SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Fresh off a win against Northern Colorado, Santa Clara is back on the court at 7 p.m. Monday to face Sacred Heart in another preliminary round contest in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.
Junior forward Jarvis Pugh and guard Matt Hauser submitted career performances, enabling the Broncos to pull away from Northern Colorado to claim an 88-72 victory Saturday in their first game in the eight team field. Pugh scored a career- and game-high 26 points on 4 of 5 shooting from behind the 3-point line, while Hauser posted his first double-double with career bests of 16 points and 10 assists. The Broncos shot 57 percent from the field in the second half with only one turnover.
After three contests in three days at the 50th Annual Cable Car Classic (Nov. 11-13), the Broncos enjoyed a five-day break during their season-opening five-game homestand before defeating the Bears. Santa Clara is now in the midst of four games in seven days. Pugh is leading the team in both scoring (17.8 ppg) and rebounding 7.3 rebounds pg) and tied for first in steals (1.5 pg). Senior guard Jared Brownridge is scoring at a 13.0 ppg clip, while senior forward Nate Kratch and sophomore forward Henrik Jadersten are averaging 8.8. ppg. Kratch is shooting 65.2 percent shooting from the floor.
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• Santa Clara and Sacred Heart, which plays in the Northeast Conference, are meeting for just the second time. The Broncos won the first meeting 70-61 at home in preliminary-round action in the Las Vegas Classic (Dec. 18, 2013). Anthony Latina is in his fourth season as Sacred Heart's head coach.
• Jared Brownridge, a preseason All-WCC choice, moved from fifth to second on the school's all-time scoring list (1,768 points) during the first two games of the season. He passed Brian Jones (1,722/1996-01), Harold Keeling (1981-85/1,731) and Kurt Rambis (1976-80/1,736). Brownridge has a ways to go to reach all-time leader Kevin Foster (2008-13), who had 2,423 points.
• Brownridge, Matt Hauser, Nate Kratch and Jarvis Pugh have started all four games. Brownridge, Hauser and Pugh are all averaging 35-plus minutes per game. Brownridge played a season-low 30 minute Saturday against Northern Colorado due to foul trouble, while Pugh went all 40 minutes.
• The Broncos shot a season-high 53.3 percent from the field, including a season-best 45.2 percent from behind the 3-point line, against N. Colorado. They are now shooting 43.2 percent from floor on the season and holding the opposition to 42.4.
• Brownridge earned a spot on the preseason All-WCC team after averaging 20.6 points per game in 2015-16, which was first in the league and 21st nationally. He was also placed on the preseason watch list for the 2016-17 Lou Henson Award, which honors the top mid-major player in the nation. Brownridge made the same list last season. He is shooting just 30 percent from the floor so far this season, but is second on the team in rebounds (5.5 pg) and assists (3.8 pg), and tied for first in steals (1.5 pg).
• Brownridge and Pugh have combined to shoot 39 of the team's 59 free throws (79 percent) ... Pugh made 8 of 9 free throws in the season opener vs. N. Arizona (Nov. 11). He made only eight (on 17 attempts) all of last season when he was relegated to 10 games due to injury. Pugh is shooting a team-best 85.0 percent ... Matt Hauser (16 points/10 assists vs. N. Colorado, Nov. 19) was the first Santa Clara player to post double digit points and assists in the same game since Evan Roquemore (14 points/11 assists) against Pacific (Dec. 17, 2011) ... Pugh has scored in double figures in all four games.
Scouting Sacred Heart...
The Pioneers enter Monday night's matchup with a 1-2 record on the year. Head coach Anthony Latina's 2016-17 squad is led by sophomore Quincy McKnight, a 6-3 guard that has scored 20 points or more in every game this season. As well as scoring 25.0 ppg, McNight is leading the team in rebounding (5.7 pg) and assists (2.7 pg). In Friday' 95-65 loss at then-No. 10 Arizona in a preliminary round game in the Continental Tire las Vegas Classic, McKnight scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half due to foul trouble in the first 20 minutes. Forward Joseph Lopez is averaging 12.3 ppg (second on the team) and a team-high 8.0 rpg. Latina is in his fourth season and has only one senior who has seen action this season.
Tickets: Season or single-game tickets, along with mini-plans, are available. Click here to purchase online or contact the ticket office weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (408) 554-4660 or BroncoTickets@scu.edu. Group discounts are also available through our ticket office sales and service consultants. Doors to Leavey Center, as well as its ticket office, are open one hour prior to the start of the first game. Tickets are also available for the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational games in Las Vegas by contacting the Santa Clara ticket office. The Broncos are playing Arizona on Thursday, Nov. 24 and either Butler or Vanderbilt the following day in Orleans Arena. Tickets are priced at $130 and good for all eight games during the two days.
Parking: Parking is $10 in the main campus parking structure, which is located on Palm Drive through the main entrance. The Leavey Center parking lot, located on Accolti Way off El Camino Real, is reserved for season-ticket holders. Click here for a campus map and parking restrictions.
Radio/Live Stream: Anthony Passarelli (play-by-play) and John Stege (color) will call the action vs. Sacred Heart for the Broncos via 1590 AM in San Jose and the TheW.tv. All Broncos home games and West Coast Conference contests (not on an ESPN platform) will also be streamed through TheW.tv (local blackout restrictions apply for games broadcast over the air). KLIV 1590 AM is broadcasting 25 Santa Clara games this season and a selected few will can be heard on KSCU 103.3 FM and KDOW 1220 AM.
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