November 30, 2002

Bronco Men's Hoops Drops First Game

Nov. 30, 2002

Box Score

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Brandon Hawkins' jump shot from the foul line with 3.9 seconds remaining lifted San Jose State to a 71-69 non-conference victory over Santa Clara Saturday night.

The basket finished a back-and-forth game in which each team took control in the second half, only to see it slip away.

Trailing 57-54 with 6:58 remaining, San Jose State outscored Santa Clara 11-6 to lead 65-60 with 3:04 left. Forward Carlton Baker scored seven of the Spartans' points during the stretch.

Santa Clara's Kyle Bailey then hit three consecutive three-point shots to give the Broncos a 69-65 lead with 1:06 remaining.

Hawkins made two free throws for the Spartans at 0:51 to make it 69-67. Bailey was called for an offensive foul with 27 seconds left, and Baker followed by making a driving shot from the lane with 15 seconds left to tie the score.

However, Baker was called for a foul after the shot, sending Santa Clara's Cord Anderson to the foul line. Anderson missed the front end of the one-and-one, and San Jose State drove for what proved to be the winning basket.

Baker led all scorers with 19 points, and had six rebounds. Keith West added 12 points for San Jose State (2-1) of the Western Athletic Conference.

Brandon Rohe led Santa Clara (3-1) of the West Coast Conference with 18 points, while Bailey scored 14.

Hawkins, the Spartans' Eric Walton and Santa Clara's Jim Howell had seven rebounds apiece.

Santa Clara led most of the first half and held a 30-28 halftime advantage. The Broncos hit only five of 15 foul shots in the half, but made five three-point shots. San Jose State had none. Santa Clara made only 9 of 22 shots in the game.

Santa Clara returns to action Wednesday with its second-straight game against a Western Athletic Conference opponent when it travels to Fresno State. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Broncos return home Saturday for a contest against the University of Washington at the Leavey Center. For tickets, click here.