November 27, 2007

Men's Basketball Heads Back On Road to Face Eastern Washington Thursday Night

Nov. 27, 2007

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Next Game
The Broncos head back on the road this week for two games in Washington and Utah. SCU takes on the Eastern Washington Eagles on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. PT in Cheney, Wash. The Broncos are looking for their third straight road win in Cheney. Last season, the Broncos defeated the Eagles 91-68 at the Leavey Center behind a big game from John Bryant. Catch all the action on 1220 KNTS or SantaClaraBroncos.com.

Last Game
Santa Clara continued its strong start to the season with a comeback 77-65 win at Sacramento State on Nov. 25. Down 51-42 midway through the second half, SCU responded with a 21-2 run to take control of the game. John Bryant scored 26 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked seven shots to lead the way for SCU. Brody Angley had a season high 16 points and eight assists. The Broncos are now unbeaten in five games all-time against Sacramento State.

Head Coach Kerry Keating
Santa Clara University named Kerry Keating head coach on April 6, 2007. In his first season on the Mission Campus, Keating, 36, comes to SCU with a long coaching backgroud at a number of top programs. 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 4-1 start in his career.

SCU vs. Eastern Washington
Series Record: SCU leads 3-2
First Meeting: Dec. 17, 1996, SCU won 89-87 at EWU
Record at SCU: SCU leads 2-1
Record at EWU: Tied 1-1
Record at Neutral Site: No games played.
Biggest SCU Win: 91-68 (23) on Dec. 11, 2006
Biggest EWU Win: 65-54 (11) in Jan. 3, 2004
Notes: The Broncos and the Eagles played two times during the 2003-04 season with Eastern Washington winning both games, one at the Leavey Center and one at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash ... SCU's only win at Reese Court came in the first ever meeting between the two teams in 1996.

Last Game vs. EWU
The Broncos held high-scoring Eagles guard Rodney Stuckey to a season-low 12 points in a 91-68 win at the Leavey Center on Dec. 11, 2006. Stuckey now plays in the NBA for the Detroit Pistons. The Broncos had four players in double figures, led by John Bryant's 20 points and 10 rebounds. Mitch Henke scored 17, while Brody Angley had 16 points and Sean Denison had 12 points. SCU led by one at halftime, but took control in the second half, outscoring the Eagles 52-30 in the half to win by 23.

Big Sky Opponents
Santa Clara defeated Sacramento State 77-65 on Nov. 25 in its first game of three this season against Big Sky conference opponents. SCU plays Eastern Washington (Nov. 29) and Montana (Dec. 17) also. Last season, SCU defeated Eastern Washington 91-68 and in 2005-06, SCU lost to Montana 67-56. Both games were at the Leavey Center.

Nearly a Record
Santa Clara had a shooting performance for the ages on Nov. 25 at Sacramento State. SCU shot 28-for-39 for the game and 19-for-22 in the second half. For the game, SCU hit .718 percent from the field and in the second half, the team hit .864 percent. The all-time program record for shooting percentage in a game is .719, set on Jan. 4, 1980 against Pepperdine. For the season, SCU is now shooting .540 from the field.

Shooting the Three
Santa Clara continued its hot three point shooting against Sacramento State on Nov. 25. The Broncos hit 63.6 percent on 7-for-11 from beyond the arc to improve their shooting percentage for the season to 45.2. SCU shot 7-for-14 on 3-pointers against Nevada on Nov. 17 and 9-for-19 Utah on Nov. 19.

Bryant Continues To Impress
Santa Clara's junior center John Bryant has been unstoppable in the team's first five games, especially in the second half. He scored 26 points at Sacramento State, 17 in the second half, on 12-of-15 shooting. He also scored 17 points in the second half at Utah on Nov. 19 and 14 after intermission at Nevada on Nov. 17. For the season, Bryant is averaging 23.6 points per game and is shooting a remarkable .696 from the floor. He is also averaging 9.0 rebounds per game and 2.8 blocks per game. He has two double doubles this season.

Angley In Top 10
Senior point guard Brody Angley had 119 assists last season, giving him 342 career assists coming into this season. With 24 assists in the first five games he has now passed Harold Keeling (1981-85) for seventh all-time and now has 366 career assists. John Woolery (1990-94) is sixth on the list with 422.

Angley More Top 10's
Brody Angley also finds himself in the Top 10 all-time in steals at SCU with 133. He passed Lacoby Phillips (1988-92) on Nov. 25 with two steals and is now eighth on the all-time list. Doron Perkins (2003-05) is seventh with 137 steals. Along with steals, Angley should find himself in the Top 10 all-time in games started as well. The Redding, Calif. native now has 85 starts, one shy of Londale Theus (1976-80), who is in 10th all-time with 86 games started. 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.

Bryant Moving Up
Center John Bryant blocked 49 shots last season, surpassing his 37 from the 2005-06 season. Bryant's 49 blocks are the third highest single season total in school history. He surpassed Jens Gordon (1987-88), who had 48. After 14 blocks in the first five games, Bryant now has 100 career blocks, placing him third all-time in blocks in SCU history. Jens Gordon (1985-89) is second with 133.

Johnson Starts Strong
Junior Calvin Johnson has gotten off to a great start in his first three games this season. After missing the games against Cal State Monterey Bay and Simpson with a back injury, Johnson scored 14 points in his debut against Nevada and 21 against Utah, before going for 11 at Sacramento State. At 15.3 points per game, he is now second on the team in scoring. All 12 of his field goals have been three-pointers and he is shooting 55 percent from beyond the arc in the three games (12-for-22). He has attempted only one two-point basket all year.

First Half/Second Half
In the first three games of the season Santa Clara had outscored its opponents 98-67, but in the second half of the first three games, the Broncos were dead even with their opponents at 104 points apiece. SCU turned that around against Utah on Nov. 19. After leading 29-27 at the half, the Broncos outscored the Runnin' Utes 43-30 in the second half to win by 15. After allowing Utah to hit 59 percent of its shots in the first half, Utah hit just 39 percent in the second half. Conversely, SCU shot 59 percent from the field in the second half after shooting 39 percent in the first half. That trend continued at Sacramento State on Nov. 25. Santa Clara trailed 29-25 at the half, but outscored the Hornets 52-36 in the second half to pick up a 12-point win. SCU shot .864 from the field in the second half and outrebounded Sacramento State 16-4. Santa Clara is now outscoring opponents 199-170 in the second half.

Second Half Spurts
On Nov. 19, Santa Clara was tied with Utah 41-41 at the 12:20 mark of the second half after a basket by the Utes. Following that basket, SCU went on a 21-4 run that lasted until 2:24 when Utah's Johnnie Bryant hit a three-pointer. During that stretch, SCU held the Utes without a field goal from 10:46 until 2:24, a stretch of 10:22. Also, Utah did not score from the 8:50 mark until 2:24. On Nov. 25 at Sacramento State, the Broncos did it again. Trailing 51-42 at the 11:45 mark, SCU outscored the Hornets 21-2 over the next 8:28 of the game to build a 63-53 lead. The Hornets went scoreless from the 8:41 mark to the 3:17 mark as SCU grabbed control of the game.

Zimmermann On the Court
Freshman forward Andrew Zimmermann made his first appearance in a Bronco jersey on Nov. 25 at Sacramento State. He played nine minutes and scored one point, while also notching an assist. The 6-9 native of Oostburg, Wis. missed the first four games of the season with a back injury.

Road Trip
Santa Clara is in the middle of a stretch of seven games away from home. The Broncos have not had a road stretch this long since the 1996-97 season when the team also played seven in a row away from home. This year, SCU plays Simpson, Nevada, Utah, Sacramento State, Eastern Washington, Utah State and San Jose State during the road trip. In 1996-97, the Broncos faced San Jose State, Fairfield and New Orleans at the MetLife Classic in San Francisco, Eastern Illinois and Indiana at the Indiana Classic in Bloomington, Ind., and finished up with games at Eastern Washington and Pacific. The 1996-97 Broncos went 4-3 on that trip. The team is now 3-1 on its current road trip.

Steals
After getting only 12 steals in their first three games, the Broncos have turned up the defensive pressure in the past two games. Against the Utah Utes on Nov. 19, SCU had a season high nine steals, led by Brody Angley's four thefts. They then had seven more steals at Sacramento State on Nov. 25.

On the Boards
Santa Clara has held the rebounding edge in all five of its games this season. Overall, the Broncos have outrebounded opponents 168-122 for a +9.2 margin.