Travis Niesen had 15 points and five rebounds for the Broncos
(5-4), who had lost three of their previous four games and were
coming off an 18-point defeat at North Carolina on Saturday.
Santa Clara shot a season-low 33.8 percent from the floor in the
loss to the Tar Heels but had no such problems against the
overmatched Argonauts. Sparked by Henke and Bryant, who went a
combined 14-for-17, the Broncos shot 58.9 percent against Notre
Dame de Namur and dominated on the boards with a 46-20 rebounding
Pat Menzel scored a season-high 19 points for the Argonauts.
Notre Dame de Namur (4-6), which is playing in its first season of
Division II after previously competing in the NAIA, was held to a
season-low for points and is winless in four road games this year.
Santa Clara led early and was never challenged, using separate
17-0 and 15-0 runs in the first half to put the game out of reach.
The Broncos led 44-17 at halftime and continued to pull away in the
second half, holding the Argonauts to just three baskets and nine
points over the final 14 minutes of the game.
With his team comfortably ahead throughout the game Santa Clara
coach Dick Davey substituted liberally and emptied his bench in the
second half. Nine Broncos scored in all while no Argonaut player
beyond Menzel scored more than five points.
Henke's 3-pointer with 13:57 left to play gave Santa Clara a
61-26 lead, then Bryant scored on consecutive trips down the floor
to push the Broncos ahead 75-32. Six straight points from Domineek
Daniel, including an emphatic dunk with 1:34 remaining, and a short
basket from Cliff Sammet closed out the scoring for Santa Clara.
Henke scored seven points to give the Broncos a 25-4 lead midway
through the first half. Santa Clara later scored 15 unanswered
points to go ahead by 31.
The Broncos held an overwhelming 29-5 rebounding edge in the
first half while holding the Argonauts to just six field goals on
24 percent shooting.