SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Foster scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half to help Santa Clara beat Eastern Michigan 75-55 on Thursday night in the first round of the Cable Car Classic.
Niyi Harrison added 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the Broncos (8-4), who improved to 6-0 at home, their best start on their home court in 22 years.
Darrell Lampley scored 14 points to lead the Eagles (5-8), who lost their second straight and seventh in eight games overall. J.R. Sims added 10 points.
Foster was 9 of 13 from the field, including 6 of 10 on 3-pointers as he finished one point shy of his season high. He moved into eighth place on Santa Clara’s all-time scoring list with 1,595 points, and his 293 3-pointers rank third on the West Coast Conference’s career list.
The Broncos led 25-18 at halftime and by as many as 27 in the second half.
Santa Clara will play Wagner for the tournament championship Friday evening. Broncos coach Kerry Keating was an assistant at Seton Hall when Seahawks coach Dan Hurley was a player there in the mid-1990s.
Wagner beat Air Force 72-61 earlier in the day. The Falcons and Eagles will play a consolation game earlier Friday.
Eastern Michigan, nearing the end of a nine-game road trip under first-year coach Rob Murphy, never got closer than three points after the opening moments.
The Eagles drew within 13-10 with 10:23 remaining in the first half, but went cold and did not score again for over nine minutes.
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