Santa Clara kicks off its foreign tour in Vancouver tonight with its first game at Trinity Western as part of the four-game schedule it will play in the Vancouver area. The Broncos are coming off a 24-14 season after they won the CollegeInsider.com Post-Season Tournament with its final three victories coming on the road. The Spartans were the CIS silver medalists last season and returns nine of their 17 letterwinners from last season.
The Broncos arrived in Vancouver on Monday and after spending time hiking bridges in a local park, the Broncos ate dinner last night at a fantastic restaurant on the water. This morning the team held their shoot-around at Marc Trasolini's high school, Vancouver College, and then walked to pre-game in the city.
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The 2011-12 Santa Clara team welcomes seven newcomers, including six freshmen (featured in the photo). It also welcomes back All-WCC first team member Kevin Foster, the MVP of the CIT, All-WCC freshman team member Evan Roquemore and Trasolini, who was All-WCC as a sophomore. Both Foster and Trasolini reached their 1000th career point last season with Foster knocking down a WCC-record and national-leading 140 three pointers and they were the first duo to score 1000 career points in the same season since 1989. In addition, Santa Clara returns juniors Raymond Cowels III, who averaged 5.4 ppg in 15.3 minutes and Niyi Harrison, who averaged 5.4 ppg and 3.0 rpg in 14.4 ppg, as well as sophomore John McArthur, who appeared in 36 games in his rookie campaign.