UCSB Returns to Thunderdome to Host UC Davis in Non-Conference Action on Saturday
Jan. 10, 2007
Game No. 16
Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Davis Aggies
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Game No. 17
Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal Poly Mustangs
at UCSB's Thunderdome
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 Saturday's game against UC Davis with an overall record of 11-4 and a Big West mark of 3-1. The Gauchos split a pair of league road games last weekend. On Thursday night, UCSB dropped a 101-65 decision at Long Beach State. The loss was the worst that the program has suffered since Dec. 21, 1979. The Gauchos, however, responded two nights later. Santa Barbara ended a two-game road losing streak with a tough 64-59 win at UC Irvine. It was the first home loss of the season for the Anteaters and it improved UCSB's road record to 6-2.
Plenty Of Time On Our Hands
UCSB will have plenty of time to prepare for its next two opponents. The Gauchos will host UC Davis on Saturday, Jan. 13 in their only game of the week. Next week will be a mirror image of this week with only difference being the opponent. UCSB will host Cal Poly on Jan. 20. In all, the Gauchos will play a total of two games over and a span of 18 days, a rarity once conference games are underway. In fact, Santa Barbara will have three one-game weekends over a four-week period that will end Feb. 1.
Gauchos Rebound With 64-59 Win At UC Irvine
UCSB responded to its worst defeat of the season with one of its most important wins. Junior guard Alex Harris scored 23 points and junior forward Chris Devine had his fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds, as the Gauchos ended a brief two-game road losing streak with a 64-59 win at UC Irvine on Saturday, Jan. 6. Santa Barbara led by as many as eight points in the first half, but the Anteaters dialed long distance to get back into the game. UCI, which made 10-of-27 shots from three-point territory for the game, hit six in the first half to close the halftime gap to two, 32-30. Anteater swingman Adam Templeton opened the second half with a three-pointer to give his team a 33-32 edge. The lead see-sawed for the next 10 minutes with neither team ever leading by more than four. With 8:17 remaining in the game, senior guard Cecil Brown made a lay-up to give the Gauchos a 49-48 lead. Devine followed with back-to-back jump shots to push the advantage to 53-48 and UCSB never trailed again. Freshman guard James Powell, who finished with 10 points, made a key three-point basket with 1:50 remaining to give Santa Barbara its biggest lead of the second half. He also made a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left to ice the win. While the Gauchos struggled from the free throw line for the game, they made just 11-of-19, 57.9%, they did make their final five, three by Powell and two by Brown, who also finished with 10 points. UCSB shot 47.2% from the field against UCI, which leads the Big West Conference in field goal percentage defense. The Gauchos also won the battle of the boards by a 38-31 margin. Santa Barbara, which has been plagued by turnovers at times this season, had just 11 against the Anteaters, including just three in the second half. The loss was the first in six home games for UCI this season.
Probable Starters - Notes
G - James Powell - Ended a streak of seven straight single-digit games with 10 at UCI.
G - Alex Harris - With 23 points at UCI, he has now scored 20 or more 10 times this year.
G - Justin Joyner - Has 15 assists and just six turnovers in the last three games.
F - Chris Devine - Logged his fourth double-double of the season with 15 and 11 at UCI.
F - Ivan Elliott - Has made 27-of-36 shots in last seven games, 75.0%.
Probable Reserves - Notes
G - Cecil Brown - Has been in double-figures in each of last three games (11.3 per game).
G - Paul Roemer - Tied his career-high with three steals against Long Beach.
G - Trevor Bing - Scored a season-high nine at Long Beach. Did not play at UCI.
F - Tom Garlepp - Recorded his first DNP of the season at UCI.
F - Emmanuel Bidias a Mouté - After not playing in two games, has played 20 in last two.
F - Beau Gibb - Has played in just one of the last four 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 six of eight shots in the last four games, 75.0%.
UCSB and UC Davis have played 12 times in a series that dates back to 1959. The Gauchos hold a 10-2 lead all-time, including a pair of wins last season. In 2006-07, UCSB won 73-54 at the Thunderdome and 64-50 in Davis. The Gauchos and Cal Poly have played 86 times dating back to 1938. UCSB has a 58-28 edge in the all-time series. Last season, the teams split a pair of regular season games with each team winning on its own floor. UCSB won at the Thunderdome by a score of 64-37 and the Mustangs won at Thurmond Fieldhouse (Mott Gym), 74-62. The teams played a third game in 2005-06, at Anaheim in the second round of the Big West Tournament, and Cal Poly recorded a 57-50 victory.
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 back-to-back 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.
The Gauchos On The Road
UCSB is 6-2 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. On Dec. 22, UCSB had its school record-tying six game road winning streak ended at the University of San Diego, 81-63 and then on Jan. 4, Long Beach State handed the Gauchos their second consecutive road loss, 101-65. In its last game, UCSB ended a two-game road losing streak with a 64-59 win at UC Irvine. This year's 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 11-4 on the road.
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 134-115 (.537) overall record and an 81-56 (.594) 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 322-215 (.599) at four-year schools.
For Starters, 11-4 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 15 games, Santa Barbara has a 11-4 record, the best 15-game start under Williams and the best since the 1991-92 team also began the season by also going 11-4.
What A Difference A Day Makes
In its two Big West games last weekend, UCSB opponents averaged exactly 80.0 points per game. That's the bad news. The good news, sort of, is that 101 of the 160 points scored against the Gauchos last weekend were scored in one game. On Thursday night, Long Beach State handed Santa Barbara a 101-65 defeat. The 101 points were the most scored by a Gaucho opponent since Cal Poly tallied 102 during the 1997-98 season. The 36-point margin was the largest suffered by a UCSB team since December of 1979 when it dropped a 44-point game at UCLA. Now, more good news, the Gauchos responded to the drubbing at Long Beach with one of their best defensive efforts this season. On Saturday night, UCSB limited UC Irvine to just 59 points and 34.5% shooting in a 64-59 road win. It was the first home loss this season for the Anteaters. Not only did the Gauchos hold UCI to 34.5% shooting overall, but they allowed the Anteaters to make just 9-of-28 shots from inside the three-point line, 32.1%.
Playing The Percentages
UCSB continues to shoot the ball well this season. On Saturday, the Gauchos made 25-of-53 shots from the field, 47.2%. On Jan. 4, despite getting thumped at Long Beach State, UCSB still shot 45.2% from the field. The Gauchos, who lead the Big West in field goal percentage at 49.0%, have made 45.0% or better 11 times in their 15 games this season, including the last four in a row and six of the last seven. They have made half or more of their shots seven times. Breaking down the shooting even more, despite shooting below 50.0% in each of the last three road games, 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 seven road games, UCSB has gone 220-of-437, 50.3%, and it has shot below 50.0% just four times. On the other hand, UCSB has allowed just two opponents, Long Beach State and Portland, to make better than 50.0% from the field.
In Thursday's loss at Long Beach State, the Gauchos committed 19 turnovers. In the game prior to that, a win over Cal State Fullerton, they had 18. In Saturday's win at UC Irvine, UCSB did a far better job of protecting the ball. The Gauchos had only 11 turnovers against the Anteaters, including just three in the decisive second half. It was one of Santa Barbara's five lowest turnover totals this season.
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. Before 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 15 games the Harris-Devine tandem has combined for 551 of the Gauchos' 1,116 points, 49.4%. They are combining for 36.7 points per game and if they can remain anywhere near that figure, they would become the highest scoring duo in school history. 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.
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.
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 15 15 Chris Devine 15 13 James Powell 15 7 Ivan Elliott 15 5 Cecil Brown 9 5 Tom Garlepp 15 1 Justin Joyner 15 1
Player Opponent Stats Chris Devine at Pepperdine 28p, 13r Chris Devine at USF 12p, 10r Chris Devine Vanguard 22p, 11r Chris Devine at UC Irvine 15p, 11r Ivan Elliott UC Riverside 12p, 10r
Free Throw Respite
UCSB has hit a bump in the free throw road. A few games ago, the Gauchos were rolling along at the free throw line, shooting better than 75.0% as a team. In the last three games, however, they have stumbled. On Saturday at UC Irvine, free throws nearly cost UCSB the game as it made just 11-of-19, 57.9%. In the last three games combined, two of which were wins, the Gauchos have gone 33-of-56 from the charity stripe, 58.9%. Meanwhile, ove rthat same period, the opponents have made 38-of-48, 79.2%.
The Harris Poll
Junior guard Alex Harris continues to lead UCSB in scoring at 20.7 points per game, a figure that also ranks him second in the Big West Conference and 18th in the nation. On Saturday at UC Irvine, he tallied a team-high 23 points in 38 minutes. In the win over the Anteaters, Harris made 9-of-14 shots overall. In the previous game, a loss at Long Beach State, he had one of his few sub-par games this season, equaling his season-low with 10 points In the Big West opener on Dec. 28 against UC Riverside, Harris 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. He followed the 32-point performance with a 16-point, nine-rebound game in a win over Cal State Fullerton. Following that opening Big West weekend, Harris was named the league's Player of tehe Week for the second time this season. The 32 points he tallied against Riverside were five points more 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 311 points in 15 games this season, 69 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 15 games this season, by far the longest stretch of his career. He has also scored 20 or more points 10 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 12 highest scoring games of his career this season. Among other things, he has been extremely consistent, making five or more field goals in 14 of 15 games. Just once this year, at San Diego, Harris has gone without a three-point basket. He has made at least one in 14 of 15 games, two or more in 10 games and three or more six times. Harris is shooting 45.8% from three-point range and he has gone 18-of-38 in the last six games, 47.4%. His 33 threes are a career-high. He is also averaging 4.8 rebounds per game and he has had five or more rebounds in seven of the last 10 games and eight times in his last 12 games, a span over which he has averaged 5.5 per game. This season, in addition to points, 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 had one of his best all-around games of the year on Jan. 6 at UC Irvine. Devine made 7-of-12 shots and scored 15 points. He also had 11 rebounds, equaling his second-highest total of the season. Overall, Devine is now averaging 16.0 points and a team-leading 7.0 rebounds per game. He is also shooting 55.4%, second on the team. With his 15 points and 11 rebounds, Devine has now recorded four double-doubles this season, the same number he had in 29 games last year. He has had his double-doubles this season in games at Pepperdine (28 points and 13 rebounds), at San Francisco (12 points and 10 rebounds) and at home against Vanguard (22 points and 11 rebounds). Three of Devine's four double-doubles have come on the road. Dating back to the 2005-06 season, six of his eight career double-doubles have come away from the Thunderdome. The 28 points that Devine scored on Nov. 21 at Pepperdine was a career-high. The 13 rebounds were his second-highest total ever. He has paced UCSB in scoring six times this season. Devine has made 60.0% or better from the field six times this season. He has been in double-figures in 13 of 15 games and eight times in the last nine games. He has scored 20 or more five times this season, most recently going for 25 on Dec. 30 against Cal State Fullerton. Devine has had five or more rebounds in 11 of 15 games. The 11 rebounds he had in the last game at UC Irvine were one more than he had totaled in the previous three games combined. Devine 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 three in six 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 10 games. He is averaging 7.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Since scoring two points in each of his first two games, Brown has averaged 9.2 points per game. He had a season-high 13 in the Dec. 30 win over Cal State Fullerton and he has been in double-figures in three straight games, averaging 11.3 per game over that span. Also, since his consecutive two-point games to start his comeback, he has had six or more in eight straight. In Saturday's victory at UC Irvine, Brown had 10 points and a season-high five reobunds. He has had two or more boards nine times. He had a career-high six assists on Dec. 19 against Vanguard and he has had two or more eight times in 10 games. 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 25.4 per game over the last seven games. In each of the seven, he has played at least 20 minutes and on four occasions, he has logged 25 or more.
Justin Joins In
Freshman point guard Justin Joyner continues to lead UCSB in assists at 3.3 per game. In Saturday's win at UC Irvine, Joyner bounced back from a down game at Long Beach State with a team-leading four assists. In fact, despite having just one assist in the Jan. 4 game against Long Beach, Joyner is averaging 5.0 per game in Big West play. In the Gauchos' Dec. 30 win over Cal State Fullerton, he had 10 assists, the most by a UCSB guard since Larry Bell pasased off for 11 on Jan. 28, 1999. Joyner has had four or more assists in a game seven times and the Gauchos are a perfect 7-0 in those games. His total of 50 assists is, in fact, the tenth most by a freshman in school history. He needs just one more to pass teammate Alex Harris and move into ninth all-time. Realistically, if he avoids injury, Joyner could be among the top four or five by the end of the season. Not only has Joyner become the Gauchos' best playmaker, he has done so while keeping his turnovers in check. He has just 29 turnovers in 15 games, an average of just 1.9 per outing. In the last four games, all in league play, he has 20 assists and just seven turnovers. In addition to his career-high total for assists against Fullerton, he played a career-high 37 minutes. Joyner has played 30 or more minutes seven times this season and 20 or more 13 times. The only exceptions were games at San Francisco and against Vanguard when he was suffering from the flu and totaled 26 minutes. Joyner is also averaging 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. He has scored in double-figures just once, going for 11 points on Nov. 25 against San Diego State. His season-high of seven rebounds came in a Dec. 6 win over Fresno State. Finally, while he is struggling with his three-point shooting (17.6%), Joyner has made 12-of-23 shots from two-point range, 52.2%.
Old Buddy, Old Powell
Freshman guard James Powell may have been struggling with his shooting lately, but with the game on the line at UC Irvine last Saturday, he made a key three-point basket and his final three free throws to help ice the win. Powell remains third on the team in scoring at 9.7 points per game. He is also second on the team in assists at 2.9 per game, first in steals at 1.3 per game and second in three-point baskets with 19. In the win over UCI, Powell tallied 10 points. It was the seventh time this season that he had scored in double-figures, but it ended a stretch of seven straight single-digit performances. At one point this year, Powell scored 12 or more points in six straight games. From the second game of the year through the seventh, he averaged 15.7 points per game. He had a career-high 18 on Nov. 21 at Pepperdine and he had 17 on Nov. 17 at UNLV. He also had 17 on Dec. 2 at Portland, making a personal-best four three-point baskets in the process. In the Gauchos' win over UCI, Powell hit 3-of-8 shots. In his last three games, he has made 8-of-21 shots, 38.1%, and while that figure is nothing to declare a holiday over, it is a significant improvement over the five games prior to that when he made just 4-of-26, 15.4%. Powell has also spent time playing the point this season and, like Joyner, he has had four or more assists seven times this season. He had a best of six on Dec. 6 against Fresno State. Also, like Joyner, he is moving up the freshman top-10 lists. Powell is already ranked 10th on the freshman list with 19 three-pointers and ninth with 63 three-point attempts. He is tied for 10th with 19 steals and he needs just eight assists to move onto that list.
Ivan The Good
Junior forward Ivan Elliott has made the most of the first eight starts of his career. Elliott, who came off the bench in UCSB's first seven regular season games, has started the last eight and in those games, he has averaged 8.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Over that span, Elliott has made 30-of-43 shots from the field, 69.8%. In fact, in the last eight, he has scored 66 of his 94 points this season. In the most recent seven games, he has taken his offensive game to an even higher level, scoring 12 or more four times and averaging 8.6 points per game and making 27-of-36 shots from the field, 75.0%. On Saturday at UC Irvine, he scored just two points, making his only field goal attempt, but he had six rebounds. It was the third time in the last four games that he had six or more boards. On Dec. 28, in the Gauchos' Big West-opener against UC Riverside, Elliott had the first double-double of his career with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He also tied his career-high with three assists. In the second Big West game of the season, against Cal State Fullerton, he missed by one assist of a second double-double, going for 13 points and nine rebounds. His top scoring effort of the season came on Nov. 13 at Montana State when he tallied 14. In addition to his 10 rebounds against UC Riverside, he also had 1o on Nov. 21 at Pepperdine. Elliott has had five or more rebounds seven times and UCSB has gone 6-1 in those games.
As The World Turners Senior forward Glenn Turner is rounding into shape. Turner, who missed both exhibition games and the first nine regular season games, has played in the last six, averaging 10.5 minutes per game. He is also averaging 3.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game. In the league-opener against UC Riverside, Turner had season-highs of 19 minutes, eight points, nine rebounds, five blocked shots and one assist. In the win at UC Irvine on Saturday, he played 14 minutes, his second-highest total, and had two points, five rebounds and a blocked shot. Turner made his only field goal attempt against the Anteaters and is now shooting 72.7% from the field. In his career, Turner has now made 103-of-179 field goal attempts, 57.5%. He has also blocked 89 shots, the fourth most in school history.
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oye, Oye, Oye!
After starting the first seven games, sophomore forward Tom Garlepp has come off the bench in the last eight. Actually, for the first time this season, he didn't come of the bench at all in UCSB's win at UC Irvine on Saturday. After seeing his minutes dwindle significantly in recent games, Garlepp saw them vanish completely. Including the game at UCI, he has played just 19 minutes in five games, fewer than four per game. On the year, Garlepp is averaging 16.9 minutes per game. He is averaging 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per outing and he still ranks second on the team with 11 blocked shots. 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, on Nov. 21 at Pepperdine and on Nov. 29 against Loyola Marymount.
Bidias a Mouté Back In The Rotation
In UCSB's first two league games, freshman forward Emmanuel Bidias a Mouté did not play at all. Last weekend, however, he was back in the Gaucho rotation. Bidias a Mouté played a career-high 17 minutes in the Jan. 4 loss at Long Beach State and then he logged four minutes in the win at UC Irvine. Against the 49ers, he tallied four points and had a personal-best five rebounds. The native of Cameroon was a regular part of UCSB's lineup through the first eight games, playing in seven. In the next five games, however, Bidias a Mouté made just one appearance, playing four minutes at the University of San Diego.