Santa Clara Takes On Gonzaga In WCC Final Monday Night At 6:00
March 5, 2007
Santa Clara defeated Saint Mary's 63-47 on Sunday to earn a spot in the WCC Championship game for the seventh time in school history. The Broncos will face the Gonzaga Bulldogs for the third time this season after splitting two games in the regular season. The game tips off at 6:00 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on ESPN and 1220 KNTS. Gonzaga defeated SCU 77-69 on Jan. 13 at Santa Clara and the Broncos then sprung the upset on Feb. 12 at Gonzaga, winning 84-73. Santa Clara will be looking to win the tournament for the third time in program history after winning in 1987 and 1993.
Head Coach Dick Davey
In his 15th season as the head coach at Santa Clara, Dick Davey has compiled a career record of 251-189 (122-88 WCC), which includes four 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: 22-18
By Tournament Site
At Los Angeles: 0-2
At Portland: 3-1
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 6-5
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 14-13
SCU vs. Gonzaga
Series Record: GU leads 35-30
First Meeting: SCU 44-32 win on Jan. 2, 1947
2006-07 at SCU: GU won 77-69
2006-07 at GU: SCU won 84-73
Record at SCU: SCU leads 21-11
Record at Gonzaga: GU leads 21-8
Record at Neutral Site: GU leads 3-1
Biggest SCU Win: 86-62 (24) on Dec. 23, 1968
Biggest Gonzaga Win: 96-62 (34) on Feb. 1, 2003
Dick Davey vs. Gonzaga: 11-23
Notes: The last two times Gonzaga has knocked SCU out of the WCC Tournament were by a combined total of four points (3 in 2001 & 1 in 2004) ... SCU and Gonzaga have met twice in the WCC Tournament Championship Game, a 91-66 Gonzaga win in 1999 and a 80-77 Gonzaga win in 2001 ... SCU senior transfer Danny Pariseau is a Spokane, Wash. native and 2002 grad of Shadle Park High School ... Former SCU coach and athletic director Carroll Williams is widely known as the "godfather" of the modern "flex offense. Williams' assistant coach Dan Fitzgerald took it to Spokane as the head coach of Gonzaga in 1986-87 and it has been a big part of the Bulldogs' offensive scheme since.
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.
Bryant Leads Way
Despite battling foul trouble, sophomore John Bryant continued his stellar play for SCU. He scored 14 points in the semifinal win over Saint Mary's, while grabbing six rebounds and recording two blocks. On the final weekend of the regular season, he started his hot streak. 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 is now averaging 10.3 points per game, second on the team.
Scott Dougherty did not hit a three-pointer against Saint Mary's on March 4 for the first time since Jan. 20 at San Diego. However, Dougherty still managed to score 11 points and pull down a career high 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. His three free throws with just under a minute left sealed the win for SCU vs. Saint Mary's. Dougherty is the third Bronco to register a double-double this year. John Bryant and Sean Denison each have five double-doubles this year.
Dougherty's Last Five
Scott Dougherty has had a great run over his last five games. In his last five games, he is averaging 17.4 points per game on 63 percent shooting from the field. From beyond the arc, he is shooting .481. He started the stretch with a career high 23 points against Gonzaga on Feb. 12. The Portland, Ore. native shot 7-for-7 from the floor that night and 4-for-4 on 3-pointers.
Henke Off The Bench
While Scott Dougherty has been thriving as a starter, junior Mitch Henke, who started the first 13 games of the year, has been a spark recently off the bench. Against Saint Mary's on March 4, he came off the bench to score nine first-half points on 3-for-3 shooting. He finished the game with 11 points. Henke had a similar performance against San Diego on Feb. 17. He netted 15 points on 5-of-8 from the field in an 80-72 win over the Toreros. He also grabbed four rebounds.
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.
Davey Ties Career High
Dick Davey's team has reached 21 wins this season, tying his career high for wins in a season. Davey's 1994-95 team posted a 21-7 mark. The 21 wins ties this year's team for fifth all-time in SCU history in single season wins. The all-time record is 27, set in 1968-69.
Putting On The D
Santa Clara shut down the Gaels offense on March 4 in the WCC semifinals. SCU held the Gaels to .305 from the field and just 47 points. The Gaels also shot just 3-for-22 from beyond the arc, the second worst three-point shooting game against SCU this season. The Gaels shot .136 percent, just behind the .105 that San Diego shot on Jan. 20. Teams are now shooting just .328 on threes against Santa Clara this season.
Santa Clara had lost four straight games against Saint Mary's in the WCC Tournament prior to the game on March 4, including losses in 2005 and 2006. SCU snapped that losing streak with its 63-47 win on March 4.
After shutting down Saint Mary's on March 4, the Santa Clara Broncos have held seven opponents to under 50 points in a game this season, breaking the record for a season under Dick Davey. In 1999-2000, the Broncos 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.
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 at the time 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.
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 30 games the 2006-07 Broncos are the best shooting team under Dick Davey in his 15 years at Santa Clara. The Broncos are shooting .467 from the field and .364 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 .592 in all games, a number that places him 10th all-time for single season field goal percentage in school history. Scott Dougherty is shooting .419 on threes for the year, a percentage that puts him in seventh place all-time in school history for 3-point shooting percentage for a single season. Danny Pariseau is right behind him at .416.
Bryant, Pariseau in Top-10
Danny Pariseau had two assists against Saint Mary's on March 4 to push his season total to 142. That total places him in a tie for ninth all-time in assists for a single season in Santa Clara history. He is now tied with Brody Angley. John Bryant has now blocked 46 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 two blocks behind Jens Gordon (1987-88) for third. For his career, Bryant now has 83 blocks, a total that places him fourth all-time in blocks in SCU history. He is 10 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 116 assists on the season, giving him 339 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.