SAN JOSE — Santa Clara continued its run of success over its South Bay neighbor on Tuesday with a 75-54 win over San Jose State at The Event Center.
It's the Broncos third straight win over the Spartans and their ninth in the past 11 meetings. Evan Roquemore scored 16 points to lead the way for Santa Clara (7-2). Raymond Cowels III and Kevin Foster also reached double figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
The Broncos shut down San Jose State's interior scorers, holding Chris Cunningham and Alex Brown to a combined 12 points. The Spartans (5-4) shot only 25 percent from the field.
"Winning a rivalry game like this on the road by a significant margin and starting on the defensive end is definitely something we'll take," Santa Clara coach Kerry Keating said.
The Broncos surged ahead in the first half with a 12-0 run that made it 28-12 with 7:25 to go in the half. That complimented an earlier 12-3 run by Santa Clara.
"We didn't function very well in the first 10 minutes of the game, and that put us in a hole," San Jose State coach George Nessman said. "And then we played like we were in a hole rather than just playing out the game."
Before the Broncos' 12-0 run, the Spartans held Santa Clara scoreless for more than four minutes. But the Broncos defense answered most of SJSU's stops and the Spartans only scored four points during that stretch.
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San Jose State's James Kinney, who entered the game fourth in the nation in scoring at 23 points per game, led the Spartans with 19. No other players reached double figures for SJSU.
The loss snaps the Spartans' three-game winning streak and is their most lopsided loss of the season, eclipsing the 13-point defeat to Kansas.
"We didn't execute offensively," Kinney said. "We broke down on a lot of our sets. That leads to bad shots and bad decisions overall."
SJSU's only extended run was a 7-0 spurt in the first half to get within 31-21 with 3:55 left in the half. But the Spartans didn't have a field goal the rest of the half as Santa Clara pushed the advantage to 44-25.
The Broncos continued to control the game in the second half. The scored the first four points of the period to push their lead to 23 points.
Santa Clara held at least a 16-point lead throughout the second half. SJSU scored only four points over a six-minute stretch late in the game and Santa Clara's lead reached as high as 25 points.
The Broncos saw a balanced scoring effort, with eight players scoring at least five points. Marc Trasolini added nine points and a game-high nine rebounds.
"Any time you can do that it's going to be a bonus," Keating said. "We have some guys that can score the ball, but if you can spread it out like that it makes you a much more dangerous team."
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