LAS VEGAS -- DJ Mitchell scored 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting and No. 7 seed Santa Clara beat No. 10 seed Portland 76-62 in the opening round of the WCC Tournament on Thursday night.
The Broncos (20-12) advanced to face sixth-seeded Pepperdine in the second round on Friday.
Santa Clara led from the opening basket and went into halftime with a 42-23 lead. The Pilots (9-23) got the deficit to 72-60 but couldn't get closer.
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