UCSB Returns Home to Host Fullerton Thursday Night

UCSB Returns Home to Host Fullerton Thursday Night

• The Schedule 
Game No. 12
Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal State Fullerton Titans

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

Game No. 13
Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at UC Riverside Highlanders

at UCR's Student Recreation Center
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
On-Line Video: BigWest.org

• Tickets Available For All Gaucho Games
Plenty of great tickets remain available for every UCSB men's and women's basketball game the rest of the season.  To purchase or for more information, please visit the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, call 805-893-UCSB(8272) or click here

• Williams Passes Pimm For All-Time Victory Lead
UCSB's 58-57 win at Cal Poly on Monday night gave the Gauchos a 1-0 record in Big West play and also pushed head coach Bob Williams to the top of the school's all-time list for coaching wins.  Williams, who coached his 222nd win and tied Jerry Pimm's previous mark on Dec. 13 at the University of San Diego, has now guided the program to 223 wins in his 13-plus seasons.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB is 6-5 after opening Big West play with a 58-57 win at Cal Poly on Monday night.  The Gauchos are 1-0 in league play for the first time since the 2007-08 season.  The win over the Mustangs also ended a three-game losing streak and a three-game road losing streak.    

• UCSB Returns Home...Briefly
The Gauchos' game at the Thunderdome on Thursday night against Cal State Fullerton will be their first home game since a Nov. 30 double overtime loss to UNLV (94-88).  Since that gut-wrenching defeat to the Runnin' Rebels, UCSB has played five games, all on the road, going 2-3 over that span.  The game against the Titans will be the team's first home game in 35 days.  

• Johnson's Late Three-Pointer Gives UCSB Narrow Escape At Cal Poly
Orlando Johnson's three-point basket with just over five seconds to play helped UCSB escape Cal Poly with a 58-57 win on Monday night.  It was the second straight year that the Gauchos defeated the Mustangs by one point on a late shot.  In 2011, a James Nunnally basket at the buzzer did the trick.  Santa Barbara, which led by as many as 13 points in the second half, went without a basket for more than seven minutes prior to Johnson's game-winner.  The Gauchos were led by freshman forward Alan Williams who posted his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.  Johnson, Nunnally and Nate Garth each added 12 points.

• Johnson Becomes Eighth Gaucho To Score 1,400 Points; Nunnally Is Next
During the four-game road trip that was completed at BYU on Dec. 22, Orlando Johnson became the eighth player in school history to move past the 1,400 point mark.  He tallied 12 in the Big West-opener at Cal Poly and now has 1,436 in his career, fivth all-time.  The only other player to score 1,400 or more in fewer than four seasons was Doug Rex (1968-71) who finished his career with 1,434.  James Nunnally also scored 12 at Cal Poly and now has 1,370 points, 10th in school history.  He needs 30 points to move into ninth all-time and when he does so, he will become the ninth player in school history to eclipse the 1,400 point mark. 

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Had seven rebounds at Cal Poly, two more than previous three games.
G 10 Kyle Boswell- Started the last two games after coming off the bench in first nine.
F 21 James Nunnally - The only Gaucho to score in double-figures in all 11 games.
F 24 Christian Peterson - After one game off the bench, was back in starting lineup at Cal Poly. 
G 33 Orlando Johnson- 12 points at Cal Poly moved him into fifth on UCSB's all-time list.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1   Nate Garth - Made all four of his shots and scored career-high 12 at Cal Poly. 
F 5 Keegan Hornbuckle- Played 10 or more minutes in four straight games.
G 11 T.J. Taylor - Played a season-low four minutes at Cal Poly.
F 15 Alan Williams - Had career-highs of 13 points, 10 rebounds and 29 minutes at Cal Poly.
F 12 Lewis Thomas - Did not play in the win at Cal Poly.
G 43 Duke DaRe - Walk-on from De La Salle HS has yet to play in a game this season.
C 55  Greg Somogyi - His 161 blocked shots rank second in school history.

• Playing The Percentages
UCSB limited Cal Poly to 37.7% shooting in the Big West opener for both teams on Monday night.  It was the sixth time in 11 games this season that the Gauchos have held an opponent below 40.0% shooting, but it was the first time in four games that they had accomplished the feat.  Santa Barbara has yet to allow an opponent to shoot above the 50.0% mark.  The highest field goal percentage by an opponent this season was the 48.3% that BYU shot on Dec. 22.  On the other side of the coin, UCSB is shooting 46.3% as a team and has been over 40.0% 10 times in 11 games and over 50.0% three times. 

• Three-Point Bounce Back
After a three-game stretch when they allowed opponents to make 25-of-50 three-point attempts, the Gauchos limited Cal Poly to just 4-of-18 from outside the arc, 22.2%.  Also, after a two-game stretch in which it made just 8-of-33 three-point tries, 24.2%, UCSB was a decent, if not spectacular, 8-for-20 against the Mustangs, 40.0%.  After a one game switch, the Gauchos are now outshooting their opposition from three-point territory, 35.1% to 34.2%.

• Half And Half
UCSB has scored 30 or more points in 18 out of 22 halves this season.  Two of the Gauchos sub-30 halves came in Monday night's win at Cal Poly when they scored 29 in the first half and 29 in the second half.  The other two came in a Dec. 19 loss at Cal when they had just 23 in the first half and 27 in the second. 

• Costly Throws
Since making a season-best 85.7% from the free throw line on Dec. 13 at San Diego, UCSB has gone into a free throw shooting tailspin.  In the last four games, the Gauchos have gone 31-of-53 from the charity stripe, 58.5%.  They were just 8-of-14 on Monday at Cal Poly.  

• Johnson Makes His Points
Even when Orlando Johnson had a tough shooting night, he made the biggest shot of the game.  Despite going 4-for-14 in the Jan. 2 win at Cal Poly, it was Johnson's three-point basket from deep in the right corner with just over five seconds left in the game that gave the Gauchos a 58-57 win over the Mustangs.  Making his second start at point guard, he finished with 12 points in the game. On Dec. 22 at BYU, Johnson made his first start at point guard and had one of his best shooting games of the season, making 10-of-16 shots and scoring 22 points.   Johnson continues to lead the Big West in scoring at 20.2 points per game.  He has scored 20 or more seven times in 11 games this season.  Johnson scored a season-high 36 points while adding 10 rebounds , four assists, three steals and a pair of blocked shots in UCSB's double-overtime loss to UNLV on Nov. 30.  The 36 points were his second highest total ever and the double-double was one of four that Johnson has recorded this season.  In addition to UNLV, he had double-doubles against Washington (24 points and 10 rebounds), Portland (26 points and 12 rebounds) and Westmont College (20 points and 12 rebounds).  Johnson has now scored 10 or more points 10 times in 11 games this season and 71 times in 73 games during his career.  He not only leads the Gauchos in scoring (20.2 ppg), but also in rebounds (7.0 per game) and assists (2.8 per game).  Since collecting a total of five rebounds through the first two games, he has had 72 in the last nine games, 8.0 per game.  The 12 points that Johnson tallied at Cal Poly pushed his UCSB career total to 1,436 ranking him fifth on the school's career scoring list.  He needs 145 points to move into fourth all-time.  If the 383 points that Johnson scored as a freshman at Loyola Marymount are factored in, he has now tallied 1,819 in his collegiate career.  Recently, the only sore spot for Johnson has been free throw shooting.  Normally a very dependable free throw shooter, he has gone 7-of-17 (41.2%) in the last four games.

• Second To Nunnally
Senior James Nunnally had 12 points and five rebounds in the win at Cal Poly.  He made 4-of-10 shots overall and 1-of-5 from three-point range.  He was coming off of one of his best games of the season.  On Dec. 22 at BYU, Nunnally responded to consecutive season-low 10 point performances by making 9-of-13 shots overall, including 1-of-3 from three-point range, and scoring 22 points.  He also collected seven rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.  He is now averaging 16.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, ranking second on the team in both categories.  Nunnally is the only UCSB player to score 10 or more points in all 11 games this season and the 22 he had at Provo gave him four 20+ scoring efforts this season.  Also, by scoring 12 in the last game, he closed in on the number nine spot on UCSB list for career points with 1,370 and needs just 30 more to become the ninth player in school history to move past the 1,400 point mark and when he does so, he will be in ninth.  If/when Nunnally does achieve 1,400 points, it will be the first time in school history that two players have exceeded 1,400 career points in the same season.  When Nunnally scored 20 and 24 in the first two games of the season, it marked the first time he has scored 20 in back-to-back games since mid-February of last season.  He has had a season-high eight rebounds four times this season and he's had five or more nine times in 11 games.

• Making A DisSERNAble Difference
Jaimé Serna scored a season-low two points in the Jan. 2 win at Cal Poly, but he added seven rebounds, two blocked shots, three assists and a steal.  Serna attempted just three shots in 26 minutes against the Mustangs, equaling his fewest this season.  In UCSB's Dec. 22 game at BYU, Serna scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting.  He has scored in double-figures six times in 11 games and is averaging 9.9 points per game, third on the team.  On Dec. 13 at San Diego, in the first Gaucho road game of the season, Serna scored a career-high 22 points and tied a career-high with five blocked shots.  He also swatted a USD lay-up attempt in the closing seconds to secure the win.  Serna has attempted just 61 shots in 11 games this season, 5.5 per game, and made 42 of them, 68.9%.  In the last nine games, he has hit 37 out of his 52 attempts, 71.2%.  Serna has been perfect from the field in three games this season.  He went 4-for-4 vs. Westmont and then had 5-for-5 efforts against Portland and UNLV.  In his career,  the Laguna Beach, Calif., native has now made 277 of his 495 field goal attempts, 56.0%, the third highest mark in school history.  In a Nov. 22 win over Portland Serna tied his career-high with 10 rebounds and had 15 points to record his second career double-double.  He is also fourth on the team in rebounds at 4.2 per game, but prior to collecting seven boards at Cal Poly, he had just five over a three game span.

• Who's The Bos?
Guard Kyle Boswell is fourth on the team in scoring at 7.4 points per game.  He had just three points on Jan. 2 at Cal Poly and has scored in double-figures just once in his last eight games, a 10-point performance on Dec. 22 at BYU.  Boswell, who made his first start of the season at Provo and has now started the last two games, added a career-high four assists against the Cougars.  He continues to lead UCSB in three-point field goal percentage at 42.5%.  Boswell is second on the team with 17 three-point baskets and has made at least one in five straight and 10 times in 11 games.  He hit one at Cal Poly, a pair at BYU and has two or more five times and season-high three in wins over Chapman and Westmont.  Boswell tied what was then his career-high with 11 points in the Nov. 11 opener against Chapman.  He then set new career-highs in the next two games, going for 12 on Nov. 15 vs. Santa Clara and 15 on Nov. 18 against Westmont.  

• The Other Williams
It was fitting that freshman Alan Williams had his biggest game of the year in a win that pushed head coach Bob Williams to the top of the school's all-time coaching victory list.  Playing a season-high 29 minutes off the bench, Williams scored 13 points, collected 10 rebounds, had two assists, one blocked shot and a steal.  The point, rebounds and assist totals were all season-highs. He made five of his seven shots, also highs.  Williams has been one of the team's most productive players.  He has 39 points and 45 rebounds in just 100 minutes of play.  He is averaging a team-high 18.0 rebounds per 40 minutes played and, despite playing more than 10 minutes just four times, has five or more rebound five times.  Williams ranks fourth on the team in rebounds at 4.5 per game despite ranking ninth in minutes played.

• Somogyi Makes Most Of His Minutes 
Senior Greg Somogyi hasn't played a lot of minutes in recent games, but by and large he's made the most of the minutes he has played.  In the last five games, Somogyi has totaled 49 minutes and although he scored just 14 points in those 49 minutes, he has also collected 20 rebounds and blocked 11 shots.  On Dec. 16 at Washington, he played 12 minutes and scored a season-high seven points while collecting six rebounds and blocking two shots.  Somogyi has, in fact, had four or more rebounds in five of the last six games, never having played more than 14 minutes in any.  Also, with his three blocked shots on Jan. 2 at Cal Poly, he now has 24 on the season and 161 in his career, second on UCSB's all-time list.  Somogyi blocked a season-high six shots in just 15 minutes on Nov. 26 against San Diego State.  He also had five on Nov. 15 against Santa Clara and now has five or more 10 times in his career, also second in school history. Finally, the 7-foot-3 Hungarian holds UCSB's all-time record for blocks in a game with eight on Feb. 20, 2010 at Fresno State.

• Garth Comes Alive
Junior Nate Garth, a transfer from New Mexico, has come off the bench in the last two games.  His first non-starting role didn't pan out too well.  On Dec. 22 at BYU, he played 10 minutes, was scoreless and had four turnovers.  In his second appearance off the bench, things went much better.  On Jan. 2 at Cal Poly, Garth logged 17 minutes and scored a career-high 12 points.  He had by far his best shooting night of the season as he was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field, including 3-for-3 from three-point range.  While he only had one assist against the Mustangs, he did not turn the ball over.  For the year, Garth is now averaging 4.3 points, 2.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game.  He had a season-high six assists in a Nov. 22 win over Portland and has had four or more four times.  His previous scoring high this season came on Dec. 16 at Washington when he tallied eight points.

• Taylor Made
Freshman T.J. Taylor played a season-low four minutes in the Gauchos' narrow win at Cal Poly on Jan. 2.  Prior to the game against the Mustangs, his season-low for minutes played was 14 and he played 17 or more nine times in 11 games.  Taylor missed his only field goal attempt in the win at Cal Poly, a three-pointer.  He is now averaging 3.6 points, 2.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game.  He has made at least one three-point basket six times this season, including three of the last four games.  He scored a season-high 10 points vs. UNLV on Nov. 30 and had a high of six assists in the season-opener vs. Chapman.

• Hornbuckle Expands His Role
Sophomore Keegan Hornbuckle has played in six games since returning to active duty for UCSB.  After playing a total of 13 minutes in his first two games back (vs. UNLV and at San Diego), he has played 10 or more in four straight, averaging 14.5 over that span.  In the last four, the transfer from Colorado has averaged 5.0 points and 1.7 assists per game.  Hornbuckle had a season-high 11 points on Dec. 16 at Washington.