Vancouver, B.C. - The Santa Clara Broncos threw their best punch to start the game against a tough Minnesota squad, shooting an impressive 40 percent from behind the arc and 42 percent from the field in the first half. Santa Clara guard Tahj Eaddy led his team with 9 points for the Broncos shooting a terrific 80 percent on the half. Santa Clara controlled led most of the first half until freshman guard Gabe Kalscheur who’s season high is 19 points, went off and poured in 18 of Minnesota’s 33 points to take the lead and close the first half 33-29.
Going into the second half Santa Clara would not back down, freshman Keshawn Justice and sophomore Josip Vrankic led a run that would keep the Broncos within 4 with 6 minutes left to go. It was a run that could have possibly closed out the ball game for coach Herb Sendek but the patience and experience of the coach Pitino’s ball club would be undeniable with Gabe Kalscheur going for a career high 25 points, Jordan Murphy’s 15 point and 17 rebound night and big time slam from Sr. Dupree McBrayer over a Santa Clara big man to close the game. Dupree would finish with 15 points.
The 2-0 start would move the Gophers to 4-0 on the season. A start that coach Pitino looked forward to his team having for momentum to carry throughout the rest of the season.
Minnesota will take on the Washington Huskies Nov. 21//