SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Matt McCarthy had 10 points and seven rebounds and San Francisco avoided a late collapse to beat Santa Clara 61-58 on Thursday night.
The Dons (18-8, 8-5 West Coast Conference) had a 25-point lead late in the first half and went into halftime up 44-24.
The Broncos (13-13, 7-6) cut the deficit down to one and had a 3-point attempt in the final seconds that would have sent it to overtime.
Broncos leading scorer Jared Brownridge had been quiet until there was 8:30 left in the second half when he scored Santa Clara's next 10 points to cut the deficit to 57-47. KJ Feagin had a 4-point play at 2:11 and a 3-pointer with 1:15 left to bring the Broncos within 59-58.
Chase Foster capped the scoring on a left-handed runner in the lane with 42.8 seconds left and the Dons moved into a third-place tie with BYU in the conference standings.
Feagin tied a career high with 26 points and Brownridge finished with 15.