February 26, 2007

Santa Clara Takes On Pepperdine Monday With Conference Title On The Line

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Next Up for the Broncos
Santa Clara wraps up the regular season with a road game against the Pepperdine University Waves on Monday, Feb. 26 at 7:00 p.m. PT at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu. The Broncos can clinch a share of the WCC regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament with a win. In the first meeting between the teams on Jan. 29, the Broncos earned a 77-55 win at the Leavey Center. Santa Clara is aiming for its 21st win of the season, a total that would match Dick Davey's career high as head coach.

Last Game for the Broncos
Santa Clara dropped a tight one to the Loyola Marymount Lions on Feb. 24 at Gerston Pavilion. Adoyah Miller hit the game-winning shot for LMU with five seconds left to give the Lions a 67-66 win. Brody Angley's lay-up attempt at the buzzer just missed. John Bryant led the Broncos with 20 points and Scott Dougherty added 19 in the loss. Sean Denison set a career high with seven assists in the game. SCU fell to 0-2 on the season against Loyola Marymount.

Head Coach Dick Davey
In his 15th season as the head coach at Santa Clara, Dick Davey has compiled a career record of 250-188 (122-87 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. Pepperdine
Series Record: SCU leads 63-50
First Meeting: SCU 79-56 win on Feb. 3 1956
2005-06 at Malibu: Pepp won 65-45
2005-06 at SCU: SCU won 62-56
Record at SCU: SCU leads 37-19
Record at Pepperdine: Pepp leads 29-19
Record at Neutral Site: SCU leads 7-0
Biggest SCU Win: 112-70 (42) on Dec. 28, 1965
Biggest Pepp Win: 96-58 (38) on Feb. 23, 2002
Dick Davey vs. Pepperdine: 14-18
Notes: Santa Clara has won five of the last seven meetings, but the Waves have won 10 of the last 16 ... SCU has won four of the last five games played at the Leavey Center ... Santa Clara is just 8-24 in Firestone Fieldhouse since it opened on November 30, 1973 ... SCU has won just once at Pepperdine since an 87-76 victory over the Waves in 1996 ... That win occurred on Jan. 22, 2005 ... Pepperdine has never beaten Santa Clara at a neutral site ... Santa Clara owns the longest win streak in series history with a 19-game streak from 1964-1973 ... Pepperdine's longest win streak over the Broncos was a six-game streak twice.

Scouting Pepperdine
Pepperdine has a 7-22 overall record this season and a 3-10 mark in conference. The Waves beat Loyola Marymount on Feb. 17 for their third league win, but lost 97-72 to Saint Mary's on Feb. 24. Chase Griffin leads the team in scoring at 15.2 points per game and is one of four players averaging in double figures for the Waves. Head coach Vance Walberg is in his first season at Pepperdine.

Last Game Versus Pepperdine
Santa Clara had six players score in doubles figures and earned a 77-55 win over the Waves at the Leavey Center on Jan. 29. Scott Dougherty led the way with 14 points and Joey Kaempf had a season high 11 points in the win. Santa Clara shot 56 percent from the field and held Pepperdine to just 32 percent.

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.

Bryant Ties Career High
For the third time this season, John Bryant scored 20 points for the Broncos. The 6-10 sophomore poured in 20 points against Loyola Marymount on Feb. 24. He also scored 20 against Eastern Washington on Dec. 11 and Utah State on Dec. 23.

Dougherty Still Scoring
Scott Dougherty had another outstanding game against Loyola Marymount on Feb. 24, scoring 19 points for Santa Clara. He shot 7-for-10 from the field and 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.

Denison Career High
Senior Sean Denison did not score a lot of points himself against Loyola Marymount, but he did set a career high for assists against the Lions on Feb. 24. He dished out seven assists to surpass the six that he had against Portland on Feb. 10, 2007. Denison now has 37 assists this season. He had just 31 assists in his first three seasons combined at SCU.

Looking For No. 1
The Broncos can clinch a share of the WCC regular season championship with a win against Pepperdine on Feb. 26. The Broncos would also clinch the No. 1 seed for the WCC Tournament. They will hold the tiebreaker edge over Gonzaga. 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.

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.

Shooting
Through 28 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 .367 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 .426 from beyond the arc. Individually, Sean Denison leads the team at .596 in all games, a number that places him 10th all-time for single season field goal percentage in school history. Both Scott Dougherty and Danny Pariseau are shooting .424 on 3-pointers, a percentage that ties them for sixth all-time in school history for 3-point shooting percentage for a single season.

Bryant, Pariseau in Top-10
Danny Pariseau had six assists against LMU on Feb. 24 to push his season total to 134. That total places him 10th all-time in assists for a single season in Santa Clara history. Brody Angley's 142 from last season place ninth all-time. John Bryant has now blocked 42 shots this season, surpassing his 37 from the 2005-06 season. Bryant's total is the fourth highest single season total in school history. He is six blocks behind Jens Gordon (1987-88) for third. For his career, Bryant now has 79 blocks, a total that places him fourth all-time in blocks in SCU history. He is 14 behind Kurt Rambis (1976-80), who had 93 in his career.

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.

Peak Performers
Two Bronco seniors are close to some team records this year. Scott Dougherty is shooting 37-for-78 from beyond the arc in conference, a .474 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 .596 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 .642, just behind Stewart's .675 in 1972.

Hot Streak
Santa Clara had its six-game winning streak broken on Feb. 24 with a 67-66 loss to LMU. SCU had won six in a row from Jan. 29-Feb. 17, their longest winning streak since 2003. Santa Clara last won six straight games from Nov. 26-Dec. 13, 2003. SCU had not won as many as six straight conference games since 1995 when the team won nine straight WCC games from Jan. 27-Feb. 24.

Broncos Lose First Road Game
Santa Clara is now 5-1 in road conference games after losing its first conference road game against Loyola Marymount on Feb. 24. 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 1994-95
The Broncos are off to their best start (20-8) since the 1994-95 season when the team finished the year 21-7.

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).

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 14.8 points per game, while making a conference-leading 37 3-pointers in those 13 conference games. Sean Denison leads the conference with an amazing .642 field goal percentage in conference games and he is also second in the league in rebounds at 7.7 per game. Danny Pariseau's assists are at 5.31 a game in conference, good for second in the league. The team has held opponents to 61.9 points per game on .388 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 107 assists on the season, giving him 330 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).