Santa Clara Plays LMU Saturday
Santa Clara Plays Portland/LMU Winner Saturday
Receiving a first-round bye as the No. 4 seed for the second time in three years at the Zappos.com West Coast Conference Tournament, Santa Clara (18-13, 8-6 WCC) will play No. 8 LMU (11-20, 2-12 WCC) game on Sat., March 6 at 6 pm with LMU defeating No. 5 Portland on Friday night. BYUtv/ESPN3.com/ESPN Full Court will be televising all eight opening round and quarterfinal games on Friday and Saturday. Santa Clara's game on Saturday will be called by Dave McCann, Andy Toolson and Jarom Jordan. If Santa Clara wins on Saturday, it will play No. 1 seed Saint Mary's on Sun., March 6 at 5 pm on ESPN2 with Dave Flemming and Sean Farnham making the call.
The games can also be heard on Sirius Radio: Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Sirius 157. Monday: Sirius 122/XM 143
All the games will be played at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Santa Clara swept the season series with the Lions this year. Santa Clara bowed out with a 61-59 loss to San Diego in the first round last year. In 2009 Santa Clara defeated San Diego 80-69 to advance to the semi-finals where it fell 94-59 to eventual WCC champion Gonzaga. Its last WCC meeting with Portland was a 72-68 victory on March 3, 2006 and it also defeated LMU 77-60 in its last WCC meeting on March 3, 2001.
SCU is 82-51 vs. the Lions with LMU leading 3-2 at a neutral site. Santa Clara is looking for its seventh win in nine tries vs. the Lions, sweeping the season series three of last four years with the Lions sweeping last season.
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 5:45 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 with an interview conducted by Passarelli. Out of the listening area, KDOW is streamed online live at www.1220kdow.com.
Payne Named WCC Defensive Player of the Year
Leading the West Coast Conference in steals and fourth in rebounding, Troy Payne has been named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year. He is the first Bronco player to ever receive this award. Kevin Foster was named to the All-WCC First Team and Evan Roquemore was named to the All-WCC Freshman team. Foster is the 58th Bronco to be named to the First Team.
Payne leads the WCC in steals and is No. 4 in rebounding, including No. 2 with 3.4 offensive rebounds per game. Payne was the first Bronco to lead WCC in steals since Brody Angley in 2006. On the road in the WCC, he grabbed six steals three times this year (at USD, at Pepperdine, at LMU). He has collected 5+ rebounds in 17 straight games, with 7+ in eight of the last nine games. With four double-figure rebound games in WCC play, he is averaging 9.6 rpg in the last 10 games. He is averaging almost four deflections and three forced turnovers a game in WCC play.
Foster leads the WCC in scoring in overall (19.5 ppg) and WCC games (20.7 ppg). He is the first Bronco to lead the WCC in scoring in league games since Marlon Garnett led the league in scoring in 1997. Foster's 603 points scored this year are No. 3 on the single season list and 16 from the school record (619, Dennis Awtrey, 1968-69). Foster leads the nation in threes made (110) and threes attempted (298) and is No. 2 nationally in threes made per game (3.6). His 110 threes this season are No. 4 on the WCC single season bests list and he is the first Bronco to ever lead the league in threes made per game. His 51 threes in WCC play are No. 7 all-time in a season. He is No. 2 on the team this year with 3.7 apg and 1.7 spg. In league and overall stats in the WCC, he is No. 4 in steals and No. 6 in assists. His 1,208 career points are No. 21 all-time for SCU and he is the first sophomore in WCC history to score 1,000 career points.
After leading all WCC newcomers in assists, points per game, threes made per game, free throw percentage and minutes per game, Roquemore was named to the All-WCC Freshman team. Named No. 20 Freshman nationally this season by BasketballProspectus.com in January (only WCC player), he started the last 23 games and leads the team with 4.0 apg. He is third with 11.3 ppg and is fourth with 1.1 spg. He averaged a team-leading 5.1 apg and 37.2 mpg in WCC games and was third on the team with 11.8 ppg. Roquemore has already broken the Bronco freshman record for assists, free throws made and free throws attempted. He is No. 2 on the list in free throw percentage (shooting 82.1 % - record is 82.5 percent by Steve Nash in 1993) and No. 3 on the list in minutes played in a season (973, record is 1,049).
Trasolini Named WCC Player of the Week
Scoring his 1,000 career point Feb. 26 and leading the Broncos to their first season sweep of Pepperdine and LMU in 27 years, Marc Trasolini was named the WCC Player of the Week Feb. 28. It is Trasolini's first Player of the Week honors in his career and the third for SCU this season.
Trasolini is the 29th player to score 1,000 career points and the second Bronco this year. He is now to No. 27 with 1,015 career points. Kevin Foster and Trasolini are the first duo to both hit 1,000 career points in the same season since then-seniors Jens Gordon and Mitch Burley did it in 1988-89. Gordon scored 522 points that season to finish his career with 1,356 and Burley scored 377 to finish with 1,258 career points. The Foster (603) - Trasolini (375) duo have combined for 978 points this season, No. 7 on SCU Single Season Duo list. They need to score 22 points between them to become just the seventh pair to hit 1,000 points in a season.
Trasolini averaged 26.0 ppg last week in victories over LMU and Pepperdine, shooting 56.7 percent and 7.5 rpg. He hit 18 of 21 free throws, shooting 85.7 percent - making the first 14 free throws vs. LMU. He was 17 of 20 from the free throw line vs. LMU. His 17 free throws were the second most-ever for a Bronco and the 20 attempts were also the second-most for a Bronco (Steve Nash was 21 of 21 vs. SMC in 1995). Trasolini also shot 10-for-15 from the field vs. Pepperdine, shooting 66.7 percent and finished league play with 12.5 ppg and 5.1 rpg, shooting almost 81 percent from the free throw line. He now ranks No. 4 in career blocks with 117.
No. 1 Nationally
Santa Clara's steals streak has reached national proportions. Santa Clara's current consecutive games with 6+ steals is now the longest streak in Division I. SCU has collected 10+ steals seven times during the streak. Two weeks ago the Broncos followed Louisville, Valparaiso and Houston Baptist, but all three have had their streaks snapped. See the theft numbers:
1. 22 - Santa Clara (8-8-10-6-7-10-14-6-9-6-6-7-11-14-11-6-7-8-7-11-9-8) (next: WCC Tourney, 3-6-11)
Santa Clara's 13 wins at home are the most it has won since it won 14 regular season games in 1987-88.
Santa Clara currently leads the WCC in steals in overall games. It has only led the league in steals in overall games once: 1997 when it had 207 steals (7.7 spg).
Santa Clara's three WCC Players of the Week outright this year are the most it has had since 1994-95 when it had four (Steve Nash three times, Marlon Garnett once). John Bryant was WCC POW three times in 2008-09, sharing it with Patty Mills of Saint Mary's once.
Santa Clara defeated CSU Northridge 99-79 on Dec. 22. The Broncos put six players in double figures. It was first time since Santa Clara defeated UC Santa Cruz at home on Nov. 25, 2002, 93-70, that it had six players in double figures. The 99 points on the road for the Broncos were the most they scored since they lost 105-103 at Portland on Jan. 25, 1980.
Santa Clara scored 90+ in two of its first 13 games of the year for the first time since it won 111-55 on Nov. 27, 1993 and then 92-74 vs. Holy Cross on Dec. 29, 1993.
Santa Clara defeated the Zags for the first time in 10 years at home (Feb. 22, 2001). The 85-71 win on Jan. 20 was the worst defeat the Zags suffered during the WCC regular season slate since 1999.
Santa Clara's win at Pepperdine was its first win in Malibu since it won 83-71 on Jan. 22, 2005. It was just the third win at Pepperdine in 17 years and only its fifth victory in Malibu in 27 years. The Broncos went on to sweep the season series with LMU and Pepperdine for the first time since 1984.
SCU's 20-point comeback in defeating USD on Feb. 12 tied the biggest come from behind victory in school history when it defeated Marquette on Nov. 29, 1996 after being down by 20 in the second half. It is only the second time in 13 years SCU has swept USD.
Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!
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 12 games this season, including seven of the last 11 games. Dowdell tied his career-high with 22 points vs. Portland on Jan. 22 and then scored a career-high 26 points vs. LMU on Feb. 24. He also grabbed his second career double-double vs. LMU with a career-high 14 rebounds.
Starting all 31 games this year, Dowdell is averaging 8.6 ppg and 4.7 rpg. Dowdell has posted double figures 26 times in his career: 12 times this year, five times his junior year and nine times his rookie campaign.
He has played in 121 career games with 91 career starts. He is now tied at No. 10 with Jens Gordon (91, 1985-89) and No. 9 is Michael Norman (93, 1980-84). With Dowdell's play vs. Pepperdine, he is tied at No. 5 is Jason Sedlock at 121 from 1992-97. Santa Clara has at least one game left and if he plays in it, he will be tied with Brody Angley (2004-08) and Mitch Burley (1985-89) with 122 games played at No. 3 all-time.
Dowdell is No. 2 on the career fouls list with 369. He passed Kurt Rambis at No. 2 (366, 1976-80) vs. LMU.
Kevin Foster has hit 110 threes this season with 290 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 and Foster is currently sitting at No. 4. Fryer is also No. 2 on the list with 121 in 1990 and No. 3 is Dan Dickau of Gonzaga (117, 2001-02).
With 16 points vs. Pepperdine, Foster passed John Bryant at No. 3 with 596 points (2008-09). He is 16 points from breaking the single season school record: 619 by Dennis Awtrey (1968-69). Awtrey is No. 2 (614, 1969-70).
Looking back, 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. SCU on Feb. 24, 1989 when he attempted 18.
Evan Roquemore has broken three Bronco rookie records this season: assists, free throws made and free throws attempted. All three records were set by Brian Jones in 1996-97. Jones was named the WCC Freshman of the Year and was named All-WCC twice during his career.
He has scored double figures in eight of the last 10 games. While he didn't start Senior night, he started 22 straight games after coming off the bench the first eight games of his rookie campaign Averaging 11.3 ppg, a team-leading 4.0 apg and 3.6 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 11 games this year: 6 of 6 vs. Rice, 10 of 10 vs. Northern Colorado, 6 of 6 at SJSU, 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, 6 of 6 vs. San Diego, 8 of 8 vs. LMU and 4 of 4 vs. Pepperdine.
Santa Clara was 8-6 in WCC play this season as compared to 3-11 last year. See the following positives on this season as compared to last:
* Increased PPG from 61.0 to 70.3 (854 to 984) and scoring margin from -7.4 to +0.4
* Increased 3-point FG pct from .290 to .328 and three's per game from 4.3 to 6.3 (60/207 to 88/268)
* Increased free throw % from .649 to .731 and free throws made from 12.6 to 17.9 (176/271 to 250/342)
* Increased rebounds per game from 32.6 to 33.8 (456 to 473) and rebounding margin from -0.8 to +0.1
* Increased assists per game from 8.9 to 12.9 (124 to 180)
* Decreased turnovers per game from 13.9 to 12.8 (194 to 179) and turnover margin from -0.8 to +2.4
* Increased assist/turnover ration from 0.6 to 1.0 Increased steals per game from 6.9 to 8.2 (96 to 115)
* Decreased opponents 3 point FG pct from .416 to .346 and opponents 3 point FG made per game from 6.7 to 5.1 (94/226 to 72/208)
* Decreased opponents assists per game from 13.5 to 12.6 (189 to 176)
* Increased opponents turnovers per game from 13.1 to 15.1 (183 to 212)
* Decreased opponents assist/turnover ratio from 1.0 to 0.8
0 (Roquemore) - WCC All-Freshman Team. Named No. 20 Freshman nationally this season by BasketballProspectus.com in January (only WCC player). Broke the Bronco freshman school record for assists, free throws made and attempted. 16 of the last 24 games he has hit double figures, including double figures the last six of his last eight 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. Perfect from the free throw line in 11 games.
01 (Payne) - WCC Defender of the Year. Started 40 games last year and 20 this year. Leads WCC in steals. Career-high 6 steals three times this year. Has had 19 games this season with 6+ rebounds. Second career double-double vs. USD (10/10).
03 (Cunningham) - Hasn't played in the past 15 games due to a bad back but is available for the WCC Tournament. He had started the previous eight games and is shooting a career-best 61.9 percent this season. (seventh-best shooting percentage in Bronco history).
04 (Perricone) - Has played in 3 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) - Career-high 26 points vs. LMU, including career-high 14 rebounds. 13 games this season with 5+ rebounds and hit double-figures in scoring eight of the last 12 games
13 (Santos) - Made big basket in second overtime to help seal win for SCU vs. LMU. 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) - WCC Player of the Week (Feb. 28). Hit double figures 14 of the last 19 games. 29th player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Has 52 career double-figure games and 29 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) - WCC First-Team. No. 21 in career points with 1,208 and No. 3 on the single season list with 603 points. First sophomore in WCC history 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 and American; and also applying to Cornell, Georgetown, George Washington and Howard.
24 (Clarke) - Will be redshirted. 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.