SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara men's basketball, heading into its first season under head coach Herb Sendek, faces Life Pacific College Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the team's lone exhibition game. The game will be the second of a doubleheader with the women's basketball team.
Santa Clara, which opens the regular season on Friday, Nov. 11 with the 50th Annual Cable Car Classic, returns its top eight scorers from a season ago, headlined by two-time first-team All-West Coast Conference guard Jared Brownridge, who is already the fifth-leading scorer in school history with 1,716 points. Brownridge will be joined in the backcourt by KJ Feagin, a WCC All-Freshman team pick last season when he averaged 11.4 points and 3.8 assists per game. Forward Nate Kratch, a two-year starter, ranked fifth in the WCC in rebounding (7.9 pg) and was third on the team in scoring (8.8 ppg) in 2015-16.
A number of other veterans also return in hopes of helping the program rebound from last year's 11-20 mark. Junior guard Kai Healy started 22 of the team's 31 games, averaging 6.1 points. Junior forward Matt Hubbard, a 2014-15 WCC All-Freshman team selection, posted 6.1 points nearly three rebounds per contest last season.
Guard Matt Hauser and forward Henrik Jadersten, both true freshmen last year, should provide an outside shooting threat. Hauser shot nearly 36 percent from behind the 3-point line and Jadersten was among the league leaders in that category until late last season. Junior forward Jarvis Pugh, relegated to only 10 games last year due to injury, is expected to provide an athletic presence and rebounding. Sophomore guard Evan Wardlow was another player who suffered through injury last year. He led the team with a 2.1-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, but was limited to just seven games.
The Warriors are 1-1 on the regular season after defeating Embry-Riddle, 82-76, on oct. 26 and falling to Benedictine University at Mesa, 97-87, the following day.
Life Pacific will play another exhibition game later this month against Pepperdine.
Tickets: Season or single-game tickets, along with mini-plans, are available. Click here to purchase online or contact the ticket office weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (408) 554-4660 or BroncoTickets@scu.edu. Group discounts are also available through our ticket office sales and service consultants. Doors to Leavey Center, as well as its ticket office, are open one hour prior to the start of the game.
Parking: 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.
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