Santa Clara pulls away, beats San Diego 59-43
SAN DIEGO (AP)—Freshman Robert Smith scored 16 points, including 10 straight in the second half, as Santa Clara pulled away to a 59-43 victory over San Diego on Saturday night.
Smith’s 10-point streak began and ended with 3-point shots, and gave Santa Clara a 40-28 lead with 11:15 remaining.
The Broncos (10-16, 2-7 West Coast) broke a three-game losing streak despite committing 15 turnovers and making just 17-of-29 free throws. Raymond Cowels added 11 points.
Roberto Mafra scored eight points to lead San Diego (9-16, 2-7), which scored only 19 second-half points after the Broncos led 26-24 at halftime. The Toreros, who have lost seven of eight, shot 35.9 percent from the field and made just 11-of-21 from the line.
Brandon Johnson scored six points to draw within five points of breaking San Diego’s career scoring record, held by Gyno Pomare.