December 16, 2010

Men Host Houston Baptist Friday Night, Washington State Sunday Night

Santa Clara Game Notes

After two straight road games, Santa Clara will return home to straight home games.  First up, it will host Houston Baptist, 1-8, on Fri., Dec. 17 at 7 pm.  Santa Clara is 2-0 vs. Houston Baptist, defeating HBU on 85-59 on Jan. 25, 2009 in Santa Clara and then 68-65 on Dec. 14, 2009 in Houston.  Santa Clara has one player from the Lonestar State: Kevin Foster.  

Santa Clara will then host Washington State, 7-1, on Sun., Dec. 19 at 7 pm.  WSU is 2-0 vs. the WCC this year with an 84-68 win over Portland on Nov. 23 and an 81-59 win over Gonzaga on Dec. 8. Washington State is the third Pac-10 team Santa Clara has played this year, falling 86-73 at Southern California on Nov. 15 and then 82-59 vs. Arizona in Las Vegas on Nov. 26.  Santa Clara is 0-2 vs. the Cougars, falling 60-38 on Dec. 31, 1938 and then 82-71 vs. Washington as part of the Rainbow Classic on Dec. 28, 1973.

Santa Clara started the 2010-11 season by playing seven games in 15 days. It was the most games a Bronco squad had played since the 2003-04 team played seven games in 14 days. 

Listen and Watch
The Houston Baptist game will be broadcast via the Bronco Radio Network on both KDOW 1220 AM and Broncos All-Access on the web at www.SantaClaraBroncos.com with the broadcast beginning at 6:45 pm. Anthony Passarelli is in his fourth season as the Broncos' play-by-play announcer. Coach Kerry Keating can be heard on KDOW 1220 AM on Sunday evenings from 9:10-9:20 pm in his radio spotlight on The Sports Ramble, hosted by Chetan Chaudhari with an interview done by Passarelli.  If you are out of the listening area, KDOW is streamed online live at www.1220kdow.com.

In addition, Santa Clara will showcase each non-televised 2010-11 men's and women's home basketball game this season free of charge via Stretch Internet on www.SantaClaraBroncos.com. 

With the help of the WCC, the Santa Clara University athletic department recently made several upgrades to its audio and video components in the Leavey Center and now has the ability to webcast games with a three-camera system.  Radio feeds from the games will be integrated into the webcast when available.

Links to the webcast of each men's and women's basketball game can be found on either team's schedule webpage or on http://www.santaclarabroncos.com/livestats.  You can also go directly to the Santa Clara Broncos portal on Stretch Internet by clicking http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/santaclara.portal?mode=link#.

REMEMBER!
The 44th annual Cable Car Classic will be played in Santa Clara on Dec. 29 and 30.  First round games include Santa Clara vs. Delaware on Dec. 29 at 6 pm and then American vs. Fordham on Dec. 30 at 8 pm. The consolation game will be played the following night at 6 pm and the championship game will be played afterwards around 8 pm.

MINI-PREVIEW for the Cable Car Classic: The University of Delaware men's basketball team, which is currently riding a five-game winning streak and is 5-2, is receiving votes in this week's CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll released Monday.   The Fordham men's basketball team, 5-4, defeated the Big East Conference's St. John's, 84-81, last weekend.  American plays at the Big Ten Conference's Northwestern this weekend and is currently 6-3.

Looking Closer 
Santa Clara is looking for its third straight win over the Huskies.  The Broncos are scoring 70.9 ppg while giving up 74.5 ppg. They are rebounding 33.4 to their opponents 30.8 and shooting 44.4 percent, including 36.5 percent beyond the arc.  Houston Baptist is averaging 67.3 ppg while giving up 78.9 ppg.  They are shooting 40.1 percent from the field, including 34.7 from beyond the three-point line and rebounding 34.6 boards, giving up 42.6.  They are averaging 18.2 turnovers per game compared to Santa Clara's own 16.2 turnovers per game.

Individually, Santa Clara has three players in double figures: Kevin Foster (18.5), Marc Trasolini (11.3) and Evan Roquemore (10.5).  Foster leads the WCC and is eighth nationally this week in threes made, has a team-leading 3.7 apg and 1.3 spg; and he has scored double figures in nine of the 10 games this season, adding nine vs. Rice.  Trasolini leads the team with 6.3 rpg and .90 bpg.  Trasolini collected his fifth career double-double vs. CSU Bakersfield and had a season-high three blocks in the Rice win, hitting a season-high 19 vs. Arizona and vs. Ohio in Las Vegas. 

Houston Baptist has two players in double figures: Andrew Gonzalez (21.6) and Miles Dixon (12.2).  Terry Bembry leads the team with 7.0 rpg and Michael Moss passes a team-leading 3.8 apg and grabs 2.4 spg

WCC Player of the Week: First Time This Season, First Time for Foster 
Kevin Foster was named the WCC Player of the Week on Dec. 9, 2010.  It is the first time in his career he has been named WCC Player of the Week. Foster was a huge part of Santa Clara's 67-63 victory over cross-town rival San Jose State on Dec. 10. Foster scored a team-high 26 points, including hitting 9 of 11 free throws.  It was the seventh time in his career that he has posted 25+ points.  He played a team-high 35 minutes with a team-high four assists.   

More or Less 
Santa Clara is 4-0 this year in games decided by five points or less.  The Broncos are 1-5 in games decided by 10 points or more.  

Under fourth-year head coach Kerry Keating Santa Clara is 10-1 when scoring 80+, but 7-30 when scoring 59 points or less.

Youngster 
Freshman Evan Roquemore has made good after being inserted into the starting line-up the past two games.  He scored 14 points with five rebounds at San Jose State and then added 12 points with four rebounds at Pacific.  Roquemore is second on the team this season at the free throw line, shooting 82.0 percent (41-50).  He has been perfect at the free throw line in three games this year: 6 of 6 vs. Rice, 10 of 10 vs. Northern Colorado and 6 of 6 at San Jose State.  Averaging 10.5 ppg, he also adds 3.0 rpg and is third on the team with 2.2 apg.

Virtual Guide Now Available Online!
The 2010-11 virtual guide for the Santa Clara men's basketball season is now live!  The same type of guide will be live for the Santa Clara women's basketball team in the next couple of days.  Tons of pictures, videos, links, etc. can be found in the virtual guides!

You can find the virtual guide on the home page for men's basketball or by clicking on the link below:

Click here to check out the Santa Clara Men's Basketball Virtual Guide today!

The virtual guide includes many photo galleries of Ruff Riders, BBF members, the student body and players and coaches; coach, staff and player "personality" videos; information on the Santa Clara University campus, the city of Santa Clara and the Bay Area. In addition, it includes a number of links to different websites.  Players bios are updated daily as are the links to photo galleries for each player.  It replaces the media guide that Santa Clara had printed for years, but due to new NCAA rules, did not print this year.

Threes
Kevin Foster has had a career-high six threes twice this season: vs. Bethune-Cookman and vs. UC Santa Barbara.  He is the first Bronco to hit six or more threes in a game twice in the same year since Kyle Bailey hit six vs. Gonzaga on Jan. 6, 2005 and then another six vs. Pepperdine on Feb. 17, 2005.  

Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash, a Bronco alum, and Mitch Burley both hit eight threes in a game once.  Burley's came vs. Nevada-Reno on Dec. 14, 1988 and Nash's came at Gonzaga on Jan. 19, 1995. Nash hit seven threes in a game three times and Steve Ross accomplished the task last for the Broncos, scoring seven threes vs. Gonzaga on Jan. 11, 2002.

Wondering who holds the Leavey Center record: junior Dan Dickau of Gonzaga was nine of 13 from beyond the arc vs. Santa Clara on Feb. 22, 2001. He scored 39 points that day (11 of 18 from the field and 8 of 8 from the free throw line).  But Santa Clara won the war that day, coming away with an 84-71 victory as Steve Ross hit 10 of 14 free throws to score 22 for the Broncos.  

Starters 
Santa Clara started the same line-up at Pacific as it did at San Jose State. Evan Roquemore (second career start) and Chris Cunningham (sixth career start) have both worked their way into the starting line-up, replacing Troy Payne (40 straight) and Marc Trasolini (21 straight) who have come off the bench for the Broncos the last two games.  

Santa Clara had gone with the same line-up for the eighth straight game vs. Santa Barbara.  It was the second time in head coach Kerry Keating's four years at Santa Clara that he had started the same line-up eight straight games.  In 2008-09, he started the same line-up nine straight games.  From Jan. 17, 2009-Feb. 14, 2009 he started John Bryant, Marc Trasolini, Kevin Foster, James Rahon and Calvin Johnson.

Ben Dowdell has a chance to crack the top 10 this year in career games played. He has played in 100 career games and the top 10 begins with Mitch Henke, Brian Jones and Travis Neisen all playing in 117 games.  Trasolini has a chance to hit that career list in the next two years and also career starts as he has started 55 of the 72 games he played in. The career starts top 10 list has Jens Gordon at No. 10 with 91 starts.  

Conferences 
Santa Clara will have played 12 games by the end of the weekend.  Of the 10 games, three were vs. the Pac-10 (at USC, vs. Arizona in Vegas and vs. Washington State) and two were vs. the Big West (vs. UC Santa Barbara and at Pacific).  They have also played one vs. the following conferences as well: Conference USA (vs. Rice), the Big Sky (Northern Colorado), the Big West (vs. UC Santa Barbara and at Pacific), the WAC (San Jose State), the MAC (vs. Ohio in Vegas), the Great West (Houston Baptist) and the MEAC (Bethune-Cookman).  CSU Bakersfield is an independent. 

Side Notes
** Evan Roquemore and Chris Cunningham both started again in place of Troy Payne and Marc Trasolini at Pacific on Tuesday.  Kevin Foster scored 17 points in the game, including 15 in the first half, hitting 7 of 7 from the free throw line.

** Evan Roquemore started his first career game and Chris Cunningham started for the first time this season in the win at San Jose State.  Cunningham tied his season-high with four rebounds and Roquemore scored 14 points.  Kevin Foster tied a season-high with 26 points.  In the first half Santa Clara turned the ball over 13 times, but just five times in the second half.

** In a sign of what the Bronco coaches hope is to come, rookie John McArthur scored a career-high six points with a career-high six rebounds in a career-high 14 minutes vs. UCSB.

** Kevin Foster hit six three-pointers in the first half of the UC Santa Barbara - a career-high - and he finished the game with 25 points.  The six threes overall tied a career-high set vs. Buthune-Cookman on Nov. 21, 2010.   

* Chris Cunningham, making some nifty post moves, tied a career-high with eight points, making a career-best of 4 of 4, vs. Ohio.  

** Marc Trasolini scored 19 points in back-to-back games vs. Arizona and Ohio in Las Vegas.  Trasolini has scored 15+ points 17 times in his career.  He has scored double digits in five of Santa Clara's nine games this season after leading the team in ppg, rpg and bpg last season.

**  Marc Trasolini hadn't blocked a shot in four games heading into the SJSU game when he blocked two. It was the first time since his freshman year he had gone four plus games without a block. He went five games spanning the end of his freshman year (four games: Feb. 21, - March 8) to the second game of his sophomore year (Nov. 16, 2009) when he collected three blocks. 

** Evan Roquemore tied the Bronco freshman record when he hit made 10 free throws vs. UNC on Nov. 23.  He was a perfect 10 of 10.  Then-Bronco freshman Jordan Legge made 10 free throws for the Broncos on Nov. 27, 2001 in Santa Clara's 65-61 win vs. San Jose State.

** SCU and UNC combined for 171 points, but zero blocks on Nov. 23. The last time that happened: in Gonzaga's 80-64 win over the Broncos in Spokane on Feb. 28, 2004. 

** In its game with B-C, the bench out-rebounded the starters. Against UNC, led by a pair of Broncos collecting 18 points each, the bench outscored the starters.  The starters, paced by Kevin Foster's 19 points and tying a career-high with seven assists, scored 42 points.  The bench, led by Cowels and Roquemore, scored 45.

** Robert Smith and Foster both collected six assists and the Broncos had 23 assists in SCU's 75-61 win over Bethune-Cookman on Nov. 21.  It was the most assists for the Broncos since they collected 24 assists in an 83-80 win vs. Belmont on Dec. 29, 2008.  The most under Keating?: SCU had 29 assists vs. Pepperdine in the Broncos' 101-86 victory on Jan. 21, 2008. 

** The Bronco bench collected 16 rebounds vs. Bethune-Cookman while the starters pulled down 13.  That's the first time that happened this year.