Santa Clara, seeking its second postseason title in three seasons, hosts George Mason at the Leavey Center on Monday night in the opener of the best-of-three College Basketball Invitational.

The series will then shift to Fairfax, Va., as George Mason will host Game 2 on Wednesday. Should a third game be needed, it will be at George Mason on Friday.

Seniors Kevin Foster (19.0 points per game) and Marc Trasolini (15.3) are the top scorers on Kerry Keating's Broncos (24-11) and will be playing their final home game Monday (tipoff, 7 p.m.). Paul Hewitt's Patriots (21-14) are led by junior guard Sherrod Wright (16.7).

All the games will air on KDOW (1220-AM) and on AXS television.

The Broncos won the College Insider.com tournament in 2011.

Baseball

Gus Triandos, a catcher who spent the majority of his 14-year major league career with the Baltimore Orioles, died at his San Jose home Thursday, his daughter said. Triandos was 82.

Tracey Hook said her father suffered from congestive heart failure and had been in and out of the hospital.

Triandos broke into the majors with the Yankees in 1953 and played in 20 games over two seasons in New York before becoming a starter with the Orioles in 1955. A four-time All-Star, Triandos played eight seasons in Baltimore before finishing with Detroit, Philadelphia and Houston.

According to the family, he is also survived by his son, Gary; daughter, Lori Luna; and wife, Evelyn.

Track and field

Olympic gold medalist and former San Jose State sprinter Ronnie Ray Smith died Sunday at a hospice in Los Angeles, former college teammate Kirk Clayton said. Smith was 64.

Smith attended San Jose State during the "Speed City" era under coach Bud Winter.

Charlie Greene, Mel Pender, Smith and Jim Hines won the 400-meter relay at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. The U.S. quartet set a world record of 38.24 seconds.

In the semifinals of the 1968 AAU meet, Smith and Hines both ran 9.9 in the 100 to set a world mark. But at the final U.S. Olympic trials, Smith placed fourth.