March 4, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Diamon Simpson scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Saint Mary's to a 76-72 overtime victory over Santa Clara in the West Coast Conference tournament Saturday.
Third-seeded Saint Mary's (16-11), hit 9 of 12 free throws in overtime to advance to Sunday's semifinal against Loyola Marymount.
After Simpson missed a free throw with 13.6 seconds left in regulation, Santa Clara's Joey Kaempf hit a 3-pointer as time expired to tie it 62-62 and send the game into overtime. Kaempf led all scorers with 21 points, hitting 6 of 9 from beyond the arc.
John Winston had 18 points for the Gaels, Brett Collins added 15 and Todd Golden had 13 for Saint Mary's.
Santa Clara (14-15), the tournament's sixth seed, held Daniel Kickert, Saint Mary's all-time leading scorer, to 5 points.
Santa Clara trailed for most of the first period, but Kaempf hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final 1:15 minutes to give the Broncos a 31-29 halftime lead.
The Gaels beat Loyola Marymount 82-70 in the final game of the season to tie for second place in the conference, but LMU got the second seed because of a tiebreaker.