Like the final shot in Hoosiers, there was no doubt who would take the final big shot for Santa Clara in the CIT championship game Friday, the last college game except for the NCAA Final Four that starts Saturday. Earlier this season Kevin Foster (photo courtesy of Santa Clara athletics) scored 30 points against St. Louis, 29 against Duke and 29 against Gonzaga. He averaged 26.3 points in the tournament – the most important three coming with 1:11 to play to give Santa Clara the lead for good at 75-73.
The CIT is the only college tournament that plays a best of three for the title. Foster scored 28 to lead Santa Clara to a 81-73 home win Monday, then was held to 16 on Wednesday as George Mason prevailed at home 73-66, and finally had 24 points including five three-pointers to deliver the 80-77 win on George Mason’s home court in Fairfax.
Foster was ranked just outside the top 10% of all players at the end of the regular season, but will likely shoot up due to the dominating performance in the tournament. He also had 16 steals in the four games to finish 25th in steal percentage for the season, taking the ball away on 4.4% of all opponents’ trips down the court.
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