April 6, 2011

Basketball Ranked No. 22 Nationally in Final National Mid-Major Poll; Foster, Keating Honored

Santa Clara, Calif. – Santa Clara was ranked No. 22 in the final CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major national poll released today.  It is the first time in school history the team has finished ranked nationally in the poll's 12th season of being published.  Head coach Kerry Keating and Kevin Foster both received honors from the CollegeInsider.com website.

For his efforts, Foster was named to the Lou Henson Mid-Major All-America Team and the Most Valuable Player of the WCC by CollegeInsider.com. Keating and USF's Rex Walters were named the Co-coach of the Year for the league.  Saint Mary's Mickey McConnell the WCC Player of the Year.  McConnell and Foster were the only two WCC players named to the Lou Henson All-America team.

Keating, who in his fourth year led the Broncos to 24 wins and the CIT Title – the second-most wins in school history and the first post-season title – also saw the team break eight team records, seven individual season records, four freshman individual records and two individual career records.

Foster led the WCC in scoring with 20.2 ppg this season, including 25.4 ppg in the five games of the CIT. He also led the team with 3.71 apg and 1.61 spg.  His national-leading 140 threes this season were No. 9 all-time in NCAA single season history, shattering the WCC set by LMU's Jeff Fryer in 1989 (126).

He set the SCU school record with 9 threes vs. Northern Arizona and led the country with 3.7 threes per game (and also led threes made and attempted overall).   He also set single season school record for minutes played (1221, was 1090), most points scored (766, was 619), threes made (140, was 85) and threes attempted (380, was 232).

In addition, in the final game of the year, Foster set career record for threes attempted (683, was 679). His 247 threes made in his career are just 16 from tying Steve Nash's career record (263).

More Information on the Lou Henson Award/All-America Team

The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the top Mid-Major player in Division I college basketball. The award is named in honor of Lou Henson who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years. When he left the game in 2005 he was sixth all-time in career Division I wins with 779. He is the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State. He is one of only 12 coaches in the history of the game to take two schools to the Final Four