February 11, 2011

Santa Clara Hosts San Diego Saturday at 5:30 pm

Santa Clara Game Notes

Santa Clara (15-11, 5-4 WCC) hosts San Diego (5-20, 1-9 WCC) in West Coast Conference action on Sat., Feb. 12 at 5:30 pm. The San Diego game will be shown in the Bay Area on Comcast with Dave Benz and Jim Brogan making the call.  Men's soccer coach Cam Rast will be Comcast's special guest at halftime, discussing the 2010 WCC Champion Bronco team.

Santa Clara fell 65-59 to No. 23 Saint Mary's on Thursday night with San Diego losing 61-47 at San Francisco the same night.

Playing its 70th game, in a rivalry that began with a 66-65 victory by USD on Dec., 19, 1963, Santa Clara leads the all-time series 38-31, including 21-14 in Santa Clara. Santa Clara has won once in the last five tries at the Leavey Center, an 80-72 victory on Feb. 17, 2007.  Santa Clara has only swept the series once in the last 13 years (2007). Santa Clara and San Diego have split the season series three straight years, with each winning on the other's floor all three years.  Santa Clara won 61-52 earlier this season in its first WCC road game (Jan. 13). Santa Clara knocked San Diego out of the 2009 WCC Tournament and San Diego returned the favor in 2010.  USD swept the season series in 2007-08, Santa Clara swept the season in 2006-07 and the two split in 2005-06.


The San Diego 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 5:15 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 with an interview conducted by Passarelli.  Out of the listening area, KDOW is streamed online live at www.1220kdow.com.


The Broncos are scoring 73.2 ppg while giving up 70.0 ppg. They are rebounding 35.5 to their opponent's 31.6 and shooting 43.5 percent from the field, including 34.9 percent beyond the arc. 

SCU has three players in double figures: Kevin Foster (19.2), Marc Trasolini (12.0) and Evan Roquemore (10.8).  Foster leads the WCC overall games in ppg and threes per game; and is second in the WCC play with 20.7 ppg. He is fourth nationally in threes made per game and tied with Andrew Goudelock of College of Charleston with the most threes in the country at 87. Scoring double figures in 24 of 26 games this season, has dished a team-leading 3.8 apg with 1.7 spg.  Trasolini leads the team with 5.8 rpg and 1.1 bpg.  Trasolini collected his fifth career double-double vs. CSU Bakersfield and had a season-high three blocks three times, scoring a season-high 22 vs. Fordham.  

USD is averaging 60.9 ppg while giving up 70.8 ppg.  The Toreros are shooting 42.1 percent from the field, including 31.9 from beyond the three-point line. USD is grabbing 29.7 boards and giving up 36.1.  They are averaging 14.8 turnovers per game compared to Santa Clara's own 14.7 turnovers per game.  USD has one player averaging double figures: Darian Norris (10.5 ppg).  Norris leads the team with 2.96 rpg as well. 


Sticky Hands

Santa Clara's steals streak is reaching national proportions.  Santa Clara's current consecutive games with 6+ steals is the third-longest in Division I with the Broncos collecting 10+ steals six times during the streak.  During the stretch Troy Payne has collected a career-high six steals three times, including two straight games at Pepperdine and at LMU.  Kevin Foster grabbed a career-high six steals at LMU.  Check out the top 4:

1. 23 - Valparaiso (6-6-9-9-8-7-10-8-6-12-9-8-7-6-8-7-9-9-10-11-7-10-11) (next game: vs. Wright State, 2/12/11)

2. 19 - Houston Baptist (7-12-10-6-8-11-7-9-10-10-6-9-6-11-10-8-9-6) (next game: vs. East Texas Baptist, 2/13/11)

3. 17 - Santa Clara (8-8-10-6-7-10-14-6-9-6-6-7-11-14-11-6-7) (next game: vs. San Diego 2/12/11)

5. 14 - Texas Southern (6-11-6-6-8-9-7-11-11-9-6-9-10-7) (next game: at Jackson State 2/12/11)



There are some interesting comparisons after Santa Clara's first 26 games last season and the first 26 games this year.  Santa Clara is 15-11 and 5-4 in the WCC this season and was 10-17 and 2-7 in the WCC last season.  See the following positives on this season as compared to last:

*Increased points per game from 64.9 to 73.2 

*Increased scoring margin from -4.7 to +3.1

*Increased FG made from 570 to 620 and FG % from .414 to .435 

*Increased 3 pt FG made from 123 to 183 and 3 pt FG % from .301 to .349 

*Increased 3 pt FG made per game from 4.7 to 7.0 

*Decreased opponent 3 pt FG made % from .395 to .354

*Decreased opponent 3 pt FG made per game from 6.8 to 5.7

*Increased FT made from 424 to 479 and attempts from 611 to 663 

*Increased FT made per game from 16.3 to 18.4 

*Increased rebounds per game from 34.1 to 35.5 

*Increased rebounding margin from -0.3 to +3.9 

*Decreased opponent rebounds per game from 34.4 to 31.6 

*Increased assists per game from 10.3 to 13.3 

*Decreased opponent assists per game from 14.0 to 11.8


Got It

With a four of 10 performance from beyond the arc vs. No. 23 Saint Mary's on Thursday, Kevin Foster broke two single season records.  He broke his own records as a matter of fact.  Foster broke Nash's single season record (84) as a freshman in 2009 with 85.  He now has a school record 87 threes and 232 attempts.  He has also jumped into the Broncos top 20 point scorers in a season with 499.  See game notes for list of records.  

To enter the top 10 of the West Coast Conference single season list for makes Foster will need to hit 98 this season.  There are four WCC players that have hit 98 in a season: Jared Stohl of Portland (2010), Ross DeRogatis of USD (2007), Blake Stepp of Gonzaga (2003) and Casey Frandsen of Portland (2002). The WCC single season record is 126 by Jeff Fryer of LMU in 1989. He is also No. 2 on the list with 141 in 1990.

Foster was 13 of 13 from the free throw line at LMU on Jan. 29, finishing with 28 points. His 13 of 13 performance was the best 100.0 percent mark for a Bronco since Steve Nash hit 21 of 21 vs. Saint Mary's in a 75-71 Bronco win on Jan. 7, 1995.  It was the most free throws hit by a Bronco since Nash hit 17 of 18 vs. Maryland on March 15, 1996.  Foster was the sixth Bronco to hit 13 free throws in a game.

Foster put together a pretty impressive resume for the month of January.  Review some of his accomplishments:

* Finished the month leading the WCC in scoring (all games and WCC only). No. 3 in the NCAA in threes made per game and led the nation in threes made and threes attempted overall

* Double figures in 7 of 8 games, hitting 6+ threes in three games.  5 games with 19+ points (and points totals of 26, 36, 28 in league games).

* 36 points vs. Gonzaga in SCU's first win at home since 2001 (Jan. 20). Most points for any player in the WCC this year and most vs. Gonzaga in a year.  

* Tied the SCU record with 8 threes vs. USF (Jan. 8). Broke WCC record for attempts with 20 in the same game -- shooting 40% from three.

* 19 points in win over Portland (Jan. 22), scoring his 1000th career point as a sophomore (first sophomore in Bronco school history).

* 13 of 13 from the free throw line at LMU (Jan. 29). First time since 1995 a player at SCU has done that. Career-high six steals in the game.

* Shot 40 of 52 from the free throw line, hitting 77 percent -- twice what anyone player in the WCC shot during the month.



Ben Dowdell, acknowledging earlier this season that his senior year "will be the one that defines my Bronco career", has posted double figure scoring in nine games this season, including five of the last seven.  Dowdell tied his career-high with 22 points vs. Portland on Jan. 22.  He last scored 22 vs. Niagara on Dec. 29, 2007.  The total vs. the Pilots topped his previous career-high in WCC play from his freshman year (21 vs. Dons on Feb. 25, 2008).  

Starting all 26 games this year, Dowdell is averaging 8.0ppg and 4.4 rpg. Dowdell has posted double figures 23 times in his career: nine times this year, five times his junior year and nine times his rookie campaign.

He has played in 116 career games with 86 career starts.  When he plays in the San Diego game, he will vault into the Broncos' career games played top 10 list.  Sitting at No. 8 with 117 games played: Mitch Henke (2004-08), Brian Jones (1996-01) and Travis Niesen (2002-06).  Dan Weiss (1984-88) is No. 7 with 119 and Jens Gordon is No. 6 with 120 (1985-87).  Santa Clara has at least seven games left and if he plays in each game, he will be tied with Brody Angley (2004-08) and Mitch Burley (1985-89) with 122 games played at No. 3 all-time.  


Freshman Finery

Evan Roquemore is 101 of 125 from the charity stripe in his rookie campaign.  He has already broken the free throws made freshman record this year and is now working towards the school record in free throws attempted and assists.  The school record for free throws made was 98 by then-freshman Brian Jones (1996-97).  Jones still owns the freshman record for free throws attempted as well with 142.  Roquemore needs 18 attempts to break that record, sitting at No. 3 on the list.  See game notes for list of records.  

Roquemore has started 18 straight games after coming off the bench the first eight games of his freshman year.  Averaging 10.8 ppg, 3.8 apg and 3.4 rpg, he had a career-high eight assists at SMC and a career-high in points vs. Northern Colorado.  He has been perfect at the free throw line in eight games this year: 6 of 6 vs. Rice, 10 of 10 vs. Northern Colorado, 6 of 6 at San Jose State, 7 of 7 vs. Washington State, 6 of 6 at CSU Northridge, 1 of 1 at Saint Mary's, 8 of 8 vs. Gonzaga and 2 of 2 at LMU. 


Say Something Nice About Each of Us

0 (Roquemore) - Named the 20th best freshmen this season by BasketballProspectus.com recently.  Broke the Bronco freshman school record for free throws made with 100 at USF.  11 of the last 19 games he has hit double figures, including 13 vs. Gonzaga, 14 at Pepperdine and 16 at USF.  Dished out a career-high eight assists at Saint Mary's and scored a career-high 18 points vs. Northern Colorado.

01 (Payne) - WCC Defender of the Year candidate.  After starting 40 straight games, gave up his starting role for 11 games before earning it back prior to the Zags game.  Backed it up in Gonzaga game when he scored a then-season-high 11 points and then nine points and nine rebounds vs. Portland.  He tied a career-high with six steals at Pepperdine, also tying a season-high with 11 points; and followed that up with 8 rebounds and 11 points at LMU.  Has had 14 games this season with 6+ rebounds.  Last season in his first 26 games that had happened just six times.  Scored 10 rebounds and four steals vs. No. 23 Saint Mary's.

03 (Cunningham) - Although he hasn't played in the past nine games due to a sore back, Cunningham started the previous eight games and he is shooting a career-best 61.9 percent this season.  It is the seventh-best shooting percentage for a season in Bronco history.

04 (Perricone) - Has played in three games this season and hit his first career field goal in the first game (Houston Baptist) and a three-pointer in two games:  Bethany and UCSC.

10 (Dowdell) - Tied a career-high with 22 points in the win over Portland.  Previous career-high came his freshman year vs. Niagara on Dec. 29, 2007.  Shot season-best 7 of 10 from the field, making 8 of 10 free throws.  Has 11 games this season with 5+ rebounds and hit double-figures in five of the last seven games, including 12 vs. No. 23 Saint Mary's.  

13 (Santos) - Gave SCU 16 good minutes off the bench in the Gonzaga game and followed it up with 20 strong minutes in Portland win. Coach Keating was happy to see him healthy after suffering with a sprained hand for a couple weeks and said he had an excellent week of practice.  Had season-high six rebounds and career-high four assists vs. Bethany.

14 (Gamble) - Hit his first career points with two three-pointers in four minutes vs. Bethany. He put up four shots and grabbed two rebounds during that span as well.  Hit two free throws in career-high six minutes vs. UC Santa Cruz.

15 (Trasolini) - Has hit double figures 11 of the last 14 games.  60 points from a career 1,000 points (would be 29th player in school history). Has 49 career double-figure games and 27 15+ point games. His five career double-doubles rank No. 1 on the team this year. Is the only player in the WCC to be named to the Capital One Academic All-District team the past two years.  Sports a 3.51 GPA in Finance. 

21 (Foster) - Scored his 1,001th career point with a three at 1:36 in the first half in the Portland win; finished game with 19 points. Now has 1,104 which is quickly No. 23.  First sophomore in WCC history and 28th Bronco player overall to score 1,000+ career points.  Scored a career-high 36 points in the Gonzaga win - the sixth-best ever by a Bronco in a home game.  First player in school history to hit six plus threes in three games in a season. He has now done it six times this year!  

22 (Mensah) - Fourth-year walk-on hit his first career free throws and first career three-pointers in the five games he has played in this year. Has already been accepted to the Law Schools at Santa Clara University and American University; and is waiting to hear back from Cornell, Georgetown, George Washington and Howard. 

24 (Clarke) - Has only played in three games early due to a foot injury.

25 (McArthur) - His 11 rebounds vs. Santa Cruz were the most for a Bronco freshman since John Bryant snagged 13 vs. Portland on Jan. 7, 2006.  After being named the Bay Area Player of the Year out of famed De La Salle last year, he has played 8.8 mpg where he has collected 3+ rebounds in seven games, playing double-digit minutes eight times including 19 vs. Houston Baptist, 16 important minutes in the Gonzaga win and 25 vs. UC Santa Cruz.

31 (Harrison) - Scored a season-high 12 points at Pepperdine, his first time in double figures this season after hitting double figures nine times last season.  

33 (Bach) - Carrying a 3.48 grade point average in Marketing, he has come off the bench in four games this season, including 12 minutes vs. Bethany where he dished out a career-best four assists. Scored career-high 9 points in career-high 14 minutes vs. UC Santa Cruz.

42 (Cowels) - Starting in nine games this season and 20 throughout his two-year career, Cowels hit a season-high four threes vs. Northern Colorado and was 6 of 6 from the free throw line vs. Washington State.  He scored a career-high 24 points vs. NCAA Tournament-bound Wofford last season, hitting five threes.

44 (Atanga) - The Yaounde, Cameroon native is being red-shirted this season.