Men's Hoops To Host UMBC

Dec. 21, 2003

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University men's basketball team has played the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in each of the last two seasons. In each case, the Broncos walked off the court with hard-fought, one-point victories.

Santa Clara hopes to extend its streak to three-straight over UMBC Monday night when it hosts the Retreivers in its final game before the holiday break. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Leavey Center. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance by calling 408/554-4660. The game will be broadcast in the Bay Area by KSFB-AM (1220) and via the worldwide web at www.SantaClaraBroncos.com.

The Broncos enter the game with a 6-5 overall record after dropping a heartbreaking 66-61 overtime decision to Mississippi State Saturday night at the Leavey Center. Santa Clara led throughout most of the game until MSU's Winsome Frazier hit a three-point with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to send it into overtime.

The MSU game marked the return of junior point guard Kyle Bailey, who missed the Eastern Washington and Oregon games due to injury. He led the team in scoring with 14 points and added a team-high five assists in 30 minutes of action. J.R. Patrick and Brandon Rohe both scored 10 points in starting roles against the undefeated Bulldogs, who improved to 9-0 on the year.

Perkins leads the Broncos in scoring, averaging 12.5 points per game. The junior transfer has led the team in scoring in five of the 11 games this season with high outings of 21 against Pacific and 20 at Oregon. Bailey is scoring 10.6 points per game and averages a team-high 3.9 assists. Jim Howell is grabbing a team-high 5.9 rebounds per game.

UMBC, 3-4 on the season, dropped the first game of its Bay Area trip Saturday night by a score of 74-58 at San Francisco Saturday night. The Retreivers fell behind by 21 points (40-19) at halftime as they committed a total of sixteen turnovers, while making just five of nineteen field goals.

A pair of California natives led the Retreivers in scoring at USF. Cory McJimson, a native of Rialto, Calif. scored 16 points against the Dons, while Pasadena, Calif. native Seth Davis added 14.

The two teams have met only twice in history, each coming in the last two seasons. The Broncos knocked-off UMBC 59-58 in the first round of the 2001 Cable Car Classic then earned a 55-54 win in Baltimore last season.

Following the UMBC contest, Santa Clara will be off until the 37th annual Cable Car Classic scheduled for Dec. 29-30 at the Leavey Center. This year's field includes Brigham Young University, Idaho State, Santa Clara and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.