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.
"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 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.
Shawn Payne had three hits, but the rest of the Giants managed just three more in a 1-0 loss to the host Visalia Rawhide.
Giants starter Edwin Escobar allowed three hits and struck out six in five scoreless innings. Visalia scored the only run of the game on a home run in the sixth inning.
No. 9 hitter Brant Whiting hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning, lifting the No. 25 Stanford baseball team to a 4-2 win at USC. Mark Appel (5-2) allowed two runs and seven hits over 82/3 innings.
The Bears' Michael Kim, the nation's No. 1 player, was tied for sixth at 2-under 69.