Evan Roquemore fires 16, leads Santa Clara past San Jose State

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

San Jose, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Evan Roquemore scored 16 points, Raymond Cowels III added 13 points and Kevin Foster had 11 points to carry Santa Clara to a 75-54 victory over cross-town rival San Jose State Tuesday at San Jose State Event Center.

With the win, Santa Clara improved to 7-2 and extended its dominance over San Jose State in their head-to-head showdown, 74-29.

Since 1980, Santa Clara has played San Jose State 31 times and Santa Clara has won 21 of those meetings. Santa Clara has won nine of the last 11 meetings vs. the Spartans, including the last four of five games.

“Winning a rivalry game on the road is a big deal for us. We did a good job of contesting a lot of shots. They have been pretty good on the boards. They have some bigs that will put some pressure on you and we didn’t give in when they did get an offensive board,” said Broncos head coach Kerry Keating.

Santa Clara shot 46.6 percent from the field (27 of 58), including 40.0 percent from the three-point line (8-for-20). The Broncos collected 16 assists, nine blocks, 40 rebounds, eight steals and 17 turnovers.

“It all starts with defense and we were big tonight,” said Roquemore. “By us getting those stops in the first half, it really helped us.”

Foster, for his part, passed Adam Morrison of Gonzaga (2003-06, 1867 points) to move to No. 12 on the West Coast Conference career points scored list with 1,872 career points.

James Kinney was the only player in double digits with 19 points for the Spartans (5-4), who shot an anemic 25 percent from the field.

The Broncos went on a 12-0 tear in the first half to grab a 21-12 lead and never looked back from there.

“The 12-0 run helped us. We had to keep Kinney in check and that run helped us. That probably frustrated them a little bit and helped us in the long run,” said Keating.

John McArthur buried a free throw and Foster sank a 10-footer to put the Broncos up 24-12. Roquemore later sank a jumper to make it 31-14 before the Broncos settled for a 44-25 lead at the break.

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