Men's Basketball Opens Season vs. UC Merced Fri., Nov. 11 at 7:30 pm as Part of DH with Women's Basketball

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Santa Clara opens the 2011-12 season vs. UC Merced at 7:30 pm on Fri., Nov. 11.  The women's basketball team hosts CSU Bakersfield at 5 pm as part of a doubleheader with the two teams.  Bronco head coach Kerry Keating is 4-0 in season openers.

In celebration of Veteran's Day on Friday, all Veteran's, Active Military and Reservists will be allowed in free of charge with proof of service.

Playing its fifth-straight game vs. a Canadian collegiate team after its foreign tour to Vancouver in early September, Santa Clara defeated Ryerson 91-60 on Nov. 4 in its lone exhibition.  Bronco head coach Kerry Keating is 5-0 in exhibition openers.

Individually in the 31-point win over Ryerson, Santa Clara was led Julian Clarke, a Toronto, Canada native.  J. Clarke scored 19 points (5 of 7 from three) off the bench.  B.  Clark and Denzel Johnson added 14 each with B. Clark scoring 4 of 4 from beyond the arc.  McArthur and Atanga both scored 10 each.  Jordan Akwenuke grabbed 11 rebounds.  Foster scored nine points, but was 1 of 11 from the three.  B. Clark and Foster both added seven assists and Foster had three steals.

In the preseason, the men were ranked No. 25 in the National Mid-Major Preseason Poll (Oct. 31, 2011).  It is the first time in the 13 years of the national poll the Broncos have been ranked in the preseason after finishing the 2010-11 season ranked No. 22.  Foster was also named to the All-WCC Preseason Team.

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.  Featuring up to 18 games vs. 2011 post-season teams and at least eight games on ESPN, click here for the 2011-12 schedule.  The 2011-12 Santa Clara team welcomes six newcomers.  In addition to Foster and Evan Roquemore, 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. Senior Marc Trasolini, who led the team in rebounds and blocks last season and was second in point per game, will miss the 2011-12 with a torn ACL suffered in early September, but will return for his senior year in 2012-13.

Santa Clara will also host the 45th annual Cable Car Classic - the longest-running annual university tournament in the country on Thur., Dec. 29 and Fri, Dec. 30. This year's tournament will feature the Broncos, Eastern Michigan, Air Force and Wagner. Historically, 31 times in its 44 seasons a team from the Cable Car Classic has advanced to the NCAA Tournament later in the season.

Season tickets are available for purchase at the Leavey Center ticket office (500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, Calif.) by calling directly at 408-554-4660, or by purchasing online at SantaClaraBroncos.com/buytickets.

Because of their special status with Santa Clara Athletics, Bronco season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase single game tickets, including BYU, Gonzaga and St. Mary's before the official release of single game tickets. If you are interested in a private seating selection tour, please call 408-554-4660 to make a reservation today.

To prove the strength and respect the WCC is receiving preseason, Gonzaga is No. 1, BYU No. 9 and Saint Mary's No. 11. The WCC being ranked as the seventh-best league in the country in the preseason and the No. 1 non-BCS conference.