Bruce Elder's driving layup with three seconds left gave Vanderbilt a 76-74 victory over George Washington in the championship of the Apple Invitational Tournament Saturday night in Palo Alto, Calif.
Vanderbilt (3-1) led for virtually the entire second half until George Washington's Peter Young sank a three-point shot with 16 seconds left to tie the game at 74. But with nine seconds left, the Commodores' Kevin Anglin inbounded the ball to Elder, who then scored the most important two of his four points.
George Washington (2-2), down nine points with 3:46 left, rallied behind three field goals by Sonni Holland and five points from Alvin Pearsall. Vanderbilt helped itself by making 13 of 14 free throws in the final 12 minutes.
George Washington's Dirkk Surles (12 points, six rebounds) was chosen the tournament's most valuable player.Box score, Page B13
UCLA 149, Loyola Marymount 98: In Los Angeles yesterday, Don MacLean scored 33 points and it was the 12th-ranked Bruins who did the running and gunning in getting off to their third straight 4-0 start under Coach Jim Harrick. It was also the seventh consecutive time they've beaten the Lions (2-4).
UCLA broke the school's single-game scoring record for the second time in four games, besting the mark set in a 134-101 victory over UC-Irvine in the opening round of the Great Alaska Shootout on Nov. 23.
Terrell Lowery, Loyola's leading scorer who had a career-high 48 Saturday night against Idaho State in, was zero for 11 from the field in the first half with one point. He finished with 13.
Mary Washington 92, Webster 88: Mary Washington rallied from a 13-point deficit to capture fifth place in the Eastern Invitational at Catholic University's Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center. Freshman forward Matt Seward scored 24 points for the Eagles (2-5).
Randolph-Macon 67, Catholic 46: Dave Kagey scored 20 points to lead the Yellow Jackets (4-1) in the consolation of the Eastern Invitational at Catholic. Mike Connelly (15 points) led Catholic (1-4).
Averett College 90, Marymount 73: The visiting Cougars had a 20-point, first-half lead cut to two, but then raced away.
Clemson 68, Furman 66: Sean Tyson hit a 12-foot bank shot with 30 seconds left, then made a free throw with five seconds remaining for host Clemson.
The Tigers (4-0) held Furman (2-2) scoreless the final 2:07 to notch their 28th straight home victory.