Santa Clara Men's Basketball Team Heads To Portland For WCC Tournament
Feb. 28, 2007
Next Up for the Broncos
By finishing in the top-2 in the conference Santa Clara recevied two byes to the semifinals of the WCC Tournament. The Broncos will play their first game of the tournament on Sunday, March 4 at 8:30 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2. SCU will play Saint Mary's, Loyola Marymount or Portland, who are the Nos. 3, 6 and 7 seeds respectively. Santa Clara had a 4-2 record against those teams in the regular season, sweeping SMC and Portland and losing both games to 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 250-189 (122-88 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 four-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 hung 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.
Santa Clara's Record In The WCC Tourney
Overall Record: 21-18
By Tournament Site
At Los Angeles: 0-2
At Portland: 2-1
At San Diego: 2-3
At San Francisco: 7-1
At Santa Clara: 9-10
At Spokane: 1-1
First Round: 2-1
Loyola Marymount: 2-4
Saint Mary's: 5-5
San Diego: 1-0
San Francisco: 5-2
Biggest Win: 34 vs. USD in 2004
Biggest Loss: 25 vs. GU in 1999
Most Points: 96 vs. LMU in 1988
Fewest Points: 51 vs. USD in 2003
Carroll Williams: 8-5
Dick Davey: 13-13
SCU vs. Saint Mary's
Series Record: SCU leads 129-71
First Meeting: SMC 42-13 win on Feb. 19, 1910
2006-07 at SCU: SCU won 76-69
2006-07 at SMC: SCU won 63-57
Record at SCU: SCU leads 59-23
Record at SMC: SCU leads 31-28
Record at Neutral Site: SCU leads 39-20
Biggest SCU Win: 113-69 (44) on Feb. 10, 1979
Biggest SMC Win: 84-52 (32) on Jan. 22, 2004
Dick Davey vs. Saint Mary's: 21-14
Notes: Santa Clara has swept the regular season series between the two schools in six of the last nine seasons ... Saint Mary's has knocked Santa Clara out of the WCC Tournament four times in the past five years ... Santa Clara has won six of the last nine regular-season meetings between the two schools in the Leavey Center ... SCU has also won six of the last eight matchups at McKeon Pavilion ... Saint Mary's had won four straight games in the series prior to the Broncos' 76-69 win on Jan. 6 ... Joey Kaempf scored a career high 21 points against SMC in the WCC tourney last year, but SCU fell in overtime 76-72.
SCU vs. Portland
Series Record: Santa Clara leads 52-22
First Meeting: SCU 56-37 win on Dec. 27, 1946
2006-07 at SCU: SCU won 57-41
2006-07 at Portland: SCU won 76-53
Record at SCU: SCU leads 31-6
Record at Portland: SCU leads 20-15
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: 25-7
Notes: Santa Clara has won five straight games in the series and 18 of the last 22 meetings ... 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 JoeyKaempf ... 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.
SCU vs. LMU
Series Record: SCU leads 76-50
First Meeting: SCU 28-26 win on Feb. 10, 1937
2006-07 at SCU: LMU won 74-71
2006-07 at LMU: LMU won 67-66
Record at SCU: SCU leads 38-23
Record at LMU: SCU leads 36-24
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: 24-10
Notes: Santa Clara and LMU have split their last eight games ... SCU had a nine-game winning streak in the series between 1999-02 ... 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 16-12 record at Gersten Pavilion, with includes a loss to Portland in the 1990 WCC Tournament.
The WCC announced its All-WCC honorees on Feb. 27 and Santa Clara was well represented. Head coach Dick Davey was named WCC Coach of the Year for the fourth time. He also won in 1993, 1995 and 1997. Senior Sean Denison was named Co-Player of the Year and All-WCC First Team. The last Bronco to win the POY award was Marlon Garnett in 1997. Seniors Scott Dougherty and Danny Pariseau also earned spots on the first team and Pariseau became the first Bronco ever to be named WCC Newcomer of the Year. Junior Brody Angley was named All-WCC Honorable Mention.
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's Big Weekend
Sophomore John Bryant had a big weekend in Southern California for SCU. He scored 20 points to tie a career high against Loyola Marymount on Feb. 24 and followed that effort with 26 against Pepperdine on Feb. 26. He also grabbed 13 rebounds against the Waves for his fifth double-double of the year. He finished the regular season averaging 10.1 points per game, second on the team.
Dougherty Still Scoring
Scott Dougherty capped the regular season with a strong performance against Pepperdine on Feb. 26. After going scoreless in the first half, Dougherty exploded for 16 second-half points to help the Broncos come back from a nine-point halftime deficit and send the game to overtime.
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. The 10-2 start was 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 an 80-72 winner in his final home game as head coach on Feb. 17 vs. USD. 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.
Through 29 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 .488 from the field and .419 from beyond the arc. Individually, Sean Denison leads the team at .598 in all games, a number that places him 10th all-time for single season field goal percentage in school history. Scott Dougherty is shooting .425 on the year, a percentage that puts him in sixth place all-time in school history for 3-point shooting percentage for a single season. Danny Pariseau is right behind him at .423.
Bryant, Pariseau in Top-10
Danny Pariseau had six assists against Pepperdine on Feb. 26 to push his season total to 140. That total places him 10th all-time in assists for a single season in Santa Clara history. Brody Angley's 142 from last season places ninth all-time. John Bryant has now blocked 44 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 four blocks behind Jens Gordon (1987-88) for third. For his career, Bryant now has 81 blocks, a total that places him fourth all-time in blocks in SCU history. He is 12 behind Kurt Rambis (1976-80), who had 93 in his career.
Leading the WCC
Santa Clara led the WCC in conference games in a number of statistical categories. The team held opponents to 63.9 points per game on .394 percent shooting, both first in the conference. SCU has not led the conference in team defense since 1997 and has not led the conference in field goal percentage defense since 1999. The Broncos also shot .421 from 3-point range to lead the WCC in that category for the first time in school history. SCU also lead the league in assists per game at 15.14.
More Conference Only Stats
In the WCC regular season Scott Dougherty led the team in scoring at 14.9 points per game, while making 41 three-pointers, good for second in the league. He placed sixth in scoring in league games. Sean Denison led the conference with an amazing .641 field goal percentage in conference games. Fellow Bronco John Bryant led the conference a year ago at .623. Denison also finished third in the league in rebounds at 7.6 per game. Danny Pariseau averaged 5.36 assists a game in conference, good for second in the league.
Angley In Top 10
Junior point guard Brody Angley has 112 assists on the season, giving him 335 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). Harold Keeling (1981-85) ranks eighth with 344.
Through Feb. 25, 2007, Santa Clara was among the nation's leaders in three statistical categories. The Broncos were 42nd in scoring defense, allowing 62.3 (now 63.2) points per game. The team was 20th in field goal percentage defense at .397 (now .399). The Broncos were also 31st in rebound margin at plus-5.3 per game.
Three Bronco seniors are having outstanding final seasons for SCU. Scott Dougherty shot 41-for-87 from beyond the arc in conference games, a .471 percent clip. He came up just two 3-pointers shy of the Santa Clara record for three-pointers in a conference season. Steve Nash '96 made 43 in 1994-95. Dougherty's 3-point percentage broke the previous high of .455 set by Marlon Garnett '97 in the 1995-96 season. Danny Pariseau is aiming to become the first Bronco since Steve Nash to lead the WCC in assists for all games. He is averaging 4.83 per game. Nash led the league in 1994-95. Sean Denison has rarely missed from the field this season. Overall, he leads the league at .598 from the field. The last time a Bronco led the league was in 1990-91 when Ron Reis shot .622.
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 broken 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.
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 On The Road
Santa Clara dropped its final two road games of the conference season to finish at 5-2 on the road. This year is the first year since 1985 that SCU won five conference road games. The Broncos last won six conference road games in 1969 when the team went 6-0 on the road in conference play.
Santa Clara swept the season series from San Diego with its 80-72 win on Feb. 17. Santa Clara swept four WCC teams for the first time since 2000-01. Both this year and in 2000-01, SCU swept Portland, USF and Saint Mary's. In 2000-01, the Broncos also swept Loyola Marymount.
Aiming for 21 Wins
SCU now has 20 wins, one less than Dick Davey's career high. Davey's 1994-95 team posted a 21-7 mark.
WCC Leaders (All Games)
Individually and as a team, Santa Clara currently ranks among the best in the West Coast Conference in a number of statistical categories in all games. As a team, SCU is first scoring defense (63.2), field goal percentage defense (.399), rebounding margin (+5.3), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.01) and assists (15.34). The Broncos are second in field goal percentage (.468). Sean Denison is first in the conference in field goal percentage at .598, while John Bryant (.538) is second. Bryant is seventh in rebounding at 6.7 per game, while Denison is eighth at 6.3. Bryant sits fourth in blocks at 1.52 per game. Danny Pariseau and Brody Angley are first and fourth in assists at 4.83 and 3.86 respectively. Pariseau and Angley are second and third in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.15 and 1.65 respectively. Scott Dougherty and Pariseau are third and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage at .425 and .423 respectively.
Santa Clara outrebounded Pepperdine 40-34 on Feb. 26 and has now outrebounded opponents in 19 out of 29 games. The team owns a plus-5.3 rebounding margin for the year. The Broncos have grabbed more than 40 rebounds 10 times this season and have outrebounded their foes 1047-893.