SANTA CLARA -- Santa Clara had a much happier ending against Wagner in Saturday night's Cable Car Classic title game than it did last year.
Marc Trasolini scored a game-high 23 points, and junior guard Evan Roquemore added 16 points and 10 rebounds as SCU beat the Seahawks 69-45 at the Leavey Center to avenge last season's championship-game loss.
"Coach (Kerry Keating) asked us if we wanted to play (Wagner) again, and we said, 'Definitely,' " Trasolini said. "We wanted that one back, and we got it back. It feels great."
Saturday's victory marked the first time the Broncos (11-2) have won their annual four-team men's basketball tournament since 2008, when they edged Texas-El Paso 89-88 in overtime. It also means Santa Clara will be riding a six-game winning streak heading into Saturday's game at No. 1 Duke.
"We're playing with a lot of confidence right now," Trasolini said. "We believe we can do anything, including beating Duke at their place."
Trasolini, one of just two players remaining from SCU's last Cable Car championship squad, was named this year's tournament MVP. In addition to his performance Saturday, the senior center -- who redshirted last season after suffering a torn ACL -- had 24 points and 11 rebounds in Friday's win over Alcorn State.
Keating said Trasolini's scoring filled a void on a night when two of his top 3-point shooters, seniors Kevin Foster and Raymond Cowels III, struggled to make shots.
Roquemore joined Trasolini on the all-tournament team and also received the Kevin O'Connor Award, given to the most inspirational player.
Wagner's Jonathon Williams, a senior forward from Kennedy High-Richmond, was named to the all-tournament team as well despite scoring just four points in Saturday's game.
SCU came achingly close to ending its Cable Car title drought last season, only to lose on a buzzer-beating baseline jumper by Kenneth Ortiz, who appeared to have taken the shot after rebounding the ball out of bounds behind the backboard.
This time, the Broncos led from start to finish. Trasolini scored the first bucket less than a minute in to ignite a 10-2 run and had 14 points in the first half to help stake Santa Clara to a 33-19 halftime lead.
SCU dominated Wagner (5-4) defensively in the half, holding the Seahawks to 7-for-29 shooting from the field.
"Our defensive energy was perfect," Trasolini said. "We made the stops when we needed to. Holding them to seven points in the first 12-(plus) minutes was huge."
In the consolation game, SMU beat Alcorn State 67-52. Jalen Jones had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the Mustangs.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.