Gauchos Look to Balance Books, Host UC Irvine in Big West Showdown on Monday Night

Gauchos Look to Balance Books, Host UC Irvine in Big West Showdown on Monday Night

Jan. 8, 2006

The Schedule
Game No. 14
Monday, January 9, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Irvine Anteaters
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KIST 1340 AM

Game No. 15
Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at UC Davis Aggies
at UCD's Pavilion
Radio: KIST 1340 AM

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters its Monday night game against UC Irvine with an overall record of 6-7 and a league record of 1-2. The Gauchos dropped their first two league games of the year last week, at UC Riverside (81-78) and at Cal State Fullerton (73-59), but bounced back at home on Saturday afternoon with a 77-74 win over Long Beach State. The Gauchos have gone 4-7 since opening the regular season with wins over San Francisco and San Diego.

Brown Remains Sidelined
Senior guard Cecil Brown, UCSB's leading scorer, will miss Monday's game against UC Irvine, and possibly the Gauchos' Jan. 15 game at UC Davis, after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during the team's loss at Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Brown is averaging 13.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. In addition to leading the Gauchos in scoring, he paces the team in three-point baskets with 23. Brown, who scored just four points in the season-opener against San Francisco, has scored 10 or more points in his last 11 appearances, the longest such streak by a UCSB player since the 2001-02 season.

Gauchos Look For Consecutive Wins For First Time Since November
When UCSB plays UC Irvine on Monday night, the Gauchos will be in search of their second straight win. Santa Barbara has won back-to-back games just one time this season. UCSB opened the 2005-06 campaign with an 82-59 win over the University of San Francisco and then followed it up with a 67-65 win over the University of San Diego. Those wins came on Nov. 18 and Nov. 21 and the Gauchos have not won consecutive games since.

Balanced UCSB Attack Leads To 77-74 Win Over Long Beach State
Sophomore forward scored 20 points and sophomore guard Alex Harris added 17 to lead UCSB to a 77-74 win over visiting Long Beach State on Saturday. Devine and Harris led five Gauchos in double-figures. In addition, seniors Josh Davis and Joe See and freshman Tom Garlepp added 11 points as the Gauchos snapped a two-game losing streak. Santa Barbara had a six-point lead when Harris made a pair of free throws with 58 seconds remaining, but the 49ers fought back and when Aaron Nixon made a three-pointer with 24 seconds left, it was 73-72 Gauchos. Devine made a pair of free throws with 17 seconds remaining to make it 75-72, but Long Beach guard Jibril Hodges scored on a baseline lay-up with seven seconds to go to narrow the gap to 75-74. The 49ers then intentionally fouled Garlepp who made a pair of free throws with three seconds left. Long Beach's final shot was no good and UCSB had held on.

Possible Starters - Notes
G - Alex Harris - Scored career-high 17 points in Saturday's win over Long Beach.
G - Joe See - In his last seven games, he has gone 23-of-35 from the field, 65.7%.
G - Josh Davis - Scored 11 vs. LBSU, his first time in double-figures since Dec. 3.
F - Chris Devine - In last six games he has averaged 17.5 points and made 40-of-60 shots, 66.7%.
F - Cameron Goettsche - Has averaged 6.0 rebounds per game in the last seven.

Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Cecil Brown - Will likely miss another week with injured left knee.
G - Lance Hurdle - Had career-high four rebounds in just nine minutes vs. LBSU.
G - James Powell - Freshman guard will redshirt the 2005-06 season.
G - Derek Rasp - Played a season-low three minutes vs. LBSU.
G - Michael Chambers - Scored a season-high eight points, making all three shots, vs. Portland.
F - Chidi Ajufo - Has played in just one of the last six games.
F - Tom Garlepp - Scored 11 points vs. LBSU after scoring a total of 12 in previous eight games.
F - Glenn Turner - Has had season-best six rebounds in two of the last three games.
F - Chris Moore - Did not play vs. LBSU. His first DNP since returning in mid-December.
C - David Massey - At 7-foot-3 he is the tallest player in program history. Will redshirt the year.

The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his eighth season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Last year his team struggled with injuries and finished 11-18 overall and 7-11 in the Big West Conference. It marked the first time that a Williams-coached UCSB team finished below the .500 mark in league play. During the 2004-05 season, however, Williams became the fifth UCSB coach to record 100 wins. Prior to last season, he had guided the Gauchos to three straight winning seasons, the first time the program accomplished the feat since 1987-88 through 1989-90. 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 postseason trip to the 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 113-104 (.521) overall record and a 74-49 (.605) 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 302-204 (.598) at four-year schools.

Williams Gets 300th Career Win
Bob Williams' 300th career win wasn't pretty, but at least it was. Get it? The Gauchos' eighth-year head coach posted the 300th win of his career on Tuesday, Dec. 20, when UCSB narrowly topped visiting Sonoma State, 67-66. Last season, Williams posted his 100th career win as head coach of the Gauchos. In all, he has won 112 games since arriving at UCSB for the 1998-99 season.

The Opponents
UCSB and UC Irvine have played 51 times in a series that dates back to 1968. The Gauchos hold a 38-23 advantage. The teams split games last season with each team winning on its own court. UCSB won in Santa Barbara by a score of 62-45 and the Anteaters won in Irvine, 72-63. UCSB and future-Big West opponent UC Davis have played 10 times in a series that began in 1939. The Gauchos hold an 8-2 advantage over the Aggies. UCSB and UCD split a pair of non-conference games last season. The Gauchos won the game in Santa Barbara, 67-62 and the Aggies won in Davis, 72-63.

The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 6-0 at home this season. UCSB has won games against Long Beach State, Portland, Sonoma State, Pepperdine, San Francisco and San Diego. Although Santa Barbara struggled through the 2004-05 season, things were not that bad at home. The Gauchos went 8-4 at the Thunderdome, including 2-1 in non-conference games and 6-3 in league games. In three seasons prior to last year, Santa Barbara posted home records of 10-2 and the Gauchos have never won fewer than eight home games in a season under Bob Williams. Including its wins this season, UCSB is 71-26 at home since Bob Williams arrived for the 1998-99 season.

Balancing The Books
Entering Saturday's game against Long Beach State, UCSB had produced four double-figure scorers in a game on four occasions. On Saturday, playing without Cecil Brown, their leading scorer, the Gauchos had five players score in double-figures for the first time during the 2005-06 season. Chris Devine tallied 20, Alex Harris had 17 and Josh Davis, Joe See and Tom Garlepp each added 11. UCSB has two players averaging in double-figures, Brown at 13.8 points per game and Devine at 12.6 points per contest, but the Gauchos also have three others scoring 7.4 per game or more and three others chipping-in 4.2 or more points per outing. Santa Barbara has had five different players lead the team in scoring in games this year and nine players have scored 10 or more points in a game. In fact, all nine players who have scored 10 or more in a game have done so in at least two games.

Heavy Workload, Lots Of Rest
UCSB is one of four Big West schools to open the league season with four games in eight days. The Gauchos, along with Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside and Cal Poly, will have played the four in eight when the final buzzer sounds at Monday night's games. Because of a quirk in the schedule that has the Gauchos playing UC Davis, which has no travel partner, and their own travel partner, Cal Poly, UCSB will follow-up the intensive league run with just two games over a 16 day period. The Gauchos will travel to Davis on Jan. 16 and then play at Cal Poly on Jan. 21.

Speaking Of Heavy Workloads
In Saturday's win over Long Beach State, four UCSB players played more than 30 minutes for the first time this season. In fact, all five Gaucho starters played 25 or more minutes for the first time in 2005-06. The 35 combined minutes played by the UCSB reserves were the fewest this season. Josh Davis (37) and Joe See (36) played season-high totals and Alex Harris (36) tied his season-high.

Making Their Points
UCSB scored 77 points on Saturday against Long Beach State. It was the fourth time in the last five games and the fifth time this season that the Gauchos had scored 75 or more in a game. Overall, Santa Barbara is now averaging 68.0 points per game. In 2004-05, the Gauchos scored 75 or more points just four times in 29 games and they averaged just 59.2 points per game. The team has increased its scoring from a year ago by 8.8 points per outing.

Help, Cecil! Help!
Does ANYONE remember Beanie and Cecil? Well, that's not my concern. Senior guard Cecil Brown will likely miss at least another week with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. The injury has sidelined one of UCSB's two hottest players. Brown leads the Gauchos in scoring at 13.8 points per game, and since scoring just four points in the team's season opener against San Francisco, he has really heated up. He has scored in double-figures in each of the last 11 games, the longest double-figure streak by a UCSB player since the 2001-02 season, and over that span he has averaged 14.7 points per game while making 61-of-135 shots from the field, 45.2%. In addition, Brown leads the Gauchos in three-pointers with 23, just one short of his single-season best of 24 set during his sophomore season in 2003-04. He has made at least one three-pointer in each of the last 11 games and he has made two or more in each of the last five. Also, since opening the year making 2-of-11 from three-point range in the first three games, he has made 21-of-47, 44.7%. On Dec. 20 against Sonoma State, Brown scored 18 points, the second-highest total of his career. He scored six of the points on a pair of clutch three-pointers in the final 51 seconds, including one at the buzzer that gave the Gauchos a one-point win. Brown scored a career-high 28 points in a Dec. 7 home win over Pepperdine. It was the highest scoring game by a UCSB player since Mark Hull had 28 in overtime against San Diego State in a National Invitation Tournament game in 2003. Finally, in UCSB's Dec. 23 game at Fresno State, Brown had a career-high eight rebounds and a season-high five assists. He has had four or more rebounds eight times this season.

Devine Is Fine
Sophomore forward Chris Devine is UCSB's hottest player. He is second on the team in scoring at 12.6 points per game, but in the last six games he has seen his scoring average jump from 8.4 per game. In the last six contests, Devine has scored 105 points, 17.5 per game, the most of any Gaucho over that span. On Saturday against Long Beach, Devine scored 20 points, his second-highest scoring effort this season. A week ago in UCSB's loss at UC Riverside, Devine scored a career-high 21 points and had a career-high 11 rebounds. It was the first double-double of his career and it came on the heels of a 19 point game in a win over Portland. He also had 19 at Cal State Fullerton last Wednesday and has now had 19 or more in four straight. In the game at Fullerton, Devine made 8-of-10 from the field. He has made at least half of his shots in 11 of 13 games and he has made 60.0% or better nine times. Overall, Devine is shooting a team-high 61.0%, but in the last six games, he has made 40-of-60 shots from the field, 66.7%. He has scored in double-figures nine times this season, including the last six in a row. In addition to ranking second on the team in scoring, Devine has reclaimed the team-leading rebounding at 5.5 per game.

The Harris Poll
Sophomore guard Alex Harris took a huge step in the right direction in Saturday's win over Long Beach. Against the 49ers, Harris made 5-of-9 shots overall, 2-of-4 from three-point range, and had a career-high 17 points. He also added a team-high six rebounds and had three assists. It was the first time in eight games that Harris scored in double-figures and his five field goals in 36 minutes were one moore than he had made in 131 minutes over his five previous games. In his five previous games, Harris had scored a total of 20 points. With the absence of Cecil Brown, the 6-foot-6 Alamedia, Calif., native could not have picked a better time to emerge offensively. While Harris had had problems shooting the ball prior to Saturday, he does lead UCSB in assists with 35 and he is second in rebounding at 4.8 per game. In the second game of the season against USD, he had 14 points and 10 rebounds. It was the first double-double he had ever produced and the first by a Gaucho guard since 2002-03. He has had five or more boards eight times.

Wait And See
Senior guard Joe See has started each of the last five games and in that time he has been one of the team's bright spots. Since going through a three-game slump in which he was scoreless, 0-for-12 from the field overall and 0-for-8 from three-point range, See has regained his shooting touch. In the last seven games he has averaged 9.1 points per game, making 23-of-35 shots overall, 65.7%, and 9-of-20 from three-point range, 45.0%. In his five starts, See has averaged 11.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, and he has made 20-of-30 from the field, 66.7%, and 8-of-18 from three-point range, 44.4%. On the year, See has improved his overall field goal percentage to 50.0% and his three-point percentage to 42.9%. He had a season-high five three-pointers and scored a season-high 17 points in the opener against San Francisco. Finally, with his 18 three-point buckets this year, See now has 105 as a Gaucho, eighth all-time.

Cam I Am
Come on people! Green Eggs and Ham is a classic. Remember 'Sam-I-Am?' If you don't, then you may have been deprived. Senior forward Cameron Goettsche has moved into third on the team in rebounding at 4.7 per game. In the last eight games, Goettsche has had five or more rebounds seven times and he has averaged 5.7 per game over that span. Also, since averaging just 4.8 points per game in the first five games, he has averaged 9.0 per game in the last seven. On Dec. 20, in a win over Sonoma State, Goettsche scored a career-high 21 points. Finally, he leads the Gauchos with 15 blocked shots and he has had at least one in seven straight.

Just Joshing
Frankly, this is my favorite guy on the team and if you knew him, he would be your favorite too. Senior swingman Josh Davis stepped-up when UCSB needed him most on Saturday. Because of the injury suffered by Cecil Brown, Davis was re-inserted into the starting lineup for the first time since returning from a sprained ankle and he responded with his best offensive performance of the season. He made 5-of-10 shots from the field, 1-of-4 from three-point range, and finished with 11 points. He had 14 points on Dec. 3 at Loyola Marymount, but many of those came when the game was already decided. In fact, Davis' 11 points were actually five more than the six he had scored combined in all of his appearances since going for 14 at LMU. He missed three full games after spraining his left ankle on Dec. 17 at San Diego State, but in the four games he did play between the LMU game and the Long Beach game, Davis was 2-of-16 from the field for six points. He also had a pair of steals against the 49ers giving him 12 this season and 94 in his career. He needs five more to move into UCSB's all-time top-10.

From Down Under To Back On Top
Freshman forward Tom Garlepp was another Gaucho who had a nice offensive bounce-back on Saturday against Long Beach. The native of Perth, Australia, made 2-of-3 from the field, including 1-of-2 from three-point range, and all six of his free throws, to finish with 11 points. He also pulled down six rebounds. It marked the first time since the season-opener against USF that Garlepp had scored in double-figures. He had a career-high 16 against USF on Nov. 18 and had not scored more than seven in any other game. In fact, since notching seven points in the second game of the year against San Diego, Garlepp had scored a total of 20 points over 10 games. His 11 points against LBSU matched the total he had scored in the seven previous games. Garlepp had his 11 points and six rebounds in just 12 minutes of action. In addition, four of his six free throws came in the second half with the game on the line. By making all six of his shots from the charity stripe, Garlepp has now made nine in a row and he has taken over the team-lead in free throw percentage at 85.7%.

On The Horizon
As stated earlier, the Gauchos will go from a schedule of four games in eight days to a schedule of two games in 16 days. Following its trip to UC Davis for a non-conference encounter, UCSB will have another one-game weekend when it travels to Cal Poly on Saturday, Jan. 21 for a 4:00 p.m. game against the Mustangs.