SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara men's basketball opens the 2017-18 regular season on Friday when University of La Verne visits Leavey Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Broncos, heading into their second season under head coach Herb Sendek, knocked off Saint Vincent College, 103-61, on Friday in the team's lone exhibition game.
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.
La Verne is a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) in NCAA Division III. The Leopards lost to Cal State Fullerton, 112-57, on Saturday in exhibition play. Friday's game will also be an exhibition for La Verne.
Anthony Passarelli (play-by-play) and John Stege (analyst) will call the action during the season on radio and through TheW.tv at home. 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). At least 22 games can be heard on KDOW AM-1220 or KTRB-AM 860 this season. View the 2017-18 schedule for broadcast outlets.
Season tickets for the 2017-18 season remain on sale (pro-rated once the season starts), 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 BroncoTickets@scu.edu. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Parking is $10 in the main campus parking structure, which is located on Palm Drive through the main entrance (500 El Camino Drive). 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.