Scores

Final

UC Riverside 61

(0-9, 0-5 away)

Santa Clara 63

(6-5, 5-1 home)

    9:00 PM ET, December 28, 2005

    Leavey Center, Santa Clara, California

    1 2 T
    UCRV 31 3061
    SCU 30 3363

    Top Performers

    UC Riverside: R. Porter 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast

    Santa Clara: J. Bryant 16 Pts, 17 Reb, 1 Ast, 6 Blk

    Santa Clara 63, UC Riverside 61

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Travis Niesen had 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead Santa Clara to a 63-61 victory over UC Riverside in the first round of the Cable Car Classic on Wednesday night.

    John Bryant scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half and added 17 rebounds for the Broncos (6-4), who improved to 4-1 at home. Mitch Henke added 10 points.

    Rickey Porter scored 22 points to lead UC Riverside (0-9), which dropped its 13th straight dating to last season. The Highlanders are off to their worst start since their first season in 1954-55.

    The Highlanders lost their previous eight games by an average of 19.5 points.

    Santa Clara will play Bucknell, a 63-57 winner over Boston University, in Thursday's championship game. BU plays UC Riverside in the third-place contest.

    Niesen converted a three-point play with 5 1/2 minutes left to play to give Santa Clara a 60-48 edge and complete a 24-10 run over a 10-minute span.

    The Broncos held off a late charge from UC Riverside, which scored 15 of the final 18 points to draw within the final margin heading into the final minute.

    Porter had a final shot for the Highlanders but missed a 3-point attempt with time running out.

    The Highlanders led 23-16 late in the first half, their largest lead of the season against a Division I opponent. UC Riverside held a 13-point halftime edge against Division III Puget Sound last week.

    UC Riverside led 31-30 at halftime.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UCRV
    SCU
    Points 61 63
    FG Made-Attempted 22-74 (.297) 22-59 (.373)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-23 (.348) 2-11 (.182)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-11 (.818) 17-23 (.739)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 11 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 6

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