SANTA CLARA -- After seizing control early, Santa Clara's men's basketball team had to sweat out its 89-77 victory over San Jose State on Tuesday before 1,456 fans at the Leavey Center.
The men's game was the second part of a SCU-SJSU doubleheader. Earlier, the Spartan women scored in the final seconds to secure a 97-93 victory over the Broncos.
In the men's game, the Broncos (2-0) never trailed and led by double digits for much of the contest after scoring a flurry of points during a four-minute stretch in the first half to go up by 19. However, the double-digit lead all but vanished when freshman guard Dylan Alexander hit a 3-pointer with 4:50 remaining to pull San Jose State (0-1) within nine at 73-64.
SJSU then stayed within striking distance the rest of the way, pulling within eight points multiple times, including once with less than a minute remaining on a layup by D.J. Brown.
"We missed a few offensive rebounds and took a few ill-advised shots," Broncos coach Kerry Keating said of the Spartans' comeback attempt.. "Sometimes, when things are happening that fast, you have to slow things down and realize that the clock's on your side."
Although his debut as the Spartans coach didn't yield the win he'd hoped for, Dave Wojcik saw some things he liked from his players in the second half.
"It was a tale of two halves," Wojcik said. "They put us on our heels early, were aggressive and got most of the loose balls and 50-50 balls.
"After halftime, we played with more urgency. We got stops and started limiting them to one shot."
Junior guard Brandon Clark led SCU with a game-high 23 points. Senior forward Jerry Brown had a double-double for the Broncos, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
San Jose State was led by junior forward Jaleel Williams, who scored 20 points, including 8 for 8 shooting from the foul line. Freshman guard Rashad Muhammad added 15 points for the Spartans.
The Broncos improved to 22-10 against their local nonconference rival. SCU has won 10 of the teams' past 12 meetings.
Santa Clara jumped out to an 11-4 lead just over four minutes in thanks to a pair of 3-pointers by Clark. Julian Clarke fueled another run that helped SCU widen its lead to as many as 19 midway through the first half.
In the women's game, a Britta Hall steal with seven seconds to play and a pair of Jayzyl Tauala free throws with three seconds left propelled the San Jose State to a 97-93 victory.