Mafra helps San Diego edge Santa Clara 61-59
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.