SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- John Bryant scored a career-high 20
points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Santa Clara held Eastern
Washington's Rodney Stuckey -- the nation's third-leading scorer
this season -- to his lowest total ever on the way to a 91-68 win on
Stuckey, averaging 26.7 points going into the game, had just 12
against the Broncos and did not lead the Eagles in scoring for the
first time in 37 games. The sophomore guard, the reigning Big Sky
MVP, was shut out in the first half and struggled with his touch,
going 5-for-13 from the floor.
Eastern Washington (5-5), which trailed by as many as 29 points
late in the second half, was outscored 44-24 in the paint in losing
for the fifth time in six road games this season. Omar Krayem led
the Eagles with 19 points and was 6-for-7 on 3s.
Santa Clara held a one-point edge at halftime, but broke the
game open with a 12-2 run to open the second half, with Bryant's
four points and a 3-pointer by Danny Pariseau providing the spark.
Pariseau, who spent his first three seasons at Eastern Washington
before transferring to Santa Clara, had five points and nine
Angley's two-handed scoop shot underneath the basket and a dunk
by Tristan Parham -- playing for the first time since undergoing
arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Nov. 28 -- pushed the Broncos'
lead to 61-45 with 13:44 remaining.
The Broncos trailed late in the first half but went on an 11-4
run to take a 37-35 lead. Matt Penoncello put Eastern Washington
back in front with a 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining, before
Angley's 10-foot jumper at the buzzer gave Santa Clara a 39-38
Eastern Washington committed 13 turnovers in the first half but
went 8-for-11 from 3-point range to keep it close against a Santa
Clara team that held four of its previous four opponents under 40