UCSB Looks to Remain Perfect, Hosts Westmont Friday

UCSB Looks to Remain Perfect, Hosts Westmont Friday

• The Schedule 
Game No. 3
Friday, November 18, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Westmont College Warriors

at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Livestats available on UCSBgauchos.com

Game No. 4
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. University of Portland Pilots

at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Livestats available on UCSBgauchos.com

• Big West +1 Plan, Tickets Available
Season tickets and single game tickets for all UCSB games are available.  In addition, the Big West +1 Plan is also available.  With the Big West +1, fans can purchase tickets for all eight Gaucho Big West games, plus one for either the Nov. 26 showdown against San Diego State or the Nov. 30 game against rival UNLV.  The cost of the plan is just $99.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, please stop by the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, call 805-893-UCSB (8272) or online by clicking here

• Coach Pimm Introduced As Legend Nov. 30
A banner honoring former UCSB head coach Jerry Pimm as a Legend of the 'Dome will be unveiled at halftime of the Gauchos Nov. 30 game against UNLV.  Pimm, who built UCSB into a top-25 program, experienced many of his greatest moments in wins over the rival Runnin' Rebels.  He will become the fourth men's basketball honoree as he joins three of his greatest Gaucho players - Brian Shaw, Carrick DeHart and Eric McArthur - to earn the honor.  Overall, Coach Pimm is the 10th honoree.  Former women's basketball great Erin Alexander (Brown) will have her banner unfurled on Feb. 4 against Cal Poly.  Tickets for both of the legends games are available by clickinghere

• On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on AM 1290 KZSB and will stream live online at UCSBgauchos.com and NewsPress.com. Gerry Fall is in his seventh year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB star Don Ford  and Santa Barbara News-Press legend Mark Patton handle the color commentary.

• The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara is 2-0 after thrashing Santa Clara on Tuesday night, 89-56.  The Gauchos are 2-0 for the first time since the 2009-10 season when they started the year at 3-0.  Last season, UCSB went 18-14 overall and 8-8 in the Big West before winning the Big West Tournament and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row.

• UCSB Crushes Santa Clara, 89-56
James Nunnally scored 24 points, Orlando Johnson added 21 and UC Santa Barbara parlayed an 18-0 run midway through the first half to take control of a close game en route to an 89-56 win over visiting Santa Clara on Tuesday night. Santa Clara took a 17-14 lead on a steal and breakaway slam dunk by Niyi Harrison, but that's when the Gauchos went on their run.  A pair of free throws by Kyle Boswell and then a free throw line jumper by Johnson gave them an 18-17 lead and they never trailed again. Nunnally added five points and Alan Williams added four during the game-changing run.  By the time the dust settled, Santa Barbara had a 32-17 lead.  By halftime, the Gauchos expanded the lead to 42-24.  The Broncos closed within 12 on two occasions in the second half, but could never get closer.  The lead expanded to as many as 36 points (85-49).  Santa Barbara dominated the boards, outrebounding Santa Clara 47-31.

• Two Down, Four To Go
The Gauchos continue their season-opening six-game homestand with Friday's game against Westmont.  UCSB, which has already played Chapman and Santa Clara, will also play Portland, San Diego State and UNLV at home this month and won't play a road game until Dec. 13 when they travel to the University of San Diego.  The game at USD will open a five-game road stretch.  Following the game against the Toreros, the Gauchos will play at Washington on Dec. 16, at Cal on Dec. 19 and at BYU on Dec. 22.  When all is said and done, they will have spent 12 days on the road.  After taking Christmas off, UCSB opens league play at Cal Poly on Jan. 2.  They will host Cal State Fullerton at the Thunderdome on Jan. 5, their first home game in 37 days. 

• Gauchos Ranked 23rd In Mid-Major Poll
UCSB opens the season ranked 23rd in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-20 poll.  Gonzaga and Creighton are ranked 1-2.

• Williams Creeps Closer To UCSB Wins Record
Bob Williams is in his 14th season at the helm of the UCSB basketball program and his 23rd overall.  Including the wins over Santa Clara and Chapman,  Williams has led three schools to a 408-270 overall record. His Gaucho teams have gone 219-170.  He has the second highest win total in school history and needs just four to move into first all-time.  Jerry Pimm, who guided the Gauchos for 15 seasons, is the current record holder with 222 career wins.

• The Opponents
UCSB and Westmont College have played 47 regular season games with the Gauchos holding a 42-5 all-time advantage.  The last time the teams met was on Dec. 10, 2003, when Santa Barbara posted a 66-36 win.  The Gauchos and Portland have played 10 times with each team winning five times.  The teams played in Portland last season with the Pilots posting a 75-63 win.  The last time UCSB and Portland played at the Thunderdome was in 2005 when the Gauchos won 76-53.

• Home, Sweet Home 
UCSB is 2-0 at home this season and while the Gauchos had a relatively modest 9-4 record at home in 2010-11, they have found great success at the Thunderdome over the years.  In the last four seasons-plus, UCSB has gone 43-13 in home games.  In 2009-10, an 11-2 home record equaled the second best single-season home winning percentage in school history at 84.6%.  In Bob Williams' 13-plus seasons in Santa Barbara, the Gauchos have posted a 124-48 home record, 72.1%.  In his last 10 seasons-plus, they have gone 98-32, 75.4%.  Finally, in 2009-10, for the first time in school history, they were unbeaten at home in Big West Conference games going a perfect 8-0.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Scored 10 points in just 14 minutes vs. Santa Clara.
G 1   Nate Garth - Had game-high five assists vs. Santa Clara. 
F 21 James Nunnally - 24 points vs. Santa Clara was highest total in nine games.
F 24 Christian Peterson - Has nine rebounds in just 34 minutes.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Scored 15 of his 21 points in decisive first half vs. Santa Clara.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
F 5 Keegan Hornbuckle - Remains sidelined with a sore back.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Scored career-high 12 points in win over Santa Clara.
G 11 T.J. Taylor - Missed all four of his field goal attempts vs. Santa Clara.
F 12 Lewis Thomas - After playing 10 minutes in opener, went for 20 vs. Santa Clara.
F 15 Alan Williams - Leads the team with 10 free throw attempts after two games.
F 20 Shawn Moore - Walk-on from Butte College has yet to play.
F 32 John Green - Injury to left foot could sideline him for most, if not all, season.
F 35 Taran Brown - Coaches are leaning towards redshirting him.
C 55  Greg Somogyi - Has 141 career blocked shots ranking him third in school history.

• Historically Marginal
UCSB's 89-56 win over Santa Clara on Tuesday set a standard for a Bob Williams-coached Gaucho team.  The 33-point margin was the biggest in Williams' tenure in Santa Barbara.  Prior to the win over the Broncos, the largest margin was 32 in an 88-56 win at Montana State on Nov. 13, 2006.  The last time any UCSB team had a margin as large as 33 was on Feb. 11, 1993 when the Gauchos beat the University of Nevada, 93-60.  That same season, on Dec. 19, 1992, they blasted St. Mary's on the road, 79-37. 

• The Honorable Orlando Johnson
Orlando Johnson has accumulated a laundry list of preseason honors. In early October, he became the first Gaucho ever named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top-50 list.  In November, Johnson earned three more accolades.  He was one of 21 players in the nation named to the Lute Olson Preseason All-America Team, one of 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and he has been named to the Naismith Player of the Year Preseason Watch List.  As is the case with the Wooden Award, Johnson is the first UCSB player in history to earn his way on to any of the latter three lists.

• Johnson Moves Into Top-10 In Scoring
Orlando Johnson scored 21 points in Tuesday's win over Santa Clara and now has 1,249 in his career at UCSB.  With his last basket against the Broncos, Johnson moved past Richard Anderson (1978-82) and into 10th on the Gauchos all-time scoring list.  His next target is Scott Fisher  (1982-86) is ninth all-time with 1,351 points.

• Nunnally Also Approaches Top-10
Senior James Nunnally has been one of the most dependable scorers in UCSB history since late in his freshman season.  Last year, he averaged 16.3 points per game and teamed with Orlando Johnson to form the most potent scoring combinations in the Big West.  In the season-opener against Chapman, Nunnally scored a game-high 20 points and in doing so, moved past the 1,200 point mark for his career.  In Tuesday's win over Santa Clara, he scored 24 points and now has 1,234, 13th all-time.  He will enter the game against Westmont needing just three points to move past Conner Henry and into 12th all-time. Orlando Johnson has jumped into the top-10 all-time and Nunnally needs 118 to join him.

• Somogyi Nears No. 2 On Block List
Senior Greg Somogyi blocked five shots in UCSB's win over Santa Clara.  He now has 141 swats in his career, third all-time, and needs just 14 to pass Doug Muse and move into second all-time.  Also, it was the ninth time in his career that Somogyi has blocked at least five shots in a game.

• Mr. Good Hands 
Junior Nate Garth, a transfer from the University of New Mexico, is off to a good start as a Gaucho.  In Tuesday's win over Santa Clara, he had a game-high five assists to go along with seven points and five rebounds.  If the first two games are any indicator, Garth is also proving to be a fairly steady hand at the point.  Through the two UCSB wins, the Sacramento native has nine assists and just one turnover.  For those of you who are not math majors, that's a 9-to-1 assist to turnover ratio.   

• Mr. Efficient
In just two games, freshman forward Alan Williams has become a crowd favorite at the Thunderdome.  He plays with a level of enthusiasm that is, quite simply, contagious.  Williams, who came to UCSB after a decorated prep career at North High School in Phoenix, has also been very efficient.  While he has played a total of just 15 minutes in the first two games, he has scored 12 points (6.0 per game) and grabbed nine rebounds (4.5 per game).  Williams is averaging 32 points and 24 rebounds per 40 minutes played.  Also, quite impressively, he leads the team with 10 free throw attempts despite ranking 10th in minutes played. 

• Who's The Bos 
Guard Kyle Boswell is already proving to be a key contributor for UCSB.  The sophomore from Huntington Beach tied his career-high with 11 points in the game one win over Chapman and then he went one better, scoring 12, in the win over Santa Clara.  While he is attempting just 6.5 shots per game, Boswell has his average at 11.5 per game.  One of the main reasons is his three-point shooting ability.  Boswell made three in the opener and another one in the win over the Broncos.  He is tied with James Nunnally for the team-lead in three-pointers with four and his 50.0% mark from outside the arc leads the team.

• Gauchos Get Efficient
Through two games, UCSB has done a superb job of protecting the ball.  In the game against Chapman, the Gauchos had just seven turnovers, to go along with 20 assists.  Against, Santa Clara, they had just 10 turnovers, along with 17 assists.  Santa Barbara's totals after two games are 37 assists and just 17 turnovers, a phenomenal ratio of 2.2 assists for every turnover.  Chances are that ratio will change, but hey, we'll enjoy it while we can.