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Smith leads Santa Clara to 71-68 victory

Jan 2, 2010 - 11:44 PM SANTA CLARA, Calif.(AP) -- Ray Cowels made four free throws in the final 5 seconds and Robert Smith scored a season-high 17 points as Santa Clara held on to beat New Hampshire 71-68 on Saturday.

Michael Santos added a season-high 15 points as the Broncos (8-8) snapped a three-game losing streak. Marc Trasolini had 12 points.

Tyrone Conley scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Wildcats (5-6). Dane DiLiegro added 20 points.

The Broncos took a 65-58 advantage into the final minute before the Wildcats rushed back to take the lead at 68-67 on a running jumper from Chandler Rhoads with 14 seconds remaining.

Cowels gave the Broncos the lead again with 5 seconds to play and sealed it with two foul shots with 1.6 seconds left. He was 6 for 6 from the free-throw line and finished with eight points.