Western played the San Diego Toreros for the second time this year on Sunday afternoon. After losing last Monday, the Broncos won this round 68-66. With the win, the Broncos secured the 5th place spot in the DirectTV Wooden Legacy Tournament.
Winning this one took some late game dramatics from the Broncos, as guard David Brown completed the deciding layup with one second on the clock.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair, with the Broncos only trailing by one point at the break, 40-39. The second half continued to be close, but the Toreros jumped out to a 66-60 lead with 2:08 remaining.
San Diego would not score another basket.
In those final two minutes, the Broncos completed an 8-0 culminating in the Brown basket of the final seconds. Scoring in that stretch also came from two Tucker Haymond free throws, a Connar Tava layup from Brown, and another jump shot from Brown.
Connar Tava led the Broncos in scoring yet again this year, putting up 23 points on the day. Brown was second in scoring, providing 14 points along with seven assists. Tucker Haymond led the team in rebounds with eight.
Just like when Western and the Toreros last faced each other, guard Johnny Dee led San Diego in scoring. Dee had 17 points, going 6-14 over 33 minutes. The Broncos allowed San Diego guard Christopher Anderson to provide 12 assists in the last meeting. Sunday, however, Anderson only had six. Bronco head coach Steve Hawkins and his squad clearly learned not to let Anderson move the ball around.
San Diego center Jito Kok also contributed 15 points to the Toreros effort, including a perfect 7-7 from the stripe. This was the same point total Kok saw last time he played against the Broncos.
This game ends a six day California road trip for the Broncos. The Broncos went 2-2 over that stretch, finishing strong with the team's two wins coming Friday and Sunday.
Next the Broncos will head all the way back across the country to Boston, where they will play the Northeastern Huskies. Look out for a preview of that game to come here at Hustle Belt.