San Diego 61, Santa Clara 59
Roberto Mafra had 14 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks to
lead San Diego over Santa Clara 61-59 in the first round of the
West Coast Conference tournament Friday night.
Chris Lewis added 12 points for sixth-seeded San Diego (11-20),
which will play third-seeded Portland in the quarterfinals
Saturday. Brandon Johnson added 11 points for the Toreros a game in
which neither team built more than a five-point lead.
Robert Smith led the seventh-seeded Broncos (11-21) with 16
points and five rebounds. Michael Santos added 11 points and six
After Johnson converted a free throw with 10 seconds remaining,
Smith missed a driving shot from the right side with 3 seconds
left. Santa Clara never got off another shot.
After the Broncos took a 49-44 advantage with 9:02 remaining,
the Toreros rallied and took the lead for good 54-53 on Mafra’s
three-point play with 3:40 left.