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Santa Clara holds off Pepperdine for 72-65 WCC win



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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — KJ Feagin and Henry Caruso scored 10 points in the final minutes as Santa Clara held off Pepperdine for a 72-65 win to open West Coast Conference play on Thursday night.

Santa Clara (4-9), which had dropped four straight, held a 29-27 halftime advantage. The teams batted the lead back and forth until a Matt Hauser 3-pointer put the Broncos up 58-55 with 5:56 left. Caruso, Kai Healy and Feagin had three straight layups for a 64-59 advantage with 2:35 remaining. Santa Clara made eight free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.

Pepperdine's Colbey Ross had two layups to close to 68-65 with 14 seconds left.

Hauser finished with 19 points, hitting 5 of 9 from distance. Caruso added 16 points with six rebounds and three steals and Feagin totaled 15 points while dishing out six assists.

Ross had 20 points for Pepperdine (3-10).

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