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San Diego 86, St. Francis (NY) 78

December 23, 1997

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Brian Miles scored 24 points and a stingy defense helped pace San Diego to an 86-78 win over St. Francis on Monday night.

Miles was key for the Toreros (6-3), who led 35-34 at halftime, and pulled away in the first 11 minutes of the second half. Miles scored 8 points and Lamont Smith hit a pair of three-pointers to give San Diego a 62-46 lead with nine minutes left.

The Toreros defense limited St. Francis to just 37 percent shooting from the floor and took an 85-67 lead before the Terriers (5-4) scored 11 straight points in the final 45 seconds against San Diego’s reserves to make the score closer.

Miles hit 9-of-9 shots and grabbed 9 rebounds as the Toreros made 57.8 percent of their shots. Ryan Williams added 16 points and Brock Jacobsen and Smith had 12 each.

St. Francis, coming off a 92-83 overtime win at Long Beach on Saturday, were led by Angel Santana and Ray Minlend, who scored 21 points apiece. Henry LaLane came off the bench to score 15 points and had 9 rebounds.

San Diego enjoyed a huge advantage at the free-throw line, hitting 30 of 41 compared to just 19 of 27 for the Terriers.

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