Nov. 19, 2010
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -Kevin Foster made a 3-pointer with 17.8 seconds remaining to give Santa Clara its only lead Thursday night and the Broncos overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half to beat Rice 66-65.
Foster, who led Santa Clara in scoring through their first two games, had only five against Rice before scoring the final four points of the game. He also grabbed Tamir Jackson's missed layup with 4 seconds left to secure the win.
Rice led by as many as 10 points in each half.
Sophomore forward Arsalan Kazemi helped pace the Owls' to a double-digit lead in the first half. He scored 15, first-half points, had six rebounds and two steals in the period. His play included a steal of the inbounds pass after a driving layup by Trey Stanton. Kazemi was fouled while scoring and knocked down a free throw that gave the Owls a 24-15 lead with 7:31 to play in the half.
The Owls led 41-31 with a minute to play in the first half before the Broncos scored the period's final four points.
Stretched over the final minute of the first half in the early minutes of the second, Santa Clara outscored Rice 10-2 to cut the Owls' lead to 43-41. But Rice would run the lead back out to 10 points later in the period.
While Santa Clara never took the lead until the final seconds they held the Owls in check the final 10 minutes, keeping the Rice advantage to a two-possession lead or less.
Tamir Jackson's driving layup with 3:11 to play gave Rice a 65-60 lead but the Owls would not score again in the game.
Ben Dowdell got free for a dunk on the Broncos' next possession and Foster made the first of two free throw attempts at the 2:07 mark to cut the Owls' lead to 65-63.
Neither team scored again until Foster sank his three in the final seconds.
Robert Smith had 10 points to lead the Broncos (2-1), who lost to the Owls (2-1) in 2009.
Arsalan Kazemi recorded his third straight double-double with 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Jackson added 15 points and five assists.
Rice is back in action Sunday when they play host to St. Gregory's. Tip-off is 3 p.m. in Tudor Fieldhouse.