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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jared Brownridge scored 28 points, including 11 of 11 at the free-throw line, and Santa Clara pulled away from San Francisco in the final minute to win 76-69 in the West Coast Conference quarterfinals on Saturday night.
Santa Clara (17-15) led 64-63 with 1:13 to go but scored the next five over a 43 second period to stretch its lead to six. A Ronnie Brown 3 for San Francisco (20-12) cut the score back to 69-66, but that was as close as the Dons got.
Two Brownridge free throws pushed the Broncos lead back to five, and Santa Clara held on from there.
Nate Kratch finished with 16 points and Jarvis Pugh added 12 for the Broncos, who hit 20 of 23 free throws overall.
Ronnie Boyce led all scorers with 33 points for the Dons, who hit 50 percent of their shots but just 4 of 16 from 3-point range.
Santa Clara plays the winner of Gonzaga and Pacific.
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