Men's Basketball Plays Host to Pepperdine on Thursday

Men's Basketball Plays Host to Pepperdine on Thursday

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - After seeing its six-game winning streak snapped on Saturday, Santa Clara men's basketball will face Pepperdine for the first time this season.

The teams will meet on Thursday at 8 p.m. in Leavey Center.

Rui Hachimura posted 25 points and Brandon Clarke scored 16 with five blocks to lead No. 7/8 Gonzaga to a convincing 91-48 victory over the Broncos (9-7, 1-1) on Saturday in Spokane. Keshawn Justice tallied 14 points off the bench and Josip Vrankic scored 11 for Santa Clara, which turned the ball over a season-high 23 times.

The Waves (8-8, 1-1) split their first two West Coast Conference games, defeating LMU and falling to San Francisco. Both of those contests were at home.

Tahj Eaddy (16.3 ppg) is first among four Santa Clara players scoring in double figures. Josip Vrankic is averaging 12.9 points and 5.5 rebounds (second on the team) per game. Vrankic also ranks third in the WCC in blocked shots (1.4 pg). Trey Wertz (11.8) ranks first on the league freshman scoring list. Keshawn Justice, another freshman, is scoring at a 10.8 point-per-game clip. Josh Martin is the leading rebounder at 9.6 per contest (No. 2 in the WCC) and is the most efficient 3-point shooter (45.5 percent) in the league.
• The Broncos have improved both offensively and defensively. They have averaged 76.6 points in the last nine games after posting 64.0 in the first six. In addition, Santa Clara opponents have been held to 25.7 percent shooting from behind the 3-point line in the last 10 contests. The Broncos rank third in the WCC in 3-point FG defense (29.1 percent).
• Injuries have plagued the Broncos and shrunk the rotation to eight players. Five players have missed games this season, including three currently on the shelf. Two-time All-WCC guard KJ Feagin (foot) and Juan Ducasse (knee) are out for the season. Fallou Ndoye (foot) is out of action indefinitely,
• 76.1 percent (875 of 1,150 points) of the team's offensive production has come from first-year players.
• Santa Clara's recent six-game winning streak (Dec. 9-Jan. 3) was its longest in six years. The Broncos won six in a row from Dec. 8-22, 2012.
• Santa Clara and Pepperdine have one common opponent this season with each defeating Jackson State.
• The win over Washington State on Dec. 29, gave the Broncos a pair of victories over Pac-12 Conference schools in the same season for the first time since 1997-98. Santa Clara also snapped a streak of 11 straight road/neutral site losses to Pac-12/Pac-10 schools. The last victory occurred at Stanford (62-46) on Dec. 16, 2006.
• Wertz has 161 points in the last 11 games (14.6 pg) after registering 28 in the first five (5.6 pg) of the season ... Eaddy has hit 38 of his last 42 (90.5 percent) from the free-throw line ... Justice has scored in double figures in the last eight contests. 


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The Broncos are in their 112th year of existence, including third under Herb Sendek, who has been successful in each of his three previous head-coaching stops. With a resume that includes 18 postseason appearances and three conference coach of the year awards, Sendek, was one of the three youngest coaches with 400 or more career victories. He is in his 25th season as a collegiate head coach with stops at Arizona State, North Carolina State and Miami (Ohio).

The Waves, led by first-year head coach Lorenzo Romar, lead the WCC in both 3-point field goals per game (8.9) and turnover margin (+4.1). Colbey Ross (18.9 ppg) leads six players scoring in double figures.

The Broncos hold a 77-60 lead, including wins in four of the last five, in a series that began in 1956. Last season, Santa Clara won both regular season meetings before the Waves won in the opening round of the WCC Tournament. The series has been even in recent years. Entering 2016-17 season, the teams had split the previous 10 games. Santa Clara set a school record with 22 3-pointers in 106-55 victory on Feb. 16, 2017.

Six players, including five current ones, have suffered injuries. Juan Ducasse will miss 2018-19 after having knee surgery in August. Matt Hauser, who would have been a senior, decided not to play this season due to a foot injury. Henrik Jadersten suffered a stress fracture in his foot in the preseason and did not return until the second game of the season. KJ Feagin has suffered two injuries with the second one knocking him out for the year. He suffered a broken bone in his left hand against UC Irvine (Nov. 15) and was ruled out indefinitely. On Dec. 28, Feagin had season-ending surgery on his right foot. Fallou Ndoye suffered a torn tendon in his foot against San Jose State (Nov. 24) and is out indefinitely. Ezekiel Richards (ankle) missed the USC game, but returned vs. Idaho (Dec. 21).

Anthony Passarelli (play-by-play) and John Stege (analyst) call the action during the season on radio and through at home. All Broncos home games and West Coast Conference contests (not on an ESPN platform or BYUtv) will also be streamed through (local blackout restrictions apply for games broadcast over the air). This season at least 25 games will air on either KDOW-AM 1220 or KTRB-AM 860. The remainder can be heard on Thursday's game against Pepperdine can be heard on KDOW-AM 1220. Click here to view broadcast outlets for the season.

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Parking is $10 in the main campus parking structure, which is located on Palm Drive through the main campus 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.

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