Santa Clara 61, San Diego 52

Kevin Foster scored 15 points and Santa Clara used a tough

second-half defense to key a 61-52 victory over San Diego on

Thursday night.

Santa Clara (10-8, 1-1 West Coast) shut down the Toreros in the

second half by holding them to 23 points on just 18 shots and

forcing nine turnovers. San Diego shot 54.2 percent in the first


Foster hit a 3-pointer with 2:20 remaining after the Toreros had

cut the lead to 54-50 on Matt Dorr’s 3-pointer.

Troy Payne followed with a steal and basket to give the Broncos

a nine-point cushion. Payne finished with 10 points.

San Diego (3-14, 0-3) was led by Dorr’s 12 points and nine from

Chris Gabriel.

After the game was tied 29-all at halftime, Santa Clara used a

12-4 run in the first 7 1/2 minutes of the second half to go ahead

41-33 and never trailed again.