Evan Roquemore’s 3-pointer with three second left was off-target and the Santa Clara Broncos lost to the San Diego Toreros Thursday night at the Leavey Center 69-66.
The Broncos (10-10, 3-4 West Coast Conference) led by four, 32-28, at the half, but the Toreros (11-8, 2-4) bounced back to take the lead for good midway through the second half on a pair of free throws by Johnny Dee, taking control of the game with a 7-0 run.
The Broncos battled back, getting it to a one-possession game on Brandon Clark’s layup with 40 second left that pulled Santa Clara back to within 67-64. After Duda Sanadze missed the front end of a one-and-one, the Broncos closed to within one on a pair of free throws by Jared Brownridge with six seconds to go.
Sanadze made a pair of free throws with five seconds left to put San Diego back up by three before Roquemore’s final shot missed.
Sanasze led the Toreros with 25 points. Dennis Kramer added 14 points and five rebounds and Christopher Anderson scored 11 points. Jito Kok and Brett Bailey also had five boards apiece and Kok dished out three assists.
Clark had 21 points for the Broncos, with Brownridge adding 19. Jerry Brown scored 11 points and Roquemore finished with 10 points and five rebounds. John McArthur handed out four assists.
San Diego was 24-for-45 (53.3 percent) overall, 7-for-12 (58.3 percent) from 3-point range and 14-for-20 (70 percent) from the free-throw line. Santa Clara was 24-for-51 (47.1 percent), 4-for-14 (28.6 percent) and 14-for-19 (73.7 percent).
The Broncos out-rebounded the Toreros 28-26 and had nine turnovers, compared to 10 for San Diego.
Santa Clara has now dropped two in a row and will host BYU on Saturday night for a 7 p.m. Pacific tipoff.