The Saint Mary’s Gaels and Santa Clara Broncos have been playing against each other in multiple sports since 1910. It’s always an occasion when they get together and they’ll meet for the first time this season on Wednesday at Santa Clara.
Saint Mary’s has won nine of their first 10 games to start the season. Their lone loss was by four points at California. The Gaels are a strong team and should be a factor in March. Sophomore guard Emmett Naar leads the way with 14.9 points and 6.9 assists, but the Gaels have seven players that average at least 8.0 points per game.
Santa Clara is 4-9 on the season. They lost their first seven games of the season before winning four straight, all at home. They lost their latest game at Pacific on Monday by a narrow 72-73 margin in overtime. Junior guard Jared Brownridge is putting up 20.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
Saint Mary’s has won eight of their last 10 against Santa Clara, who won 71-70 at home in February. Brownridge made a lay-up with seven seconds left to give the Broncos a famous win.