Santa Clara, CA (Sports Network) - Kevin Foster paced four teammates in double
figures with 28 points as the Santa Clara Broncos outlasted the George Mason
Patriots, 81-73, in Game 1 of the College Basketball Invitational championship
round at the Leavey Center.
Foster shot 5-of-11 from 3-point range and 9-of-11 from the foul line for
Santa Clara (25-11), which won its fourth straight game in the tournament.
Evan Roquemore netted 20 points and dished out six assists, Marc Trasolini had
17 points and seven rebounds, while Raymond Cowels III added 10 points in the
For George Mason (21-14), Jonathan Arledge logged 21 points and eight
rebounds, Bryon Allen recorded 15 points and eight assists, while Patrick
Holloway poured in 17 points off the bench. Erik Copes made up for a poor
night from the field (1-of-6) by hauling in 14 rebounds.
After outshooting George Mason from the field in the first half, 51.9 percent
to 34.5 percent, Santa Clara carried a 39-31 lead into intermission.
Even though the Broncos shot just 36 percent after the break, they hung on to
their advantage for the entire second half. Down by 11 with under a minute
remaining, George Mason made things interesting by scoring seven points in a
matter of 16 seconds, but Santa Clara scored the final four points of the game
to seal its fate.
The Broncos turned 19 Patriots' turnovers into 19 points. They also shot an
impressive 25-of-30 from the free-throw line.
George Mason will host Game Two on Wednesday, as well as Game Three on Friday,
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