Santa Clara drops WCC opener to Gonzaga, 74-60

Santa Clara drops WCC opener to Gonzaga, 74-60
December 28, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Gonzaga guard David Stockton led the Bulldogs with 21 points in their 74-60 win over Santa Clara on Saturday. (USATSI)

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SPOKANE, Wash. -- David Stockton scored a season-high 21 points as injury-plagued No. 24 Gonzaga beat Santa Clara 74-60 in the teams' West Coast Conference opener on Saturday night.

Kevin Pangos had 17 points on 5-for-8 shooting for the Bulldogs (11-2, 1-0), who have won 12 of the previous 13 conference titles.

Gonzaga was without starting forward Sam Dower Jr., the team's second-leading scorer and rebounder, who was out with a back injury caused by a fall in a recent loss against Kansas State. Pangos, who was averaging a team-high 18.3 points despite dealing with a toe injury, also missed a stretch of the second half while receiving treatment.

Brandon Clark scored 22 points as the Broncos (7-7, 0-1) lost for the seventh consecutive time in Spokane.