Santa Clara 81, George Mason 73
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP)
Marc Trasolini had 17 points and Raymond Cowles III scored 10 for the Broncos (25-11). Foster shot 7 for 15 from the field, including 5 for 11 on 3-pointers, and 9 for 11 on free throws.
Santa Clara shot 44 percent (23 for 52) from the field, including 10 for 24 (42 percent) on 3s.
Game 2 of the best-of-three series is Wednesday in Fairfax, Va. The Patriots will also host Game 3, if necessary, on Friday.