Bryant helps Santa Clara to 70-54 victory
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP)—John Bryant had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help Santa Clara get its first conference win of the season, 70-54 over San Francisco on Friday night.
James Rahon added a career-high 21 points as the Broncos (8-13, 1-4 West Coast Conference) ended a six-game losing streak.
Kwame Vaughn scored 14 points to lead the Dons (8-12, 0-5), who lost their fifth straight and eight of nine overall. Dior Lowhorn had 13 points.
Bryant, the nation’s fourth leading rebounder, recorded his 14th double-double of the season, one shy of Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin for the most in the nation.
Lowhorn, the WCC’s leading scorer, missed 12 of his first 14 shots before finding his mark, hitting three straight at one point, and scoring seven of his points in the final 10 minutes. He finished with his worst shooting night of the season (5-of-18) and his second-lowest point total.
He entered the game shooting over 48 percent from the field and 50 percent from long range.
The Broncos streaked to an early 22-9 lead and never trailed. They limited San Francisco to a season-low 17 points in the first half and led by 16 at the break.
Broncos’ freshman guard Troy Alexander underwent right wrist surgery and will be out for the remainder of the season. He started six of the team’s first seven games before injuries slowed him.
Santa Clara also played without Texas Tech transfer Decensae White, who was not on the bench because of a “team issue” according to Broncos’ coach Kerry Keating.