Santa Clara runs past Loyola Marymount 82-56
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP)—Senior center John Bryant grabbed 22 rebounds, tying his career high, and freshman guard James Rahon equaled his career best with 25 points in Santa Clara’s victory over Loyola Marymount 82-56 on Thursday night.
Bryant became the nation’s leader in total rebounds for the season with 306, passing Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin, who has 295.
Guard Kevin Foster added 20 points for Santa Clara (10-13, 2-4 WCC). He was 3 of 6 from beyond the arc, giving him 54 3-pointers for the season, a Santa Clara record for freshmen.
Vernon Teel led LMU (1-21, 0-6) with 20 points. Jarred DuBois added 12 for the Lions.
Bryant, who had 12 points and 5 blocks, pulled down 11 rebounds in the first half, catching Griffin. He then passed him with an 11-rebound second half. He tied former Bronco Kurt Rambis’s Leavey Center record of 22 rebounds.
Bryant entered the game averaging 12.9 rebounds per game, third in the nation behind Griffin (14.0) and Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody (13.3).
In his past three games, Rahon has scored 71 points. He had a career-high 21 against the San Francisco Dons, set a new personal best with 25 on Sunday against Houston Baptist and equaled that mark Thursday night. Against LMU, Rahon was 8-for-12 from the field and 5-for-6 from beyond the arc.
LMU trailed by just eight points late in the first half, but Santa Clara went on a 9-1 run in the final 3:30 and built a comfortable 38-22 halftime lead.
Bryant’s slam off a Rahon feed made it 36-22, and Rahon beat the buzzer for a lay-up, pushing the Broncos’ lead to 16 points. The Broncos, who have won three straight games, went on a 13-2 burst to start the second half, increasing their lead to 51-24. Foster’s three-point play and Rahon’s 3-pointer from the left corner ignited the run.
Rahon had a huge first half, scoring 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 from 3-point range. Foster also had a hot first half, scoring 10 points. He was 4 of 6 from the field and 2 of 3 from beyond the arc.
Santa Clara junior Decensae White, a transfer from Texas Tech, missed his third straight game because of what coach Kerry Keating called an “internal team issue.” A team representative says he will also miss Saturday night’s home game against Pepperdine.