Santa Clara holds off San Diego Christian 70-58

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Clark scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half to lead Santa Clara past San Diego Christian 70-58 on Saturday night.

Clark made 8 of 12 field goals, including 2 of 4 from 3-point range, and had nine assists. Jared Brownridge added 16 points and Jarvis Pugh grabbed nine rebounds.

Peter Beale-Wirsing’s three-point play with 13:43 remaining pulled San Diego Christian within three, 42-39, but Santa Clara (2-0) used a 15-4 run to pull away for good.

San Diego Christian shot just 38.3 percent from the field, but used an 18-10 advantage on the offensive glass — and 18 second-chance points — to keep the game, which was tied at 29 going into halftime, competitive.

Beale-Wirsing scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. Derrick Thompson added 12 points and Daniel Nielsen scored 11.

The game served as an exhibition for NAIA San Diego Christian.