SANTA CLARA — Two dry spells, one in each half, choked the University of San Diego men's basketball team and led to a 64-58 West Coast Athletic Conference loss to Santa Clara Saturday.
The Toreros fell to 5-11 with their fourth loss in four conference games.
The first drought came in the first half, beginning with 6:30 left. USD was leading, 19-16, but Santa Clara scored nine consecutive points and went on to take a 27-24 halftime lead.
With 15:06 to play, USD again went cold. Ahead, 34-32, the Toreros allowed Santa Clara to score 10 consecutive points. Melvin Chinn's 3-pointer put Santa Clara ahead, 42-34.
Santa Clara eventually increased its second-half lead to 13 points, and USD couldn't come all the way back. Down, 53-40, with 6:18 to play, the Toreros made their final run and closed to within 60-58 on Danny Means' 3-point jumper with 10 seconds to play. But four Santa Clara free throws put the game away.