Santa Clara Hosts First Game Of CBI Finals Vs. George Mason April 1
Santa Clara (24-11), looking for its second postseason tournament title in three seasons when the Broncos host George Mason (21-14) on Mon., April 1 at 7 pm of the first game of the best-of-three Championship Series of the College Basketball Invitational presented by Buick. The entire series will be televised live on AXS TV with Kenny Rice and Bobby Cremins making the call. The game will also be broadcast live on KDOW 1220 AM with Anthony Passarelli making the call.
George Mason hosts game two on April 3 at 4 pm Pacific and, if necessary, game three on April 5 at 4 pm Pacific. SCU has won two of the previous three meetings with GMU, including the last two. SCU won 78-76 in OT on Dec. 29, 2000 in the first round of the Cable Car Classic and added a home win, 65-58, on Jan. 2, 1992. George Mason won its first on its home floor, 69-67, on Dec. 9, 1989.
The Broncos 24 wins this season have matched the 2010-11 squad, which won five straight CollegeInsider.com games to win that tournament. It is the second-most wins in the program's 106-year basketball history. The school record for wins in a season was set by the 1968-69 team that went 27-2.
Santa Clara continued its run of postseason success with its eighth straight postseason win defeating Wright State in a CBI semifinal round game, 81-69, in Dayton, Ohio on March 27. Kevin Foster followed his 34-point night at Purdue on March 25 with 33 points to pace the Broncos. He became just the third player in school history to post back-to-back 30-point games and now has a school record eight 30+ point games in his career, breaking a tie with Dennis Awtrey (1967-70). Four of Foster's 30-point games have come in the last seven Santa Clara postseason contests. Foster also moved into fifth place in NCAA Division I with 419 career made 3-point baskets and is second in career 3-pointers attempted with 1,150.
The Broncos overcame a halftime deficit on the road for the second straight game to advance. Trailing 36-34 Santa Clara opened the second half with a 19-6 run to take a 53-42 lead with 13 minutes left. Wright State closed to 60-53, but the Broncos responded with a 13-5 run. Evan Roquemore scored SCU's first seven points of the half and finished with 16 and five assists. The Broncos shot 53.1 percent in the second half and 48.4 percent for the game. Foster scored 21 points in the second half after scoring 28 in the final 20 minutes at Purdue.
Coming off their most successful regular season in nearly 20 years the Broncos also had one of the best single-season turnarounds in West Coast Conference history in 2012-13. They won 21 regular season games for the first time since 1994-95 and their nine-game improvement in conference play, going from 0-16 last year to 9-7, is the second-best single-season turnaround in WCC history. The Broncos fell one victory shy of tying the all-time league mark, established in 1988 by LMU.
SCU is led by All-WCC first-team members Kevin Foster and Marc Trasolini. Foster is Santa Clara's all-time leading scorer and ranks No. 2 in the WCC with 2,355 points while Trasolini sits at No. 8 on SCU's list with 1,649 points. Playing together for three full seasons, Trasolini and Foster have combined for 64 victories. Add in the four wins from Foster's sophomore year before he broke his foot in the win at UCSB on Dec. 1, 2009 and the duo has won 68 games together during their time on the court (Foster played in six games in 2009 before being redshirted due to a broken foot and Trasolini was redshirted due to a torn ACL pre-season 2011-12).
Santa Clara last played in the post-season in 2011 when the Broncos won the CollegeInsider Tournament (CIT) winning five straight games with the last three coming on the road, including a thrilling 76-69 title game victory at Iona. If the Broncos are to win the CBI title they will have to do it on the road. The next two games of the best-of-three Championship Series will be played at George Mason.
Located in Fairfax, Va., George Mason finished in a tie for fifth place in the Colonial Athletic Association with a record of 10-8. The Patriots, who beat the Broncos of Western Michigan in the semifinals 62-52, will be playing a Broncos team for the second straight game. GMU is probably best known for its run to the Final Four in 2006 when the Patriots entered the tournament as an No. 11 seed and knocked off Michigan State, UNC, Wichita State and UCONN. They lost to eventual national champion Florida in the semifinals. Junior Sherrod Wright is the only Patriot scoring in double figures averaging 16.7 per game and he's averaging 19.3 ppg in three CBI games, including a career-best 29 in a second round win over Houston.
It is the second time in three years and just the third time in 17 years that Santa Clara has played in the post-season. It is the 17th post-season appearance in school history (21-17: 11-13 NCAA; 2-4 NIT; 5-0 CIT; 3-0 CBI). Santa Clara has won eight consecutive post-season games under Kerry Keating after defeating Wright State 81-69 on March 27. SCU posted a 5-0 record to win the 2011 CIT with home wins against Northern Colorado and Air Force and wins at San Francisco, SMU and Iona to win the title. In its previous post-season appearance Santa Clara defeated Maryland 91-79 in the first round of the 1996 NCAA Tournament before falling 76-51 to Kansas, who advanced to the Elite Eight before losing to eventual NCAA runner-up Syracuse, in the second round.
Santa Clara won five games in the post-season for the first time in school history in 2011. The last time it played at least four post-season games was in 1952 when the Broncos advanced to the NCAA Final Four in Seattle with wins over UCLA (68-59) and Wyoming (64-53). It dropped games to Kansas (75-55) and Illinois (67-64) at that Final Four. Kansas, coached by Phog Allen, won the national title with an 80-63 victory over St. John's, coached by Frank McGuire. The tournament that year was the first to have a true "Final Four" format, with the winners at four regional sites advancing to the final site.
Five players on Santa Clara's roster (Kevin Foster, Marc Trasolini, Evan Roquemore, Raymond Cowels III, Niyi Harrison) played major roles in the team's run to the 2011 CIT title run, but none more than Foster. He averaged 25.4 ppg two years ago, collecting two of his eight career 30-point games in the Broncos' five-game title run.
Foster has continued his post-season exploits by scoring a game-high 23 points in SCU's first round CBI win over Vermont and followed that with a 34-point night at Purdue and a 33-point night at Wright State. Foster has tallied 90 points in three CBI games (30 ppg) making 30-of-59 field goals (50.8%), 12-of-29 3-pointers (41.4%) and 18-of-24 free throws (75%). Foster needs 68 points to set a new CBI record for most in a tournament, currently held by UTEP's Stefon Jackson, who scored 157 in six games in 2009. In his eight post-season games Foster has scored 217 points (27.1 ppg) making 80-of-149 field goal attempts (53.7%) and 35-of-91 three-point shots (38.5%).
SCU has been able to turn things around in the second half during its three CBI wins. They have scored 150 points in the final 20 minutes of their three games, compared to just 94 in the first 20 minutes, and have outscored their opponents by 31 points (150 to 119). Santa Clara has combined to shoot nearly 60 percent from the field in the second half of its three games going 48-of-81 (59.3%). SCU has made 13-of-31 second half 3-point attempts (41.9%) and 41-of-51 (80.4%) free throws in the second stanza. During the first half of the three CBI games the Broncos shot just 40.4 percent (36-of-89). Kevin Foster has been a big reason for the team's second half success scoring 62 second half points in the three games. Foster was 9-of-14 from the field and 3-of-6 from 3-point range scoring 28 second half points at Purdue. He scored 21 points in the second half at Wright State going 7-of-11 from the field and 4-of-7 on 3's. Foster scored 13 points in the final 20 minutes in a first round win over Vermont. In the second half of the three games Foster is shooting 62.5 percent from the field (20-of-32), 47.1 percent from beyond the arc (8-of-17) and 77.8 percent from the free throw line (14-of-18). SCU has not led at halftime in any of its three CBI games: it overcame a 2-point deficit at Wright State, a 4-point deficit at Purdue and SCU and Vermont were tied 27-27 at the break.
There have been 31 players in the history of SCU basketball to score 1,000 career points and four of them are on the current roster. Kevin Foster is the school's all-time points leader and ranks No. 2 in the WCC with 2,355, Marc Trasolini sits at No. 8 after passing Londale Theus (1,643) in the win over Wright State with 1,649. Evan Roquemore moved into No. 20 with 1,268 points and Raymond Cowels III, with 1,060, is No. 28.
SCU was the first Division I school this season with three 1,000 point scorers on its roster when Roquemore reached that mark in a win at Pacific on Dec. 15, 2012 and was the third DI school to have four active 1,000 career point scorers after Raymond Cowels III joined the club in the win over Pepperdine on Feb. 16.
SCU is the first team in WCC history to have four 1,000 point career scorers in the same year. There are now three other teams nationally with a quartet of 1,000 point scorers: N.C. State accomplished the feat on Jan. 22, 2013 vs. Wake Forest, Davidson matched them on Feb. 9, 2013 vs. App. State and No. 1 Indiana accomplished this as well a few nights after Santa Clara on Tues., Feb. 19 vs. Michigan State.
Foster became SCU's all-time scoring leader, surpassing 1980 WCC Player of the Year and former NBA star Kurt Rambis, in a win at St. Louis on Nov. 14 and became the second player in WCC history to score 2,300 career points when he tallied 34 at Purdue on March 25. Foster is the second-highest point scorer in WCC trailing only LMU's Hank Gathers, who amassed 2,490 points from 1987-90. Foster has a school-record eight career 30-point games and has reached double-digits 30 times this season and 112 times in his 130 game career.
With 1,649 career points Trasolini is 51 away from becoming the fifth player in school history to score 1,700. He joined John Bryant, Dennis Awtrey and Kurt Rambis as the only players in school history to collect 1600+ points and 800+ rebounds in their SCU careers.
Roquemore joined the 1,000-point club early this season and climbed to No. 20 with 16 points at Wright State on Mar. 27. He moved ahead of Mitch Burley, who scored 1,258 points from 1985-89.
Cowels III has played in all but one game during his four-year career (family funeral) and has started 65 straight times since the beginning of the 2011-12 season. He became the fourth member of the current roster to score 1,000 career points and the 31st in school history when he drained a 3-point basket against Pepperdine on Feb. 16. He currently sits at No. 28 with 1,060.
Kevin Foster may well go down as one of the greatest all-around players to ever compete in the West Coast Conference. One of just two players to score over 2,300 career points, Foster leads the WCC this year in steals and is No. 6 in assists. Foster has collected 2,355 points (second best in WCC history), 454 assists and 227 steals joining LMU's Terrell Lowery as the only players in WCC history to accumulate more than 2,000 points, 400 assists and 200 steals (Lowery: 2,201 points, 689 assists and 231 steals). Foster is No. 2 nationally in active career points scored behind Lehigh's C.J. McCollum (2,361) who is out for the season with a broken foot.
Marc Trasolini (106), Raymond Cowels III (85) and Foster (122) have started all 35 games for SCU this year and have combined for 313 starts in their SCU careers. Evan Roquemore has started 32 of 35 games and has 88 career starts. The remaining nine players on the roster have a total of 130 career starts with Niyi Harrison leading the group with 45.
Foster became the all-time leader in games started when he took the court in SCU's win over LMU on Feb. 28. At Saint Mary's on March 2 Foster broke the school record for field goals made, topping Londale Theus who held the record since 1980 (Foster has 739, Theus had 712 from 1976-80). Foster also has the school career record in points scored, steals, field goals attempted, three pointers made, three pointers attempted and minutes played. Trasolini and Cowels III each have played in a school record 134 career games, surpassing Ben Dowdell, who participated in 128 games from 2007-11.
Marc Trasolini, named to the 2013 WCC All-Academic Team on March 1, is one of the 10 finalist's for the Senior CLASS Award nationally. The men's Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Final Four. Eligible seniors must have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in October.
Trasolini became the fourth player in school history to be named to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American list on Feb. 19 when he was named third team nationally. He is the only player in the WCC and Pac 12 to be named to the CoSIDA All-District Academic All-American list three straight competition years (2010, '11, '13). Trasolini is in his fifth quarter of MBA work and graduated cum laude in March 2012 with a degree in Finance (3.65 GPA).
Kerry Keating had this to say about Trasolini in the community. "On our annual trip to the Great America park to spend the day with Courageous Kids (kids with cancer) Marc has been front and center each year. At 6-9 240, he is easily visible, but the kids feel his heart when he spends time with them because he is a good person, not because he is a basketball player and tall. Marc has been a fixture at our annual summer camp and relishes his role as teacher and role model, and has developed a comfort in being easily noticeable but has more so developed strength in being a role model and good citizen."
One of the Bay's Best-Ever
With 34 points in a win at Purdue on March 25 and 34 at Wright State on March 27, Kevin Foster passed Stanford greats Adam Keefe and Todd Lichti to become the Bay Area career scoring list (includes Cal, Stanford, Santa Clara, Saint Mary's, USF and San Jose State). Foster, who has scored 2,355 career points, passed Terrell Lowery for the No. 2 spot on the WCC chart (2,201 points from 1988-92) with a game-high 20 at Portland on Feb. 23. Foster would need to score 136 points to take over the No. 1 spot from LMU's Hank Gathers, who scored 2,490 points from 1987-90. Foster became SCU's career points leader, overtaking 1980 WCC Player of the Year Kurt Rambis, in a 74-62 win at St. Louis on Nov. 14, 2012.
Foster has reached double figures 30 times in 35 games, has topped the 20-point mark 18 times, and scored at least 30 in a game four times to lead the Broncos in scoring. Foster became the seventh player in West Coast Conference history to score 2,000 career points, reaching that mark on a runner in the lane early in the second half vs. Gonzaga on Jan. 5. Against No. 10 Gonzaga on Jan. 5, he became the fourth player in Bay Area Division I history, and the first in 21 years, to score 2,000 career points.
Rank/Name School Years Total points
1. Kevin Foster Santa Clara 2008-13 2,355
2. Todd Lichti Stanford 1986-89 2,336
3. Adam Keefe Stanford 1989-92 2,319
4. Bill Cartwright USF 1976-79 2,116
The Broncos have won four straight and six of their last seven home games and are 15-5 this season on their own floor. The 15 home wins is the second-most in school history behind the 1987-88 team that won 16 home games … Santa Clara is 18-2 this season when leading at halftime and has won its last seven games when holding an advantage at the break. The Broncos were able to overcome a halftime deficit in each of their last two games and are now 5-8 when trailing at the intermission … Santa Clara has scored at least 60 points in all but two games this season and its total of 2,600 is the second-most in school history. The Broncos totaled a school record 2,810 points in 2010-11 when they played 38 games … Four of Kevin Foster's school-record eight career 30-point games have come in the Broncos' last seven postseason contests. He tied a career-high with 36 points in a second round CIT win over Air Force on Mar. 18, 2011 and notched 35 in a semifinal CIT win at SMU on Mar. 25, 2011. His 34 points at Purdue on Mar. 25 tied for the third-most in the six-year history of the College Basketball Invitational presented by Buick and he became the third player in school history with back-to-back 30-point games when he scored 33 at Wright State on Mar. 27 … SCU's nine WCC wins were its most under head coach Kerry Keating and the most since winning 10 league games in 2007. They swept four series during WCC action (Portland, USF, USD, Pepperdine), the most since getting four during the 2007 conference season … The Broncos had their highest regular-season win total (21) since 1994-95 and their 24 overall wins equals the 2010-11 team for the second-most in school history. SCU won a school-record 27 games in 1968-69. Two of the three winningest seasons have come under Kerry Keating … SCU has held opponents to fewer than 20 first half points five times …
The Broncos have nine wins by at least 20 points and four wins by at least 30 points … SCU leads the WCC in blocked shots with a season-record 166 and has three of the top-6 shot blockers in the league in Marc Trasolini (52), Robert Garrett (41) and Yannick Atanga (36) … The Broncos also boast two players among the top six in the WCC in assists with Evan Roquemore at No. 4 (5.17) and Kevin Foster at No. 6 (4.43). The two have combined for 336 assists, which averages out to 9.6 per game … SCU has three winning streaks of five or more games this season … Brandon Clark is the only non-starter to have more than one double-digit scoring game off the bench. Clark has scored 10 or more points in 10 games this season … Kevin Foster is the only player in SCU history to attempt more than 200 three-point shots in a season and make more than 100. He's attempted more than 200 for a third time this season with 301 and has made over 100 for a second time with 108 … Led by Kevin Foster's 108 and 71 from Raymond Cowels III, the Broncos have set a team season record for 3-points baskets made with 282. As a team they need seven 3-point attempts to establish a new season record in that category as well. SCU attempted 777 3-pointers in 2010-11 and currently have 771 tries from beyond the arc.
Kevin Foster and Marc Trasolini have scored 1,201 points between them this season, good for No. 3 on the top scoring tandems list, and they need 38 combined points to match their school record of 1,238 which was set in 2010-11 (Foster 766, Trasolini 472). They became the eighth Bronco twosome to score 1,000 total points in a season on Feb. 28.
Trasolini's 262 rebounds combined with Yannick Atanga's 218 put the duo at No. 9 on the top rebounding tandem list with 480 boards between them. Trasolini is already on the list at No. 3 with John Bryant in 2008-09 (610) and with Troy Payne in 2010-11 at No. 14 (451).
On the single season list, Foster now owns the top two spots in points after climbing to No. 2 with 664 after his 34-point night at Purdue on March 25 and his 33-point performance at Wright State on March 27. He owns the No. 1 ranking with 766 points scored during the 2010-11 season. Foster set the school record with 85 steals at Wright State. Foster is No. 2 in threes made and threes attempted and tied for No. 2 in field goal attempts. Trasolini is No. 5 in blocked shots and tied for No. 14 in scoring. Raymond Cowels III is No. 6 for threes made and tied for No. 2 in free throw percentage. Evan Roquemore is No. 2 in assists.
Climbing the Three-Point Ladder
Kevin Foster is the WCC's career leader with 419 after breaking a tie with LMU's Jeff Fryer vs. BYU on Jan. 12. Foster hit his record 364th career three knocking down a shot from the corner with 10:44 left in the first half vs. the Cougars. Foster is No. 5 on the NCAA Division I all-time threes made list, passing Davidson's Stephen Curry (now starring with the Warriors) who made 414 career threes from 2007-09. He needs 12 threes made to pass former All-American Chris Lofton of Tennessee (430, 2006-2009)
Foster's 152 made threes in WCC games is No. 3 all-time in league history as he passed Gonzaga's Blake Stepp with 143 threes made in WCC games (2000-04) at Portland on Feb. 23 when he made four. LMU's Jeff Fryer holds the WCC record in league-only games with 166 threes made in 49 games (1987-90) and Portland's Jared Stohl is No. 2 with 160 career WCC threes (2007-11). Foster's three threes at BYU Feb. 2 broke two-time NBA MVP and former Bronco Steve Nash's school record for career WCC threes. Nash made 132 in his 56 league games and is No. 2 all-time for the Broncos with 263 threes, a record Foster eclipsed early his junior year. Foster has attempted 10 or more 3s in a game 13 times this season and 57 times in his 129 game career. (1998-99 – sports-reference.com)
No. Player 3PA From To Last School
1. Keydren Clark 1192 2003 2006 Saint Peter's
2. Kevin Foster 1149 2009 2013 Santa Clara
In SCU's 88-75 win over Air Force on March 18, 2011, Foster broke the school record with nine threes, tying a career-high with 36 points. He also had a career-high 36 in Santa Clara's 85-71 win over Gonzaga on Jan. 20, 2011. Foster shattered the WCC single season threes made record with 140 in 2010-11, leading the country, and grabbed the nation's top spot in threes made per game as well with 3.68.
Foster's 768 points in 2010-11 were No. 6 on the WCC's single season points scored list as he finished as the leading scorer in a single season in the Bay Area as well. He broke the school's single season mark for points scored, minutes played, threes made and threes attempted that year. He was named first-team All-WCC and was named the WCC Player of the Month in February and March. He was named the WCC Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.
Kevin Foster was nicknamed 'Microwave' by his father Rick Foster during his youth after the Detroit Piston's Vinnie Johnson. Johnson earned the nickname 'the Microwave' from Celtics guard Danny Ainge for his ability to score many points in a short period of time, heating up the offense. Foster has scored 15+ points in 86 of 130 career games and he has scored 19+ in 62 career games. Foster's 19+ games follow:
Opponent/Date Pts. (3s)
1. vs. Arizona/Nov. 25, 2008 21 (5)
2. vs. Belmont/Dec. 29, 2008 24 (3)
3. at Harvard/Jan. 2, 2009 20 (4)
4. at Saint Mary's/Jan. 9, 2009 31 (5)
5. at Portland/Jan. 17, 2009 20 (3)
6. vs. LMU/Jan. 29, 2009 20 (3)
7. vs. Saint Mary's/Feb. 7, 2009 26 (4)
8. at LMU/Feb. 14, 2009 26 (5)
9. at USF/Feb. 21, 2009 20 (2)
10. vs. Gonzaga/Feb. 26, 2009 20 (3)
11. vs. San Diego/March 7, 2009 21 (4)
12. at CSUB/Nov. 13, 2009 21 (3)
13. vs. Menlo/Nov. 19, 2009 19 (4)
14. at Pacific/Nov. 22, 2009 22 (5)
15. vs. Fresno State/Nov. 28, 2009 25 (5)
16. vs. CSU Bakersfield/Nov. 12, 2010 19 (4)
17. at So. California/Nov. 15, 2010 26 (4)
18. vs. Bethune-Cookman/Nov. 21, 2010 21 (6)
19. vs. N. Colorado/Nov. 23, 2010 19 (4)
20. vs. UC Santa Barbara/Dec. 4, 2010 25 (6)
21. at San Jose State/Dec. 10, 2010 26 (3)
22. vs. Washington St./Dec. 19, 2010 29 (4)
23. at CSU Northridge/Dec. 22, 2010 22 (2)
24. vs. Bethany/Jan. 3, 2011 19 (6)
25. vs. USF/Jan. 8, 2011 26 (8)
26. vs. Gonzaga/Jan. 20, 2011 36 (6)
27. vs. Portland/Jan. 22, 2011 19 (3)
28. vs. LMU/Jan. 29, 2011 28 (3)
29. vs. St. Mary's/Feb. 10, 2011 25 (4)
30. vs. San Diego/Feb. 12, 2011 21 (3)
31. at Gonzaga/Feb. 17, 2011 27 (8)
32. at Portland/Feb. 19, 2011 29 (7)
33. vs. Air Force/March 18, 2011 36 (9)
34. at USF/March 22, 2011 27 (3)
35. at SMU (March 25, 2011 35 (5)
36. vs. New Mexico (Nov. 24, 2011) 26 (5)
37. vs. Oklahoma (Nov. 25, 2011) 19 (3)
38. vs. Cal State Northridge (Dec. 3, 2011) 20 (4)
39. vs. Pacific (Dec. 17, 2011) 26 (6)
40. at Houston Baptist (Dec. 21, 2011) 19 (3)
41. vs. Eastern Michigan (Dec. 29, 2011) 25 (6)
42. vs. Wagner (Dec. 30, 2011) 20 (4)
43. at BYU (Jan. 14, 2012) 22 (4)
44. vs. Saint Mary's (Jan. 21, 2012) 22 (5)
45. vs. Simpson (Nov. 10, 2012) 27 (7)
46. at Saint Louis (Nov. 14, 2012) 30 (2)
47. vs. Utah Valley (Nov. 21, 2012) 21 (1)
48. vs. Utah State (Nov. 28, 2012) 27 (5)
49. vs. UC Santa Barbara (Dec. 1, 2012) 28 (4)
50. at Pacific (Dec. 15, 2012) 31 (4)
51. at Duke (Dec. 29, 2012) 29 (5)
52. vs. USF (Jan. 2, 2013) 21 (5)
53. vs. Gonzaga (Jan. 5, 2013) 29 (2)
54. vs. BYU (Jan. 12, 2013) 22 (3)
55. at USF (Jan. 17, 2013) 27 (6)
56. at Pepperdine (Jan. 19, 2013) 29 (6)
57. vs. Pepperdine (Feb. 16, 2013) 22 (5)
58. at Portland (Feb. 23, 2013) 20 (4)
59. vs. LMU (March 8, 2013) 23 (3)
60. vs. Vermont (March 19, 2013) 23 (3)
61. at Purdue (March 25, 2013) 34 (3)
62. at Wright State (March 27, 2013) 33 (6)
Last One In December
On the nation's biggest stage, in one of the toughest venues in the country, Santa Clara hung around late in the second half at No. 1 Duke, but saw the Broncos six-game win streak come to an end, 90-77, on Dec. 29, 2012. Kevin Foster led SCU with 29 points, scoring 18 in the first half. His dunk on a backdoor play off a nifty assist from Evan Roquemore gave SCU a 45-41 lead 3:31 into the second half, but Duke essentially put the game away with a 26-5 run over the next 7:59 to take its largest lead, 67-50, with 8:30 to play. Foster's fifth 3-pointer of the game closed the gap to nine, 84-75, with 2:05 left, but a pair of free throws each from Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee and a basket by Quinn Cook upped Duke's advantage to 15. A late reverse layup by Evan Roquemore would close out the scoring. SCU scored the game's first five points and held the lead until the 14:40 mark of the first when a pair of free throws from Cook gave Duke its first lead at 13-12. After falling behind by 11, the Broncos used a 16-4 run over a four minute stretch to take a 30-29 lead with 4:53 remaining. The lead changed hands a few times before the end of the half with a late basket by Marc Trasolini bringing SCU within two, 38-36, at the break.