Santa Clara (2-0) returns home this week to host six games in four days in the Leavey Center, including three of its own, to finish play as part of the Edward Jones CBE Hall of Fame Classic. After the CBE Classic the Broncos will host Utah State on Nov. 28, UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 1 and Pacific Union on Dec. 8.
Santa Clara will be meeting USC Upstate and Utah Valley for the first time in school history. It is 4-2 vs. Eastern Washington, including a 66-57 victory in the Leavey Center on Nov. 29, 2007 - Coach Keating's first year at the helm.
Entering this week, USC Upstate is 1-2 and play in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Utah Valley is 2-2 this year and plays out of the Great West Conference. Eastern Washington is 0-3 and plays in the Big Sky Conference. Eastern Washington lost 85-66 at Saint Mary's on Saturday in its last game.
Edward Jones Hall of Fame CBE Classic // Subgroup Santa Clara, Calif.
Game 1 – Tues., Nov. 20, 2012, 6 p.m.
USC Upstate at Santa Clara
Game 2 – Tues., Nov. 20, 2012, 8:15 p.m.
Utah Valley at Eastern Washington
Game 3 – Wed., Nov. 21, 2012, 6 p.m.
USC Upstate at Eastern Washington
Game 3 – Wed., Nov. 21, 2012, 8:15 p.m.
Utah Valley at Santa Clara
Game 5 – Fri., Nov. 23, 2012, 2 p.m.
Utah Valley at USC Upstate
Game 5 – Fri., Nov. 23, 2012, 4:15 p.m.
Eastern Washington at Santa Clara
Look and Listen
The USC Upstate game on Tuesday will be broadcast live on the internet at www.SantaClaraBroncos.com and on a tape-delayed basis on the radio with the broadcast beginning at 7 p.m. Pacific on KDOW 1220AM. Anthony Passarelli is in his sixth season as the Broncos' play-by-play announcer. Out of the listening area, KDOW is streamed online at www.1220kdow.com.
The Utah Valley game on Wednesday will be broadcast live on the internet at www.SantaClaraBroncos.com and live on the radio with the broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. on KDOW 1220AM.
The Eastern Washington game on Friday will be broadcast live on the internet at www.SantaClaraBroncos.com and on a tape-delayed basis on the radio with the broadcast beginning at 7 p.m. Pacific on KDOW 1220AM.
Last Time Out
On a record night, led by Kevin Foster's 30 points, seven steals and five assists, Santa Clara was victorious at Saint Louis Nov. 14, winning 74-62, in its first game of the Edward Jones CBE Hall of Fame Classic. Saint Louis was ranked No. 24 in Sports Illustrated's preseason ranking.
Foster broke Kurt Rambis' career points scored record at 16:01 in the second half and now sits at No. 1 all-time for the Broncos with 1,748 points. Rambis scored 1,735 points from 1976-80.
Foster was 10 of 18, including 2 of 3 from beyond the arc. He also collected seven steals and five assists in 35 minutes. His seven steals are tied for second-best in school history in a single game with two other players and the most since Deron Perkins had 10 steals at San Diego on Feb. 24, 2005.
Did Coach Keating think one thing stood out in the win? "It's something that can't be seen. It's something we have been working on. The coaches, the staff and the entire team have been working on. Staying in the vision, not getting too far ahead of ourselves. Playing one possession at a time. Everybody executing their role to the best of their ability. It was a great way for us to start this tournament."
"For most of the game we let Kevin go off. He was hot and we kept going to him. It was working," said Trasolini. "We played tough D and got a lot of rebounds. Our defense was as good as it's been in a long time. They are a really good team and we held them to 62 points and forced 17 turnovers."
First Time This Year
Santa Clara defeated Simpson 106-66 in its first home game of the year on Nov. 10. Santa Clara scored 106 points, its first time over the century mark since it scored 101 points in a 101-86 victory over Pepperdine on Jan. 21, 2008.
Against Simpson, the Broncos had four players in double figures including Kevin Foster (27), Robert Garrett (14), Marc Trasolini (13) and Raymond Cowels III (12). It was the first time it had four in double figures since it played at BYU on Jan. 14, 2012.
It scored 14 threes for the second time under Coach Keating. the last time it scored 14 threes was against UC Merced on Nov. 11, 2011. The school record is 15 threes vs. Gonzaga on March 5, 2001.
It also had just two turnovers. But believe it or not, it wasn't its best effort under Coach Keating or in school history. Turning the ball over just once in the final seconds to shatter the school record for the fewest turnovers in a game, Santa Clara fell 74-72 to Portland on Feb. 29, 2012 in the first round of the WCC Tournament. The previous school record was three turnovers by SCU in a 77-62 victory vs. No. 19 Alabama on Dec. 28, 1996 .
The Broncos collected 27 assists - the most since it collected 25 vs. USF in an 87-55 win on Feb. 25, 2008. It was the seventh-most assists in school history with the school record being 35 assists vs. LMU on Jan. 31, 1975.
That Was Then, This Is Now ...
Santa Clara was 8-22 and 0-16 in the WCC last season. It lost 18 straight dating back to its 75-55 win over Eastern Michigan on Dec. 29, 2011. The losing streak started with a last-second miracle shot by Wagner on Dec. 30, 2011 as the Broncos fell 64-62 in the 45th annual Cable Car Classic Championship game. It was the longest losing streak in school history and it was also the first team to go winless in league play. The last team to lose each of its WCC regular season games: Saint Mary's went 0-14 in 2001.
Foster Named WCC POW, On Cusp Of History
Kevin Foster, named to the 2012 West Coast Conference Preseason All-WCC a couple weeks ago, has been named the WCC Player of the Week in the opening week of the college basketball season.
Foster opened the 2012-13 season in impressive fashion, scoring 27 points and dishing out nine assists with four rebounds and two steals with no turnovers in a Broncos victory over Simpson University -- a team playing its fifth game of the season. Foster sank seven three pointers, and was 9-of-17 shooting overall in 24 minutes of action vs. Simpson.
Foster is No. 3 all-time in career three pointers in the West Coast Conference as well, already holding the school record with 320. He topped Steve Nash's school record of 263 threes (1992-96) early last season. Foster needs 44 threes to break Jeff Fryer's WCC record from 1987-90 when he played at LMU and scored 363. No. 2 is Jared Stohl who scored 336 from 2007-11 at Portland.
Trasolini Named As Senior CLASS Award Nominee
Setting the bar high both on the court as a fifth-year co-captain and off the court academically, graduating Cum Laude last March with a 3.62 grade point average in Finance, Santa Clara forward Marc Trasolini has been named as one of 30 candidates nationally for the Senior CLASS Award, one of the most prestigious awards in college basketball.
"Looking at the list of 30 candidates, I feel blessed to be included in such a prestigious group of young men," said Trasolini. "My parents always taught me to be as well-rounded as possible. This award really captures that idea. While sitting out last year with an injury was extremely tough for me, there have been many opportunities that have come out of it, whether it's graduate school or getting an additional year of personal and physical maturity at Santa Clara. I feel like I am in a great position and I am ready to have a terrific final year with my four fellow seniors."
Trasolini also praised Bronco head coach Kerry Keating and his staff for standing by him in the last 14 months. "I am very grateful to have had the support of Coach Keating throughout the past year," added Trasolini. "When I was injured last year and throughout my rehab, he really instilled the confidence in me to believe and come back even stronger this season. I am ready to have the best year this school has seen in a long time."
Trasolini is in his third quarter of work on his MBA in Santa Clara's Leavey School of Business.
Trasolini is returning for his fifth season on the court after sitting out last season after tearing his ACL in Sept., 2011 on the team's foreign tour to Canada. Trasolini averaged 12.8 ppg, 0.9 bpg and 6.1 rpg in 26.4 mpg during his junior year (2010-11), helping lead the team to the post-season CIT title. Trasolini is No. 24 on the all-time points scored list with 1,113 points and is No. 4 with 124 career blocks.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
In Santa Clara's 88-75 win over Air Force on March 18, 2010, Kevin Foster broke the school record with nine threes, tying a career-high with 36 points. He also had a career-high 36 in Santa Clara's 85-71 win over Gonzaga on Jan. 20, 2011. Foster shattered the WCC single season threes made record with 140 in 2010-11 and grabbed the country's top spot in threes made per game as well with 3.68. His 768 points that season were No. 6 on the WCC's single season points scored list as he finished as the leading scorer in a single season in the Bay Area as well. He broke the school's single season mark for points scored, minutes played, threes made and threes attempted. Foster was named first-team All-WCC and was named the WCC Player of the Month for February and March. He was named the WCC Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.
Foster was nicknamed 'Microwave' by his father during his youth after the Detroit Piston's Vinnie Johnson. Johnson earned the nickname 'the Microwave' from Celtics guard Danny Ainge for his ability to score many points in a short period of time, heating up the offense. Foster has scored 15+ points in 65 of 97 career games and he has scored 19+ in 46 career games. Foster's 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)
33. vs. Air Force/March 18, 2011 36 (9)
34. at USF/March 22, 2011 27 (3)
35. at SMU (March 25, 2011 35 (5)
36. vs. New Mexico (Nov. 24, 2011) 26 (5)
37. vs. Oklahoma (Nov. 25, 2011) 19 (3)
38. vs. Cal State Northridge (Dec. 3, 2011) 20 (4)
39. vs. Pacific (Dec. 17, 2011) 26 (6)
40. at Houston Baptist (Dec. 21, 2011) 19 (3)
41. vs. Eastern Michigan (Dec. 29, 2011) 25 (6)
42. vs. Wagner (Dec. 30, 2011) 20 (4)
43. at BYU (Jan. 14, 2012) 22 (4)
44. vs. Saint Mary's (Jan. 21, 2012) 22 (5)
45. vs. Simpson (Nov. 10, 2012) 27 (7)
46. at Saint Louis (Nov. 14, 2012) 30 (2)