SANTA CLARA — Grant Gondrezick scored all but one of his 18 points in the second half Friday night to pace 20th-ranked Pepperdine to its seventh straight victory, 56-51 over Santa Clara in a West Coast Athletic Assn. game.
The victory boosted the Waves to 23-4 overall and 11-1 in the conference, while the Broncos slipped to 10-16 and 5-7.
It was Pepperdine's 16th victory in 18 games.
Dwayne Polee helped the Waves with 13 points while Eric White added 10.
Steve Kenilvort led Santa Clara with a game-high 21 points. Dan Weiss added 10 points for the Broncos.
Santa Clara, boosted by Kenilvort's 13 points, held a 25-20 lead at the half. The Broncos led 21-12 with 4:42 to play, but Pepperdine went on 8-0 spurt to trail by one point with 1:37 left. Kenilvort then scored the last four points of the half.
Pepperdine's trapping defense and Gondrezick's scoring brought the Waves back in the second half.
They took the lead at 30-29 with 13:20 left on a tipin Anthony Frederick. After Santa Clara tied the game at 33 with 11:39 left, Pepperdine scored 18 of next 26 points to go ahead, 51-49, with 3:40 remaining. Gondrezick scored 13 of Pepperdine's 18 points during that stretch.