SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara men's basketball, heading into its second season under head coach Herb Sendek, faces Saint Vincent College Friday at 7 p.m. in Leavey Center in the team's lone exhibition game.
The Broncos open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 10, against La Verne. That game will also tip off at 7 p.m.
The Broncos return three starters from last year's team that went 17-16 en route to finishing tied for fourth in the West Coast Conference standings. Despite having seven players miss more than a combined 70 games due to injury, Santa Clara reached the WCC Tournament semifinals for the first time in six years.
Junior guards KJ Feagin (14.6 ppg) and Matt Hauser (10.3 ppg) are the top returning scorers off last year's squad. Feagin was a second-team 2016-17 All-WCC pick despite missing 13 games due to injury. Hauser boasted a 3.18-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, second in the league and No. 9 in the country. Senior center Emmanuel Ndumanya is the other returning starter. Last season, he averaged 6.0 rebounds and started the final 24 games.
Other returners include senior forward Jarvis Pugh who was fifth on the team in scoring (8.6 ppg) and third in rebounding (4.6 pg). Junior forward Henrik Jadersten and senior guard Kai Healy were also regulars in the 2016-17 rotation. Last season, Jadersten played in 32 of 33 games (seven starts) and was sixth on the team in scoring (4.6 ppg). Healy also saw action in 32 of 33 games (six starts) and was third on the team in both 3-point shooting (38.8 percent) and free-throw shooting percentage (78.3). Redshirt freshman center Julian Roche will get his first taste of the collegiate game this season.
There were five additions to the roster in the offseason. Guard Matt Turner, guard/forward Shaquille Walters and forward Josip Vrankic are all true freshmen. Senior guard/forward Henry Caruso, who played the last four seasons at Princeton, was added as a graduate transfer. Caruso was an 2015-16 All-Ivy League selection, but suffered a season-ending injury last year. A transfer from Southeast Missouri, guard Tahj Eaddy was added to the roster in the summer, but will sit the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Santa Clara traveled to Air Force on Saturday for a closed scrimmage. Henry Caruso had a game-high 16 points and Matt Hauser and Josip Vrankic scored 15 apiece for the Broncos, but the Falcons shot 57 percent from the field to prevail 75-64.
The Broncos opened practice at the end of September and are gearing up for a regular-season schedule that kicks off Friday, Nov. 10, and includes 17 games inside Leavey Center. Fans have a number of opportunities to see the Broncos, including the first three games of the season, and many ticket options.
SAINT VINCENT COLLEGE
The Bearcats are coming off a season in which they posted a 21-7 record playing in the Presidents' Athletic Conference, a member of NCAA Division III. Saint Vincent, located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, played at Robert Morris on Monday, falling to the Colonials, 78-61, after leading for much of the first half.
Season tickets for the 2017-18 season remain on sale, but single-game and mini-plan options are also available. The Broncos will play 17 regular-season home games, including nine West Coast Conference tilts. Purchase options are available online or by contacting the Santa Clara ticket office weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at (408) 554-4660 or [email protected]. Doors to Leavey Center will be open 60 minutes prior to the start of the game.
FAN EXPERIENCE PACKAGES
Group-ticket options and Fan Experience Packages are available through the Santa Clara ticket office, which is open weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Contact Jesse Moreno, one of our sales and service consultants, at (408) 554-4628 or [email protected] for further details.
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.