February 21, 2007

First Place Santa Clara Heads To Southern California To Wrap Up Regular Season

Feb. 21, 2007

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Next Up for the Broncos
The Santa Clara Broncos travel to Southern California for the final two games of the season. On Saturday, Feb. 24, the Broncos take on the Loyola Marymount Lions at 7:30 p.m. PT. The game will be aired live on CSTV. In the first meeting between the teams, LMU earned a 74-71 win at the Leavey Center on Jan. 27. The Broncos have not lost since that game. Following that game, SCU plays the Pepperdine Waves in the regular season finale in Malibu on Monday, Feb. 26 at 7:00 p.m. PT.

Last Game for the Broncos
Santa Clara ground out a tough 80-72 win over the San Diego Toreros on Feb. 17 in Dick Davey's final home game as head coach. Sean Denison had an outstanding game wtih 18 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks to lead the Broncos. Scott Dougherty also scored 18, while Brody Angley had 12 points and nine assists. SCU led by as many as 17 in the second half before holding on for the eight-point win. Santa Clara swept the season series from the Toreros with the win.

Head Coach Dick Davey
In his 15th season as the head coach at Santa Clara, Dick Davey has compiled a career record of 250-187 (122-85 WCC), which includes three 20-win seasons. Davey has also posted a 141-62 record at home for a .695 winning percentage. He owns the most WCC wins among active coaches and is the first Bronco coach to lead Santa Clara to five 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 restigious 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. LMU
Series Record: SCU leads 76-49
First Meeting: SCU 28-26 win on Feb. 10, 1937
2005-06 at LMU: LMU won 72-62
2005-06 at SCU: SCU won 81-70
Record at SCU: SCU leads 38-23
Record at LMU: SCU leads 36-23
Record at Neutral Site: LMU leads 3-2
Biggest SCU Win: 98-58 (40) on Feb. 25, 1994
Biggest LMU Win: 117-81 (36) on Feb. 24, 1990
Dick Davey vs. LMU: 25-7
Notes: Santa Clara has won four of the last seven meetings against Loyola Marymount and 13 of the last 18 ... the two teams split the regular season last year with LMU winning 72-62 in Los Angeles and 81-70 at SCU ... the two teams have not played more than twice in a season since 2001 but have played three times or more in a season on seven occasions ... While a player at San Francisco, LMU head coach Rodney Tention's record against Santa Clara was 1-6 overall and 0-4 at Toso Pavilion ... LMU's Gersten Pavilion opened its doors on Jan. 15, 1982 with a men's basketball 83-68 loss to Santa Clara ... Santa Clara owns a 16-11 record at Gersten Pavilion, with includes a loss to Portland in the 1990 WCC Tournament.

20 Wins
Santa Clara reached 20 wins on Feb, 17 with its 80-72 win over San Diego. It is the fourth time that a Dick Davey-coached team has reached 20 wins. SCU last reached 20 wins in 2000-01.

Top 2 Seed
Santa Clara clinched at least second place with its win against San Diego on Feb. 17. The Broncos now have a bye to the semifinals of the WCC Tournament in Portland and will play their first game on Sunday, March 4.

Dougherty Still Scoring
Scott Dougherty scored the Broncos first six points on Feb. 17 against San Diego and finished with 18 for the game. He now leads SCU in scoring in conference games at 14.5 per game.

Looking For No. 1
The Broncos can clinch a share of the the WCC regular season championship with a win against Loyola Marymount on Feb. 24. The Broncos would also clinch the No. 1 seed for the WCC Tournament. They will hold the tiebreaker edge over Gonzaga with a win at LMU. SCU last won the WCC regular season title in 1997.

Davey A Finalist
Santa Clara head coach Dick Davey has been named a finalist for the Hugh Durham Mid-Major Coach of the Year award, presented by Collegeinsider.com. Davey is one of 15 finalists for the award. This season he has twice been named mid-major coach of the week by Collegeinsider.com.

10 Conference Wins
Santa Clara won its 10th conference game by defeating San Diego on Feb. 17. Dick Davey has now coached five teams to 10 win seasons in conference. The Broncos last reached 10 conference wins in 2001. Santa Clara has now doubled last season's five conference wins. Also, the 10-2 start is the best start by the Broncos since opening WCC play 11-1 in 1994-95.

Denison's Big Game
Sean Denison recorded his fifth double-double of the season against San Diego on Feb. 17. He scored eight points in the final four minutes to finish with 18 points and 12 rebounds. He also recorded a career high five blocks in the game. He had blocked three shots on three other occasions.

Davey's Last Home Game
Santa Clara head coach Dick Davey went out a winner in his final home game as head coach on Feb. 17. While Davey did not want to be formally honored before the game because he wanted the focus to be on the seniors on Senior Night, he was recognized after the game. He returned to the court to a standing ovation and gave a bouquet of flowers to his wife, Jeanne. Davey will be honored by Santa Clara on April 25 at a reception for Davey in the Mission Garden at Santa Clara. The event will be open to the public.

Scouting LMU
Loyola Marymount is coming off a loss to Pepperdine last weekend that dropped them to 12-16 on the year and 4-8 in conference play. After an 0-5 start in conference, the Lions won four out of five to move into contention for one of the top four spots in the conference. However, LMU has lost its past two games to fall into sixth place in the league. Matthew Knight leads the team at 16.9 ppg and 7.8 rpg. Head coach Rodney Tention is in his second season at LMU.

Last Game Versus LMU
Loyola Marymount came into the Leavey Center and beat the Broncos 74-71 on Jan. 27. Adoyah Miller and Matthew Knight combined for 35 points as LMU came back to earn the three-point win. Joey Kaempf's late three-pointer that would have given SCU the lead rimmed out and LMU pulled out the win. Danny Pariseau led SCU with 14 points, while Scott Dougherty and Brody Angley added 13 and 12 respectively.

Sweeping the Toreros
Santa Clara swept the season series against San Diego with its win on Feb. 17. The Broncos last swept San Diego in the regular season in the 1996-97 season.

Shooting
Through 27 games the 2006-07 Broncos are the best shooting team under Dick Davey in his 15 years at Santa Clara. The Broncos are shooting .468 from the field and .365 from 3-point range. The next best shooting team under Davey was the 1994-95 team that shot .441 from the field and .390 from 3-point range. In conference games, the Broncos are shooting .491 from the field and .424 from beyond the arc.

Steak Busters
Santa Clara snapped Gonzaga's 50-game home court winning streak with its 84-73 win on Feb. 12. Gonzaga also had a 56-game winning streak in Spokane that included games played at the Spokane Arena.

Holding Zags Down
SCU held Gonzaga to its worst shooting night of the season on Feb. 12. The Zags shot just 38 percent from the field in the game, including 30 percent in the first half and only 30 percent from beyond the arc.

Last Win at Gonzaga
Santa Clara had not won at Gonzaga since Feb. 24, 1996 prior to its 84-73 win on Feb. 12. The Broncos had lost 10 straight games in Spokane to the Zags. Overall, SCU snapped a 13-game losing streak to Gonzaga with the win. The last win against Gonzaga came on Feb. 22, 2001.

Nearing Records
Two Bronco seniors are close to some team records this year. Scott Dougherty is shooting 34-for-72 from beyond the arc in conference, a .472 percent clip. The Santa Clara record for three-pointers in a conference season is 43, held by Steve Nash '96, while Marlon Garnett '97 holds the record for three-point field goal percentage in conference at .455. Sean Denison has rarely missed from the field this season. Overall, he is shooting .601 from the field. The school record for a single season is .647 set by Mike Stewart in 1971-72. For the conference season, Denison is shooting .658, just behind Stewart's .675 in 1972.

Hot Streak
Santa Clara has won six straight games and nine out of 10, following the team's win over San Diego on Feb. 17. Santa Clara last won six straight games from Nov. 26-Dec. 13, 2003. SCU has not won as many as six straight conference games since 1995 when the team won nine straight WCC games from Jan. 27-Feb. 24 that year.

5-0 On The Road In Conference
Santa Clara is now 5-0 in road conference games after beating Portland 76-53 on Feb. 10 and Gonzaga 84-73 on Feb. 12. The Broncos last started 5-0 on the road in conference in the 1984-85 season. They started that year 5-0 and finished 5-1 in road conference games. The Broncos last won six conference road games in 1969 when the team went 6-0 on the road in conference play.

Four Sweeps
Santa Clara swept the season series from San Diego with its 80-72 win on Feb. 17. Santa Clara has swept four WCC teams for the first time since 2000-01. In both this year and 2000-01, SCU swept Portland, USF and Saint Mary's. In 2000-01, the Broncos also swept Loyola Marymount. The Broncos have one more chance to sweep a team this season, Feb. 26 against Pepperdine. SCU last swept five teams in 1994-95 when the team went 12-2 in conference.

Best Start Since 1995-96
The Broncos are off to their best start (20-7) since the 1994-95 season when the team posted an 21-6 record through 27 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 (250) and is second all-time in career WCC wins (122).

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 seven straight games scoring in double figures, including 12 points against San Diego on Feb. 17. Angley also had nine assists on Feb. 17 to tie his career high.

Sweep
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.

Conference Only Stats
In conference games, Scott Dougherty leads the team in scoring at 14.5 points per game, while making a conference-leading 34 3-pointers in those 12 conference games. Sean Denison leads the conference with an amazing .658 field goal percentage in conference games and he is also second in the league in rebounds at 8.0 per game. Danny Pariseau's assists are at 5.25 a game in conference, good for second in the league. The team has held opponents to 61.5 points per game on .384 percent shooting, both first 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 (10). 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 105 assists on the season, giving him 328 career assists. He is now in eighth all-time at SCU after passing Chris Lane (1984-88), Mitch Burley (1985-89) and Melvin Chinn (1988-92).

NCAA Leaders
Through Feb. 18, 2007, Santa Clara was among the nation's leaders in three statistical categories. The Broncos were 43rd in scoring defense, allowing 62.1 points per game. The team was 20th in field goal percentage defense at .395. The Broncos were also 34th in rebound margin at plus-5.3 per game.