Healy scores 19, Santa Clara hands Portland 1st WCC defeat
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Kai Healy scored a career-high 19 points, KJ Feagin 17 and Jared Brownridge surpassed 2,000 points in his career as Santa Clara knocked off Portland 70-42 on Thursday night.
The loss was the first in West Coast Conference play for Pilots coach Terry Porter.
Brownridge surpassed 2,000 points, scoring on a breakaway layup, but picked up his fourth foul with nearly 11 minutes left and finished with eight points, his second-lowest total this season. With 2,001 points, Brownridge is the 11th WCC player to break 2,000.
Healy saw extra minutes after Matt Hauser was hurt on a pick two minutes in, and capped a 14-1 run with a 3-pointer that built the Santa Clara (8-8, 2-1 WCC) lead to 25 with 10:21 remaining.
Portland’s Alec Wintering and Jazz Johnson — sixth nationally as a scoring tandem at 39.5 ppg — combined for 27 on 9-of-22 shooting. Johnson scored 19 and Wintering was pressured into seven turnovers.
Portland (9-6, 2-1) travels to undefeated and fifth-ranked Gonzaga on Saturday.