brody Angley scored 15 points for Santa Clara. Bryant, a 6-foot-10, 305-pound center who entered the game averaging 23.6 points for the Broncos, finished with 14.

Santa Clara hit 21-of-39 from the field to offset 19 turnovers.

Matthew Brunell had 12 points and Gross 10 for Eastern Washington, which was outrebounded 33-19.

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 Top Performers
 Santa Clara
M. Henke M. Henke
6-12,  20 Pts
5 Rebs, 0 Assists
 Eastern Wash.
M. Stanojevic M. Stanojevic
5-8,  15 Pts
1 Rebs, 4 Assists

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