Men Travel to Saint Mary's For Final Regular Season Game of the Year in Moraga Saturday Night
The Broncos (21-9, 9-6) close out their regular season conference schedule when they travel to Bay Area rival No. 23 Saint Mary's (25-5, 13-2) on Sat., March 2 for a 7 p.m. (PST) West Coast Conference game. The game will be televised regionally on Comcast Bay Area with Dan Dibley and Dan Belluomini making the call. The game can also be heard live on KDOW 1220 AM with the broadcast beginning at 7 p.m. Anthony Passarelli is in his sixth season as the Broncos' play-by-play announcer.
The two long-time rivals and original WCC members continue their series that began in 1910. They will be playing for the 214th time. Santa Clara has played Saint Mary's more than any other team in the school's 106-year basketball history and leads the series 131-82. Saint Mary's has swept the season series in each of the last three seasons and has won eight straight series games. The Gaels handed Santa Clara an 84-63 loss earlier on Feb. 7. Santa Clara and Saint Mary's will close out their regular season conference schedule against each other for the first time since 1999.
Already guaranteed the No. 4 seed in the upcoming WCC tournament, the Broncos have a shot to finish at No. 3 with a win at Saint Mary's and a BYU loss at LMU on Saturday. The teams have identical 9-6 league marks heading into the final weekend of conference play. BYU holds the tie-break advantage over Santa Clara with a pair of wins during the season. Either way the two schools will enter the WCC Tournament as the No. 3 and No. 4 seed and receive a bye into the quarterfinal round of the tournament, which takes place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas from March 6-11. The Broncos have only finished in the top three of the league three times in the last 13 years.
Santa Clara avenged an earlier loss and snapped a three-game losing streak to LMU with an emphatic 79-56 win on Senior Night, Feb. 28, handing the Lions their 13th consecutive defeat. Marc Trasolini scored a game-high 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field and added eight rebounds, while fellow seniors Kevin Foster and Raymond Cowels III scored 17 and 12, respectively. Foster, starting his school record 117th career game, was 5-of-6 from 3-point range and he moved to No. 9 in NCAA history with 401 career threes made (tied with Radford's Doug Day, 1989-93). He also added eight assists and five steals. Trasolini moved into 10th place on SCU's career scoring list with 1,579 points, overtaking Kyle Bailey, who scored 1,571 from 2001-05 and Cowels III climbed to No. 28 on the scoring chart with 1,033. The two also played in career game No. 129, establishing a new school record. The Broncos never trailed in the LMU game and led by as many as 29 points in the second half. They shot a season-best 60.7 percent from the field in the first half to build a 17-point halftime lead (41-24) and won their eighth straight game when leading at the break to improve to 18-2 on the season.
The Broncos have now won at least 21 games for just the 13th time in the school's 106 year history of basketball. Their win total also matches the second-highest over the last 29 seasons. The Broncos are 17-0 when shooting better from the field than their opponent and 13-1 when putting up bigger numbers beyond the arc.
vs. The Gaels
This will be the 214th meeting between the schools with Santa Clara holding a 131-82 advantage. Saint Mary's owns a 35-30 lead in games played in Moraga. Santa Clara has played more games against Saint Mary's than any other school in its 106-year basketball history. Behind a career-high 24 points from Beau Levesque, including six 3-pointers, SMC defeated Santa Clara 84-63 in their last meeting on Feb. 7. There has been a series sweep in six of the last seven seasons with Saint Mary's claiming five (2012, '11, '10, '08 and '06) and Santa Clara one (2007). The Gaels' current 8-game win streak is their longest in the series and is tied for the second-longest behind SCU's 12-game string from 1968 to '74. Santa Clara's last win in the series came on Feb. 7, 2009, a 70-52 decision. The Broncos last win in Moraga: Feb. 3, 2007.
The two school's first game was played on Feb. 19, 1910 with Saint Mary's claiming a 42-13 win ... Kevin Foster is averaging 21 ppg in seven games against SMC and has made 25-of-55 3-point shots (45.5%) … Denzel Johnson attempted a career-high 20 field goals at SMC (2/11/12) … Niyi Harrison scored a career-high 23 points vs. SMC (1/21/12) … Brandon Clark played a career-most 30 minutes at SMC (2/11/12) … Marc Trasolini has scored 35 points in his last two games against SMC shooting 71.4% from the field (15-of-21). In 8 career games against the Gaels he's shooting 61.2% (41-of-67) … Raymond Cowels III scored 14 points against SMC earlier this season (2/7/13), the most he's scored in 8 career games against the Gaels.
Marc Trasolini (101), Raymond Cowels III (80) and Kevin Foster (117) have started all 30 games for SCU this season and have combined for 298 starts in their Santa Clara careers. Evan Roquemore has started 28 of 30 games and has 83 career starts under his belt. The remaining nine players on the roster have a total of 125 career starts with Niyi Harrison leading the group with 45.
Among all his other accomplishments Foster became the all-time leader in games started when he took the court for the 117th time in SCU's win over LMU on Feb. 28. He broke a tie with Brian Jones, who started 116 games from 1996-01. Trasolini and Cowels III each played in their 129th game and now own the school record in that category, surpassing Ben Dowdell, who participated in 128 games from 2007-11. Against LMU Foster also tied the career school record for field goals made and sits knotted with Londale Theus (712, 1976-80).
All of Foster's scoring exploits have been chronicled, but he may well go down as one of the greatest all-around players to ever compete in the WCC. One of just three players to score over 2,200 career points, Foster leads the WCC this season in steals and is No. 5 in assists. Through his career Foster has amassed 2,228 points (second best in WCC history), 436 assists and 216 steals joining LMU's Terrell Lowery as the only players in WCC history to accumulate more than 2,000 points, 400 assists and 200 steals (Lowery recorded 2,201 points, 689 assists and 231 steals).
There have been 31 players in the history of SCU basketball to score 1,000 career points and four of them are on the current roster. SCU was the first Division I school with three 1,000 point scorers on its roster on Dec. 15, 2012 when Evan Roquemore scored his 1,000th career point; and Santa Clara was the third school in Division I this season to have four active 1,000 career point scorers after Raymond Cowels III joined the club in the win over Pepperdine on Feb. 16.
Santa Clara is the first team in West Coast Conference history to have four 1,000 point career scorers in the same season. There are now three other teams nationally with a quartet of 1,000 point scorers: N.C. State accomplished the feat on Jan. 22, 2013 vs. Wake Forest, Davidson matched them on Feb. 9, 2013 vs. App. State and No. 1 Indiana accomplished this as well a few nights after Santa Clara on Tues., Feb. 19 vs. Michigan State.
All four of the 1,000-point scorers are averaging double figures with Kevin Foster at 17.9 ppg (2,228 career points), Marc Trasolini at 15.6 ppg (1,579), Evan Roquemore at 11.9 ppg (1,219) and Raymond Cowels III at 10.0 ppg (1,033). Foster is No. 2 nationally in active career points scored behind Lehigh's C.J. McCollum (2,361) who is out for the season with a broken foot.
Foster became SCU's all-time scoring leader, surpassing 1980 WCC Player of the Year and former NBA star Kurt Rambis, in a win at St. Louis on Nov. 14 and became the third player in WCC history to score 2,200 career points with 20 at Portland Feb. 23. Not even ranked in the top 25 career scorers in WCC history when the season began, Foster sits at No. 2 after passing LMU's Terrell Lowery, who scored 2,201 from 1988-92. Foster has 25 double-digit scoring games this season and 107 in his 125 game career.
Marc Trasolini became the 11th Bronco to score 1,500 career points when he tallied 13 vs. Saint Mary's on Feb. 7. He broke into the top 10 surpassing Kyle Bailey, who scored 1,571 (2001-05) when he dropped in a game-high 26 in a win over LMU on Feb. 28. With 1,579 career points Trasolini needs 21 to become the ninth player in school history 1,600. With two more rebounds, he will join former Broncos John Bryant, Dennis Awtrey and Kurt Rambis as the only four to have scored 1500+ points and 800+ rebounds in their careers.
Evan Roquemore joined the 1,000-point club this season, reaching the plateau in a win at Pacific on Dec. 15. He scored his 1,100th career point at LMU on Jan. 10, becoming just the 25th player in school history to score that many. He scored career point No. 1,200 at Gonzaga on Feb. 20 and currently sits at No. 23 with 1,219. Roquemore needs 40 points to pass Mitch Burley (1,258, 1985-89) for No. 20 all-time.
Raymond Cowels III has played in all but one game during his four-year career (family funeral) and has started 60 straight times since the beginning of the 2011-12 season. He became the fourth member of the current roster to score 1,000 career points and the 31st in school history when he scored eight on Feb. 16 vs. Pepperdine. He scored his 1,000th point on a three-point basket vs. the Waves. RCIII now has 1,033 career points and is sitting at No. 28 all-time. He needs 88 points to pass Scott Lamson (1,120, 1981-85) and break into the top 25 all-time.
The Broncos posted their 21st win of the season by beating LMU, 79-56, on Feb. 28, reaching that total for just the 13th time in school history. The victory total matches the second-highest recorded over the last 29 seasons, behind only the 2010-11 squad that posted 24 wins under Kerry Keating.
After going winless (0-16) in the WCC in 2012, SCU is experiencing one of the greatest turnarounds in league history in 2013. Santa Clara's 9-game improvement this year ties for the second-best in WCC history, matching the 2012 LMU team. The Lions went 11-5 that year after a 2-12 mark in 2011. The Lions' 10-game turnaround in 1988 is conference record and the Broncos can match that with a win at Saint Mary's on March 2. Winless in 1987 (0-14), LMU went 10-4 in 1988 for a 10-game improvement.
Playing together for three full seasons, fifth-year seniors Marc Trasolini and Kevin Foster have combined for 62 victories. Add in the four wins from Foster's sophomore year before he broke his foot in the win at UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 1, 2009 and the duo has won 66 games together during their time on the court (Foster played in six games in 2009-10 before being redshirted due to a broken foot that ended his season and Trasolini was redshirted due to a pre-season torn ACL in 2011-12).
Foster and Trasolini have scored 1,007 points between them this season, good for No. 7 on the top scoring tandems list. They became the eighth Bronco twosome to score 1,000 total points in a season on Feb. 28. The duo already holds the school record with 1,238 points scored between them in 2010-11 (Foster, 766 and Trasolini, 472).
Trasolini's 234 rebounds combined with Yannick Atanga's 190 put the tandem at No. 24 on the top rebounding tandem list. Trasolini is already on the list at No. 3 with John Bryant in 2008-09 (610) and with Troy Payne in 2010-11 at No. 14 (451).
As expected with four players scoring 10.0+ points per game, they are moving up the Bronco single season records list. Kevin Foster has already jumped up to No. 13 on the scoring list with his 537 points. Foster is No. 5 in field goal attempts, tied for No. 2 in threes, No. 2 in threes attempted and he is tied at No. 3 in steals. Marc Trasolini is tied for No. 6 in blocked shots. Raymond Cowels III is tied for No. 8 for threes made and No. 2 in free throw percentage. Evan Roquemore is No. 5 in assists.
Santa Clara is 18-2 this season when leading at halftime and has won the last seven games when holding an advantage at the break. SCU has outscored the opposition 1,083 to 898 (+185) during the first 20 minutes … The 21 wins equal the 2006-07 and 1994-95 teams for the second-most in school history over the last 29 seasons. SCU won 24 games during the 2010-11 season under head coach Kerry Keating … Santa Clara's point total in its 79-56 win vs. LMU on Feb. 28 was its highest since scoring 83 at Pepperdine on Jan. 19, a span of nine games … The Broncos never trailed in their win over LMU on Feb. 28 and have gone nearly two full games without playing catch up. They last trailed for 13 seconds in the first minute of the game at Portland on Feb. 23. SCU grabbed the lead with 49 seconds elapsed and led the rest of the way … The win over LMU on Feb. 28 was the eighth for SCU head coach Kerry Keating over the Lions, tying with USF for the most against any opponent … Santa Clara shot a season-best 60.7 percent in the first half (17 of 28) in its win over LMU and finished the game at 50.9 percent (28-of-55), its first game over 50 percent since Jan. 19 in a win at Pepperdine … The Broncos are 9-3 in their last 12 games losing to three 20-win teams; No. 3 Gonzaga (28-2), Saint Mary's (25-5) and BYU (20-10). The three have a combined .811 winning percentage (73-17) … SCU has held opponents to fewer than 20 first half points five times … SCU leads the WCC in blocked shots with 146 and has three of the top 7 shot blockers in the league. Marc Trasolini is No. 2 with 49, Robert Garrett is No. 3 with 41 and Yannick Atanga is No. 7 with 27. The three have combined for 117 of the team's total, which is the second-most in a single-season in school history, behind the 156 amassed during the 2008-09 season … Santa Clara has four sweeps during WCC action (Portland, USF, USD, Pepperdine), the most since getting four during the 2007 conference season … SCU has three winning streaks of five or more games this season … Santa Clara's point total in its 85-42 loss at Gonzaga on Feb. 20 is its lowest since a 70-40 loss to Saint Mary's on Feb. 21, 2004. SCU's margin of defeat (43) was also greater than its point total … Kevin Foster is the only SCU player to attempt more than 200 three-point shots in a season. He's done it for a third time this season with 255 … Kevin Foster has scored 147 points in seven career games against Saint Mary's, the second-most against any opponent. He's tallied 150 in eight games against Gonzaga … Brandon Clark is the only non-starter to have more than one double-digit scoring game off the bench. Clark has scored 10 or more points in five of his last seven games and nine times total this season … Senior Kyle Perricone started his first career game playing six minutes with no points. He was honored as one of five seniors on the squad on Feb. 28.
Marc Trasolini is doing it all this year, starting all 30 games this season and averaging almost 31 minutes per contest, and he is all over the WCC stat sheets. In league stats only, he is No. 6 in scoring, No. 2 in offensive rebounds, No. 3 in rebounding, No. 4 in field goal percentage, No. 5 in blocked shots and tied for No. 6 in defensive rebounding.
Trasolini, named to the 2013 West Coast Conference Basketball All-Academic Team on March 1, has also been named as one of the 10 finalist's for the Senior CLASS Award. The men's Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Final Four. Nationwide fan voting has begun and Bronco fans are encouraged to vote for Trasolini every day at the following website through March 25 - www.seniorclassaward.com/vote.
To be eligible for the award, the senior must have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in October.
Trasolini became the fourth player in school history to be named to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American list on Feb. 19 when he was named third team nationally. He is the only player in the WCC and Pac 12 to be named to the CoSIDA All-District Academic All-American list three straight competition years this Feb. (2010, '11, '13). Trasolini is in his fourth quarter of MBA work and graduated cum laude in March 2012 with a degree in Finance (3.65 GPA).
Kerry Keating had this to say about Trasolini in the community. "On our annual trip to the Great America park to spend the day with Courageous Kids (kids with cancer) Marc has been front and center each year. At 6-9 240, he is easily visible, but the kids feel his heart when he spends time with them because he is a good person, not because he is a basketball player and tall. Marc has been a fixture at our annual summer camp and relishes his role as teacher and role model, and has developed a comfort in being easily noticeable but has more so developed strength in being a role model and good citizen."
Kevin Foster was nicknamed 'Microwave' by his father Rick Foster during his youth after the Detroit Piston's Vinnie Johnson. Johnson earned the nickname 'the Microwave' from Celtics guard Danny Ainge for his ability to score many points in a short period of time, heating up the offense. Foster has scored 15+ points in 82 of 125 career games and he has scored 19+ in 58 career games. Foster's 19+ games follow:
Opponent/Date Pts. (3s)
1. vs. Arizona/Nov. 25, 2008 21 (5)
2. vs. Belmont/Dec. 29, 2008 24 (3)
3. at Harvard/Jan. 2, 2009 20 (4)
4. at Saint Mary's/Jan. 9, 2009 31 (5)
5. at Portland/Jan. 17, 2009 20 (3)
6. vs. LMU/Jan. 29, 2009 20 (3)
7. vs. Saint Mary's/Feb. 7, 2009 26 (4)
8. at LMU/Feb. 14, 2009 26 (5)
9. at USF/Feb. 21, 2009 20 (2)
10. vs. Gonzaga/Feb. 26, 2009 20 (3)
11. vs. San Diego/March 7, 2009 21 (4)
12. at CSUB/Nov. 13, 2009 21 (3)
13. vs. Menlo/Nov. 19, 2009 19 (4)
14. at Pacific/Nov. 22, 2009 22 (5)
15. vs. Fresno State/Nov. 28, 2009 25 (5)
16. vs. CSU Bakersfield/Nov. 12, 2010 19 (4)
17. at So. California/Nov. 15, 2010 26 (4)
18. vs. Bethune-Cookman/Nov. 21, 2010 21 (6)
19. vs. N. Colorado/Nov. 23, 2010 19 (4)
20. vs. UC Santa Barbara/Dec. 4, 2010 25 (6)
21. at San Jose State/Dec. 10, 2010 26 (3)
22. vs. Washington St./Dec. 19, 2010 29 (4)
23. at CSU Northridge/Dec. 22, 2010 22 (2)
24. vs. Bethany/Jan. 3, 2011 19 (6)
25. vs. USF/Jan. 8, 2011 26 (8)
26. vs. Gonzaga/Jan. 20, 2011 36 (6)
27. vs. Portland/Jan. 22, 2011 19 (3)
28. vs. LMU/Jan. 29, 2011 28 (3)
29. vs. St. Mary's/Feb. 10, 2011 25 (4)
30. vs. San Diego/Feb. 12, 2011 21 (3)
31. at Gonzaga/Feb. 17, 2011 27 (8)
32. at Portland/Feb. 19, 2011 29 (7)
33. vs. Air Force/March 18, 2011 36 (9)
34. at USF/March 22, 2011 27 (3)
35. at SMU (March 25, 2011 35 (5)
36. vs. New Mexico (Nov. 24, 2011) 26 (5)
37. vs. Oklahoma (Nov. 25, 2011) 19 (3)
38. vs. Cal State Northridge (Dec. 3, 2011) 20 (4)
39. vs. Pacific (Dec. 17, 2011) 26 (6)
40. at Houston Baptist (Dec. 21, 2011) 19 (3)
41. vs. Eastern Michigan (Dec. 29, 2011) 25 (6)
42. vs. Wagner (Dec. 30, 2011) 20 (4)
43. at BYU (Jan. 14, 2012) 22 (4)
44. vs. Saint Mary's (Jan. 21, 2012) 22 (5)
45. vs. Simpson (Nov. 10, 2012) 27 (7)
46. at Saint Louis (Nov. 14, 2012) 30 (2)
47. vs. Utah Valley (Nov. 21, 2012) 21 (1)
48. vs. Utah State (Nov. 28, 2012) 27 (5)
49. vs. UC Santa Barbara (Dec. 1, 2012) 28 (4)
50. at Pacific (Dec. 15, 2012) 31 (4)
51. at Duke (Dec. 29, 2012) 29 (5)
52. vs. USF (Jan. 2, 2013) 21 (5)
53. vs. Gonzaga (Jan. 5, 2013) 29 (2)
54. vs. BYU (Jan. 12, 2013) 22 (3)
55. at USF (Jan. 17, 2013) 27 (6)
56. at Pepperdine (Jan. 19, 2013) 29 (6)
57. vs. Pepperdine (Feb. 16, 2013) 22 (5)
58. at Portland (Feb. 23, 2013) 20 (4)
Climbing the Three-Point Ladder
Kevin Foster is the WCC's career leader with 401 after breaking a tie with LMU's Jeff Fryer vs. BYU on Jan. 12. Foster hit his 364th career-record three knocking down a shot from the corner with 10:44 left in the first half vs. the Cougars. Foster sits tied for ninth place on the NCAA Division I all-time threes made list. He needs to hit 14 more threes to move to No. 5 and pass Davidson's Stephen Curry (now starring with the Warriors) who made 414 career threes from 2007-09.
Foster's 149 made threes in WCC games is No. 3 all-time in league history as he passed Gonzaga's Blake Stepp with 143 threes made in WCC games (2000-04) at Portland on Feb. 23 when he made four. LMU's Jeff Fryer holds the WCC record in league-only games with 166 threes made in 49 games (1987-90) and Portland's Jared Stohl is No. 2 with 160 career WCC threes (2007-11). Foster's three threes at BYU Feb. 2 broke two-time NBA MVP and former Bronco Steve Nash's school record for career WCC threes. Nash made 132 in his 56 league games and is No. 2 all-time for the Broncos with 263 threes, a record Foster eclipsed early his junior year.
With 1,104 attempted, Foster is the SCU and WCC leader and he is No. 6 in NCAA Division I history. He needs 89 attempts to break the all-time NCAA record set by Keydren Clark in 2006 (1,192, Saint Peter's). Foster has attempted 10 or more 3s in a game 11 times this season and 55 times in his 125 game career.
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Rk Player 3PA From To Last School
1. Keydren Clark 1192 2003 2006 Saint Peter's
2. David Holston 1147 2006 2009 Chicago State
3. Joe Zeglinski 1140 2007 2011 Hartford
4. Gerry McNamara 1131 2003 2006 Syracuse
5. J.J. Redick 1126 2003 2006 Duke
6. Kevin Foster 1104 2009 2013 Santa Clara
7. Michael Watson 1098 2001 2004 Missouri-Kansas City
8. Chris Lofton 1027 2005 2008 Tennessee
9. Jack Leasure 1009 2005 2008 Coastal Carolina
10. Stephen Curry 1004 2007 2009 Davidson
Foster was the WCC Player of the Week on Jan. 21 for the second time this season after he averaged 27.5 ppg, including 57.1 percent from beyond the arc (12-of-21), in a pair of road wins at USF, winning 85-54, and 83-76 at Pepperdine. Foster averaged 33 minutes per game hitting six threes in both victories. He also shot 62.5 percent for the week (20-of-32) and recorded his first career double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds at USF. On the week he averaged 6.0 rpg, 3.0, apg and 2.5 spg.
In SCU's 88-75 win over Air Force on March 18, 2011, Foster broke the school record with nine threes, tying a career-high with 36 points. He also had a career-high 36 in Santa Clara's 85-71 win over Gonzaga on Jan. 20, 2011. Foster shattered the WCC single season threes made record with 140 in 2010-11, leading the country, and grabbed the nation's top spot in threes made per game as well with 3.68.
He has scored 537 points this season, which is currently No. 13 on the all-time Bronco single season list, and he needs to score 22 points to move into the top 10. Foster's 768 points in 2010-11 were No. 6 on the WCC's single season points scored list as he finished as the leading scorer in a single season in the Bay Area as well. He broke the school's single season mark for points scored, minutes played, threes made and threes attempted that year. He was named first-team All-WCC and was named the WCC Player of the Month in February and March. He was named the WCC Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.
There's something about the Pilots. Tying a career-high with 13 rebounds vs. Portland on Jan. 31, Yannick Atanga proved that feat was no fluke when he yanked in a personal-best 16 rebounds at Portland on Feb. 23. It was the most rebounds for a Bronco since 2009 WCC Player of the Year John Bryant collected 27 boards on March 7, 2009 in a 80-69 win vs. San Diego in the WCC Tournament. Atanga has been efficient on the glass in conference-only games hauling down 115 of his 183 rebounds against WCC foes. He leads the WCC in rebounds and offensive rebounds in league games.
Over the last nine games Atanga has been a force in the middle for SCU. Atanga recorded a season-high and career-high tying four blocked shots in the win over Pepperdine on Feb. 16 and has multiple blocks six times totaling 16 swats. He's been working the boards as well during the nine-game stretch totaling 80 caroms (8.9 rpg). Through his first 21 games he totaled 11 blocks and had just three multiple-block games. Atanga has 27 blocked shots for the season placing him third on the team.
A 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award nominee, Evan Roquemore is one of the top assist men in the WCC. Roquemore has at least five assists in 21 of the team's 30 games ranking No. 3 in the WCC with 5.4 per game. He is also second on the team in minutes played with 939 and third in scoring with 11.9 ppg and steals at 1.3 spg. During SCU's Jan. 10 game at LMU, Roquemore scored his 1,100th career point and collected his 400th career assist joining Brian Jones, Steve Nash, Kyle Bailey and Kevin Foster as the only Broncos to amass that many points and assists over a career. He produced his first double-double game of the season, and third career, with 16 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in the Cable Car Classic title game win over Wagner on Dec. 22.
Roquemore has 161 assists for the season. With 458 career assists, he is currently No. 5 on the school's all-time assist list and needs 25 to pass Eddie Joe Chavez (1974-78), who collected 482 assists in his time with the Broncos.
One of the Bay's Best-Ever
With 15 points in a win at San Diego on Jan. 26, Kevin Foster passed former USF great Bill Cartwright for No. 3 on the WCC and Bay Area career scoring list. Foster, who has scored 2,228 career points, passed Terrell Lowery for the No. 2 spot on the WCC chart (2,201 points from 1988-92) with a game-high 20 at Portland on Feb. 23. Foster would need to score 263 points to take over the No. 1 spot from LMU's Hank Gathers, who scored 2,490 points from 1987-90. Foster became SCU's career points leader, overtaking 1980 WCC Player of the Year Kurt Rambis, in a 74-62 win at St. Louis on Nov. 14, 2012.
Foster has reached double figures 25 times in 30 games this season, has topped the 20-point mark 14 times, and scored at least 30 in a game twice to lead the Broncos in scoring. Foster became the seventh player in West Coast Conference history to score 2,000 career points, reaching that mark on a runner in the lane early in the second half vs. Gonzaga on Jan. 5. He scored his 1,900th career point on a 3-point basket at Pacific on Dec. 15 and added career point No. 1,800 on a three-pointer against Utah State on Nov. 28.
Against No. 10 Gonzaga on Jan. 5, he became the fourth player in Bay Area Division I history (includes Cal, Stanford, Santa Clara, Saint Mary's, USF and San Jose State), and the first in 21 years, to score 2,000 career points, joining Stanford's Todd Lichti (2,336) and Adam Keefe (2,319) and USF's Bill Cartwright (2,116). He needs 92 points to pass No. 2 Adam Keefe of Stanford.