Santa Clara Travels To The Northwest For Two Key Games Against Portland And Gonzaga

Santa Clara Travels To The Northwest For Two Key Games Against Portland And Gonzaga

Feb. 7, 2007

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Next Up for the Broncos
The Santa Clara Broncos hit the road for two games this weekend in the Northwest. SCU first plays the Portland Pilots on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7:00 p.m. PT at the Chiles Center. The Broncos will look to sweep the season series from the Pilots. Then on Monday, Feb. 12, Santa Clara faces Gonzaga at 9:00 p.m. PT at the McCarthey Center. The game against Gonzaga will be broadcast live on ESPN2, while both games will be available on the radio on 1220 KNTS.

Last Game for the Broncos
Santa Clara completed a season sweep of San Francisco on Feb. 5 with a 74-62 win at the Leavey Center. Sean Denison had 18 points and a career hgih 16 rebounds, while Danny Pariseau scored 19 points and had six rebounds and four assists to lead the Broncos to the win. SCU had a 17-point lead cut to three late in the second half, but the Broncos recovered to pull away for the 12-point win. The Broncos held USF to .375 shooting from the field.

Head Coach Dick Davey
In his 15th season as the head coach at Santa Clara, Dick Davey has compiled a career record of 247-187 (119-85 WCC), which includes three 20-win seasons. Davey has also posted a 140-62 record at home for a .693 winning percentage. He owns the most WCC wins among active coaches and is the first Bronco coach to lead Santa Clara to four 10-plus win seasons in WCC play. A three-time conference Coach of the Year, Davey has coached Santa Clara to three regular season league titles, one WCC Tournament title, three NCAA Tournament appearances and five wins over top-25 teams. Davey served as a Bronco assistant for 15 seasons (1977-92) under former head coach and athletic director Carroll Williams and is a member of the prestigious Board of Directors for the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Bronco's 100th Season
2006-07 marks the 100th season of men's basketball at Santa Clara. The basketball team at Santa Clara first started in 1905 and became a varsity sport in 1917-18. In their 99 seasons, SCU has had seven All-Americans, 15 postseason appearances (11 NCAA, 4 NIT), three WCC Coaches of the Year, and one visit to the Final Four (1951-52). In 2006-07, the Broncos again face some of the top competition in the country as they attempt to earn their 16th postseason appearance. To celebrate 100 seasons of basketball, the Broncos are hanging a number of former Bronco's jerseys in the rafters of the Leavey Center this year. Bob Feerick had his No. 5 put in rafters on Jan. 6, alongside Steve Nash's No. 11, which was hung on Sept. 18 at the Santa Clara Convocation. Joining Feerick and Nash this season were Ken Sears (Jan. 27), Nick Vanos (Jan. 29), Dennis Awtrey (Feb. 5) and Bud Ogden (Feb. 5). Kurt Rambis' No. 34 will be raised in a future season as his duties as assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers did not allow him time to come back this year.

SCU vs. Portland
Series Record: Santa Clara leads 51-22
First Meeting: SCU 56-37 win on Dec. 27, 1946
2005-06 at SCU: SCU won 87-77
2005-06 at Portland: SCU won 80-56
Record at SCU: SCU leads 31-6
Record at Portland: SCU leads 19-15
Record at Neutral Site: Series tied 1-1
Biggest SCU Win: 103-59 (44) on Jan. 14, 1978
Biggest Portland Win: 72-47 (25) on Jan. 30, 2003
Dick Davey vs. Portland: 20-5
Notes: Santa Clara has won 17 of the last 21 meetings and six of the last seven ... The longest SCU win streak in the series was 10 from 1998-2002 ... SCU is 7-1 against Portland in the Leavey Center (renovated in 2001) ... SCU has two players from Portland, both are Jesuit High grads: Scott Dougherty and Joey Kaempf ... SCU assistant coach Sam Scuilli spent two seasons as an assistant at Portland St. in 1999-00 ... Most points scored by a Bronco against the Pilots was 38 by Mark McNamara in 1979.

Scouting Portland
Portland picked up its first road win of the season on Monday night against Pepperdine in Malibu, winning 87-76. The Pilots are 7-18 on the season and tied for sixth in the conference at 3-6. Darren Cooper leads the Pilots in scoring at 12.9 points per game despite missing nine games due to injury. Pilots head coach Eric Reveno is in his first year at Portland.

Last Game Versus Portland
Santa Clara overcame a sluggish first half to pull away from the Portland Pilots in the second half for a 57-41 win. The Broncos held the Pilots to the lowest point total during the conference season. The Pilots and Broncos were tied 27-27 at halftime, but the Broncos held them to just 14 second half points in the win. John Bryant had 13 points and 12 rebounds in the win for SCU.

Tied For First
SCU is now tied for first place in the West Coast Conference following Gonzaga's loss to Loyola Marymount on Feb. 5 and SCU's two wins last weekend against Saint Mary's and San Francisco. Both Santa Clara and Gonzaga are 7-2 in the WCC.

40 In The First
Santa Clara scored 43 first-half points against San Francisco on Feb. 5, marking just the second time SCU has scored over 40 in the first half this season. The Broncos scored 49 in their season opener on Nov. 14 against Holy Names.

Senior Sean Denison had a great weekend against Saint Mary's and San Francisco from Feb. 3-5 to earn WCC Co-Player of the Week honors. He scored 12 points against Saint Mary's on Feb. 3 and then poured in 18 points and grabbed a career high 16 rebounds on Feb. 5 vs. USF. That double-double against the Dons was his fourth of the season, tying him with John Bryant for first on the team in that category. Denison now leads the Broncos in scoring at 11.0 points per game and he leads the WCC in field goal percentage at 60 percent in all games and 69 percent in conference games.

15 Wins In January
By defeating the Pepperdine Waves on Jan. 29, SCU won its 15th game of the year. This season marks the first time since 1983 that the Broncos had 15 wins at the end of the month of January.

Best Start Since 1997-98
The Broncos are off to their best start (17-7) since the 1997-98 season when the team posted a 17-7 record through 24 games.

Davey To Retire
Head men's basketball coach Dick Davey announced on Feb. 1 that he is retiring as head coach at the end of the season. Davey has been at Santa Clara since 1977, spending 15 years as an assistant before becoming head coach in 1992. He is the second winningest coach in SCU history (247) and is second all-time in career WCC wins (119).

Conference Start
Santa Clara is now 7-2 in conference play this season, surpassing last season's five conference wins. Also, the 7-2 start is the best start by the Broncos since opening WCC play 8-1 in 1994-95.

Dougherty Leading Team
Small forward Scott Dougherty continues to impress in the starting role. Despite struggling with his shot on Feb. 5, he still managed to score 10 points and dish out a career high five assists in a win over San Francisco. Two days earlier on Feb. 3 at Saint Mary's, he turned in a career performance in scoring. He scored a career high 23 points to lead SCU to a 63-57 win in Moraga. He has started every game of the conference season and is leading the team in scoring in those nine games at 14.1 points per game. He has also set career highs in points against Utah State (16), Gonzaga (18) and San Francisco (19). Against Pepperdine on Jan. 29, he led the team with 14 points two days after he shot 4-for-6 from the field and had 13 points, while grabbing seven rebounds against Loyola Marymount. His average overall is now 8.3 points per game. Against San Francisco on Jan. 22, he had three points at halftime, but then exploded in the second half with 16 points, including 11 during a decisive 14-4 run, and finished with a career high 19 points. He also hit two free throws in the closing seconds to give SCU a three-point lead. Dougherty started his first game of the year on Dec. 28 against Colgate.

Santa Clara swept the season series against Saint Mary's by winning 63-57 on Feb. 3. SCU has now swept six out of the past eight season series against the Gaels. The Broncos then beat San Francisco on Feb. 5 to sweep that series for the first time since the 2000-01 season. It is also the first time since 2000-01 that SCU has swept both Saint Mary's and USF in the same season. Overall, the Broncos finished 7-1 against the Bay Area colleges, California, Stanford, Saint Mary's, San Francisco, San Jose State and Pacific. The only loss came against Cal on Nov. 20.

Pariseau Breaks Out
Senior guard Danny Pariseau exploded for SCU against the San Francisco Dons on Feb. 5. In the first half, he hit three 3-pointers to help SCU build a 15-point halftime cushion. Then late in the game, he knocked down two big threes to put the game away. His first gave the Broncos a six-point lead with 1:45 to play and his second made it a seven-point game with 56 seconds left. He scored eight points in the final 1:45 of the game to finish with 19 overall.

Angley Coming On
After going four games without scoring in double figures, Bronco point guard Brody Angley has turned around his game. He has now had four straight games scoring in double figures, including 13 points against San Francisco on Feb. 5. He also had five assists and four rebounds against the Dons.

Conference Only Stats
In conference games, Scott Dougherty leads the team in scoring at 14.1 points per game, while making 26 3-pointers in those nine conference games. Sean Denison is shooting an amazing 69 percent from the field in conference and Danny Pariseau's assists are at 5.3 a game in conference. The team has held opponents to 60.0 points per game on .385 percent shooting in the conference.

Six In Double Figures
Santa Clara beat Pepperdine with a complete team effort on Jan. 29 as six Broncos scored in double figures. Scott Dougherty led the way with 14 points, but he was joined in double figures by Brody Angley (12), Joey Kaempf (11), John Bryant (10), Sean Denison (10) and Danny Pariseau. It was the first time since Feb. 25, 2006 against Loyola Marymount that the Broncos had more than five players in double figures. The last time SCU had six players in double figures was Nov. 25, 2002 against UC Santa Cruz at the Leavey Center.

Angley In Top 10
Junior point guard Brody Angley has 90 assists on the season, giving him 313 career assists. He is now in ninth all-time at SCU after passing Chris Lane (1984-88) and Mitch Burley (1985-89).

Rohe Hits Century Mark
Senior guard Brandon Rohe played in his 100th career game on Feb. 5 against San Francisco. He came off the bench in that game against the Dons.

NCAA Leaders
Through Feb. 4, 2007, Santa Clara was among the nation's leaders in three statistical categories. The Broncos were 41st in scoring defense, allowing 61.6 points per game. The team was 34th in field goal percentage defense at .400 (now .397). The Broncos were also 28th in rebound margin at plus-6.1 (now 6.0) per game.

Non-Conference Wins
The Broncos won their 10th non-conference game of the year against Colgate on Dec. 28, setting a new team record for non-league wins during head coach Dick Davey's tenure. Under Davey, the team record for non-conference wins was nine, set five times (1994-95, 1995-6, 1997-98, 1999-00 and 2002-03).

WCC Leaders
Individually and as a team, Santa Clara currently ranks among the best in the West Coast Conference in a number of statistical categories. As a team, SCU is first scoring defense (61.6), rebounding margin (+6.0) and assists (15.17). The Broncos are second in field goal percentage defense (.397), field goal percentage (.459) and assist-to-turnover ratio (0.98). Sean Denison is first in the conference in field goal percentage at .602, while John Bryant (.529) is sixth. Bryant is seventh in rebounding at 7.0 per game and tied for fourth in blocks at 1.50 per game. Danny Pariseau and Brody Angley are third and fourth in assists at 4.71 and 3.75 respectively. Pariseau is second in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.22.

Santa Clara won a closely contested battle of the boards 38-36 over San Francisco on Feb. 5. The team has now outrebounded opponents in 16 out of 24 games, while owning a plus-6.0 rebounding margin. The Broncos have grabbed more than 40 rebounds nine times this season and have outrebounded their foes 880-737.

Suffocating Defense
Santa Clara has allowed only two of their past seven opponents to break 60 points against them. Loyola Marymount scored 74 and shot 61 percent against SCU and USF scored 62 on Feb. 5, but five other opponents were held below 60 points. On Jan. 29 against Pepperdine, Santa Clara forced the Waves to shoot just 32 percent from the floor and 27 percent from 3-point land. Against USF on Jan. 22, the Broncos forced 18 turnovers and limited the Dons to 32 percent shooting in the second half. The Dons scored only 58 points in the game. Prior to that game, the Broncos held Portland to 41 points on Jan. 15 and limited San Diego to 47 points on Jan. 20. In both games, SCU had outstanding second half efforts, holding Portland to 14 points and San Diego to 16 points. USD shot 2-for-22 from the field in the second half (nine percent). The 41 points by Portland was the second lowest total this year for an opponent. The Broncos held Colgate to a season-low 39 points on Dec. 28. The last time that Santa Clara held an opponent to under 40 points was Dec. 27, 1988 in a 54-39 win over Fresno State. Dec. 28 was the first time that a Dick Davey-led team held an opponent under 40.

Under 50
The Santa Clara Broncos have held six opponents to under 50 points in a game this season, tying the record for a season under Dick Davey. In 1999-2000, the Broncos also held six opponents to under 50 points. No other SCU team under Davey has held more than two opponents to under 50 points in the same season.

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