February 8, 2008

Men's Basketball Hosts Saint Mary's Monday Night at Leavey Center

Feb. 8, 2008

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Next Game
The Santa Clara Broncos begin the second half of the West Coast Conference season on Monday, Feb. 11 against the Saint Mary's Gaels, who are ranked No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. The game tips off at 8 p.m. PT at the Leavey Center and will be televised live on ESPN2. Fans can also listen to the action on 1220 KNTS and SantaClaraBroncos.com. The Gaels defeated SCU 76-45 in the first meeting between the teams, but prior to that game, Santa Clara had won three straight in the series.

Last Game
The Santa Clara Broncos pulled out a close 52-50 decision against the Portland Pilots on Feb. 4 at the Leavey Center. The win was the sixth straight by the Broncos against Portland. SCU's Brody Angley became the 26th player in school history to reach 1,000 points on his way to 14 points. He also had five assists in the win. John Bryant posted his 10th double double of the year with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while adding five blocks.

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 12-10 start in his career at SCU.

SCU vs. Saint Mary's
Series Record: SCU leads 130-72
First Meeting: SMC 42-13 win on Feb. 19, 1910
2006-07 at SCU: SCU won 76-69
2006-07 at SMC: SCU won 63-57
Record at SCU: SCU leads 59-23
Record at SMC: SCU leads 31-29
Record at Neutral Site: SCU leads 40-20
Biggest SCU Win: 113-69 (44) on Feb. 10, 1979
Biggest SMC Win: 84-52 (32) on Jan. 22, 2004
Notes: Santa Clara has swept the regular season series between the two schools in six of the last nine seasons ... Saint Mary's had knocked Santa Clara out of the WCC Tournament four times in five years, before Santa Clara eliminated the Gaels in WCC semifinals last year ... Santa Clara has won six of the last nine regular-season meetings between the two schools in the Leavey Center ... SCU has also won six of the last nine matchups at McKeon Pavilion ... Saint Mary's had won four straight games in the series prior to the Broncos' 76-69 win on Jan. 6, 2007 ... Santa Clara freshman guard Darren Baker is from Moraga and played basketball at Campolindo High School ... Santa Clara freshman forward Ben Dowdell and Saint Mary's freshman guard Patrick Mills were teammates at the Australian Institute of Sport. The pair also played together for the Australian U-19 team this past summer, helping Australia post an 8-1 record and a fi fth-place finish at the World Championships in Serbia.

Last Game vs. Saint Mary's
The Santa Clara Broncos got off to a slow start and could not recover in the second half in a 76-45 loss to Saint Mary's at McKeon Pavilion on Jan. 12. The Gaels got out to a 15-point halftime lead and SCU could get no closer than 12 the rest of the way. John Bryant led the Broncos with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the loss, while freshman Ben Dowdell added 10 points in his first WCC action. The loss snapped SCU's three-game winning streak against the Gaels.

Angley Hits 1,000
Santa Clara senior Brody Angley recached 1,000 points for his career with a second half free throw on Feb. 4 against the Portland Pilots. He is the 26th player in school history to reach 1,000. With 1,005 points, he trails Glen Hubbard (1972-76) by seven points and Jim Young (1951-54) by 11 points. If he passes both of them, he would move into 24th on the all-time scoring list.

Mbanugo Scores
Santa Clara senior Okey Mbanugo tied his season high with six points against the Portland Pilots on Feb. 4. He scored six points in the first half, while starter John Bryant was out of the game in foul trouble. Mbanugo also scored six points against Utah on Nov. 19, 2007.

Turnovers
Santa Clara tied a season low with 11 turnovers against Portland on Feb. 4. The Broncos have committed 11 turnovers three times, at Utah on Nov. 19, vs. Denver on Dec. 28 and vs. Portland on Feb. 4. The Broncos have won all three of those games.

Blocks
Santa Clara tied a season high with nine blocks against Portland on Feb. 4. John Bryant set the pace with five blocks. The Broncos also had nine at Sacramento State on Nov. 25.

Overtime
Santa Clara played its first overtime game, a double overtime contest, of the season on Feb. 2 vs. Gonzaga. SCU played two overtime games last season, beating Utah State 77-75 and losing to Pepperdine 89-82. The last time Santa Clara played a double overtime game was Dec. 22, 2003 against Maryland-Baltimore Country, winning 65-63.

Angley Career High
Senior Brody Angley scored a career high 28 points on Feb. 2 against Gonzaga and played a career high 48 minutes for SCU. Angley shot 10-for-19 from the floor in the game and also grabbed six rebounds and notched six assists. Angley's previous career high was 24, set on Jan. 21 vs. Pepperdine.

Bryant Scores at the Line
Gonzaga forced Santa Clara junior John Bryant to work for his 22 points, as Bryant was fouled throughout the game on Feb. 2. Bryant was great from the line, however, hitting a career best 12-of-13 shots from the charirty stripe.

Tiedeman Injury
Sophomore Zac Tiedeman suffered a left knee sprain on Saturday, Jan. 26 at San Diego. He missed the Broncos' games on Monday, Jan. 28 at San Francisco, Saturday, Feb. 2 vs. Gonzaga and Monday, Feb. 4 vs. Portland. He is expected to be out 4-5 weeks.

Bryant Double Doubles
John Bryant notched his 10th double double of the year on Feb. 4 vs. Portland with 15 points and 13 rebounds. He has had five double doubles in seven conference games. He also earned them against Saint Mary's, Loyola Marymount, San Diego and San Francisco, but just missed a double double on Jan. 21 vs. Pepperdine with 14 points and nine rebounds. Bryant is now averaging a double double in conference games, 17.0 ppg and a league high 10.7 rpg. 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 Double Double
Senior point guard Brody Angley notched his fourth career double double and third of the season on Jan. 28 at San Francisco. Angley scored 11 points and had 10 assists against USF. He also had a double double on Jan. 21 vs. Pepperdine, notching career highs in points (24) and assists (13), and Dec. 29 vs. Niagara, scoring 10 points and tying his career high with 11 rebounds. His only previous double double came on Nov. 26, 2005 against Pacific when he scored 12 points and grabbd a career high 11 rebounds.

Bryant's Consistency
Junior center John Bryant has had an impressive season so far for Santa Clara. He has scored in double figures in 21 out of 22 games, including a career high 29 at Simpson on Nov. 13. He has also scored over 20 points nine times. He has also grabbed at least four rebounds in every game. The San Pablo, Calif. native has recorded seven or more rebounds 16 times.

Conference Stats
The 2007-08 Broncos are among the leaders in a number of statistical categories in the West Coast Conference. SCU is first in field goal percentage (.488), first in 3-point field goal percentage (.392), first in scoring defense (62.0), first in rebounding defense (27.6) and second in free throw percentage (.720). Individually, John Bryant is second in scoring (17.6), second in rebounding (9.4), first in field goal percentage (.589) and first in blocked shots (2.18). He is also first in double doubles with 10. Brody Angley is second in assists (5.41), third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.70), fifth in free throw percentage (.790) and 10th in steals (1.27). Jonathan Gunderson and Calvin Johnson are second and fifth in 3-point field goal percentage at .439 and .420 respectively.

Dowdell's Roll
Freshman Ben Dowdell scored only four points at San Francisco on Jan. 28. However, prior to that performance, he had been on a roll for SCU. He scored 13 points, grabbed four rebounds and notched a block and a steal at San Diego on Jan. 26. He also converted a last-minute three-point play that put SCU up 51-50. Following that game he had scored in double figures in five of the seven games after accomplishing that only once in his first 11 games. He raised his scoring average from 4.6 following the Minnesota game on Dec. 22 to 7.8 after the game at San Diego. He has also shown a knack for getting to the free throw line, taking at least four free throws in eight straight games from Dec. 28-Jan. 26.

Shooting Percentage
Santa Clara shot .667 from the floor on Jan. 21 against Pepperdine, tying for the seventh best shooting performance in school history. It also marked the eighth time SCU has shot better than 50 percent this year. After shooting 55 percent from the floor against USF and 52 percent against Gonzaga, SCU has broken the 50 percent barrier 10 times. The season high of .718 was set on Nov. 25 at Sacramento State. That performance at Sacramento State was the second best shooting percentage in Santa Clara history. For the game, SCU hit .718 percent from the field and in the second half, the team hit .864 percent (19-of-22). The all-time program record for shooting in a game is .719, set on Jan. 4, 1980 against Pepperdine.

Threes
Santa Clara shot 12-for-20 from beyond the 3-point line on Jan. 21 against Pepperdine, setting a season high for 3-pointers made. The 12 three-pointers were the most since the Santa Clara hit 13 threes on Jan. 6, 2005 against Gonzaga. Santa Clara has hit double figures in three-pointers made three times this season, vs. Pepperdine Jan. 21 (12), at San Francisco on Jan. 28 (10) and vs. Gonzaga on Feb. 2 (10).

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 36.0 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. 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. In his past six games, he played 36 minutes vs. LMU on Jan. 19, 38 against Pepperdine on Jan. 21, 38 at San Diego on Jan. 26, 35 at USF on Jan. 28, a career high 48 vs. Gonzaga on Feb. 2 and 40 against Portland on Feb. 4.

On the Road
Santa Clara is currently 6-6 on the road this season. With one more road win, 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 14 of its 22 games this season and have been outrebounded in six games, Stanford on Dec. 19, Niagara on Dec. 29, San Jose State on Jan. 7, Saint Mary's on Jan. 12, at San Diego on Jan. 26 and vs. Portland on Feb. 4. 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 697-608 for a +4.0 margin.

Double Digits
Santa Clara defeated Portland by two points (52-50) on Feb. 4. The game marked just the third time this year that SCU has won by less than 10 points. The Broncos have earned nine of their 12 victories by 10 points or more this season. Their three single-digit wins were by nine points, vs. Eastern Washington on Nov. 29 (66-57), vs. Denver on Dec. 28 (74-65 in OT) and vs. Portland on Feb. 4 (52-50).

Free Throw Line
SCU has improved significantly at the free throw line this season through 22 games. The Broncos are shooting 72 percent from the charity stripe this year after shooting 67 percent last season.

Threes
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 .439, (29-for-66) followed by Johnson at .420 (29-of-69) and Angley (.400, 38-for-95). The record for 3-point percentage for the season is .454, set by Steve Nash in 1994-95. As a team, SCU is shooting .392 from beyond the arc. The season record at Santa Clara is .390, set in 1994-95.

Angley Assists
Senior point guard Brody Angley had 119 assists last season, giving him 342 career assists coming into this season. With 119 assists in the first 22 games he has now passed Kyle Bailey (2001-05) for fourth all-time and has 461 career assists. Next on the list is Eddie Joe Chavez (1974-78), who has 482 career assists.

Angley Threes
Brody Angley has made 112 three pointers on 322 attempts in his Santa Clara career. Both of those numbers place him eighth all-time in program history. Brandon Rohe (2003-07) is next on the list for threes made with 119.

Angley More Top 10s
Brody Angley also finds himself in the Top 10 all-time in steals at SCU with 153. 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 Gonzaga, the Redding, Calif. native, now has 102 starts, making him just the fourth player in school history to start 100 games. 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 3,372 all-time. That number places him sixth 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 48 blocks in the first 22 games this year, Bryant now has 134 career blocks, moving him past Jens Gordon (1985-89) into second all-time in blocks. Nick Vanos (1981-85) is first with 159 blocks.

The Century Mark
Senior Brody Angley has now appeared in 113 games in his career at Santa Clara after starting against Portland on Feb. 4. He will enter the top 10 in school history for games played if he appears in two 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 and has now appeared in 108 in his career.