While we wait for the season to start, I thought it would be fun to post your memories of most impressive players or teams Santa Clara has hosted over the years, at home…and I guess San Jose SAP center too. Bonus points if your were in attendance. Describe a play if you want, maybe give some context too.
I remember returning from a semester abroad and taking a solo trip to the Cable Car in '92. I needed a hoops fix, and the world of hoops tv wasn’t like it is today, so you had to go live…would be lucky to catch Santa Clara on tv at that time (Raycom, KICU action 36, etc)
Anyways, Alabama Crimson Tide, staring James “Hollywood” Robinson, and two other future pros on roster in Jason Caffey and Roy Rogers were making a visit. Had to go. Definitely knew who James Robinson was at the time, but wasn’t fully aware of how LOADED this Alabama team was the year prior as well…Latrell Sprewell and Robert Horry!
Robinson was silky smooth and as advertised. We played tough DD Bronco basketball and gave them a good game, 65-58 final, Crimson Tide.
Crazy thing is, there weren’t many people in the stands. School was out, holidays in play. Social media would have helped.
Two funs ones (both overtime losses unfortunately)…
Kevin Foster and Klay Thompson going back and forth down the stretch in an overtime loss to Washington State in 2010. That Washington State team was not spectacular but the game is fun to reflect on knowing what Klay would become. Box Score: https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/game/_/gameId/303532541
The other game was the overtime loss to Mississippi State at Leavey in December, 2003. Mississippi State would go on to be a 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament (26-4 overall, 14-2 in the SEC). If I recall, MSU hit a 3 pointer on the last possession to send the game to overtime. Lawrence Roberts led a very old and physical Mississippi State team.
Great topic! There are so many games that are memorable for me. I was a junior in 1988 and recall WCC (aka WCAC in 1988) final vs LMU @ Toso. We traded baskets and hung in there until the last 3-4 minutes if I recall. Of course, Gathers and Kimble had a big game, but Jeff Fryer(Fryar) was the guy that really stood out, just knocking down 3’s. Conversely, Dan Weiss, Jens Gordon, and Chris Lane played very well for SCU…just too much Lions firepower.
As for a memorable win? I remember attending a game in 1996, Marlon Garnett’s senior year, and a young freshman, Brian Jones against Marquette.
I recall SCU down big at the half and rather certain Broncos trailed by as many as 20 at one point, only to come storming back to win against a very good Marquette squad that year.
I was there. Brian had 32 points and I believe would have been an NBA player if that damn Warrior did not senselessly run him down in a summer game and destroy his knee. He was never the same. But that win was amazing… thanks for the memory.
2011 vs Gonzaga - gonz wasn’t quite ranked, they had been in the 20s a couple weeks prior if I remember correctly. They still had 4 future NBAers on the team, led by Sacre.
Back when the ruff riders could take up the sideline and baseline seats, it was beyond packed in - 2 people deep in each row.
Anyways, it was Kevin fosters day… 36 points with the highlight coming with a minute left. We were up ~10 and the shot clock was running down, he drained a buzzer beater 3 from deep to send the place into a frenzy.
Storm the court, some couches lost their lives, and our last win over them since.