Gonzaga outlasts Santa Clara

Updated: January 5, 2013

Kelly Olynyk led the way with 33 points and 10 rebounds as No. 10 Gonzaga downed Santa Clara, 81-74, at Leavey Center.

Elias Harris added 14 points and Gary Bell, Jr. totaled 12 for the Bulldogs
(15-1, 2-0 WCC), winners of six straight games.

Kevin Foster’s 29 points, three assists and three steals weren’t enough for
the Broncos (12-4, 1-1). Marc Trasolini contributed 19 points and nine boards
in a losing cause.

Santa Clara couldn’t muster enough to make a full comeback in the final

Yannick Atanga’s shot with 2:53 remaining pulled the hosts within 70-66, but
Olynyk answered the next trip down the floor to restore a six-point edge for
the visitors.

After Evan Roquemore sank two free throws, Olynyk answered right back, then
made two from the line to make it 76-68 for Gonzaga inside the one-minute mark
of regulation.

Raymond Cowels made an easy layup, but Kevin Pangos answered with two free
throws for an eight-point spread and the Bulldogs kept Santa Clara at bay for
the remaining time.

A 12-4 run early in the first half reversed a three-point deficit and gave
Gonzaga a 22-17 edge on a Olynyk jumper. Foster later finished off a three-
point play to cap a Broncos surge and leave them up 30-29 with 5:35 left
before halftime.

Eight in a row from the Bulldogs, ending on an Olynyk layup, put them ahead
37-30, and that margin stood at intermission after a Roquemore free throw
pulled Santa Clara within 41-34.

Brandon Clark’s triple got the Broncos within 52-51 after more than 6 1/2
minutes elapsed in the second half, but the school from Spokane opened things
up thanks to a 12-3 run which left them up 64-54 with 8 1/2 minutes remaining
after Sam Dower’s pair from the line.

Game Notes

Gonzaga has beaten their California counterparts in 26 of the last 28 meetings
and leads the all-time series 48-30 … The Bulldogs converted 27-of-30 free
throws and shot 55.3 percent (26-of-47) from the floor … Santa Clara
committed just eight turnovers in defeat.