FAIRFAX, Va. -- Tournament MVP Kevin Foster scored 24 points and the Santa Clara Broncos used a big second half to hold off George Mason 80-77 on Friday to win the College Basketball Invitational championship. Just one season removed from a winless West Coast Conference campaign, SCU (26-12) won the best-of-three tournament for its second postseason title in three seasons.
Marc Trasolini added 20 on Friday, scoring 16 in the second half. Evan Roquemore had 19, and sealed the championship with four free throws in the final 20 seconds.
SCU's 26 wins are one short of the school record set in 1968-69 (27-2).
"I am really proud of our guys," SCU coach Kerry Keating said. "With Marc and Kevin as fifth-year seniors we are trying to establish being competitive in tournaments like this in the postseason. It's a process and we are working to build on winning the CIT two years ago and now the CBI this year. We have to stay focused moving forward. I am really excited about our three signees coming in and certainly Nate Kratch, who we redshirted this year and will take Marc's place next year.
"Our five seniors are leaving behind quite a legacy and have set a high standard. I couldn't be happier or prouder of our guys."
But before the Broncos could celebrate, George Mason's Patrick Holloway missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer to settle the tight series.
Foster's three-pointer with 1:11 put the Broncos ahead for good at 75-73. Foster finishes his career with 431 threes, tying him for No. 4 all-time in NCAA history. He also finishes with 2,423 career points, second-all-time in the West Coast Conference.
"I am so glad I could end my five years with a win," said Foster. "We played hard tonight. We didn't play well the other night. We gave up too many rebounds. We have worked very hard since April 2, 2012 to get here. We worked hard and wanted it all year long."
Foster, who leaves as the Bay Area's all-time leading scorer, set a CBI record with 158 points in the tournament.
George Mason was led by Sherrod Wright, who collected his second straight double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds, Jonathon Arledge added 16 points and Erik Copes grabbed 11 boards.