WHITE OUT FOR THURSDAY'S GAME WITH LMU!
WHITE OUT FOR THURSDAY'S GAME WITH LMU! EVERYONE SHOULD WEAR WHITE!
Santa Clara (16-13, 6-6 WCC) hosts its final two home games of the season this week looking to lock down fourth place in the WCC. First, it welcomes LMU (10-18, 2-10 WCC) on Thurs., Feb. 24 at 8:30 pm. The game vs. the Lions will be televised nationally on ESPNU with Todd Harris and Miles Simon teaming up to make the call. In its final home game for seniors Ben Dowdell, Michael Santos, Troy Payne and Nate Mensah, Santa Clara will host Pepperdine (11-18, 5-7 WCC) at 7 pm on Sat., Feb. 26. The SCU game vs. the Waves is the only WCC contest this season that will not be televised. The 13 televised WCC games this year is an all-time high for the Broncos.
SCU dropped both of its games on the road last week, falling 85-76 at Gonzaga and 78-68 at Portland. WCC Player of the Year candidate Kevin Foster was on fire from three-point land, hitting 8 of 16 in Spokane and 7 of 16 in Portland. Foster has scored 20+ points in four straight games and 20+ points 27 times in his career, including 13 times this year. This week www.bbstate.com rates Foster's offensive efficiency over 40 minutes as No. 17 in the country at 25.4 ppg.
With four Broncos finishing in double figures, SCU won 79-72 at LMU on Jan. 29, 2011. Foster led the charge with 28 points, including a perfect 13 of 13 from the free throw line and a career-best six steals. Marc Trasolini added 16, Evan Roquemore 15 and Ben Dowdell 11. Troy Payne grabbed a game-high 12 boards and tied a career-high with six steals. SCU is 81-51 vs. the Lions, including 40-24 in Santa Clara. Santa Clara is looking for its sixth win in eight tries vs. the Lions, sweeping the season series in 2007-08 and 2008-09 before the Lions swept the season series with the Broncos last year. SCU had a nine-game winning streak in the LMU series between 1999-2002.
The LMU 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 8:15 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.
SCU is scoring 72.6 ppg while giving up 70.3 ppg. They are rebounding 35.3 to their opponent's 32.0 and shooting 42.8 percent from the field, including 35.2 percent beyond the arc. SCU has had three players in double figures all season: Kevin Foster (19.9), Marc Trasolini (11.5) and Evan Roquemore (11.1). Scoring double figures in 27 games this season, Foster, No. 1 nationally in threes made per game and No. 27 in scoring, leads the WCC overall and conference games in ppg. Trasolini and Troy Payne lead the team with 5.6 rpg each; and Trasolini swats a team-leading 1.0 bpg. Trasolini has five career double-doubles. Roquemore leads the team with 4.0 apg and Payne is in front with 1.8 spg. Foster has led the team in scoring 21 of its 29 games this season.
Our WCC Candidates
Santa Clara has three players up for league honors this year including Kevin Foster as a candidate for Player of the Year, Evan Roquemore for Newcomer of the Year and Troy Payne as Defender of the Year. Check out a few of their superlatives.
Kevin Foster – WCC Player of the Year candidate
"He was superb tonight. A lot of them were tough shots. But he's capable of making closely-guarded shots," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said after Foster scored 36 on the Zags to lead SCU to an 85-71 win.
* No. 27 nationally and leads WCC in scoring in overall games and WCC games. 576 points scored is No. 6 on the Bronco single season list and 43 from the school record set in 1968-69. First sophomore in WCC history to score 1,000 career points.
*No. 1 nationally in 3s made per game (3.6), 3s made (105) and 3s attempted (278). Broke his own records (previously Steve Nash's) for threes made and attempted in a single season on Feb. 10.
* 105 3s made is No. 5 on the WCC single season record list. Eight times this year he has hit 6+ threes in a game – including 8 at Gonzaga and vs. USF; and 7 at Portland.
* Shooting a team-best 81.6 percent from the free throw line and No. 2 on the team with 3.6 apg and 1.7 spg (No. 3 in the WCC).
Evan Roquemore – WCC Newcomer of the Year candidate
"He's got a good base to build on - he's hit a lot of big shots this year. Our team likes him, but I think they also trust that he knows what's going on. He's really handled the load of being a point guard his freshman year by playing beyond his years," said Bronco coach Kerry Keating.
* Named No. 20 Freshman nationally this season by BasketballProspectus.com in January (only WCC player)
* Leading WCC Newcomers in overall games in scoring, assists, 3s made and assist-turnover ratio. Second in free throw % and three point %. Third in steals per game. Leading WCC Newcomer in WCC games in scoring, minutes, assists, assist-turnover ratio and free throw % . Second in 3s made. Third in steals.
* Has started the last 21 games and leads team with 4.0 apg and is third with 11.1 ppg.
* Has already broken the Bronco freshman record for free throws made and attempted (116 of 144) set by Brian Jones in 1996-97 (98 of 142). 4 assists from breaking Jones' freshman record (has 115, record is 119).
Troy Payne – WCC Defensive Player of the Year candidate
Saint Mary's head coach Randy Bennett had this to say of Payne: "Troy Payne is a really good defender. He makes it really hard when he guards you because he will really disrupt your offense."
* Leads the WCC with 1.8 spg in overall games and also in WCC games with 2.8 spg. Three games on the WCC road with 6+ steals this season (at USD, at Pepperdine, at LMU).
* 5+ rebounds in 15 straight games, with 7+ the last six of the last seven games (double figures three times)
* Averaging 8.1 rpg in the last eight games, including a season-high 12 at LMU.
* No. 3 in WCC games with 7.7 rpg. No. 2 in WCC games with 3.3 offensive rebounds per game. No. 7 in WCC games with 4.3 defensive rebounds per game. No. 4 in overall games with 2.4 offensive rebounds per game
We got it!
Santa Clara's steals streak has reached national proportions. Santa Clara's current consecutive games with 6+ steals was tied for the longest streak in Division I with Houston Baptist with 20 games, but after the Huskies grabbed just four steals on Tuesday night Santa Clara is looking to take over the No. 1 spot with 6+ steals vs. LMU. SCU has collected 10+ steals seven times during the streak. Two weeks ago the Broncos followed Louisville, Valparaiso and Houston Baptist, but Louisville and Valpo both had their streaks snapped over last weekend and now Houston Baptist. Check out the top 2:
1. 20 - Santa Clara (8-8-10-6-7-10-14-6-9-6-6-7-11-14-11-6-7-8-7-11) (next game: vs. LMU, 2-24-11)
20 - Houston Baptist (7-12-10-6-8-11-7-9-10-10-6-9-6-11-10-8-9-6-7-7) (steak snapped Feb. 22, 2011)
Turned It UP!
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 11 games this season, including six of the last nine games. 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 29 games this year, Dowdell is averaging 8.0 ppg and 4.4 rpg. Dowdell has posted double figures 25 times in his career: 11 times this year, five times his junior year and nine times his rookie campaign.
He has played in 119 career games with 89 career starts. He needs two more starts to jump into the top 10 for career starts. No. 10 is Jens Gordon (91, 1985-89) and No. 9 is Michael Norman (93, 1980-84). With Dowdell's play at Portland, he is tied at No. 7 in career games played with Dan Weiss (1984-88). Gordon is No. 6 with 120 (1985-87). Santa Clara has at least three 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.
Dowdell will also finish in the top 10 in personal fouls in a career as he has 365 career fouls, good for No. 3 on the list. He needs two to pass Kurt Rambis at No. 2 (1976-80).
Dowdell on Career Charts Games Played
1. Kyle Bailey (2001-05) 127
2. John Bryant (2005-09) 124
3. Brody Angley (2004-2008) 122
Mitch Burley (1985-89) 122
5. Jason Sedlock (1992-97) 121
6. Jens Gordon (1985-89) 120
7. Ben Dowdell (2007 - ) 119
Dan Weiss (1984-88) 119
1. Jens Gordon (1985-89) 396
2. Kurt Rambis (1976-80) 366
3. Ben Dowdell (2007 - ) 365
4. Dan Weiss (1984-88) 358
5. Mike Norman (1980-84) 356
Out and About
Heading into the LMU game after knocking down eight threes at Gonzaga and seven at Portland, Kevin Foster has hit 105 threes this season with 278 attempts - both single season school records (broke his own records vs. Saint Mary's on Feb. 10). The WCC single season record is 126 by Jeff Fryer of LMU in 1989. Fryer is also No. 2 on the list with 121 in 1990. Foster is No. 5 on the WCC single season list, just one south of No. 4 (Peter McKelvey, Portland, 106, 1991-92). No. 3 is Dan Dickau of Gonzaga (117, 2001-02).
Foster is 10 points from moving into the top five for points scored in a season with 576, looking to pass No. 5 Harold Keeling, who scored 585 (1983-84). He is 43 points from breaking the single season school record: 619 by Dennis Awtrey (1968-69). Awtrey is also No. 2 with 614 (1969-70), No. 3 is John Bryant at 596 (2008-09) and Ralph Odgen is No. 4 at 590 (1969-70).
Foster will have a chance to perform in front of past Bronco legends in the next three games. Bud and Ralph Ogden will be at the Santa Clara-Pepperdine game on Saturday and Dennis Awtrey will be inducted into the WCC Hall of Fame at the WCC Tournament and in attendance at Santa Clara's WCC Tournament game.
Foster dropped a new career-high on the Zags with 36 on Jan. 20 (11 of 20 and 6 of 14 from 3; 8 of 10 FT). The 36 points are the sixth-most ever for a Bronco at home and the most a player has scored vs. Gonzaga since Pepperdine's Keion Bell scored 37 points on Jan. 21, 2010. Foster's career-best prior to the Gonzaga game was the 31 he scored as a freshman at Saint Mary's (Jan. 9, 2009) and his season-best was the 29 he scored in overtime vs. Washington St. on Dec. 19.
Foster crushed eight threes on Jan. 8 vs. USF and at Gonzaga on Feb. 17. The eight threes twice tied the school record set by Steve Nash (8 at Gonzaga on Jan. 19, 1995) and Mitch Burley (8 vs. Nevada-Reno, Dec. 14, 1988). Foster attempted 20 threes in the USF game, shooting 40.0 percent from beyond the arc. The attempts mark shattered Burley's school record set back in 1988 (17) and Nash's in 1995 (17). The 20 attempts also shattered the WCC record set by Jeff Fryer of LMU vs. Santa Clara on Feb. 24, 1989 when he attempted 18.
WCC Single Season Records
1. Jeff Fryer, LMU (1988-89) 126
2. Jeff Fryer, LMU (1989-90) 121
3. Dan Dickau, GON (2001-02) 117
4. Peter McKelvey, POR (1991-92) 106
5. Kevin Foster (2010-11) 105
Bronco Single Season Records
1. Kevin Foster (2010-11) 105
2. Kevin Foster (2008-09) 85
3. Steve Nash (1994-95) 84
1. Kevin Foster (2010-11) 278
2. Kevin Foster (2008-09) 232
3. Kyle Bailey (2004-05) 198
1. Dennis Awtrey (1968-69) 619
2. Dennis Awtrey (1969-70) 614
3. John Bryant (2008-09) 596
4. Ralph Ogden (1969-70) 590
5. Harold Keeling (1983-84) 585
6. Kevin Foster (2010-11) 576
7. Harold Keeling (1984-85) 574
8. Steve Nash (1994-95) 565
9. Russ Vrankovich (1963-64) 561
10. John Bryant (2007-08) 558
Bronco Career Records
1. Steve Nash (1992-96) 263
2. Kyle Bailey (2001-05) 225
3. Kevin Foster (2008-) 212
4. Marlon Garnett (1993-97) 210
1. Kyle Bailey (2001-05) 679
2. Steve Nash (1992-95) 56
3. Kevin Foster (2008-) 582
4. Marlon Garnett (1993-97) 528
Evan Roquemore has scored double figures in six of the last eight games. He is 116 of 144 from the charity stripe in his rookie campaign. He has already broken the free throws made and attempted freshman record this year and is now working towards the school record in assists, needing four more to break the record.
Roquemore has started 21 straight games after coming off the bench the first eight games of his rookie campaign. Averaging 11.1 ppg, a team-leading 4.0 apg and 3.5 rpg, he had a career-high eight assists at Saint Mary's and at Gonzaga; and a career-high with 18 points vs. Northern Colorado. He has been perfect at the free throw line in nine 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, 2 of 2 at LMU and 6 of 6 vs. San Diego.
Bronco Freshman Record Climb
Assists(kept since 1972-73)
1. Brian Jones (1996-97) 19
2. Evan Roquemore (2010-11) 115
1. Kevin Foster (2008-09) 86
9. Evan Roquemore (2010-11) 322
1. Kurt Rambis (1976-77) 5.3
10. Evan Roquemore 2010-11) 1.1
1. Kevin Foster (2008-09) 5
9. Evan Roquemore(2010-11) 0
1. Kevin Foster (2008-09) 32
9. Evan Roquemore (2010-11) 103
Three-Point FG % (Min. 20 made)
1. Steve Nash (1992-93) 408
5. Evan Roquemore (2010-11) .388
Free Throws Made
1. Evan Roquemore (2010-11) 116
2. Brian Jones (1996-97) 8
Free Throws Attempted
1. Evan Roquemore (2010-11) 144
2. Brian Jones (1996-97) 42
Free Throw %(Min. 30 made)
1. Steve Nash (1992-93) 825
2. Evan Roquemore (2010-11) .806
1. Steve Kenilvort (1982-83) 9
7. Evan Roquemore (2010-11) 30
1. Robert Smith (2009-10) 1,049
3. Evan Roquemore (2010-11) 890
There are some interesting comparisons after Santa Clara's first 29 games last season and the first 29 games this year. Santa Clara is 16-13 and 6-6 in the WCC this season and was 11-18 and 3-9 in the WCC last season. See the following positives on this season as compared to last:
*Increased points per game from 65.0 to 72.7
*Increased scoring margin from -4.8 to +3.1
*Increased FG made from 592 to 640 and FG % from .412 to .434
*Increased 3 pt FG made from 129 to 188 and 3 pt FG % from .304 to .349
*Increased 3 pt FG made per game from 4.8 to 7.0
*Decreased opponent 3 pt FG made % from .393 to .353
*Decreased opponent 3 pt FG made per game from 6.7 to 5.7
*Increased FT made from 441 to 494 and attempts from 635 to 692
*Increased FT made per game from 16.3 to 18.3
*Increased rebounds per game from 34.4 to 35.4
*Increased rebounding margin from -0.1 to +3.9
*Decreased opponent rebounds per game from 34.5 to 31.5
*Increased assists per game from 10.3 to 13.3
*Decreased opponent assists per game from 14.0 to 11.8
0 (Roquemore) - WCC Newcomer of the Year candidate. Named No. 20 Freshman nationally this season by BasketballProspectus.com in January (only WCC player). Broke the Bronco freshman school record for free throws made and attempted. 14 of the last 22 games he has hit double figures, including double figures the last four of five games. Dished out a career-high eight assists at Saint Mary's and at Gonzaga; and scored a career-high 18 points vs. Northern Colorado.
01 (Payne) - WCC Defender of the Year candidate. Started 40 games last year and 18 this year. Leads WCC in steals. Career-high 6 steals three times this year. Has had 17 games this season with 6+ rebounds. Second career double-double vs. USD (10/10).
03 (Cunningham) - Hasn't played in the past 13 games due to a bad back. He started the previous eight games and was shooting a career-best 61.9 percent this season. (seventh-best shooting percentage in Bronco history).
04 (Perricone) - Has played in three games this season and hit his first career field goal in the first game (HBU) 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. 11 games this season with 5+ rebounds and hit double-figures in seven of the last 10 games
13 (Santos) - Gave SCU 16 minutes off the bench vs. Gonzaga and followed it up with 20 minutes in Portland win. Had season-high six rebounds and career-high four assists vs. Bethany.
14 (Gamble) - Hit his first career points with two three-pointers 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 12 of the last 17 games. 37 points from a career 1,000 points (would be 29th player in school history). Has 50 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) - No. 22 in career points with 1,181. 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 eight times this year after hitting eight at Gonzaga and seven at Portland!
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 hit his first career three at Gonzaga on Feb. 17.
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.
19+ = 32
A two-time WCC Player of the Week this year, Kevin Foster was nicknamed 'Microwave' by his father during his youth the Detroit Piston's Vinnie Johnson. Johnson earned the nickname 'the Microwave' from Boston Celtics guard Danny Ainge for his ability to score many points in a short period of time, heating up the offense. He has scored 15+ points in 43 of 68 career games and he has scored 19+ in 32 career games. The 19+ games follow:
Opponent/Date Pts. (3s)
1. vs. Arizona/Nov. 25, 2008 21 (5)
2. vs. Belmont/Dec. 29, 2008 24 (3)
3. at Harvard/Jan. 2, 2009 20 (4)
4. at Saint Mary's/Jan. 9, 2009 31 (5)
5. at Portland/Jan. 17, 2009 20 (3)
6. vs. LMU/Jan. 29, 2009 20 (3)
7. vs. Saint Mary's/Feb. 7, 2009 26 (4)
8. at LMU/Feb. 14, 2009 26 (5)
9. at USF/Feb. 21, 2009 20 (2)
10. vs. Gonzaga/Feb. 26, 2009 20 (3)
11. vs. San Diego/March 7, 2009 21 (4)
12. at CSUB/Nov. 13, 2009 21 (3)
13. vs. Menlo/Nov. 19, 2009 19 (4)
14. at Pacific/Nov. 22, 2009 22 (5)
15. vs. Fresno State/Nov. 28, 2009 25 (5)
16. vs. CSU Bakersfield/Nov. 12, 2010 19 (4)
17. at So. California/Nov. 15, 2010 26 (4)
18. vs. Bethune-Cookman/Nov. 21, 2010 21 (6)
19. vs. N. Colorado/Nov. 23, 2010 19 (4)
20. vs. UC Santa Barbara/Dec. 4, 2010 25 (6)
21. at San Jose State/Dec. 10, 2010 26 (3)
22. vs. Washington St./Dec. 19, 2010 29 (4)
23. at CSU Northridge/Dec. 22, 2010 22 (2)
24. vs. Bethany/Jan. 3, 2011 19 (6)
25. vs. USF/Jan. 8, 2011 26 (8)
26. vs. Gonzaga/Jan. 20, 2011 36 (6)
27. vs. Portland/Jan. 22, 2011 19 (3)
28. vs. LMU/Jan. 29, 2011 28 (3)
29. vs. St. Mary's/Feb. 10, 2011 25 (4)
30. vs. San Diego/Feb. 12, 2011 21 (3)
31. at Gonzaga/Feb. 17, 2011 27 (8)
32. at Portland/Feb. 19, 2011 29 (7)