Tigers Fall As Broncos Pull Away In Second Half

Tigers Fall As Broncos Pull Away In Second Half

STOCKTON, Calif. – Freshman Keshon Montague scored a career-high nine points, including a half-court buzzer-beater at the first half horn, but a second half surge by Santa Clara propelled the Broncos to a 64-47 victory over Pacific Saturday evening at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
 
Pacific fell to 9-18 overall (3-11 West Coast Conference) with the loss. Santa Clara improved to 14-13 overall (8-6 WCC).
 
Neither team led by more than five points in a tightly contested first half, and the teams went into the intermission deadlocked at 27-27. Montague secured the halftime tie with a half-court bucket at the horn for his third three-point field goal of the half. Montague finished the first half with a team-leading nine points, which also surpassed his previous career-high game total. The Tigers connected on seven of their 17 first half three-point attempts as a team.
 
Pacific moved the ball with ease throughout the opening 20 minutes, tallying eight assists on 10 made field goals. A total of five Tigers recorded at least one assist in the half.
 
The Broncos did their damage in the post in the first half, outscoring the Tigers 16-4 in the paint. Senior Jared Brownridge reached double figures in scoring with 10 points for Santa Clara in the first period.
 
Santa Clara scored the first 10 points of the second half to build a 37-27 lead. Pacific was held scoreless in the half until sophomore Anthony Townes broke through with a driving layup with 16:11 remaining. Townes scored 10 of his team-high 12 points in the second half and added a team-high eight rebounds. Junior Ray Bowles added nine points, three rebounds, and three assists, before fouling out with 1:05 remaining.
 
The Broncos shot 61.1 percent (11-of-18) from the field over the final 20 minutes.
 
Brownridge finished with a game-high 26 points on 7-of-14 shooting for Santa Clara and was joined in double figures by fellow senior Nate Kratch, who had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Emmanuel Ndumanya pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds for the Broncos.
 
The Tigers shot 31.1 percent (19-of-61) from the floor as a team in the game, including 32 percent (8-of-25) from three-point range. The Tigers made just one of six free throw attempts.
 
Pacific hits the road for its next three games, starting with a match-up at Portland on Thursday, Feb. 16th. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.