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Brownridge and Clark lead hot-shooting Santa Clara over Loyola Marymount 85-54 in WCC tourney

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LAS VEGAS — Jared Brownridge and Brandon Clark scored 19 each and No. 7 seed Santa Clara rolled 10th-seeded Loyola Marymount 85-54 in the opening round of the West Coast Conference tournament on Friday night.

Jarvis Pugh added 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Santa Clara (14-17), which earned a matchup with No. 2 seed Brigham Young in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

PHOTO: Loyola Marymount's Evan Payne shoots against Santa Clara during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the West Coast Conference tournament Friday, March 6, 2015, in Las Vegas. Santa Clara won 85-54. (AP Photo/David Becker)
Loyola Marymount's Evan Payne shoots against Santa Clara during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the West Coast Conference tournament Friday, March 6, 2015, in Las Vegas. Santa Clara won 85-54. (AP Photo/David Becker)

Evan Payne had 16 of his 29 points in the second half and Ayodeji Egbeyemi added 14 points for Loyola Marymount (8-23).

The Broncos held LMU to 22 points on 7-of-30 shooting in the first half. The Lions got no closer than 48-37 in the second and Santa Clara outscored LMU 37-17 from there to reach their largest lead at the final score.

Santa Clara shot 19 of 30 (63.3 percent) in the second half. Brownridge finished 5 for 8 from 3-point range and Santa Clara was 9 for 17.

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