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Santa Clara takes control early and holds on to beat Pepperdine 60-57

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SANTA CLARA, California — Jared Brownridge and Brandon Clark each scored 13 on Saturday night and Santa Clara nearly squandered a 14-point lead but held on to beat Pepperdine 60-57.

Santa Clara was 13 of 14 from the foul line, but the one miss came with five seconds left when Clark could have given the Broncos a four-point lead.

Pepperdine's Jeremy Major narrowly missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

Nate Kratch added 10 points for SCU (11-10, 5-4 West Coast), which moved into a third-place conference tie with Pepperdine (12-8, 5-4) and BYU.

Brownridge had 11 points in the first half as Santa Clara led 29-15 on its way to a 35-24 advantage at the intermission. The Broncos missed 11 of their last 12 field goals in the second half.

The Waves used a 10-2 run to get within 53-51 with 5:08 left. Stacy Davis led Pepperdine with 21 points and nine rebounds.

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