Kevin Foster scored a career-high 36 points, including 11 straight during a key stretch late in the second half, and Santa Clara beat Gonzaga, 85-71, on Thursday in Santa Clara, Calif, ending the Bulldogs' season-best nine-game winning streak.
Foster went 11-for-20 from the floor and raised his arms in celebration as the sellout crowd at the Leavey Center gave the team a standing ovation late in the game. The senior guard then punctuated the win with his sixth 3-pointer of the game with 18 seconds remaining.
Ben Dowdell, who had 10 points and six rebounds for Santa Clara (11-9 overall, 2-2 West Coast Conference), jumped onto a courtside table as fans stormed the court to celebrate the Broncos’ first win against the Bulldogs in nearly three years and their first at home in the series since Feb. 22, 2000.
Steven Gray had 17 points, and Robert Sacre added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Zags (13-6, 3-1), who were held to three points in the final four minutes.
At Eastern Washington 72, Northern Arizona 59: Kevin Winford’s 14 points led four players in double figures as the Eagles (5-13, 2-4 Big Sky) beat the Lumberjacks (10-8, 2-4).
EWU closed it at the free-throw line, making 10 straight in the final 2:14.
Tremayne Johnson came off the bench for 13 points and four blocked shots, Jeffrey Forbes had 12 points and Cliff Colimon 11 for the Eagles, who snapped a five-game losing streak.
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No. 19 Kentucky 59, at Florida 58: Victoria Dunlap scored 12 points, including two free throws with 10 seconds left, to help the Wildcats (14-4, 3-2 SEC) beat the Gators (12-8, 2-4).
At Vanderbilt 65, No. 23 Arkansas 54: Freshman Jasmine Lister scored 17 points, including a career-high five 3-pointers, and Stephanie Holzer added 16 points as the Commodores (13-6, 4-2 SEC) upset the Razorbacks (15-3, 3-3). C’eira Ricketts had a career-high 29 points for Arkansas.
Connecticut freshman forward Samarie Walker, saying she is struggling with her commitment to basketball, has left the No. 2-ranked women’s team and plans to transfer. Walker played in 17 games, averaging more than six points and almost six rebounds. ESPN says the fourth annual Jimmy V Week brought in a record $1.2 million in donations to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The money raised during the Dec. 1-7 drive was a 30 percent increase from 2009’s $950,000.