January 4, 2008

Gauchos Host Cal State Northridge Saturday in Key Early Season Big West Showdown

Jan. 4, 2008

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The Schedule
Game No. 15
Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal State Northridge Matadors
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KTMS 990/1490-AM
Internet: UCSBgauchos.com

Game No. 16
Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at UC Irvine Anteaters
at UCI's Bren Events Center
Radio: KTMS 990/1490-AM
Internet: UCSBgauchos.com

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara will enter Saturday's early-season Big West Conference showdown against Cal State Northridge with an overall record of 12-2 and a Big West record of 1-0. After going 2-1 to open the season at the Basketball Travelers Classic in Palo Alto, Calif., the Gauchos put together an eight-game winning streak, improving to 10-1. The eight-game streak was ended on Dec. 22 at top-ranked North Carolina, but UCSB ended 2007 on a positive note, winning at Eastern Washington on Dec. 29, 58-51, and then began the new year and Big West play with a 79-64 win over the defending league champion Long Beach State on Thursday night. The Gauchos have won 10 of their last 11 games.

Gauchos Off To Their Best Start In 19 Seasons, Second Best Ever
UCSB's 12-2 start is the program's best in 19 years and the second best in program history. The last time the Gauchos had a better record through 14 games was in 1988-89 when they went 13-1 to open the year. The 1987-88 Gaucho team was 11-2 after 13 games but lost in the 14th game to go 11-3.

Gauchos Open Big West Play With 79-64 Win Over Long Beach State
Chris Devine scored a team-high 17 points to lead a balanced attack, and UC Santa Barbara outscored visiting Long Beach State 24-12 over the final 10:39, as the Gauchos opened Big West Conference play with a 79-64 win on Thursday night. The win as their second in a row and 10th in the last 11 games. UCSB led 30-15 with 7:41 to play in the first half, but a Donovan Morris three-pointer with 1:33 left pulled the 49ers within one, 36-35. The Gauchos scored the last six points of the first half, four on free throws by Devine and two on a mid-range jumper by Alex Harris, to take a 42-35 lead into halftime. Harris, who finished with a season-low 16, scored the first basket of the second half to stretch the lead to 44-35. Long Beach stayed close when Cornel Williams nailed his third three-pointer of the game to make it 44-38. The lead never got higher than 10 over the next several minutes. When Devine hit a baseline jumper off of a perfect feed from Harris with 11:49 to play, the Gauchos were ahead 55-47. Another Morris three-pointer and a pair of free throws by Brice Gallow cut the gap to 55-52 with 10:39 left, setting up UCSB's game-ending 24-12 run. A three-pointer by Justin Joyner started the run with 10:27 remaining. After a lay-up by Long Beach's Arturas Lazdauskas, UCSB went on a 7-0 spurt to take a 65-54 lead. James Powell, who like Harris finished with 16 points, capped the run with a three-point basket from deep in the corner. Powell scored eight of his 16 points in the final 6:55. In addition to Devine, Harris and Powell, Ivan Elliott was also in double-figures for UCSB with 13 points. He and Devine led the team with eight rebounds apiece while Powell added six. The Gauchos passed off for a season-high 23 turnovers and committed a season-low eight turnovers. The 49ers had 22 turnovers, including 15 in the first half. Morris had a game-high 19 points and Williams added 17 for the 49ers, who shot 48.1% overall and 45.0% from three-point territory. Joyner paced Santa Barbara with five assists, while Harris and Nedim Pajevic each had four. Joyner and Powell each had three steals.

Probable Starters - Notes
G - Justin Joyner - Has 32 assists and eight turnovers in the last seven games.
G - Alex Harris - Passed off for season-high four assists in each of the last two games.
G - James Powell - Tied season-high with six rebounds against Long Beach State.
F - Chris Devine - His 17 vs. LBSU were two more than two previous games combined.
F - Ivan Elliott - Averaged 12.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in last two games.

Probable Reserves - Notes
G - Nick Quick - Has attempted seven shots in just 10 minutes of action.
G - Jordan Weiner - All eight of his baskets this season have been three-pointers.
G - Paul Roemer - Has played 10 or more minutes in 13 of 14 games.
G - D.J. Posley - Has had season-high two assists in four of the last five games.
G - George Murphy - Has yet to play in a game.
F - Nedim Pajevic - Passed off for four assists vs. LBSU, his second-highest total.
F - Sam Phippen - Tied season-high with one steal in win over LBSU.
F - Beau Gibb - Has had two or more rebounds in six games this season.
F - Peter Jordan - Walk-on freshman has played in two games this season.

The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his 10th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Last year his team recorded an overall record of 18-11 and a Big West mark of 9-5. The 18 wins were the most regular season wins by a Gaucho team since 1991-92 and it equaled the second most wins a Williams-coached UCSB team has ever had. Williams has led Santa Barbara to winning records in five of the last six seasons, the only exception being a 2004-05 team that was ravaged by injuries. He has guided UCSB to a pair of postseason appearances. In 2002-03, the 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 title ever and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 years. Including this season, Williams' UCSB teams have posted a 152-124 (.551) overall record and an 86-59 (.589) 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 341-224 (.604) at four-year schools.

UCSB Back To No. 6 In Mid-Major Poll
After winning on the road at Eastern Washington on Saturday, UCSB has jumped back into the No. 6 spot in the latest Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Poll. The Gauchos were sixth prior to a Dec.22 loss at North Carolina, but dropped to eighth after that game. This week, they return to sixth, equaling the program's highest rank ever.

The Opposition
UCSB and Cal State Northridge have played 34 times since they first met in 1960. The Gauchos hold an all-time 26-8 advantage over the Matadors and have won the last three games in the series, including both games played in 2006-07. UCSB won 67-57 at Northridge on Jan. 25, 2007, and 75-59 on March 3, 2007, at the Thunderdome. The Gauchos and UC Irvine have played 66 times in a series that dates back to 1968. Santa Barbara holds a 41-25 edge all-time, the Anteaters won the last time out, by a score of 70-52 in the second round of the 2007 Big West Tournament. Prior to the loss in last season's Big West Tourney, UCSB had won three straight games in the series, including a regular season sweep in 2006-07. Last year, the Gauchos defeated UCI on Jan. 6 in Irvine, 64-59, and on Feb. 8 in Santa Barbara, 71-62.

The Gauchos At Home
With wins over Long Beach State, Utah Valley, Pepperdine, UNLV, Montana State, San Francisco and Cal Poly Pomona, UCSB is 7-0 at the Thunderdome this season. It marks the first time that the Gauchos have won their first seven home games since they went 8-0 to begin the 1988-89 season. In 2006-07, the Gauchos uncharacteristically struggled at home with an 8-6 record. With the seven straight Thunderdome wins to open the 2007-08 season, Santa Barbara has now won nine straight home games dating back to last year, the longest such streak since it won 15 consecutive bridging the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons.

The Gauchos On The Road
The Gauchos are 3-2 in true road games this season. They won their last road game, 58-51 at Eastern Washington on Dec. 29. On Dec. 22, they had a two-game road winning streak ended, losing at North Carolina, 105-70. Prior to the game at UNC, UCSB had won consecutive road games, a decisive 79-52 decision at Ball State on Dec. 19, and a 63-56 win at Loyola Marymount on Dec. 1. The Gauchos lost their only other road games this year, 67-48 at Stanford on Nov. 11. Santa Barbara has won a pair of neutral court encounters this season, defeating Northwestern State (92-71) and Harvard (79-61) in the Basketball Travelers Classic, also at Stanford. In 2006-07, the Gauchos recorded an all-time best 10-4 record on the road. Dating to the 2005-06 season, UCSB has gone 17-7 in its last 24 true road games.

Eight-Game Streak Was Longest In A Long Time
UCSB's eight-game winning streak, which was ended at North Carolina on Dec. 22, was the longest that a Gaucho team has put together since Bob Williams became head coach in 1998-99. It was also the longest winning streak since the 1988-89 team opened the year by winning 11 consecutive games and it equaled the second longest streak in school history. Santa Barbara also won eight games in a row in 1971-72, 1960-61 and 1940-41.

If You're Going To Lose...
If, and that's a big if, you are going to lose, you might as well lose to two of the top-25 teams in the nation. UCSB's losses this season came on Nov. 11 at Stanford and Dec. 22 at North Carolina. The Cardinal entered the current week ranked 20th nationally, while the Tar Heels remained No. 1.

Turning Over A New Leaf
Probably the most significant statistical turnaround for UCSB this season has been the number of turnovers that it is forcing. Through 14 games, the Gauchos are forcing 20.1 turnovers per game, an increase of 6.7 per game over the 13.4 per game they forced in 2006-07. Last year, a UCSB opponent had 20 or more turnovers just once, 21 by Pepperdine in a double overtime game. In 2007-08, UCSB has forced 20 or more turnovers eight times in 14 games. Long Beach State had 22 turnovers on Thursday night and no Gaucho opponent has had fewer than 16 miscues in a game, the total that top-ranked North Carolina, nationally-ranked Stanford and Eastern Washington each produced. The highest total by an opponent this season was the 28, on Nov. 9 by Northwestern State.

A Nice Ratio
UCSB has been in the black in terms of assists and turnovers just three times this season. In Thursday night's win over Long Beach State, the Gauchos had by far their best assist to turnover ratio of the season as they collected a season-high 23 assists and a season-low eight turnovers. Their previous high for assists was 20 on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley and their previous low for turnovers was 10 on Nov. 24 against Montana State. On the year, UCSB has now committed just 10 more turnovers than assists.

Three-Point Bounce-Back
The Gauchos made 7-of-19 shots from three-point range on Thursday night, a nice bounce-back from their 3-for-15 performance on Dec. 29 at Eastern Washington. In the four games prior to the win at Eastern Washington, the Gauchos hit 43 out of 76 three-point attempts, 56.6%. In the six games prior, UCSB drained 59-of-114, 51.8%. Through 14 games, they are still shooting 42.6% from three-point territory and averaging 7.8 three-point baskets per game. Finally, UCSB has been particularly good on its three-point attempts at home, averaging 9.4 per game, making 50.0% or better in four of the seven games, and nailing 65-of-137 overall, 47.4%.

Not Much Of A Rebound Rebound
Rebounding has not been a strong suit for UCSB in 2007-08. The Gauchos and Long Beach State battled to a 33-33 tie in the rebound category on Thursday night. It marked the first time in three games in which the opponent did not win the battle. Opponents are outrebounding the Gauchos by 3.3 rebounds per game and Santa Barbara has outboarded its opponent just five times in 14 games this season. The worst rebound beating came on Dec. 22 at North Carolina when the Tar Heels edged UCSB by a 57-30 count. The largest Gaucho rebound advantage this season has been six on two occasions, Nov. 27 against UNLV, and Dec. 19 at Ball State. They won both games.

Playing The Margins
Of UCSB's 14 games this season, 10 have been decided by double-figures, including eight wins. The Gauchos' largest victory margin of 27 came on Dec. 19 at Ball State, and their largest margin of defeat, 35, came on Dec. 22 at North Carolina. The games were on the same road trip.

Take Me To Your Leaders
While only three players (Alex Harris, James Powell and Chris Devine) have led the Gauchos in scoring this season, the same has not held true for the other statistical categories. UCSB has had eight players lead or tie for the team-lead in steals, six lead or tie for the team-lead in rebounding, five lead or tie for the lead in assists, and six have done so in blocked shots.

The Defense Never Rests
The Gauchos are allowing just 63.6 points per game, a drop of of more than three points per game from last year's defensive average of 67.4 per game. UCSB has allowed more than 70 points in a game twice this season, the season opener against Northwestern State when the Demons scored 71, and then in a loss at North Carolina when the Tar Heels scored 105. The Gauchos have allowed fewer than 60 points five times, including four of the last seven games. The two lowest opponent totals, as well as the highest opponent total, have come in the last four games. On Dec. 19 at Ball State, UCSB limited the Cardinals to 52 points, and on Dec. 29, Eastern Washington could muster just 51, the lowest total by a Gaucho opponent this season.

That `70s Show
While UCSB has allowed 70 or more points in a game just twice this season, the Gauchos have scored 70 or more nine times, going 8-1 in those games. UCSB has actually scored 74 or more eight times this season, including five times in the first six games and three of the last four. The Gauchos are averaging 71.8 points per game, slightly more than the 71.2 points per game they averaged last year. Their highest scoring effort this year was a 92 point explosion in the opener against Northwestern State, and their lowest scoring effort was a 48 point output on Nov. 11 at Stanford.

Men Of Steal
UCSB is averaging 9.1 steals per game, an increase of 2.9 per game over last season's average of 6.2. Santa Barbara has seven players with at least 10 steals this season after only having six last year. At the current pace, the Gauchos would finish the year with more than 270 steals, a new school record.

The Harris Poll
Senior guard Alex Harris scored a seaon-low 16 points and tied his season-high of four assists in UCSB's win over Long Beach State on Thursday night. He was coming off of an 18-point, five-rebound and four-assist performance in a Dec. 29 win at Eastern Washington. Of his 18 points against the Eagles, eight came in the final six minutes to key the victory. Harris, a two-time Big West Player of the Week, entered the week as the conference's leading scorer. He is currently at 21.9 points per game. While he has averaged just 17.0 per game in the last three, he has not scored fewer than 16 points in a game this season. Harris has either led or tied for the team-lead in scoring in 12 of his 13 appearances this year. In addition to scoring, he also paces the Gauchos in three-point shooting. He made 2-of-5 in each of the last two games and has now made 35-of-67 on the season, 52.2%. In the last six games, Harris has been even more prolific from beyond the three-point arc. In the last six, he has made 20 out of 30 three-point attempts, 66.7%. He is averaging 2.7 three-pointers per game, but in 10 games since he returned after missing the Nov. 15 game against Cal Poly Pomona with a thumb injury, he has made 31-of-53 three-pointers, 3.1 per game, and 58.5%. In the Dec. 7 win over Utah Valley, Harris made six three-pointers, a career-high. He has made three or more six times this season, and two or more 12 times in 13 games, including 11 in a row. Harris has now made 155 three-pointers in 375 career attempts, 41.3%, the fourth highest percentage in school history. Harris has scored 1,354 points in his UCSB career, the seventh most in school history. He needs 46 to move into sixth. He went for a season-high 29 points on Nov. 24 against Montana State, making career-highs in free throws, 15, and free throw attempts, 18, all in the second half. He has scored 20 or more points eight times this season. Since the beginning of the 2006-07 season, Harris has scored 896 points in 42 games, an average of 21.3 points per game. He is averaging 3.8 rebounds per game, fourth on the team, and has had four or more in three of the last four games. He had a season-high eight rebounds on Nov. 24 against Montana State, and he has had seven twice, on Nov. 27 against UNLV and Nov. 10 against Harvard. Also, of his 21 assists on the year, 13 have come in the last four games, including a season-high four in each of the last two. Harris was a Preseason All-Big West and Mid-Major All-America selection.

The Devine File
Junior forward Chris Devine rebounded from two of his toughest offensive outings of the season with one of his best in the win over Long Beach State. Against the 49ers, Devine had 17 points, making 6-of-10 shtots from the floor and all five of his free throws. It was his third-highest point total of the year and it came after he had scored six on Dec. 22 at North Carolina and nine on Dec. 29 at Eastern Washington. Devine is now averaging 13.1 points per game. Prior to his back-to-back single-digit totals, he had scored 10 or more in 10 straight games. He has now done so 11 times in his 13 appearances this year. While he is now shooting 51.7% on the season, the Eagle River, Alaska, native has made 21-of-35, 60.0%, in the last four games. On Dec. 19, in a win at Ball State, Devine scored a season-high 22 points and made a season-best 9-of-10 shots from the field. His second-highest scoring effort came on Nov. 20 against San Francisco. Devine had eight rebounds against Long Beach State, one shy of his season-high of nine, set on Dec. 1 at Loyola Marymount. He is now averaging 5.5 rebounds per game, second on the team, and he has had 15 in his last two games. In addition, he has averaged 6.6 per game in the last eight, and since collecting just three combined in the first two games of the year, he has had 69 in 11 games, 6.3 per game. Devine has had seven or more rebounds seven times in his last 11 games. A Presesaon All-Big West selection, he had a season-high four assists on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley and with two on Thursday night, he has now had two or more seven times this season. Despite not having a steal in the last game, Devine is leading the team with 21, including 14 in the last six games. He has also produced six of his seven blocked shots in the last three games, including a career-high three at North Carolina. Finally, Devine is averaging 27.3 minutes per game, but in the last nine games his playing time has increased. In his first four games this season he averaged 22.2 minutes per outing, playing a high of 31 on Nov. 1 at Stanford, but in his last nine games, he has played 267 total minutes, 29.7 per game. He played a season-high 34 minutes on Nov. 27 against UNLV.

Old Buddy, Old Powell
Sophomore guard James Powell scored a season-low two points and attempted a season-low two shots in 23 minutes against Eastern Washington on Dec. 29. In 28 minutes on Thursday night against Long Beach State, he rediscovered his offensive game as he scored 16 points on 6-of-12 from the floor overall and 3-of-6 from three-point range. He also tied his career-high with six rebounds against the 49ers. The 16 points were Powell's third-highest total of the season and it increased his scoring average to 10.9 points per game, third on the team. Since scoring a total of just 17 points in the first three games of the year, he has scored 135 in the last 11, 12.3 per game. Also, since making just 7-of-25 shots overall, 28.0%, 2-for-9 from three-point range, 22.2%, and 1-for-3 from the free throw line, 33.3%, in those first three games, he has heated-up. In the 11 games since then, including 10 wins, Powell has gone 47-of-101 overall, 46.5%, 25-of-55 from three-point range, 45.5%, and 16-of-21 from the free throw line, 76.2%. The Pomona, Calif., native scored a career-high 24 on Nov. 15 against Cal Poly Pomona. He is second on the team with 27 three-point baskets. Powell has made at least one three-point basket in 11 of 14 games and two or more eight times. He made a career-high five three-point buckets, all in the second half, in UCSB's 63-60 win over UNLV on Nov. 27. In fact, it was his three-pointer with less than half a second remaining that decided the game. He was named Big West Player of the Week for the effort. Powell has averaged 4.0 rebounds in the last eight games and is now averaging 3.3 per game for the year. He also tied his career-high with three steals in the win over Long Beach State and he now has 15 on the year, including five in the last two games.

Justin Joins In
Sophomore guard Justin Joyner continued his solid play at the point in Thursday's win over Long Beach State. Joyner equaled his third highest total of the season with five assists, while committing just one turnover, and he added seven points, a three rebounds and a season-high three steals. Joyner has had his four of his five highest assist totals of the year in the last six games. He had a season-high seven assists on Dec. against Utah Valley, six on Dec. 5 against Pepperdine and Dec. 19 at Ball State, and then five on Jan. 3 against Long Beach State. For the season he is now averaging 4.0 assists per game and has had four or more assists in six of the last eight games and nine times in 14 games this season. In the last eight games, Joyner has averaged 4.5 assists per outing. In addition to distributing the ball well, the Antioch, Calif., native leads the Gauchos in assist-to-turnover ratio. He has 56 assists and just 24 turnovers, a ratio of 2.3-to-1.0. In the last nine games, Joyner has contributed 38 assists and just 11 turnovers, a 3.5-to-1.0 ratio and in the last five games, he has 22 assists and four turnovers, a 5.5-to-1.0 ratio. In fact, he has not had more than one turnover in any of the last five games and he has had one or fewer nine times this season. He has had more assists than turnovers in nine straight games and in 11 of 14 this season. Joyner has had more turnovers than assists just once this season, on Nov. 11 at Stanford when he had two assists and four turnovers. The Gauchos are a perfect 9-0 when he has four or more assists. Joyner is now averaging 3.4 points per game. He had a season-high nine on Nov. 10 against Harvard and he added eight twice, on Nov. 27 against UNLV and Dec. 7 against Utah Valley. As a freshman, Joyner led the UCSB in steals with 36, an average of 1.3 per game. This year, he has 14 steals, a figure that ranks tied for fourth on the team. He tied his career-high with three steals twice this season, on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley in addition to the win over Long Beach State.

Ivan The Good
Senior forward Ivan Elliott continues to be one of UCSB's most consistent players. On Thursday night against Long Beach State, he scored 13 points, his second best effort of the season, and he had eight rebounds, also his second-highest total of the year. Elliott has now scored in double-figures in back-to-back games for the second time this season. In the Dec. 29 win at Eastern Washington, he scored 11 points and he had a season-high nine rebounds. Elliott is now averaging 9.3 points and a team-leading 5.9 rebounds per game. He has scored 10 or more points seven times this season, including four of the last five game and six times in the last nine. In the last seven games, Elliott has averaged 10.1 points per game and in the last five he has chipped-in 10.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He had a career-high 17 points in the season opener against Northwestern State on Nov. 9. While Elliott leads the Gauchos in rebounding at 5.9 per game, he has been even better in recent games. In each of the last six, he has had at least five boards and over that span he has averaged 7.0 per game. In all, through 14 games, he has had six or more rebounds nine times, including each of the last five games. Elliott is shooting 52.9% overall, tops among UCSB regulars, and he has become a bonafide three-point threat. Elliott made 1-of-2 from beyond the arc in the win over Long Beach State and has now made 15-of-29, 51.7%. When he did not make a three against Eastern Washington on Dec. 29, it ended a streak of four straight games in which he had made at least one. In those four games, Elliott drilled 6-of-8, 75.0%. Overall,he has made 50.0% or better from the field in seven of the last eight games, hitting 32-of-55, 58.2%, over that span. Finally, Elliott leads Santa Barbara in blocked shots with 16, 1.1 per game. He had two on Thursday night, the fourth time he has had two or more this season.

A Piece Of The Pajevic (Pronounced Pie-uh-vich)
Since scoring 11 total points over a five game span, senior forward Nedim Pajevic has started to re-emerge offensively. Pajevic equaled his second highest point total of the season when he scored 12 in the Dec. 22 loss at North Carolina and he has added six in each of the last two games, wins over Long Beach State and Eastern Washington. Also, after missing all six of his field goal attempts on Dec. 19 at Ball State, Pajevic has hit 12-of-20 in the last three games, 60.0%. He hit 3-of-6 on Thursday night against Long Beach. Overall, the transfer from Weber State is now averaging 6.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. He is also second on the team in assists with 30, 2.1 per game. Pajevic has scored in double-figures six times in 14 games, including a season-high 16 on Nov. 10 against Harvard. On Nov. 20, in a win over San Francisco, he recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds, the only double-double registered by a Gaucho player this season. Pajevic also has proven to be one of the best post passers that UCSB has had in recent years. He had a season-high five assists on Nov. 15 against Cal Poly Pomona. He added four assists, his second best total of the season, against Long Beach State, and has had two or more assists nine times. The Gauchos have gone 9-0 when Pajevic has two or more assists. Finally, the native of Sarajevo, Bosnia, has now moved into second on the team with eight blocked shots and he has had one in four straight games, his longest streak of the season.

Roemer Charges
In 2006-07, sophomore guard Paul Roemer played 132 minutes in 16 games. This year, Roemer has been a valuable reserve and has already logged 220 minutes, an average of 15.7 per game. He has played at least eight minutes in every game and 15 or more in nine of 14 games. On Thursday night, Roemer played 13 minutes and while he went scoreless, he had two assists, one steal and a rebounds. Dec. 29 at Eastern Washington, he played 20 minutes and scored five points, his highest total since he had eight on Nov. 15 against Cal Poly Pomona. He is now averaging 2.4 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He had a career-high 10 points in the opener against Northwestern State. Despite ranking eighth on the team in minutes played, Roemer is tied for fourth in steals with 14 and tied for fifth in assists with 19.

Strike A Posley
Junior guard D.J. Posley scored four points, had two assists and two rebounds in Thursday night's win over Long Beach State, the identical numbers that he had in the Dec. 29 win at Eastern Washington. The only difference for Posley was that he had a steal against the Eagles and none against the 49ers. He is now averaging 3.0 points per game, a figure that it at its highest point all year. Since going scoreless in the first two games of the year, Posley has tallied 42 points in 12 games, 3.5 per game. Also, since missing his first 10 shots of the year, he has gone 17-of-42, 40.5%. Finally, Posley has recorded his season-high two assists in four of the last five games.