UCSB Puts Perfect Big West Record on the Line, Travels to Play League-Favorite Long Beach State Thursday

UCSB Puts Perfect Big West Record on the Line, Travels to Play League-Favorite Long Beach State Thursday

Jan. 2, 2007

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The Schedule
Game No. 14
Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Long Beach State 49ers
at LBSU's Pyramid

Game No. 15
Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at UC Irvine Anteaters
at UCI's Bren Events Center

On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on KTMS, 990-AM. KEYT-TV Sports Director Gerry Fall is in his third year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers' and UCSB star Don Ford handles the color commentary for the majority of games, home and road. When Ford is not available for road games, Bill Mahoney, yours truly, will handle the task. Steve Wendt, the voice of the UCSB women's basketball team, will handle the play-by-play for a handful of men's games this season.

The Bob Williams Show
The Bob Williams show will be aired each Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on KTMS 990-AM in Santa Barbara. Coach Williams will talk about past and upcoming games, interview Gaucho players and welcome guests from the Santa Barbara sports community.

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters the week with an overall record of 10-3 and a Big West Conference record of 2-0. The Gauchos, winners of six of their last seven overall, swept a pair of games to open league play last weekend. On Thursday, Dec. 28, UCSB struggled past UC Riverside, 73-65, and then on Saturday, Dec. 30, in an early-season showdown between the teams with the two best non-conference records, the Gauchos defeated Cal State Fullerton, 84-76. The consecutive wins came on the heels of a Dec. 22 loss at the University of San Diego which ended UCSB's second four-game winning streak of the season.

Harris Named Big West Player Of The Week For Second Time
Junior guard Alex Harris was selected Big West Player of the Week for the second time this season after leading the Gauchos to league wins over Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside. In the two games, Harris averaged 24.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He shot 48.4% overall and 45.5% from three-point range. On Dec. 28, against UC Riverside, Harris scored a career-high 32 points and had six rebounds. On Dec. 30, in the win over Fullerton, he had 16 points, a season-high nine rebounds and three assists. The victory ended the Titans' five-game winning streak.

Gauchos Travel South To Face Big West Favorite Long Beach State
UCSB will travel south for a pair of games this week. On Thursday, Jan. 4, the Gauchos will play at Long Beach State and on Saturday, Jan. 6, they will play at UC Irvine. Long Beach, which was picked by the media as the outright league favorite and by the coaches as a co-favorite along with Pacific, is 9-4 overall and has won seven straight games. The 49ers will be opening their Big West season against UCSB and the two programs traditionally play nail-biting games, particularly at the Pyramid. The last six games Gauchos-49ers games in Long Beach have been decided by a combined total of 10 points and four of those games were one-pointers decided in the final 10 seconds. UCI enters its Thursday night league opener against Cal Poly with a 6-8 record, but the Anteaters have an umblemished 4-0 record at home.

UCSB Shuts Down Brown, Shoots 57.7% In 84-76 Win Over Titans
Chris Devine scored 25 points Saturday night to lead UC Santa Barbara to an 84-76 Big West Conference victory over Cal State Fullerton. The Gauchos improved to 10-3 overall and 2-0 in the Big West. The Titans got 25 points from Scott Cutley but fell to 10-3 and 1-1 and saw their five-game winning streak ended. Alex Harris scored 16 points and Ivan Elliott had 13 and each had nine rebounds for the Gauchos. UCSB freshman point guard Justin Joyner also had a career-high 10 assists. Frank Robinson had 13 points and Justin Burns added 12 for the Titans, who had beaten the Gauchos five times in a row. UCSB jumped out to an early 20-11 lead and held the advantage for all but a few seconds of the game, twice by 17 points. Fullerton caught up at 53-53 with 10:09 to play on a Marcus Crenshaw 3-pointer, but Devine hit a bucket and Cecil Brown made a three-point play to trigger a 14-4 Gauchos' run and the Titans could get no closer than six points the rest of the game despite UCSB missing several free throws in the final two minutes. Bobby Brown had one of his poorest shooting nights as a Titan, making only 2-of-12 three-point tries and 4-of-17 overall on his way to 10 points. As a team, Fullerton, which was averaging 11.6 three-pointers made during its five-game win streak, made only 5-of-20 and three of those came in desperation in the final minutes. UCSB scored almost at will inside in the early going and finished the game making 30-of-52 shots from the field, 57.7%. Meanwhile, none of the Titans other than Cutley could make a basket until Ray Reed hit a jumper with 8:25 to go in the first half. The 10-3 start for the Gauchos the best since they opened the 1988-89 season with a 12-1 record through 13 games. The win was also UCSB's fourth straight at home after it began the season 1-2 at the Thunderdome.

Probable Starters - Notes
G - James Powell - Had four assists against CSF, the sixth time with at least that many.
G - Alex Harris - Averaged 24.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in first Big West weekend.
G - Justin Joyner - Had 10 assists vs. CSF, first Gaucho in double-figures since January of 1999.
F - Chris Devine - Scored 25 in win over CSF, his third game of 25 or more this season.
F - Ivan Elliott - Averaging 10.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and shooting 75.0% in last five.

Probable Reserves - Notes
G - Cecil Brown - Had season-highs of 13 points and three rebounds in win over CSF.
G - Paul Roemer - Has not played in the last two games.
G - Trevor Bing - Recorded his first DNP in win over CSF.
F - Tom Garlepp - Has played a total of just 15 minutes in last three games.
F - Emmanuel Bidias a Mouté - Has not played in either of the last two games.
F - Beau Gibb - Has not played in either of the last two games.
F - David Massey - Played in only game and scored only points on Nov. 13 at Montana State.
F - Sam Phippen - Freshman forward will redshirt the 2006-07 season.
F - Glenn Turner - Has made five of seven shots in the last two games, 71.4%.

The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his ninth season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Last year his team overcame a slow start to finish over the .500 mark for the fourth time in five seasons. UCSB was 15-14 overall and 6-8 in the Big West. Prior to the 2004-05 season, when an injury-ravaged Gaucho team finished below .500, Williams had guided the program to three straight winning seasons for the first time since the late 1980s. In 2002-03, Williams' Gauchos went 18-14 overall and 14-4 in league. The 2002-03 Big West mark earned Santa Barbara its first-ever Big West regular season championship along with a trip to the postseason National Invitation Tournament. Additionally, the success earned Williams his second Big West Coach of the Year award, his first coming after an impressive 1999 campaign. In 2001-02, Williams guided UCSB to its first Big West Conference Tournament Championship ever and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 years. Including this season, Williams' UCSB teams have posted a 133-114 (.538) overall record and an 81-55 (.596) record in Big West games. Prior to his arrival at UCSB, he spent eight years at UC Davis and in those eight years, his teams recorded 20 or more wins five times and a 158-76 record. In Williams' final season, the Aggies went 31-2, won the NCAA Division II National Championship and he was named NABC Division II Coach of the Year. Including two seasons at Menlo College, Williams has a record of 321-214 (.600) at four-year schools.

For Starters, 10-3 Is Pretty Good
UCSB jumped out of the gates with a 4-0 record this season. It was the program's first 4-0 start under Bob Williams and the first overall since the 1992-93 Gauchos opened the year with a 6-0 mark. Now, after 13 games, Santa Barbara has a 10-3 record, the best 13-game start under Williams and the best since the 1988-89 team began the season by going 12-1.

The Opponents
UCSB and Long Beach State have played 99 times in a series that began in 1952. The 49ers hold a narrow 50-49 all-time lead, but the Gauchos won both games between the schools in 2005-06. UCSB defeated LBSU at the Thunderdome, 77-74, and at the Pyramid, 81-78. In fact, Santa Barbara has won three consecutive games and five of six between the programs. The three-game streak began in the first round of the Big West Tournament in 2005. The Gauchos and UC Irvine have played 63 times in a series that dates back to 1968. UCSB holds a 39-24 all-time lead. The teams divided a pair of games during the 2005-06 season with each team winning on the other team's home floor. The Anteaters defeated the Gauchos at the Thunderdome, 70-66, and Santa Barbara won at the Bren Center, 60-59.

The Gauchos On The Road
UCSB is 5-1 in road games this season. The Gauchos opened the road portion of their schedule with an 88-56 win at Montana State on Nov. 13. On Nov. 17, they won at UNLV, 79-76 and on Nov. 21 they won at Pepperdine, 89-80 in double overtime. On Dec. 2, they won at Portland, 75-67 and then on Dec. 17, they won at San Francisco, 74-69. In their last road outing, UCSB had its school record-tying six game road winning streak ended at the University of San Diego, 81-63. The 5-0 start was the first 5-0 start in true road games since the 1987-88 campaign when the team jumped out of the gates with the same 5-0 road record. UCSB posted a 5-9 record in true road games in 2005-06 and a 6-10 mark in all non-home games. While the 5-9 doesn't seem like much, it includes an 0-7 start and a 5-2 finish. The Gauchos opened the 2005-06 season with seven straight road losses, extending a two-season streak to nine straight road defeats. However, since the end of that streak, UCSB has gone 10-3 on the road.

The Gauchos At Home
UCSB is 5-2 at home in 2006-07. The Gauchos defeated San Jose State on Nov. 10 and, after losing consecutive games to San Diego State and Loyola Marymount, they have posted four consecutive wins, defeating Fresno State on Dec. 6 , Vanguard on Dec. 19, UC Riverside on Dec. 28 and Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 30. UCSB went 9-4 in home games during the 2005-06 season, including 3-4 in Big West games. Since Bob Williams became head coach in 1998-99, the Gauchos have gone 78-31 at home.

Playing The Percentages
UCSB shot a glistening 57.7% in its home win against Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 30. While the shooting percentage was very good, it was just the third best effort of the season for the Gauchos. Santa Barbara made 62.5% against Vanguard on Dec. 19, its best mark since it shot 64.3% in a win over Centenary on Nov. 24, 2002. As a team, UCSB is now shooting 49.5% from the field, an improvement of 5.4% over last season and a figure that would ranked as the fourth best in school history. Since opening the season by making 26-of-66, 39.4%, against San Jose State, UCSB has hit 326-of-645 shots from field, 50.5%. Breaking down the shooting even more, despite shooting a season-low for a road game on Dec. 22 at San Diego (42.6%), UCSB has been better on the road than at home. In seven home games, the Gauchos have made 185-of-388 shots, 47.7%. In those seven games, they have shot better than 40.0% four times, including the last three games. In fact, in the last three home games, Santa Barbara has made 92-of-164, 56.1%. In six road games, UCSB has gone 167-of-322, 51.9%, and it has shot below 50.0% just two times. On the other hand, Portland is the only Gaucho opponent to make 50.0% or better in a game. The Pilots made exactly half of their shots. In fact, of UCSB's 13 opponents, only three, San Diego State (49.1%) and the University of San Diego (47.4%) in addition to Portland, have made 45.0% or better.

Junior Partners
In UCSB's November 21 double-overtime victory over Pepperdine, two Gaucho players eclipsed the 25-point mark. Junior forward Chris Devine poured in a career-high 28 points, while junior guard Alex Harris had 27. Prior to Nov. 21, the last time a Santa Barbara duo achieved the feat was at Long Beach State on Feb. 25, 1988, when sophomore forward Mike Doyle scored 31 points and senior guard Brian Shaw scored 26. Three times this season Harris and Devine have scored 20 or more points in the same game, the first time a UCSB duo has pulled that off since 1990-91 when Gary Gray and Lucius Davis did it three times. Finally, through 13 games the Harris-Devine tandem has combined for 493 of the Gauchos' 987 points, 49.9%. They are combining for 37.9 points per game and if they can remain anywhere near that figure, they would easily become the highest scoring duo in school history. Previously, the highest combined average for two players was in 1991-92 when Lucius Davis and Idris Jones combined to score 1,014 points in 29 games, an average of just a tick under 35.0 points per game.

Playing The Margins
The Gauchos 18-point loss at San Diego on Dec. 22 marked the first time this season that they had dropped a game by a double-figure margin. In fact, it was the first losing margin of more than four points. UCSB's other two losses came by three and four points. The combined margin in three defeats for the Gauchos this season has been 25 points, an average of 8.3 per loss. On the flipside, Santa Barbara's 10 wins have come by a combined margin of 136 points, an average of 13.6 points per game. The largest margin was a 32-point shellacking of Montana State on Nov. 13.

Taking On A Leadership Role
In terms of Big West statistics, the Gauchos rank highly as a team in 2006-07. Here is a look at the numbers:

Category                Stat         Rank
Scoring Offense         75.9 ppg     3rd
Scoring Defense         67.4 ppg     2nd
Scoring Margin          +8.5 ppg     2nd
Field Goal %            49.5%        1st
Field Goal % Defense    41.1%        3rd
Free Throw Percentage   75.7%        1st
3-pt. FG %              35.8%        4th
3-pt. FG Made           5.92 pg      7th
3-pt. FG % Defense      30.9%        2nd
Rebounding Margin       +1.2 rpg     4th
Blocked Shots           3.59 bpg     3rd
Assists                 15.6 apg     3rd
Assist/Turnover Ratio   1.04         2nd
Turnover Margin         -0.78 pg     5th
Steals                  6.59 spg     5th

Working Overtime
UCSB defeated Pepperdine in double-overtime on November 21 in Malibu. It marked the fourth consecutive overtime victory for the Gauchos, a streak that dates back to the 2003-04 season. The win over the Waves was also the second double-overtime game during the current streak. The last time UCSB lost a game in overtime was on March 19, 2003, when it lost to San Diego State in the first round of the postseason NIT.

Double Dipping
Led by Alex Harris and Chris Devine, seven different UCSB players have scored in double-figures this season. Harris has scored 10 or more points in all 13 games and Devine has done so 11 times. Here is a list of all Gaucho players and the number of times they have hit double-digits this season.

Player           GP    10+
Alex Harris      13    13
Chris Devine     13    11
James Powell     13     6
Ivan Elliott     13     5
Cecil Brown       8     3
Tom Garlepp      13     1
Justin Joyner    13     1

Double-Double Dipping
The Gauchos have produced four statistical double-doubles this season. Chris Devine has three of them and Ivan Elliott has the the other.

Player          Opponent          Stats
Chris Devine    at Pepperdine     28p, 13r
Chris Devine    at USF            12p, 10r
Chris Devine    Vanguard          22p, 11r
Ivan Elliott    UC Riverside      12p, 10r

That 70's Show
In 2005-06, UCSB scored fewer than 70 points in eight of its first 13 games. This year, the Gauchos have been over the 70 point mark 11 times in 13 games and over 75 seven times. In fact, this year's Santa Barbara team has scored more than 80 four times and more than 90 once. Last year, the Gauchos scored 80 or more points just four times in 29 games. In 2006-07, UCSB is averaging 75.9 points per game, 9.3 points per game more than last season and a figure that would rank sixth on the school's all-time single-season list.

The Harris Poll
Junior guard Alex Harris was named Big West Player of the Week for the second time this season after averaging 24.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game in as the Gauchos opened the Big West season last weekend with wins over Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside. He continues to lead UCSB and the Big West in scoring at 21.4 points per game. In the Gauchos most recent game, an 84-76 win over Cal State Fullerton, Harris had 16 points, three assists, two steals and a season-high nine rebounds. In the Big West opener on Dec. 28 against UC Riverside, he scored a career-high 32 points on 8-of-17 from the field and 12-of-16 from the free throw line. The 32 points were the most points scored by a Gaucho player since Mark Hull went for 32 against Arizona in the first round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament. In the game prior to scoring his career-high, a loss at San Diego, Harris scored a season-low 10 points. The 32 points he tallied against Riverside were five more points than his previous career-high, a 27-point effort on Nov. 21 at Pepperdine. In the Riverside game, he also had career-highs for free throws with 12 and free throw attempts with 16. Harris has now scored 278 points in 13 games this season, 36 more than he scored in 29 games last season and the highest single-season total of his career. He has been in double-figures in all 13 games this season, by far the longest stretch of his career. He has also scored 20 or more points nine times, including the first seven in a row, the longest streak by a Gaucho since the 1996-97 season and the longest ever to open a season. With a pair of 18-point games to go with his 20-point games, Harris has had the 11 highest scoring games of his career this season. Among other things, he has been extremely consistent, making five or more field goals in all 13 games. Just once this year, at San Diego, Harris has gone without a three-point basket. He has made at least one in 12 of 13 games, two or more in 10 games and three or more six times. Harris is shooting 47.7% from three-point range and he has gone 16-of-31 in the last six games, 51.6%. His 31 threes are a career-high. The nine rebounds that he collected in the win over Cal State Fullerton were a season-high. He has had five or more rebounds in six of the last eight games and seven times in his last 10 games, a span over which he has averaged 5.5 per game. He is now averaging 4.9 rebounds per game. This season, Harris has also recorded single-game career-highs in assists (six on two occasions), three-point baskets (five on Nov. 10 against San Jose State), steals (five on Nov. 13 at Montana State), free throws made (12 on Dec. 28 vs. UC Riverside), field goals made (nine on Dec. 2 in Portland) and minutes played (48 on Nov. 21 at Pepperdine). Harris earned his first Big West Player of the Week honor after scoring 25 points in the Gauchos season-opening come-from-behind win over San Jose State.

The Devine File
Junior forward Chris Devine picked the right time to bounce back from one of his rare poor performances. After scoring just seven points in a league-opening win over UC Riverside, Devine made 9-of-12 shots, including 1-of-2 from three-point range, and scored 25 points in the win over Cal State Fullerton. It was the second time this season that he has scored exactly 25 points, his second-highest total this year. Devine scored a career-high 28 on Nov. 21 at Pepperdine. He is is second on the team in scoring at 16.5 points per game and he leads the team in rebounding at 6.9 per game. He has paced UCSB in scoring six times this season, including three times in the last four games. On Dec. 22 at San Diego, Devine led the Gauchos with 12 points and in the previous game, against Vanguard, he had his third double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds. He now has seven double-doubles in his career. Devine's other double-doubles this season came, fittingly, in a double overtime win at Pepperdine on Nov. 21 when he scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and on Dec. 17 at San Francisco when he had 12 points and 10 boards. Devine is second among Gaucho regulars in shooting at 56.2%. He has made 60.0% or better from the field six times this season. He has been in double-figures in 11 of 13 games and six times in the last seven games. He has scored 20 or more five times this season. Devine has had five or more rebounds in 10 of 13 games, but he has totaled just 10 in the last three games combined. He has also had career-highs this season in steals (five vs. San Jose State on Nov. 13) and assists (five at San Francisco on Dec. 17). However, since he had a career-high five assists at USF, he has had a total of one in four games. Devine was named Big West Player of the Week after leading the Gauchos to road wins at Montana State and UNLV. A Second Team All-Big West choice last season, Devine was selected to the league's preseason all-conference team this year.

Help Cecil! Help!
Senior guard Cecil Brown is rounding his way back to form. After missing both exhibition games and the first five regular season games, Brown has played in each of the last eight games. He is averaging 7.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Since scoring two points in each of his first two games, Brown has averaged 8.7 points per game. He had a season-high 13 in the win over Cal State Fullerton, his third double-figure effort in the last five games. Also, since his consecutive two-point games to start his comeback, he has had six or more in six straight. He was also in double-figures on Dec.17 at San Francisco (11) and Dec. 22 at San Diego (10). In the win over Fullerton Brown also had a season-high three rebounds. He has had two or more seven times. He had four assists on Saturday as well and is now averaging 3.4 per game in the last five. He had a career-high six on Dec. 19 against Vanguard. Finally, Brown seems to be building his stamina quite successfully. After averaging 18.3 minutes per game through the first three games, he has averaged 26.4 per game over the last five games. In each of the five, he has played at least 23 minutes and on three occasions, he has logged 27 or more.

Justin Joins In
Freshman point guard Justin Joyner did not attempt a field goal in UCSB's Dec. 30 win over Cal State Fullerton, and yet he was one of the keys to victory. Joyner was one of the primary defenders of Titan guard Bobby Brown, who entered the game averaging more than 22 points per game and was held to 10, and he orchestrated a Gaucho offense that shot 57.7% from the field. Joyner finished the game with four points, all from the free throw line, five rebounds, two steals and, most importantly, a career-high 10 assists. It marked the first time that a Gaucho guard had hit the 10-assist mark since Larry Bell had 11 in a game on Jan. 28, 1999. Just as impressively, Joyner had just three turnovers. In his last two games, he has had 15 assists and just four turnovers and he has taken over the Big West lead in assist to turnover ratio at 1.73-to-1.00. He has also reclaimed the team-lead in assists at 3.5 per game and, if you toss out the two games when he was sick and limited to a total of 26 minutes, Joyner has passed-off for 45 assists in 11 games, 4.1 per game. With 45 total assists, he needs just four more to move into 10th on UCSB's all-time freshman list and seven more to pass Alex Harris and move into ninth-place. Since returning to health three games ago, Joyner has averaged 6.9 points , 3.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. In addition to his career-high total for assists against Fullerton, he played a career-high 37 minutes. Joyner is also shooting 87.0% from the free throw line, 20-of-23, and 12 of his 23 attempts have come in the last three games. Finally, he tallied his career-high 11 points on Nov. 25 against San Diego State.

Old Buddy, Old Powell
Freshman guard James Powell is third on the Gauchos in scoring at 9.8 points per game, but he has struggled offensively in recent games. In the last six games, Powell has made just 6-of-31 shots overall, 19.4%, and 2-of-19 from three-point range, 10.5%. In the last six, he has scored a total of just 25 points, 4.2 per game. In UCSB's Dec. 28 Big West opening game against UC Riverside, he was scoreless. On Saturday against Fullerton, he bounced-back with six points. His current run of six straight games in single-digits has come on the heels of a six game stretch when he scored 12 or more in each game. Still, while Powell has struggled with his shooting and scoring, he has generally been productive in other ways. He had four assists against the Titans, the sixth time this season he has had at least four in a game, and he is now second on the team in assists at 3.0 per outing. He had a caeer-high six on Dec. 6 against Fresno State. He also had a pair of steals on Saturday and has taken over the team-lead in that category with 18. He has at least one steal in each of the last four games and two or more in three of the last four. He has two steals seven times this season and he needs just two more to move into 10th on UCSB's all-time freshman list. Powell is also averaging 3.0 rebounds per game and he has had four or more six times, including a season-high of six on two occasions. Powell scored his career-high 18 points on Nov. 21 at Pepperdine and he had 17-point games on Nov. 17 at UNLV and Dec. 2 at Portland. Finally, despite his field goal troubles, he is shooting 77.5% from the free throw line.

Ivan The Good
Junior forward Ivan Elliott has made the most of the first six starts of his career. Elliott, who came off the bench in UCSB's first seven regular season games, has started the last six and in those games, he has averaged 10.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Over that span, Elliott has made 27-of-39 shots from the field, 69.2%. In fact, in the last six, he has scored 60 of his 88 points this season. In the most recent five games, he has taken his offensive game to an even higher level, scoring 12 or more four times and averaging 10.8 points per game and making 24-of-32 shots from the field, 75.0%. On Saturday night against Cal State Fullerton, Elliott missed by one rebound of getting his second consecutive double-double. He had 13 points and nine rebounds against the Titans. On Dec. 28, against UC Riverside, he produced the first double-double of his career with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The 10 rebounds tied a caeer-high set previously at Pepperdine on Nov. 21. Overall, he is now averaging 6.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He has also emerged as a shot-blocker with 13 on the season, including two or more four times. Elliott had a career-high three swats on Nov. 21 against Pepperdine. His top scoring effort of the season came on Nov. 13 at Montana State when he tallied 14.

A Turn For The Better
Senior forward Glenn Turner played sparingly in his first two games after returning from a hernia. In his third game, against UC Riverside, he was a major reason the Gauchos won. On Dec. 28 against UC Riverside, Turner had eight points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots in just 19 minutes. His five blocked shots were one short of his career-high. Turner had six points, six rebounds and three blocked shots in the decisive second half of the win over the Highlanders. On Saturday, Turner played 11 minutes and scored four points. He also committed four personal fouls. In his first two games back, Turner played a total of 15 minutes and had totals of six points, two blocks and two rebounds. In his last two appearances, he has logged 30 minutes, scored 12 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked five shots.

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oye, Oye, Oye!
After starting the first seven games, sophomore forward Tom Garlepp has come off the bench in the last six. After seeing his minutes dwindle to two on Dec. 28 against UC Riverside, Garlepp played six minutes in the win over Cal State Fullerton. Prior to that, his minutes had decreased in five consecutive games. Also after going scoreless in two straight games, he had three points against the Titans. After averaging 25.6 minutes per game in the first seven, he has averaged just 9.0 per game in the last six. Garlepp scored a season-high 11 points on Dec. 2 at Portland. He had a career-high eight rebounds on Nov. 10 against San Jose State and he had a career-high five assists on Nov. 13 at Montana State. He has also had a career-best three blocked shots twice this season.