The Santa Clara Broncos pulled out a 95-91 victory over the San Francisco Dons to advance to the semifinals of the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The 2011 CIT semifinals will feature Santa Clara traveling to SMU on Friday March 25, and Iona traveling to East Tennessee State on Saturday March 26. The winners of those games will square off in the 2011 CIT Championship on March 30.
The Broncos received huge efforts from Evan Roquemore and Kevin Foster. Roquemore had 30 points and Foster had 27 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Troy Payne had 12 points and 9 rebounds. San Francisco came up short in spite of strong efforts across the board. Angelo Caloiaro had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Rashad Green had 19 points, and Cody Doolin had 18 points and 10 assists.
The Dons wrap up their season at 19-15. They began the 2010-2011 season at 4-9, but proceeded to go 15-5 prior to last night’s loss. Next year’s Dons could be fearsome in a revamped WCC (adding BYU) as they return almost their entire roster. Barring transfers, the only player they lose is Moustapha Diarra who averaged 7.8 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game. While they might not be a national title contender in 2011-2012, the USF Dons will be a force in the West Coast Conference.