Keith Washington went coast-to-coast and scored the go-ahead layup with 0.3 seconds remaining to lift the Rice Owls to a 67-66 win over the Santa Clara Broncos in the Cable Car Classic consolation game at the Leavey Center.
Brandon Clark’s layup with seven seconds to go had given Santa Clara (2-4) its first lead of the game, but Washington quickly answered for Rice (3-4).
Sean Obi powered the Owls with 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting and also had nine rebounds. Seth Gearhart added 15 points, while Max Gearcy and Washington each scored 11. Marcus Jackson dished out seven assists for Rice.
Evan Roquemore scored 17 points to lead the Broncos to go with a team-high four assists. Clark finished with 15 points and Jerry Brown added 13 points and nine rebounds. Nate Kratch blocked three shots.
Santa Clara shot 40.7 percent from the floor (24-for-59), 28.6 percent from 3-point range (6-for-21) and 63.2 percent from the line (12-for-19).
Rice was 51.2 percent overall (22-for-43), 40 percent from behind the arc (6-for-15) and 70.8 from the foul line (17-for-24).
North Dakota State beat Rider 87-70 to win the tournament title.
Santa Clara goes to Cal State Bakersfield (5-1) Thursday night for a 7 p.m. tip.