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The 2012 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Tournament got underway Wednesday evening in Las Vegas as the eighth seeded Portland Pilots faced the ninth seeded Santa Clara Broncos. The Pilots ended the Broncos disappointing conference season with a 74-70 victory. Although Santa Clara hung close for much of the game, they simply could not get over the hump. Santa Clara ends a thoroughly disappointing season at 8-23.
The Pilots were paced by forward Ryan Nicholas, who scored 24 points and grabbed ten rebounds in the victory. Kevin Bailey added 13 points and Tanner Riley added 12 points. Santa Clara got 21 points from Evan Roquemore and double digits from three other players. The Broncos only turned the ball over once, but Portland hit at a 56.8% clip from the field, including 50% from three-point range.
Portland now advances to face the San Francisco Dons in the second round. San Francisco swept the season series with a 104-70 win at home and a 72-71 win in Portland. The winner of this game advances to face Loyola Marymount in the quarterfinals. The winner of that advances to face Saint Mary's in the semifinals.
The Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Tournament gets going Wednesday evening at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The tournament opens with the bottom two seeds taking part in a virtual play-in game. The entire tournament is available through live streaming, with ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU picking up the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals (in reverse order).
The No. 8 seed Portland Pilots (6-23, 3-13) will meet the No. 9 seed Santa Clara Broncos (8-21, 0-16) on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. PST in a game that will be televised on WCCSports.com. The remaining games of the tournament will be televised by either BYUtv or the ESPN family of networks, including ESPNU, ESPN2, and ESPN.
The Pilots have lost six straight heading into the tournament, but will still be modest favorites over the epically struggling Santa Clara Broncos. Santa Clara went 0-16 in conference play and is in the midst of a 17-game losing streak ever since the bizarre ending in their loss to Wagner in the Cable Car Classic. Portland won their first meeting at home 84-74 and their second meeting on the road 84-78.
The winner of this game will face the No. 5 seed San Francisco Dons on Thursday night in a 6 p.m. PST game televised by BYUtv. The second game Thursday night will pit the No. 6 seed San Diego Toreros against the No. 7 seed Pepperdine Waves.
The Santa Clara Broncos face a long road ahead of them as they get ready for the start of the 2012 WCC tournament. After immense struggles through the WCC regular season, the Broncos will have to make their way through the play-in game before even getting a shot to advance in the WCC tournament.
The Broncos struggled throughout WCC play as they finished 0-16 in the conference. The Broncos suspended guard Kevin Foster throughout most of conference play and it cost them dearly. Without their leading scorer from 2010-11, the Broncos could not get much of anything going.
Now, Santa Clara heads to Las Vegas as the longest of long shots. They face Portland in the play-in game on Wednesday and if they are fortunate enough to pull a win off there, they would advance to face Bay Area rival, San Francisco. The Dons had little trouble with the Broncos in their two wins, claiming double digit victories in both games. At this point, Santa Clara is simply looking for any sort of conference victory.
The Santa Clara Broncos managed to keep their skid going all the way through the 2012 WCC season. They visited the Loyola Marymount Lions on Saturday night and put up a valiant fight, but fell to the home team by a final score of 68-65. The Broncos fell to 0-16 on the final day of the WCC regular season. With the loss, they have not won a game since the finals of the Cable Car Classic just before their WCC opener.
Santa Clara trailed by just one point at halftime, but were unable to eke out a win. The Lions improved to 11-5 with the win, with an overall record of 19-11.
Raymond Cowels had a great game for the Broncos, leading all scorers with 22 points. Denzel Johnson added 12 points for Santa Clara. Anthony Ireland led the Loyola Marymount scoring by putting up 17 points, four rebounds, six assists and five steals.
The Santa Clara Broncos lost yet again, dropping a 63-57 home decision to the Pepperdine Waves. Santa Clara dropped to 0-15 in conference play and extended their current losing streak to 16 games in what has been a nightmare conference season. The Broncos have long since secured the nine seed in the WCC tournament and will likely face Portland in the play-in game. Portland still has a game left to pull even with Pepperdine, but they are traveling to BYU, which is a likely loss.
The Broncos continue their season with star scorer Kevin Foster sidelined through the postseason due to a rules violation. The Broncos were struggling in conference play with him in the lineup, so removing him has only made things worse. Freshman Denzel Johnson has stepped up at times, but even he is returning to earth. He had 11 points and nine rebounds in the defeat Thursday night. Raymond Cowels III led the team in scoring with 15 points, while Evan Roquemore added 12 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Santa Clara wraps up their season this Saturday with a trip to Southern California to face Loyola Marymount. Santa Clara will then play the Wednesday play-in game at the WCC tournament in Las Vegas.
By any metric, 15-game losing streaks are not good. The Santa Clara Broncos hosted the BYU Cougars on Saturday evening and once again wound up on in the loss column, falling to 0-14 in WCC play with the 82-67 loss.
The first half was a closely-contested affair. Santa Clara entered halftime down just three points, 34-31. Things did not at all go their way in the second half, however, as the Cougars outscored them by 12 en route to the 15-point victory.
Niyi Harrison and Brandon Clark each picked up 19 points for Santa Clara in the losing effort, while Raymond Cowels III also contributed 14 points. BYU forward Noah Hartsock led all scorers with 21 points in the game.
Santa Clara will play their next game on Thursday, February 23, when they host the Pepperdine Waves. The Broncos have just two games left to try to end the season with at least one conference win.
The Santa Clara Broncos host the BYU Cougars Saturday evening in a nationally televised contest on ESPNU. Mark Neely and Miles Simon will call the action for the 4:00pm PT tip. The Broncos are still looking for their first conference victory as they sit at 0-13 in WCC play and 8-18 overall. BYU sits at 22-6 and 10-3 overall and needs a win to put some space between themselves and the fourth place Loyola Marymount Lions.
BYU cannot afford a slip-up against the struggling Broncos. The Cougars got a huge win over Gonzaga two weeks ago and have at times barely avoided blowing the value of that. They escaped from San Francisco with a last second 85-84 win over the USF Dons. Althoguh they have passed the 20 win mark, their RPI is struggling now that they are no longer playing in the Mountain West Conference. They might need a win over Gonzaga next Thursday, and/or a win over Gonzaga or Saint Mary's in the WCC tournament in two weeks. Either way, they remain on the bubble.
The Santa Clara Broncos dropped to 0-13 in conference play on Thursday as they lost a fairly non-descript 73-62 contest to the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Broncos season-long struggles continued as they could not capitalize on an early lead. Santa Clara held a brief lead eight minutes in, but Gonzaga took a 13-11 lead and never really looked back. Gonzaga never took too big a lead, but there was never a significant feeling of concern for the Bulldogs.
Santa Clara was led by guard Evan Roquemore, who scored 21 points and dished out six assists. Freshman Denzel Johnson had his most significant struggles since moving into the starting lineup. After four straight games of 17+ points, Johnson scored 11 points on 5-of-17 shooting. Given his recent run of success, the next test for him is to see how he rebounds following these struggles.
The win was huge for Gonzaga as they gained a much needed game on Saint Mary's. The Gaels were beaten by Loyola Marymount on Wednesday, and this Gonzaga win evened the Bulldogs and Gaels in the loss column with two apiece. However, Gonzaga has two extra WCC contests remaining. The Bulldogs will travel to San Francisco on Saturday before hosting BYU on Thursday in the biggest remaining WCC contest. They will follow that up with their WCC finale at San Diego.
The Santa Clara Broncos look to create some kind of highlight Thursday evening as they host the No. 23 Gonzaga Bulldogs on ESPN2. Dave Flemming and Bob Valvano will have the call beginning at 8:00pm PT. The season has been disastrous for the Broncos as they deal with a suspended Kevin Foster and all around struggles that have them 0-12 in conference play and 8-17 overall. Gonzaga is looking to maintain pace as they remain back of the conference-leading Saint Mary's Gaels.
A season after winning the CIT postseason tournament, Santa Clara has seen virtually nothing go right. Star scorer Kevin Foster was arrested on suspicion of DUI and has been subsequently suspended through the rest of the regular season and postseason. One highlight thus far has been the emergence of freshman Denzel Johnson, who has scored 17 or more points in five of the last six games.
The Broncos have two current players averaging double figures: Roquemore scores 13.0 ppg and Harrison adds 11.7 ppg. Roquemore has a team-leading 5.3 apg. Harrison leads the team with 6.2 rpg and Yannick Atanga is second with 5.1 rpg. Two current Broncos average double figures in conference play as Roquemore scores 13.0 ppg and Harrison collects 11.7 ppg. Harrison is the leading rebounder in league play with 5.6 rpg and Roquemore paces the team with 4.7 apg.
Gonzaga, ranked No. 23 nationally earlier this week, is 20-4 and 10-2 in the WCC. Gonzaga is averaging 73.9 ppg, including 73.9 ppg in league play. It's giving up 63.1, including a league-low 61.9 ppg. The Bulldogs have three players averaging double figures: Kevin Pangos, a WCC Player of the Year candidate, scores 13.9 ppg, Elias Harris 13.2 and Robert Sacre adds 11.8 ppg. Harris leads the team with 8.1 rpg and Pangos sets the pace with 3.5 apg.
The Saint Mary's Gaels improved to 23-3 Saturday evening as they outlasted the Santa Clara Broncos 82-67. Santa Clara hung close, trailing by three at the under eight timeout in the second half, but SMC pulled away late. The win improves the Gaels to 12-1 in conference play, leaving them a game ahead of Gonzaga. Santa Clara dropped to 0-12 and is closing in on securing the bottom seed in the WCC tournament.
Rob Jones led the way for Saint Mary's as he led the team with 25 points and 12 rebounds. The performance marked his 15th double-double of the season and he is now averaging 14.6 points per game and 10.6 rebounds per game. He got a lot of help from scoring leader Matthew Dellavedova who contributed 16 points and 10 assists.
Santa Clara got another strong performance from freshman guard Denzel Johnson. He scored 17 points, marking the fifth time in six games he has scored in double digits. He got a significant boost in minutes at that point when Kevin Foster was first sidelined due to his DUI.
Saint Mary's enters a huge week that starts on Thursday with a home contest against Loyola Marymount. The Lions dropped their first conference road game Saturday evening against Gonzaga. The Gaels then get a chance to boost their postseason profile when they travel to Murray State to face the now once-defeated Racers in a Bracketbuster matchup.
Santa Clara is not any closer to a victory as they host Gonzaga and BYU this week. The Broncos have shown some signs of improvement, but they have been coming up short. Although the season has turned ugly, a win over Gonzaga or BYU would provide a positive spin on things.
The San Francisco Dons bounced back from first half struggles to send the Santa Clara Broncos to their eleventh straight WCC loss. The Dons 85-69 victory improved them to 6-6 in conference play and 16-10 overall, while Santa Clara dropped to 0-11 in conference play and 8-16 overall. Santa Clara looked like they might get off the schneid as they took a six point lead into halftime. Santa Clara climbed up by eleven midway through the second half, but USF caught fire with a 17-0 run to take the lead.
USF was led by a balanced team effort as four scorers reached double digits. Cody Doolin led the way with 20 points and dished out seven assists. Angelo Caloiaro scored 18 points while grabbing 13 rebounds, 4 steals and dishing out 3 assists of his own. The Dons shot 53.4% from the field, but the big difference for them was that they only committed seven turnovers. When they have struggled it has often been because of turnover issues, which they avoided Thursday evening.
Santa Clara's struggles continue as they remain winless in conference play. One positive to come out of the game was another 20 points from freshman Denzel Johnson. Since sitting Kevin Foster for his rules violation, Santa Clara has seen their freshman guard score at least 18 points in four of five games. They have not gotten enough additional help to win games, but they do at least have something to build on.
USF will travel down to San Diego on Saturday looking to get back over .500 in conference play, but more importantly, looking to move to two games ahead of the Toreros for fifth place in conference play. Santa Clara travels to Saint Mary's continuing their quest for that elusive first conference win.
The San Francisco Dons welcome the Santa Clara Broncos to War Memorial Gym 8:00pm Thursday evening in the return match of their Bay Area rivalry. The Dons won the first contest 90-77 thanks to double digit points from four of their five starters. Leading scorer Angelo Caloiaro led the way with 20 points, five assists and three rebounds in the victory. This rematch will be broadcast on ESPNU.
Although Santa Clara lost the first contest, the game marked the beginning of freshman Denzel Johnson's emergence as a scoring force. In their second game without leading scorer Kevin Foster, the Broncos found a new spark plug in the freshman guard. Johnson scored 26 points in his most extensive playing time up to that point. He has since followed that up with two double digit scoring efforts in the last three games.
The Dons will look to leading scorer Angelo Caloiaro to lead them past their regional rival. Caloiaro ranks No. 21 on USF's all-time scoring list and is 21 points back of Joel De Bortoli for No. 20. Junior Michael Williams has climbed to No. 39 on the all-time scoring list and is 16 points back of K.C. Jones.
The Santa Clara Broncos WCC conference play continues to circle the drain as the Broncos dropped to 0-10 Saturday afternoon in a 70-65 loss to the San Diego Toreros. USD improved to 4-7 in conference play while Santa Clara could drop to three losses back of Pepperdine by the end of the evening.
Santa Clara got another pair of strong performances from sophomore Evan Roquemore and freshman Denzel Johnson, but it was not enough to overcome a strong performance from USF. Roquemore scored 21 points and Johnson continued his strong surge the last two weeks with a 20-point performance. Since Kevin Foster first started sitting while dealing with the University discipline process, Johnson has taken full advantage of his opportunity.
San Diego was led by leading scorer Johnny Dee who scored 19 points. USD shot 38.8 % from the field and a robust 50% from beyond the three point line. The Toreros took early 11-2 and 20-6 leads and held off late Santa Clara runs to secure the victory.
The Broncos road does not get any easier in the coming week. This week is a road rivalry week for Santa Clara as they travel to War Memorial Gym to face the San Francisco Dons and then follow that up with a trip to the East Bay to face the Saint Mary's Gaels. Follow that up with home games against Gonzaga and BYU and the Broncos could be staring at an 0-14 hole over the next two weeks.
The Santa Clara Broncos travel down to San Diego to face the USD Toreros in hopes of securing their elusive first WCC win. The Broncos are 0-9 in conference, sitting two games back of Pepperdine in the win column. Those two would square off if they remain at the bottom of the standings.
San Diego did not have much trouble with the Broncos up in Santa Clara last month. Johnny Dee scored 26 points in leading the Toreros to a 75-62 victory. Santa Clara got 16 points and six rebounds from Evan Roquemore, but it was not enough to hold off USD.
Santa Clara continues to try and find its way without leading scorer Kevin Foster. The junior is dealing with student discipline issues after getting pulled for a DUI. Freshman guard Denzel Johnson has stepped up in his place as a significant scoring threat for the Broncos. Johnson scored 26 points against San Francisco in his most significant minutes of the season. He followed that up with eight points at Pepperdine and then 18 against Portland. The Broncos will look for him to step up against San Diego.
Santa Clara was led by Denzel Johnson ‘s 18 points,, Niyi Harrison’s 16 points and seven rebounds, and Ray Cowels III and Brandon Clark’s 2 and 11, respectively. Evan Roquemore even had eight assists for the Broncos.
The Broncos shot a decent 43.3 percent from the field, ncluding 35.0 percent beyond the arc, though it would evenutally prove not enough.
Portland’s was Ryan Nicholas’s led all scorers with19 points and eight rebounds. Tim Douglas added 16 off the bench while Thomas Van Der Mars added 11 points and nine rebounds. Portland shot an impressive 55.6 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from downtown. (4 of 11).
Santa Clara falls to 8-14 and 0-9 in WCC play while Portland moves to 6-17 and 3-7 in WCC action.The Broncos will be back this Saturday to take on the University of San Diego Torreros. Tip is scheduled for 4 pm and can be seen on Comcast Bay Area.
The Santa Clara Broncos look to end their nine-game losing streak and get their first conference victory as they host the 2-7 Portland Pilots. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU at 7:00pm PT with Mark Neely and Mark Adams getting the call for the World Wide Leader. Santa Clara leads the all-time series 55-27, but the home team has won eight of the last nine meetings in this series.
The Pilots took the first game of this series in Portland to start conference play, winning 84-74 behind a career-high 19 points from Niyi Harrison. Santa Clara got 15 points from Evan Roquemore and 12 points from Kevin Foster. Portland dominated in the first half and cruised to a relatively easy victory.
The Broncos are a five point favorite this time around, even though they will once again be without leading scorer Kevin Foster. The junior guard remains withheld from competition pending the outcome of the student judicial process. Reports indicate the issue in question is an arrest for suspicion of misdemeanor DUI.
The Santa Clara Broncos visited the Pepperdine Waves on Saturday evening in search of their first win in conference play. Unfortunately, Santa Clara was once again in the loss column at the end of the night and looking at an 0-8 record in the WCC. The defeat brings the Broncos to an overall record of 8-13. The Waves improve to 2-8 in the WCC with the win and are also 8-13 overall.
Santa Clara entered halftime down by just four points, as the score stood at 32-28. The Waves put together another 42 points in the second half, led by guard Jordan Baker, who had 15 points in the game.
Santa Clara's leading scorer was guard Evan Roquemore, who also put up 15 points and had five assists. Ramond Cowels III and Brandon Clark each contributed 12 points for the Broncos.
The Broncos will play their next game on Thursday, Feb. 2 as they host the Portland Pilots at the Leavey Center.
The Santa Clara Broncos continue their search for that elusive first conference victory as they head down to Pepperdine to face the Waves Sunday evening at 7:00pm PT. The Broncos are currently 0-7 in conference and in the midst of an eight-game losing streak. Leading scorer Kevin Foster remains indefinitely suspended while he goes through the university's student discipline process for a rules violation, which leaves the Broncos scrambling for help.
They may have found an intriguing possibility in freshman guard Denzel Johnson. In Thursday's loss to the San Francisco Dons, Johnson scored a career-high 26 points on 12-of-18 shooting. Just to put in perspective how surprising this was, prior to Thursday, Johnson had scored 20 points on the season and attempted 38 total shots. It is safe to say Pepperdine will be keeping an eye on the freshman throughout the game.
Pepperdine is only one win ahead of Santa Clara, sitting at 1-8 in conference and 7-13 overall. The Waves are led by Taylor Darby who is scoring 11.6 points per game and hauling in 6.1 rebounds per game. Corbin Moore leads the team with 8.5 rebounds per game and is second on the team with 9.8 points per game.
The San Francisco Dons and Santa Clara Broncos squared off in Santa Clara Thursday evening continuing a historic regional rivalry. The Dons won with relative ease 90-77 using a total team effort to overcome a big game from Broncos freshman guard Denzel Johnson. USF improved to 14-9 overall and 4-5 in conference. Santa Clara's nightmare conference season continued as they fell to 8-12 overall and 0-7 in conference.
The Dons got double-digit contributions from four different players, with Angelo Caloiaro leading the way with 20 points. Perris Blackwell (19), Rashad Green (18) and Cody Doolin (14) all contributed double digits as well. Green added nine rebounds and Caloiaro dished out a team-high five assists. The Dons won their second straight and fourth in five games to climb to a game and a half back of Loyola Marymount for fourth place in the WCC.
The Broncos struggled again without suspended star Kevin Foster. Freshman Denzel Johnson came out of nowhere to lead the team with 26 points. The production surpassed his previous high of six points in the season-opener against California-Merced. Johnson played 34 minutes, which almost doubled his previous career-high of 19 minutes against UC-Santa Barbara. While Santa Clara tries to figure out what to do with Kevin Foster, Johnson could be providing a glimpse into a promising future.
The Dons host San Diego on Saturday then get a week off before heading to Southern California for a return game against Loyola Marymount. The Broncos travel to Pepperdine on Saturday in search of their elusive first conference victory and hoping to snap a seven-game losing streak.
The San Francisco Dons travel to the South Bay to face the Santa Clara Broncos in a key WCC matchup for both teams. It has been a slightly disappointing start to WCC play for USF as they sit at 3-5 and in fifth place. Road losses to Gonzaga, BYU and Saint Mary's were all expected, but conference season-opening losses to Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount (with LMU coming at home) have left the Dons scrambling to get back into the conference race. They sit 2.5 games back of LMU for fourth place.
If the USF conference schedule has been a disappointment, Santa Clara's conference play has been a disaster. The Broncos are 0-6 in conference place and suspended leading scorer Kevin Foster due to an unknown rules violation last weekend. Foster is being withheld from competition pending the outcome of the Santa Clara student judicial process. The team was struggling with Foster playing, so losing him could be a tough blow.
The Dons are led by Angelo Caloiaro who leads the team with 14.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Cody Doolin leads the team with 3.1 assists per game while four separate players average at least one steal per game. The Broncos will send out Evan Roquemore as their leading scorer with 14.2 points per game and 5.2 assists per game. Niyi Harrison and Yannick Atanga lead the team inside with a combined twelve rebounds per game.
The Santa Clara Broncos nightmare WCC schedule continued Monday night as they dropped a home game 74-62 to the Loyola Marymount Lions. The Broncos drop to 0-6 with the loss and remain in the cellar and a game back of Pepperdine. The Lions continued their strong start to conference play, improving to 5-2. The Lions are a half game back of BYU with a game in hand courtesy of their stunning road upset of the Cougars.
Santa Clara struggled shooting as they shot 35.7 percent from the field, including 27.8 percent from three-point range. The Broncos were led by Evan Roquemore's 17 points. Niyi Harrison (11 points and nine rebounds) and Yannick Atanga (career-high 12 points and nine rebounds) had near double-doubles, while John McArthur added eight points off the bench.
The LMU Lions shot 51 percent from the field, including a robust 42.9 percent from three-point range. Anthony Ireland led the way with 25 points and five assists, while Drew Viney (16 points) and LaRon Armstead (11 points) added double digit point totals.
The Broncos wrap up this three-game homestand when they welcome the San Francisco Dons on Thursday. The Broncos have lost seven straight games and will look to get their first conference win on Thursday. The Lions head home to start a four-game homestand. Their homestand starts with a monster showdown against the Saint Mary's Gaels this Thursday. SMC is unbeaten in conference play and will provide a stiff challenge to the Lions.
The No. 23 St. Mary's Gaels visited the Santa Clara Broncos on Saturday night in hopes of remaining undefeated in WCC play. The Broncos, meanwhile were looking for their very first win within the conference. After a hot start to their season, Santa Clara has been on a prolonged slide since just before the season's WCC play began.
Saint Mary's appeared to be in trouble early, as they trailed for a large portion of the first half, but battled back to enter halftime down by just one point on a score of 47-46. After the break, however, it was all Gaels. They scored 47 more points in the second half to waltz to a comfortable 93-77 win and improve to 8-0 in conference play, while the Broncos fell to 0-5, with an overall record of 8-10.
Matthew Dellavedova of Saint Mary's led all scorers with 26 points. Gaels forward Brad Waldow recorded a double-double with 14 points and 17 rebounds. On the Broncos end of things, forward Niyi Harrison had another strong game, leading Santa Clara scorers with 23 points and eight rebounds. Guard Kevin Foster chipped in with 22 points of his own.
Santa Clara will play their next game on Monday, January 23 as they host the Loyola Marymount Lions. The Gaels also have Loyola Maymount as their next opponents. They will visit the Lions on Thursday, January 26.
The Gaels look to protect their No. 23 ranking, while USF goes for a sweep.
The Santa Clara Broncos traveled to Provo, Utah on Saturday night to take on the BYU Cougars in search of their first win within the West Coast Conference. At the end of the night, however, they had picked up a 92-78 decisive loss and sank to 0-4 in conference play. Their overall record is now 8-9. With the win, the Cougars improve to 15-4 overall and 4-1 in the WCC.
The Broncos stayed in the thick of things through the first half of the game, as they only trailed 45-42 entering halftime. They faded in the second half, however, en route to the 14-point loss.
Kevin Foster had another big game for the Broncos, finishing with 22 points and five assists. The points push Foster to No. 6 on the all-time Santa Clara career scoring list.
The Broncos will play their next game on Saturday, January 21 as they host the St. Mary's Gaels at the Leavey Center.
The Santa Clara Broncos are desperately looking to get back on track after a tough 0-3 start to conference play in the West Coast Conference. Their challenge will not be easy on Saturday evening as they travel to take on the BYU Cougars in front of a packed house at the Marriott Center. They are 14-4 on the season, including a 3-1 record in WCC play thus far.
The Cougars are led by senior guard Noah Hartsock, who averages 17.1 points per game. Matt Carlino does a little bit of everything for BYU and is the second-leading scorer on the team, while Brandon Davies clogs up the paint and brings down rebounds at a solid rate.
Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. PT with the game being broadcast live on ESPNU. The game will be called by Dave Flemming and Sean Farnham who also called Santa Clara's 65-64 win over Villanova earlier this season. The game will also be broadcast via the Bronco Radio Network on both KDOW 1220 AM and Broncos All-Access with Anthony Passarelli on the call.
This will be a tough game for the Broncos, especially playing in front of a loud arena, but they will have a chance if they can limit turnovers and not give BYU open looks from beyond the arc.
The Santa Clara Broncos are off to a tough start in West Coast Conference play as they dropped their third straight conference game in a rather surprising upset. The Broncos dropped a 75-62 decision to the San Diego Toreros after entering the game as ten point favorites against the formerly WCC-winless squad. The loss drops Santa Clara to 8-8 overall and 0-3 in conference. San Diego improes to 6-10 overall and 1-3 in conference.
Santa Clara got some solid scoring efforts, but they struggled to contain Toreros freshman guard Johnny Dee. The WCC newcomer matched his season high with 26 points as he has gotten off to a torrid start in WCC play. After struggling to two points in USD's conference opener against BYU, Dee has averaged 24.0 points over the last three games.
Evan Roquemore led Santa Clara with 16 points while Kevin Foster (13), Niyi Harrison (12) and Raymond Cowels III (11) all added double digit points. Santa Clara shot 27.6 percent from the field (16 of 58), including 24.0 percent from beyond the arc (6 of 25). They had 14 turnovers and shot 68.6 percent from the free throw line (24 of 35). Harrison pulled down eight reobounds while Roquemore and Foster added 6 apiece as the Broncos did win the battle of the boards.
Unfortunately that was not enough as San Diego out-shot them with relative ease. The Toreros shot 48.9 percent from the field (16 of 58), including 31.3 percent from beyond the arc (5 of 16). They had 15 turnovers and shot 74.3 percent from the free throw line (26 of 35).
Santa Clara travels to face BYU in their next conference matchup. The game will be televised live on ESPNU at 5:00pm PT.
The Santa Clara Broncos fell to 0-2 in West Coast Conference play on Saturday as they were beaten handily 82-60 by the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Broncos fell to 8-7 overall, while the Bulldogs improved to 3-0 in WCC play and 13-2 overall. Santa Clara got double digit scoring from Raymond Cowells III (13) and Brandon Clark (12), but otherwise struggled to get the scoring going in the second half.
The Broncos jumped out to an early 10-0 lead and gave Gonzaga everything they could handle throughout the first half. Santa Clara went into halftime trailing 28-26 and seemed ready to make a run early in the second half, trailing by only one with just under 18 minutes to go. However, Gonzaga quickly went on a 16-0 run in just over four minutes to effectively put this game away.
The Bulldogs were led by Sam Dower (17 points) and got double digit points from three other players. Gonzaga won the battle on the boards (30 to 22) and outshot the Broncos in both field goal percentage and three point percentage.
The Santa Clara Broncos headed to Oregon on Thursday night to take on the Portland Pilots in SCU's WCC conference opener. After being massively outscored in the opening half, the Broncos battled back in the late minutes to attempt to close the gap. Unfortunately, Santa Clara was unable to overcome the early deficit and ended up taking the loss, 84-74.
The Pilots headed into halftime holding a comfortable 44-27 lead. The Broncos regrouped in the second half, outscoring Portland and managing to come within seven points in the last minute. The big first half for the Pilots proved to be too big a hole for SCU to climb out of, however. Late penalties also hurt the Broncos, as the Pilots made eight of 10 free throws in the final two minutes.
Niyi Harrison led SCU scorers with 19 points, also picking up five rebounds.
The Broncos have now lost three of their last four games. This was another tough loss after the heartbreaker of a defeat in the Cable Car Classic. Their overall record falls to 8-6 and they have yet to win a game on the road.
Santa Clara will play their next game on Saturday, January 7, as they visit the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
The Santa Clara Broncos men's basketball team dropped a painful loss to the Wagner Seahawks in the 45th Cable Car Classic on Friday night. Just a day after handily defeating the Eastern Michigan Eagles to advance to the championship game, the Broncos suffered their first home defeat 64-62 due to a last-minute shot by Kenneth Ortiz.
The Broncos looked like they were destined for another stunning victory to remain perfect at home as they closed the Wagner lead in the second half and came back from 15 points down in the final five minutes of play. Alas, it was not to be.
The Seahawks went on a 9-0 run to open the second half and eventually pushed their lead to 57-42 before Santa Clara mounted their comeback. The game was tied with mere seconds left before Ortiz sunk the game-winner following an offensive rebound while falling out of bounds.
Kevin Foster once again had a big game for the Broncos, finishing with 20 points. Their next game will be on January 5 against the Portland Pilots.
The Santa Clara Broncos played the opening round of the Cable Car Classic on Thursday night and came away with a decisive win over the Eastern Michigan Eagles. The Broncos put away the Eagles with ease, 75-55. They'll face Wagner on the finals of the Classic on Friday night, since Wagner came up on the winning end against Air Force, 72-61, earlier in the evening.
Santa Clara left little doubt about their eventual win over the Eagles, shutting out Eastern Michigan for over nine minutes in the first half and at one point opening up a 27-point lead in the second half. The Broncos now hold an 8-4 record and remain a perfect 6-0 at home.
Kevin Foster led all scorers with a robust 25 points, including going 6-for-10 on three-pointers. Niyi Harrison notched a double-double, picking up 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The Broncos will play their first conference game following the tournament on January 5, as they hit the road to take on the Portland Pilots. Before that, however, the 45th Cable Car Classic Championship will tip off on Friday, December 30 at 8:15 PM PST.
The Santa Clara Broncos open the 45th annual Cable Car Classic with their penultimate nonconference game. The Broncos will play Eastern Michigan on Thursday and the winner or loser of Air Force-Wagner, depending on who wins and loses the two games. The Cable Car Classic is the longest running holiday tournament and has had at least one team from the field advance to the NCAA tournament in 31 of its 44 years thus far.
Santa Clara is coming off a rather shocking 72-71 loss to Houston Baptist in which the Broncos missed a pair of free throws with 1.9 seconds left. The loss dropped Santa Clara to 7-4 as they close out their non-conference schedule. Kevin Foster continues to lead the team in scoring, averaging 17.9 points per game. He is joined by Evan Roquemore who is averaging 14.9 points per game.
Eastern Michigan is working this season under first-year head coach Rob Murphy who spent the last seven years as an assistant at Syracuse. The Eagles are led by Darrell Lampley who is averaging 18.1 points per game and 2.7 assists per game. Jamell Harris leads the team in rebounds with 6.3 per game.
This first game of the tournament will be broadcast on KDOW 1220 AM and Broncos All-Access at www.SantaClaraBroncos.com, with the broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. on KDOW1220. Out of the listening area, KDOW is streamed online at www.1220kdow.com.
The Santa Clara Broncos hosted the Pacific Tigers on Saturday evening, hoping to remain undefeated at home. With the score knotted at 69-69 at the end of regulation, the game went to overtime. The Broncos were able to open a slight gap and hold on for the eventual 78-76 overtime victory.
Kevin Foster, the junior guard from Santa Clara, led all scorers with 26 points, tying his season high. He also picked up two rebounds and three assists. Sophomore guard Evan Roquemore had a double-double, finishing with 14 points and 11 assists.
Santa Clara has yet to lose on their home turf, improving their record to 5-0 at home and 7-3 overall. Meanwhile, Pacific has yet to win a game on the road, dropping to 0-5 away and 4-5 overall.
The Broncos will visit the Houston Baptist Huskies for their next game, which will be on Wednesday, December 21 in San Marcos, TX.
The Santa Clara Broncos hosted the Cal State Northridge Matadors on Saturday night at the Leavey Center. The Broncos were able to come away with the decisive 71-58 win over the struggling Matadors, who fell to 1-6 overall and have yet to pick up a win on the road.
After a reasonably close 38-34 first half, Santa Clara pulled away to shut the door in the second half.
Santa Clara guard Kevin Foster led all scoring with 20 points, also recording seven rebounds and six assists. Evan Roquemore scored 11 points. Niyi Harrison contributed a double-double, finishing with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Stephan Hicks of the led Matador scorers with 18 points, also picking up eight rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Santa Clara has yet to lose at home this season, improving to 5-2 overall with Saturday's win. Their next game will be on December 11, when they travel to take on the Washington State Cougars.
The Santa Clara Broncos rebounded from a tough loss to Oklahoma by stunning the Villanova Wildcats in the 2011 ESPNU 76 Classic third-place game. The Broncos ran off a 10-0 stretch to close the game and secure a 65-64 victory. Sophomore guard Evan Roquemore hit six straight free throws to close the game and secure the win. Roquemore hit pairs of free throws 51 seconds, 8 seconds and 4 seconds remaining.
The game was very much a back and forth affair as each team grabbed leads of more than five points. The teams exchanged numerous leads on a pair of solid team efforts. The Broncos were led by a season-high 20 points from Raymond Cowells III. Evan Roquemore added 15 points and nine assists. Villanova got 19 points and seven rebounds from Mouptaou Yarou and dominated on the glass 31-18, but it wasn't enough as the Broncos were able to hang around with timely three point shooting.
Santa Clara heads home to face Cal State Northridge on Saturday December 3.
The Santa Clara Broncos dropped an 85-73 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners Friday evening as their attempts to rally from a 25-point second half deficit came up short. Santa Clara cut the lead to six with 45 seconds remaining but could not get any closer and dropped to 3-2 with the loss.
Evan Roguemore led the Broncos with 27 points and 10 assists. Kevin Foster scored 19 points and broke Steve Nash's career three-pointers made record in the loss. The Sooners got double digit points from four players, with Steven Pledger leading the way with 26 points. The Sooners dominated on the glass with a 47-28 edge.
Santa Clara will now play in Sunday's third place game against Villanova in a strong test for the Broncos. Villanova dropped an 80-68 semifinal game to Saint Louis after entering 76 Classic as tournament favorites. The third place game will tip off on ESPNU at 3:30pm PT.
The Santa Clara Broncos took a step up in competition on Thanksgiving night and proved their mettle with a 79-76 overtime victory over the New Mexico Lobos. The Broncos entered the game as eight point underdogs to the Mountain West Conference favorites. Santa Clara dominated for much of the game but had to hold on late after blowing a six-point lead in the final two minutes of regulation.
Kevin Foster led the way for the Broncos with 26 points, but he received a lot of help from Evan Roguemore (24 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds) and Niyi Harrison (19 points, 7 rebounds). If the Broncos are going to take the next step this season, they will need contributions up and down the lineup. They received only three bench points and will need more from their reserves.
The Broncos advance to face the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday night at 9:00pm PT on ESPN2. The Sooners are coming off a 14-18 season, but brought in Lon Kruger to help turn the program around. Oklahoma is 3-0 after taking down Washington State in their opening round game. The winner of this game will face the winner of Villanova-Saint Louis in the championship game.
The Santa Clara Broncos will spend their Thanksgiving holiday upping the level of competition by a healthy dose as they head to Anaheim for the 2011 ESPNU 76 Classic. The tournament includes a variety of big name teams, including Villanova, New Mexico, Saint Louis, Oklahoma and Boston College. The Broncos are one of the underdogs in the tournament, but with WCC leading scorer Kevin Foster in their lineup, they always have a puncher's chance. Villanova is the favorite to win the tournament at 3-2. In Las Vegas you can get Santa Clara at 20-1. It's a long-shot, but in a tournament like this, all it takes is a modest hot streak to pull off the string of upsets.
The Broncos open against Mountain West co-favorite New Mexico. The Lobos are led by Steve Alford and were at the top of preseason media polls in the MWC. The Broncos are 2-4 vs. New Mexico and are meeting for the second time at a neutral site tournament over Thanksgiving. The two met during Thanksgiving weekend at the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage with the Broncos winning 54-50 on Nov. 25, 1983.
The SCU-UNM game will be broadcast live nationally on ESPNU at 6 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 24. The New Mexico game will also be broadcast via the Bronco Radio Network on both KDOW 1220 AM and Broncos All-Access at www.SantaClaraBroncos.com with the broadcast beginning at 7 p.m. on a tape delay broadcast. Out of the listening area, KDOW is streamed online at www.1220kdow.com. All but one game in the tournament will be broadcast on ESPN2 or ESPNU.
If the Broncos can get past New Mexico, they would face the winner of Oklahoma-Washington State. A loss would set up Santa Clara in the consolation bracket against the loser of OU-WSU. You can view the entire bracket here (PDF).
After a strong start to their 2011-2012 season, the Santa Clara Broncos were torn apart defensively by the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos as they fell 89-56. The entire game was a struggle for Santa Clara and they found themselves trailing by 18 points at halftime. With UC Santa Barbara scoring 47 points in the second half, they closed out the contest nice and early on Tuesday night.
Santa Clara simply couldn't make a basket against the Gauchos. The team shot 4-for-22 behind the arc and shot just 63.2% (12-for-19) from the charity stripe. In contrast, Santa Barbara made 25 free throws and hit six of their 20 attempts from 3.
Niyi Harrison led the Broncos with 15 points and hauled in five rebounds. The only other player to score in double-figures, Kevin Foster, shot just 3-for-13 from the field (including 1-for-8 behind the arc) on his way to 12 points.
Santa Clara will have a few days to recover from the loss before taking on San Jose State on Saturday.
The Santa Clara Broncos opened their 2011-2012 campaign with a laugher as they rolled over the UC Merced Bobcats 80-48. The game was never in doubt as Santa Clara jumped out to a 19-1 lead at the 12:41 mark. They went into the half up 45-17 and won easily by 32.
2010-11 WCC scoring leader Kevin Foster led all scorers with 17 points. Evan Roquemore finished with 16 points and Brandon Clark added 12 points off the bench in extended minutes. The Broncos emptied out their bench as 14 players received minutes and 12 of those players scored points in the game.
Santa Clara dominated the game on the boards with a 25 rebound edge, but they played a bit sloppy, finishing with 19 turnovers. Given the level of competition presented by UC Merced, they could get away with these kinds of mistakes. Merced is in their first year of varsity basketball as they joined the NAIA this season. This was their second ever varsity game.
As the Broncos move along in their schedule, they'll need to clean up the mistakes. The Broncos travel to face UC Santa Barbara next Tuesday and host the San Jose State Spartans next Saturday before heading to Anaheim for what will be a tough field of foes in the ESPNU 76 Classic.
The Santa Clara Broncos kickoff their 2011-2012 regular season schedule Friday evening as they host UC Merced. The Broncos are coming off a successful 2010-11 campaign that saw them finish 24-14 and defeat Iona on the road to claim the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament title. The Broncos return preseason All-WCC player Kevin Foster who led the West Coast Conference in scoring a season ago with 19.4 points per game.
The Broncos 2011-12 schedule features a challenging mix of conference and non-conference opponents. The WCC is always a challenge, but it is made even more so this season with the addition of Brigham Young University. Santa Clara will look to bull its way into the upper echelon of the conference, which currently features BYU, Gonzaga and Saint Mary's.
Santa Clara's non-conference schedule includes a trip to Anaheim to compete in the ESPNU 76 Classic. The Broncos open against Mountain West favorite New Mexico and then face either Oklahoma or Washington State. They will play a third game from there against one of Villanova, UC Riverside, St. Louis or Boston College. The 76 Classic should get them fully prepared for their January 5 WCC opener at Portland.
Here is a rundown of Santa Clara's 2011-2012 college basketball schedule (home games in bold/caps, all times pacific):
11 FRI. UC MERCED 7:30 PM
15 Tues. UC Santa Barbara 7:00 PM
19 SAT. SAN JOSE STATE 7:00 PM
24 Thurs. New Mexico 6:00 PM (ESPNU 76 Classic)
25 Fri. Oklahoma/Washington State TBA (ESPNU 76 Classic)
26 Sun Championship/Consolation Game TBA (ESPNU 76 Classic)
3 SAT. CSU NORTHRIDGE 7:00 PM
11 Sun Washington State 1:00 PM
13 TUES. PACIFICA 7:00 PM
17 SAT. PACIFIC 2:00 PM
21 Wed. Houston Baptist 5:00 PM
29 THURS. EASTERN MICHIGAN 8:15 PM (45th Annual Cable Car Classic)
30 FRI. AIR FORCE/WAGNER TBA (45th Annual Cable Car Classic)
5 Thurs. Portland 8:00 PM
7 Sat. Gonzaga 5:00 PM
12 THURS. SAN DIEGO 7:00 PM
14 Sat. BYU 5:00 PM
21 SAT. SAINT MARY'S 8:00 PM
23 MON. LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 7:00 PM
26 THURS. SAN FRANCISCO 7:00 PM
28 Sat. Pepperdine 7:00 PM
2 THURS. PORTLAND 7:00 PM
4 Sat. San Diego 4:00 PM
9 Thurs. San Francisco 8:00 PM
11 Sat. Saint Mary's 8:00 PM
16 THURS. GONZAGA 8:00 PM
18 SAT. BYU 4:00 PM
23 THURS. PEPPERDINE 7:00 PM
25 Sat. Loyola Marymount 8:00 PM
29 Wed. WCC Play-In Game TBA
1 Thurs. WCC First Round TBA
2 Fri. WCC Quarters TBA
3 Sat. WCC Semifinals TBA
5 Mon. WCC Finals TBA
The Santa Clara Broncos enter the 2011-2012 college basketball season as a bit of a dark horse behind Gonzaga, BYU and Saint Mary's. As those three schools dominate the press, Santa Clara and San Francisco find themselves considered a notch below in the second tier of WCC teams. In reality, both Santa Clara and San Francisco could surprise any of the top three teams in the conference and create some craziness when the conference tournament gets going.
The West Coast Conference has a solid television deal in place with ESPN that gets its many talented squads on national television a decent amount. The addition of BYU could mean even more national exposure for the conference, particularly with the chance for three teams to get NCAA tournament berths.
The conference will have 21 games showcased on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, including the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship game of the WCC conference tournament. Santa Clara will make at least seven appearances on the ESPN family of networks in 2011-12, with five of the games coming as part of the WCC's package of games.
Santa Clara will make a non-conference appearance on ESPNU during the 76 Classic in Anaheim. Their opening round game with New Mexico will air on ESPNU. If they win, they face the winner of Oklahoma and Washington State on ESPN2. If they lose, they face the loser of OU-WSU on ESPNU. Depending on wins and losses, they could appear on an ESPN channel as many as three times during the tournament.
Santa Clara's national television schedule includes (all times pacific and subject to change):
Thursday, November 24
New Mexico vs. Santa Clara, 6:00 p.m. (ESPNU - 76 Classic, Anaheim)
Saturday, January 14
Santa Clara at BYU, 5:00 p.m. (ESPNU)
Thursday, February 2
Portland at Santa Clara, 7:00 p.m. (ESPNU)
Thursday, February 9
Santa Clara at San Francisco, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN2)
Thursday, February 16
Gonzaga at Santa Clara, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN2)
Saturday, February 18
BYU at Santa Clara, 4:00 p.m. (ESPNU)
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