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Varsity Letters PODCAST 10.09.19: SFU basketball’s Steve Hanson, Tweedsmuir football’s Kurt Thornton and Centennial basketball’s Rob Sollero

Thanks for joining us for another episode of Varsity Letters — The Podcast! Basketball season is just around the corner and with it, the start of another season of the NCAA variety atop Burnaby Mountain. Simon Fraser Clan head coach Steve Hanson has orchestrated one of the biggest turnarounds in college basketball over the past […]

Simon Fraser Clan head coach Steve Hanson calls Jasdeep Singh (centre) and Julian Roche (tight) the best front court duo in the GNAC.The pair leads SFU into the post season for the first time in nine seasons on Thursday. (Photo property of Simon Fraser Clan athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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SFU men’s hoops: After going 8-5 last 13 games versus 8-59 the previous 67, Clan set to end nine-year playoff drought on Thursday

BURNABY — Want to know who might have had the biggest turnaround this season in all of NCAA men’s basketball, regardless of division?

SFU's Julian Roche grabbed 10 rebounds and also scored 23 points, including the game-winning hoop with five seconds remaining as the Clan stunned nationally-ranked SMU in Lacey, Wash. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Simon Fraser Clan athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Julian shows his jam! SFU Clan big-man Roche stuns No. 12 Saints, sinks winning shot with five seconds left

They’ve got a fine kettle of mettle. That’s the best way to describe the Simon Fraser Clan men’s basketball team after they battled through layers of second-half adversity on the road Saturday night to claim the biggest win in their NCAA history.

Simon Fraser freshman guard Wilfried Balata has been a huge building-block addition to the 2018-19 Clan. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday read: At GNAC’s midway mark, Clan men crush Alaska Nanooks to sit one victory shy of matching 2017-18 win total

BURNABY — Five double-figure scorers. Just six turnovers in 200 total player minutes. And how about a 52-point second half courtesy of 67 per cent shooting from the field?

Simon Fraser's Jordan Muir-Keung (centre) and the rest of the Clan's deep core of guards opens the 2019 portion of the GNAC schedule Thursday at home to nationally No. 21-ranked St. Martin's. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2018. All Rights Reserved)
Simon Fraser's talented incoming duo of Julian Roche (left) and Wilfried Balata share a moment Friday in the Clan's home court-opening comeback win over Humboldt State. (Photo by Paul Yates property of SFU athletics)
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Newcomers Roche, Balata signal a new era in Clan basketball as Simon Fraser erases 11-point deficit in win over Humboldt State

BURNABY — They may have scuffed and scrapped through the early going in their 2018-19 home opener Friday. Yet even before the home team put it all together down the stretch drive of 73-72 comeback win over the Humboldt State Broncos on the first day of The SFU Showdown invitational, the Simon Fraser Clan were making […]

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Clan men’s basketball 2018-19: The SFU Showdown tourney will feature debut of big-man Roche and deep guard core

BURNABY — It’s only a jigsaw puzzle when you don’t know how the pieces are supposed to fit.And last Friday, as point guard Michael Provenzano dropped a triple to knot the score early in the second half of its 2018-19 season-opener on the road against the host and nationally-ranked UC San Diego Tritons, you very […]

Julian Roche, a St. John, N.B., native, is headed to Simon Fraser via a freshman season spent at Santa Clara University. (Photo-Santa Clara University athletics)
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Julian Roche: Santa Clara’s 6-foot-11 transfer is ready to be the ‘Man in the Middle’ for Simon Fraser Clan

BURNABY — There are a lot of moving pieces these days as it pertains to evolving state of the front court with the Simon Fraser Clan men’s basketball team.

Junior college transfer Jordan Muir-Keung has the potential to give the Clan a much-needed scoring boost over the second half of a 2017-18 GNAC campaign which begins Thursday atop Burnaby Mountain against Seattle Pacific. (VarsityLetters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Clan shooters encouraged to ‘feel like they can’t miss’ as SFU looks to snap losing skid Thursday at West Gym White-Out

BURNABY MOUNTAIN — JJ Pankratz continues to battle through an ankle injury. Iziah Sherman-Newsome keeps on plugging, despite those tough defensive assignments that have matched him against much bigger opposition. And Kedar Salam has had enough big-scoring games this season, that he’s getting the best defensive game plan rival teams can throw his way.