SANTA CLARA, Calif. – After its most complete performance of the season in Tuesday's home victory over UC Riverside, Santa Clara plays its next three games on the road, starting with Saturday's matchup against Washington State (5-5). Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. from Beasley Coliseum.
Senior forward Nate Kratch and sophomore guard Matt Hauser each scored 18 points to lead four players in double figures as the Broncos (5-6) downed UC Riverside, 77-53. Hauser, who tallied 10 assists, recorded his third-career double-double (all this season) and Kai Healy (10 points/10 rebounds) posted his first ever in a game the Broncos held the Highlanders to 32 percent shooting from the floor and just eight second-half field goals.
Senior guard Jared Brownridge had his lowest point total of the season in the UCR game, tallying seven points, but remains the team's leading scorer at 17.6 ppg, which ranks eighth in the West Coast Conference. Junior forward Jarvis Pugh is second on the team in scoring (10.8 ppg) and first in rebounding (5.7 pg). Hauser, the primary point guard with KJ Feagin out of the lineup, is averaging 10.2 ppg and a team-best 5.9 assists, which ranks No. 4 in the WCC. Hauser's assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.3-to-1 is first in the league and No. 7 in the country. Kratch is connecting on 53.6 percent of his 3-pointers, which is fourth in the WCC.
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• Herb Sendek is in his first season as Santa Clara head coach after three successful stops leading Division I programs. Sendek, one of the three youngest coaches to reach 400 career victories, is in his 23rd season as a head coach. He compiled a 413-295 (.583) record, including 39 victories against top 25 teams, at Arizona State, North Carolina State and Miami (Ohio). Sendek was a coach of the year in the Pac-10, Atlantic Coast Conference and Mid-American Conference.
• Matt Hauser (career-high 18 points/10 assists) and Kai Healy (10 points/10 rebounds) hit a milestone in Tuesday's win vs. UC Riverside, becoming the first Bronco teammates to record double-doubles in the same game since Marc Trasolini (16 points/10 rebounds) and Troy Payne (12 points/10 rebounds) on Feb. 11, 2010 vs. Loyola Marymount.
• Jared Brownridge, a preseason All-WCC choice, has moved up both the Santa Clara all-time scoring list and the WCC career chart this season. During the first two games, Brownridge (1,910 points) passed Brian Jones (1,722/1996-01), Harold Keeling (1981-85/1,731) and Kurt Rambis (1976-80/1,736) on the SCU list. Brownridge is unlikely to reach all-time leader Kevin Foster (2008-13), who had 2,423 points, placing him second in WCC history. Brownridge moved into the WCC's career top 25 scoring list (to 23rd) with 32 points in the win against Sacred Heart (Nov. 21). He jumped to 15th over the course of the next three games. Brownridge is on pace to become only the 11th player in league history to score 2,000 or more career points.
• Brownridge, Hauser, Nate Kratch and Jarvis Pugh have started all 11 games. Brownridge and Hauser are averaging 36-plus minutes per game and Pugh nearly 33. Brownridge played a season-low 30 minutes against Northern Colorado (Nov. 19) due to foul trouble, but has played at least 34 minutes in the other 10 contests. Hauser has played less than 34 minutes only one game.
• KJ Feagin, the team's starting point guard and an All-WCC Freshman team pick last year, has yet to suit up this season due to a broken bone in his foot. Feagin was injured during the first week of preseason practice and is out of action indefinitely. Sophomore guard Evan Wardlow (hamstring) and junior forward Matt Hubbard (ankle) have also been limited with injuries. Wardlow reinjured his hamstring in practice this week and is out indefinitely.
• After dropping four straight, the Broncos have won their last two games, downing Cal State East Bay and UC Riverside by an average of 24.5 points ... senior guard Jared Brownridge has his 32-game double-figure scoring streak snapped when he was held to seven points in Tuesday's win over UC Riverside Brownridge has scored 20 or more points in 17 of the last 33 games ... Brownridge went 4-for-29 (13.8 percent) on 3-pointers in the opening four games but has been more himself by hitting 27 of 63 (42.9 percent) in the last seven ... sophomore guard Matt Hauser has scored in double figures six times this season, including a career-high 18 vs. UC Riverside, all in the last eight games. He scored in double figures four times in 2015-16. Over the last eight games, Hauser is averaging 12.5 points and 6.6 assists ... junior forward Jarvis Pugh has scored in double figures in five contests this season after reaching 10 points just twice in his previous 42 career games ... sophomore forward Henrik Jadersten has scored in double figures five times this season after only three occurrences in 2015-16. After hitting only 4 of 17 from the floor in the previous four games, Jadersten went 5-for-6 against UC Riverside ... senior forward Nate Kratch rebounded from scoring a combined 10 points (4 of 19 FGs) in the previous two games by averaging 18.5 points and connecting on 15 of 24 FGs (62.5 percent) in the most recent two ... after not seeing action in the first seven games, junior center Emmanuel Ndumanya has played in the last four, appearing in a season-high 21 minutes Saturday vs. Cal State East Bay. He has started the last two games, averaging 5.0 points and 8.5 rebounds.
• After shooting a season-low 28.3 percent from the field in a loss to San Jose State (Dec. 3), the Broncos have connected on a 48.5 percent in the last two games ... Santa Clara has posted its top rebounding outings of the season in the last two games, grabbing 41 against both Cal State East Bay (Dec. 10) and UC Riverside (Dec. 13).
• 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 78.8 percent at the line, second on the team behind Brownridge (80.4) ... after shooting only 45 free throws in the previous four games, the Broncos attempted 35 vs. Cal State East Bay and 21 against UC Riverside, the highest two totals of the season.
Scouting Washington State...
Three Cougars score in double figures led by senior forward Josh Hawkinson who is averaging 15.3 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. Hawkinson has 48 career double-doubles, the most among Division I active players. Guards Ike Iroegbu (11.0 ppg) and Malachi Flynn (11.6 ppg) are also scoring in double figures for Washington State, which is 3-2 at home this season under head coach Ernie Kent, in his third season. Much like the Broncos, the Cougars have dealt with injuries. Sophomore guard Viont'e Daniels and freshman forward Jeff Pollard have both missed time. Only eight Washington State players saw action last time out, a 70-56 loss to Kansas State Saturday in Kansas City.
The Washington State Series...
The Cougars own a 4-1 record in the series, which began in 1946. Washington State won the first four games before the Broncos claimed a 76-67 victory on Dec. 13, 2014 in Santa Clara. WSU has won both games in Pullman - 60-38 on Dec. 31, 1946, and 93-55 on Dec. 11, 2011. The Cougars were also victorious 82-71 on Dec. 28, 1973, in the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, and 85-79 in overtime on Dec. 19, 2010, in Santa Clara.
• Santa Clara has a number of missing pieces in its rotation this season. Sophomore point guard KJ Feagin broke a bone in his foot during the first week of preseason practice and has yet to play a game. Sophomore guard Evan Wardlow has been injured most of the last two seasons. He was relegated to seven games last year due to a wrist injury and has seen only 54 minutes of action this year because to a hamstring injury. He reinjured the hamstring in Monday's practice is out indefinitely. Junior forward Matt Hubbard had offseason ankle surgery and has only been able to play 52 minutes in eight games. Hubbard played in all but three games his first two seasons.
• Injuries to Feagin, Hubbard and Wardlow have forced the Broncos to shorten rotation. Guards Jared Brownridge and Matt Hauser, and forwards Nate Kratch and Jarvis Pugh have started all 11 games, logging an average of 29-plus minutes per game. Brownridge, Hauser and Pugh have seen the most time, averaging 32 or more minutes per contest. Forwards Henrik Jadersten (21.4 minutes pg) and guard Kai Healy (19.9) are the only other players to see action in all 11 games and play at least 10 minutes each outing. Jadersten and Healy helped the Broncos scored a season-high 25 bench points in Tuesday's win over UC Riverside. Healy posted his first-career double-double with 10 points and a career-high tying 10 rebounds. Jadersten scored 13 points and collected seven rebounds.
• Hauser (16 points/10 assists vs. N. Colorado, Nov. 19) became 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). He followed that up with his second career double-double (14 points/11 assists) vs. Sacred Heart (Nov. 21).
• With 36 points vs. Vanderbilt (Nov. 25), Brownridge, who earned a spot of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational tournament team, posted his ninth-career game of 30 or more points, the most in school history. He was tied with the school's all-time leading scorer Kevin Foster.
• The Broncos return 10 players who saw action last year. Tony Lewis redshirted as a true freshman in 2015-16. Additions include freshman Julian Roche and junior Akil Douglas, both of whom signed with the program in the spring. Freshman Johnny Sawyer and sophomore Evan Crawford were added to the roster in the summer and senior guard Will Burkett prior to the season, all as non-scholarship players. Lewis has played in all 11 games, averaging 2.0 points in 7.1 minutes.
Radio/Live Stream: Anthony Passarelli (play-by-play) and John Stege (color) will call the action against Washington State on KLIV-AM 1590 in San Jose. 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-AM 1590 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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