SANTA CLARA, Calif. - A hot shooting Santa Clara men's basketball used three double-digit scoring runs on 60-percent shooting from the field to post a convincing 88-72 victory over Stanford on Friday night inside a raucous Leavey Center.
Santa Clara (2-0) had 27 assists on 34 field goals leading to a balanced scoring effort that saw four Broncos score in double-figures.
Graduate transfer PJ Pipes led the Broncos with 24 points on 9-for-11 shooting with four of them coming from behind the 3-point line. Jalen Williams added 19, Josip Vrankic had 16 and a career-high eight assists while Keshawn Justice had a double-double scoring 14 and pulling down a career-high 13 rebounds.
Harrison Ingram paced the scoring for Stanford (1-1) with 19 points while Maxime Raynaud added 16. The Cardinal were held to 39 percent shooting from the floor.
The Broncos had scoring runs of 21 and 10 points to sandwich a 13-2 run by the Cardinal to lead 45-32 in the opening half draining eight 3-pointers.
Pipes scored 12 in the half and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers to go along with five assists.
Santa Clara continued its hot shooting in the second half scoring 13 straight in the first three minutes of action to open a 23-point lead. They pushed the lead out to as many as 26 and maintained at least a 14-point cushion for the remainder of the game.
- Santa Clara posted 27 assists on 34 made field goals. It marked the highest assist total for the Broncos since posting 28 in a 100-71 win over Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 20, 2019.
- The Broncos' win over Stanford was their first over the Cardinal since Dec. 16, 2006, a 62-46 victory on the Farm. The teams have played just four times since that win.
- The last time the Broncos defeated Stanford in a home game was on Nov. 28, 2004 (86-76).
- Keshawn Justice recorded 14 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the third double-double of his career. His previous two occurred last season.
- Josip Vrankic posted a career-high eight assists.
- Freshman Camaron Tongue made his Bronco debut
The Broncos play the third game of a four-game homestand when they host Nevada on Tuesday. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. inside the Leavey Center.