Jones’ 24 points leads San Diego over Santa Clara, 66-62

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP)—Rob Jones scored a game-high 24 points to lead San Diego to a 66-62 win over Santa Clara on Saturday night.

Brandon Johnson added 14 points and seven assists for San Diego (14-12, 9-2 West Coast), which is currently in third place in the conference having won seven of its last eight games.

Santa Clara center John Bryant scored 18 points and Mitch Heinke had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Broncos (13-13, 5-6), who have lost three of their last four games.

Santa Clara briefly took the lead on a 3-pointer by Mitch Henke with 6:44 to play. But the Broncos were held scoreless for over three minutes as the Torreros would take a five point lead with 3:32 remaining.

Bryant finally scored for the Broncos with 3:27 to go on a hook jumper, trimming the lead to 55-52. Bryant added a layup with 35.6 seconds remaining to give him 1,000 points for his career.

But Jones made two free throws to make it a six point San Diego lead with 34 seconds remaining.

After a Henke 3-pointer, the Torreros tried to waste time off the clock before Johnson was fouled and made two more from the line with 10.6 seconds left. Santa Clara ran a fast-break and Henke scored a layup with 3.3 left, down by three points.

Gyno Pomare was fouled on the inbounds pass, but made one free throw to seal the victory.

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 Top Performers
 San Diego
Rob Jones Rob Jones
10-12,  24 Pts
4 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Santa Clara
Brody Angley Brody Angley
5-7,  14 Pts
8 Rebs, 6 Assists

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