Mafra helps San Diego edge Santa Clara 61-59

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LAS VEGAS (AP)—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 rebounds.

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.

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 Top Performers
 Santa Clara
Robert Smith Robert Smith
5-8,  16 Pts
5 Rebs, 2 Assists
 San Diego
Roberto Mafra Roberto Mafra
4-5,  14 Pts
12 Rebs, 0 Assists

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