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CollegeInsider.com Tournament Quarterfinal Recap - Santa Clara 95, San Francisco 91

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For the Santa Clara Broncos, the third time was the charm and the timing could not have been better. After dropping the previous two meetings to West Coast Conference rival San Francisco during the regular season, the Broncos outlasted the Dons in the quarterfinals of the College Insider Tournament at War Memorial Gym in San Francisco, California on Tuesday evening. It was a wild offensive affair, with both squads firing on all cylinders with hopes of extending their respective seasons just one more game. Santa Clara’s ability to get to the free throw line was the difference maker all evening.

Kevin Foster shook off a poor shooting night by taking the fight inside the San Francisco paint. Shooting just 6-of-20 on the evening, including 3-of-11 from range, Foster matched the San Francisco free throw output as a team with 15 attempts. Foster also made three more of his attempts than the entire Dons squad. Foster’s struggles from the field were simply unique to him on this March evening as nearly everyone on the floor, both in the maroon and the white, shot the ball effectively. Santa Clara shot just under 50 percent on the night while the Dons shot a blistering 53 percent from the field, including 10 made three-pointers. Defense, it seemed, was merely an afterthought.

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San Francisco’s Angelo Cololaro was tremendous for the Dons. The multi-faceted junior, who has struggled with consistency during the season, was on the top of his game with the season on the line. Cololaro had 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace head coach Rex Walters club. Cololaro’s teammate Cody Doolin also had a double-double, dishing out 10 assists to go along with his 18 points. Rashad Greed added 19 points. San Francisco fans are excited at the prospect of all three returning next season.

Head coach Kerry Keating’s club is playing its best basketball of the season. The Broncos have six of their last seven contests, including the past two rounds of the CIT. The ability to compete and win in tournament play will only help Santa Clara moving forward into next season, especially the Broncos three top impact players all returning to campus next season. Progress can already be seen as the Broncos vanquished a foe which had beaten them twice this season. With a semifinal contest at Southern Methodist on the horizon, the Broncos will have a chance to win and advance once again. Two victories on the horizon will deliver Santa Clara a CIT Tournament Championship, and all the experience that comes with it.

By Zach Bloxham
DFN Sports Staff Writer
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