Santa Clara used a strong showing from the free-throw line Monday night to pull away for a 72-64 home victory over Cal Poly in a men’s nonleague college basketball game.
The Broncos (9-2) also made the most of the Mustangs’ 13 turnovers, scoring 17 points off them.
Cal Poly’s struggles on the road continued. Four of the Mustangs’ five losses this year have come on the road.
Cal Poly (4-5) was 9 of 12 from the free-throw line while the Broncos were 23 of 28 in the first meeting between the two schools since 2005.
Marc Trasolini scored 24 points on 9-of-12 field-goal shooting to lead Santa Clara.
Evan Roquemore added 16 points, including two free throws that gave the Broncos the lead for good at 52-50 with 8:32 to play. Raymond Cowels III chipped in 12 points, and Kevin Foster had 10 points and seven assists. Roquemore finished 9 of 10 at the free-throw line.
Chris Eversley led the Mustangs with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Kyle Odister scored 11, including three 3-pointers, off the bench. Brian Bennett had 10 points and six rebounds.
Cal Poly’s 11-0 run, capped by Dylan Royer’s layup two minutes into the second half, put the Mustangs up 33-31, and Santa Clara stayed close but didn’t lead again until Roquemore’s free throws, part of a 13-2 Broncos run that put the game away. Royer finished with eight points.