Jan. 20, 2008
The Santa Clara Broncos look to win their second straight West Coast Conference game on Monday, Jan. 21 against the Pepperdine Waves. The game tips off at 8:00 p.m. PT and will be aired live on ESPNU and 1220 KNTS. SCU and Pepperdine split the season series in 2007 with the Broncos earning a 77-55 win at the Leavey Center and the Waves pulling out an 89-82 overtime win at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu.
The Santa Clara Broncos recovered from an early deficit to earn a big 58-35 win over the Loyola Marymount Lions on Jan. 19 at the Leavey Center. SCU held the Lions to just 35 points, 15 in the second half, to get its first conference win of the year. Brody Angley scored 20 points for the Broncos and John Bryant recorded his seventh double double of the year with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Santa Clara held the Lions to just .333 shooting and .190 from 3-point range in the game.
Head Coach Kerry Keating
Santa Clara University named Kerry Keating head coach on April 6, 2007. Keating, 36, comes to SCU with a long coaching backgroud at a number of top programs. He is the 14th head coach in the 101 years of Bronco basketball and he is the first coach hired since Harlan Dykes in 1926 that had not previously attended SCU or served as an assistant coach on the Mission Campus. Most recently, Keating helped UCLA reach back-to-back Final Fours as an assistant coach on Ben Howland's staff in Westwood. He has also served as an assistant at Tennessee, Tulsa, Appalachian State, Seton Hall, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. He is off to a 9-8 start in his career at SCU.
SCU vs. Pepperdine
Series Record: SCU leads 63-49
First Meeting: SCU 79-56 win in 1955-56
2006-07 at Malibu: Pepp won 89-82 (OT)
2006-07 at SCU: SCU won 77-55
Record at SCU: SCU leads 37-19
Record at Pepperdine: Pepp leads 30-19
Record at Neutral Site: SCU leads 7-0
Biggest SCU Win: 112-70 (42) in 1965-66
Biggest Pepp Win: 96-58 (38) in 2002
Notes: SCU has won four of the last five games played at the Leavey Center ... Santa Clara is just 8-25 in Firestone Fieldhouse since it opened on November 30, 1973 ... SCU has won just once at Pepperdine since an 87-76 victory over the Waves in 1996 ... Pepperdine has never beaten Santa Clara at a neutral site ... Santa Clara owns the longest win streak in series history with a 19-game streak from 1964-1973 ... Pepperdine's longest win streak over the Broncos was a six-game skein twice ... John Bryant scored a then career high 26 points at Firestone Fieldhouse on Feb. 26, 2007.
Last Game vs. Pepperdine
Chase Griffin scored a career-best 34 points, including eight in overtime, to lift Pepperdine to an 89-82 victory over Santa Clara Monday. Griffin, who scored three 3-pointers, shot 11 of 16 from the field for Pepperdine. John Bryant had a career-best 26 points and 13 rebounds for Santa Clara. Scott Dougherty scored 16 points, all in the second half, while Sean Denison and Danny Pariseau added 15 points apiece for the Broncos. The Broncos trailed by nine points at halftime and by 13 early in the second half before mounting a comeback. SCU's comeback eventually got them a five-point lead with five minutes remaining, but the Waves came back. Two Brody Angley free throws with 17 seconds left put SCU up by three. The Waves Gregg Barlow then found Willie Galick for a lay-up under the basket. Galick was fouled on the play and hit the free throw to tie the game. Angley took the inbounds pass and sped upcourt before shooting a mid-range jumper that hit the back iron and the game went to overtime. In overtime, Pepperdine got out to a five-point lead, but SCU battled back to get within one on two free throws by Pariseau. However, the Waves scored seven of the game's last nine points to pull out the win.
Santa Clara put the clamps on Loyola Marymount's offense on Jan. 19 with an amazing defensive effort. SCU held the Lions to just 35 points in the game, the lowest the Broncos have allowed since an 86-35 win over Notre Dame de Namur on Dec. 20, 2005. The total is the lowest allowed against a conference opponent since a 40-33 Bronco win over Saint Mary's on Feb. 20, 1988. The Lions point total was the lowest against SCU since winning 33-31 on Feb. 7, 1938. As part of that effort, SCU held the Lions to just 10 points from the 15:34 mark of the first half until the 17:47 mark of the second half, a stretch of 17:47.
Santa Clara held Loyola Marymount to a season low 14 field goals in the game on Jan. 19, while forcing them to shoot .190 from 3-point range and .333 overall. The .190 from beyond the arc is the worst shooting performance against the Broncos this year and the .333 is the second worst shooting overall against SCU.
The Broncos won by more than 20 points for just the second time this season against LMU on Jan. 19. Santa Clara earned a 23-point win vs. the Lions. The only other Bronco win by 20 points was an 82-55 (27) victory on Nov. 13 at Simpson University.
Angley Breaks Out
Senior point guard Brody Angley broke out of his shooting slump with a 20-point performance against LMU on Jan. 19. Angley shot 9-for-39 (.231) in the three games prior to Jan. 19 against Niagara, San Jose State and Saint Mary's. Against the Lions, he turned that around, shooting 8-for-16 in the game to raise his season shooting percentage to .418. He also shot 3-for-6 from beyond the arc against LMU.
Tiedeman Getting the Starts
Sophomore Zac Tiedeman started his fifth game of the season at shooting guard on Jan. 19 against Loyola Marymount. He has now started two straight games. Tiedeman has played both shooting guard and point guard this season. He started the first two games of the season and then started on Dec. 28 against Denver also. The former Santa Rosa JC player scored a career high five points against the Gaels on Jan. 12.
Bryant Double Doubles
John Bryant has posted seven double doubles this season for Santa Clara after scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds against Loyola Marymount on Jan. 19. He now has double doubles in back-to-back games after scoring 18 points and pulling down 11 rebounds at Saint Mary's on Jan. 12. He also has had double doubles against Cal State Monterey Bay on Nov. 9, Sacramento State on Nov. 25, San Jose State on Dec. 8, Montana on Dec. 17 and Denver on Dec. 28. Bryant had five double doubles in 2006-07 and four double doubles as a freshman during the 2005-06 season.
Angley Racks Up The Minutes
Senior Brody Angley is used to playing a lot of minutes, as he was averaging 28.4 minutes per game for his career coming into this season. However, this year, Angley has been an iron man, playing 34.9 minutes per game to lead the Broncos in that category. In the seven games prior to the Saint Mary's game on Jan. 12, he had not played fewer than 35 minutes in any game. He played a season high 44 minutes against Denver on Dec. 28. Against Saint Mary's, foul trouble forced him to play just 31 minutes, his lowest total since he played 31 on Dec. 8 against San Jose State. He played 36 minutes vs. LMU on Jan. 19.
Henke Double Double
Senior Mitch Henke posted the second double double of his career on Jan. 7 against San Jose State, scoring 17 points and grabbing a season high 10 rebounds. He also had five assists for SCU in the game. His only previous double double took place on Nov. 14, 2006 in the Broncos' victory over Holy Names. He posted 11 points and a career high 11 rebounds in that game.
On the Road
Santa Clara is currently 5-6 on the road this season. With two more wins, SCU will match last season's total of seven road wins. The Broncos went 5-2 on the road in conference play last season.
On the Boards
Santa Clara has held the rebounding edge in 11 of its 17 games this season and have been outrebounded in four games, Stanford on Dec. 19, Niagara on Dec. 29, San Jose State on Jan. 7 and Saint Mary's on Jan. 12. Santa Clara and Utah State each had 26 boards on Dec. 1 and SCU and Pacific each had 32 on Dec. 12. Overall, the Broncos have outrebounded opponents 543-466 for a +4.5 margin.
Santa Clara defeated Loyola Marymount by 23 points on Jan. 19. The Broncos have earned seven of their nine victories by 10 points or more this season. Their two single-digit wins were by nine points, vs. Eastern Washington on Nov. 29 (66-57) and vs. Denver on Dec. 28 (74-65 in OT).
Free Throw Line
SCU has improved significantly at the free throw line this season through 17 games. The Broncos are shooting 71 percent from the charity stripe this year after shooting 67 percent last season.
Senior Brody Angley, junior Calvin Johnson and sophomore Jonathan Gunderson are among the leaders in the WCC in 3-point shooting percentage. Gunderson leads the way at .444, (20-for-45) followed by Johnson, who has attempted only two 2-pointers all season, at .442 (23-of-52) and Angley (.415, 27-for-65). The record for 3-point percentage for the season is .454, set by Steve Nash in 1994-95. As a team, SCU is shooting .398 from beyond the arc. The season record at Santa Clara is .390, set in 1994-95.
Angley In Top 10
Senior point guard Brody Angley had 119 assists last season, giving him 342 career assists coming into this season. With 82 assists in the first 17 games he has now passed John Woolery (1990-94) and Steve Kenilvort (1982-86) for fifth all-time and has 424 career assists. Next on the list is Kyle Bailey (2001-05), who has 452 career assists.
Angley More Top 10's
Brody Angley also finds himself in the Top 10 all-time in steals at SCU with 150. He passed Steve Nash (1992-96) for fifth all-time with a steal on Jan. 7. Next on the list is John Woolery (1990-94) with 192. Along with steals, Angley now finds himself in the Top 10 all-time in games started as well. After starting against Loyola Marymount, the Redding, Calif. native, now has 97 starts, moving him past Kyle Bailey (2001-05) and Harold Keeling (1981-85) for fifth all-time. Angley has an opportunity to end his career second all-time if he starts 28 games this season. The all-time leader is Brian Jones (1996-01) with 116 starts. Kurt Rambis (1976-80) is second with 107. Angley has now also reached the Top 10 in minutes played as well with 3,173 all-time. That number places him eighth on Santa Clara's all-time list.
Bryant Moving Up
Center John Bryant blocked 49 shots last season, surpassing his 37 from the 2005-06 season. Bryant's 49 blocks were the third highest single season total in school history. He surpassed Jens Gordon (1987-88), who had 48. After 32 blocks in the first 17 games, Bryant now has 119 career blocks, placing him third all-time in blocks in SCU history. Jens Gordon (1985-89) is second with 133.
The Century Mark
Senior Brody Angley has now appeared in 107 games in his career at Santa Clara after starting against Saint Mary's on Jan. 12. He will enter the top 10 in school history for games played if he appears in eight more games. The school's all-time record of 127 is held by Kyle Bailey (2001-05.) Fellow senior Mitch Henke also reached 100 games played after starting against Niagara in the Cable Car Classic.
The Santa Clara Broncos as a team found themselves among the leaders in the nation in a number of statistical categories as of Jan. 13, The Broncos were 38th in field goal percentage at .479, and 27th in three-point percentage at .398. Individually, John Bryant was also among the nation's best. As of Jan. 13, John Bryant was 29th in field goal percentage at 58.3 and tied for 46th in rebounding at 8.9 per game.