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Santa Clara Holds On For 67-60 Win Over San Francisco

Kyle Bailey led SCU with 17 points
 
Kyle Bailey led SCU with 17 points
 
 

March 5, 2005

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara (15-15, 7-7 WCC) held on for a 67-60 win against Bay Area rival San Francisco (16-13, 6-8 WCC) Saturday night in the second round of the WCC Championships at the Leavey Center on the campus of Santa Clara. Santa Clara won the opening tip and never trailed in the game, as they took a 37-26 lead into the half and lead by as many as 17 in the second half.

Santa Clara was led by Kyle Bailey with 17 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the floor and 8-of-11 from the free-throw line. Brody Angley and Travis Niesen added 13 and 12, respectively for the Broncos.

San Francisco's Tyrone Riley scored a game-high 18, followed by John Cox with 17.

The Dons cut the lead to seven with less than a minute to go, but Angley and Bailey hit key free-throws down the stretch and San Francisco was not able to convert at the other end of the court.

Santa Clara out-rebounded the Dons, 44-36, in the game.

Santa Clara's Tristan Parham put down a crowd-pleasing dunk off an inbounds play at the 15:44 mark that sparked a Santa Clara run that extended the lead to 17 at 49-32.

San Francisco hit three straight 3-pointers on consecutive trips down the court to cut the lead to 10 with 9:25 to go in the game.

Santa Clara jumped out to an early 14-4 lead with 15:20 to go after Bailey hit back-to-back baskets and Doron Perkins converted an easy fast-break lay-up. Riley brought San Francisco back to within six with three straight buckets, but Angley and Ethan Rohde hit back-to-back threes to extend the lead back to 10 at 22-12 midway through the first half.

Angley lead Santa Clara with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including 2-of-3 from beyond the 3-point line to give Santa Clara a 37-26 at the half. Cox was the high-point man for the Dons in the first half with 12 on 5-of-12 shooting from the field.

Santa Clara moves onto to the semi-finals tomorrow night against No. 2 seed Saint Mary's at 9:00 pm at the Leavey Center. San Diego and Gonzaga advance to the other semi-final at 6:00 pm.