Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. UC Irvine
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Gametracker
Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. UC Riverside
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Gametracker
On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on AM 1290 KZSB and will stream live online at UCSBgauchos.com and NewsPress.com. Gerry Fall is in his seventh year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB star Don Ford and Santa Barbara News-Press legend Mark Patton handle the color commentary.
Purchasing Tickets Has Never Been Easier
To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online and print at home by clicking here. The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the Ticket Office, are also available during weekday hours, which are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Tune in to UCSB Athletics' weekly radio show Talk'n Gauchos, which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1290 KZSB. The show is broadcast live from the Beachside Bar & Café on Goleta Beach. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways and can even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click here to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online.
UC Santa Barbara will enjoy its first two-game homestand in Big West Conference play when it entertains UC Irvine on Thursday, Jan. 13 and then UC Riverside on Saturday, Jan. 15. The Gauchos have played two of their three league games on the road, including a tough 57-54 loss at Pacific in their last outing on Jan. 8.
The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its Jan. 13 game against UC Irvine with an overall record of 8-6 and a Big West mark of 1-2. The Gauchos dropped their last game on a last-second three-point basket, 57-54 to Pacific on Jan. 8. Since opening the season with a 2-3 record, they have won six out of nine.
Serna, Boswell Remain Doubtful As UCSB Returns Home
Junior forward Jaimé Serna and freshman guard Kyle Boswell are doubtful for this weekend's games against UC Irvine and UC Riverside. Serna has missed the last three games and four of the last five with a strained groin. Boswell has an Achilles injury and has missed the last three games in a row.
UCSB and UC Irvine have played 73 times in a series that dates back to 1968. The Gauchos hold a 44-29 advantage. The teams split a pair of games in 2009-10 with each team winning on its home floor. On Mar. 3, the regular season finale for UCSB, the Gauchos won at the Thunderdome, 77-74. Santa Barbara and UC Riverside have played 27 times with UCSB holding a 22-5 edge. The Gauchos swept the season series last year, including a 63-56 win at the Thunderdome on Jan. 16.
The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 4-1 at home this season and have won 12 of their last 13 at the Thunderdome. In fact, when UCSB lost to Long Beach State in the Dec. 28 Big West opener, it ended an 11-game home winning streak. UCSB went 11-2 at home in 2009-10, including a perfect 8-0 against Big West opponents. It marked the first time ever that the Gauchos were unbeaten at home in league play. Santa Barbara won eight consecutive home games to close out the season. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, the Gauchos have won 21 of their last 24 home games.
Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Missed all five of his field goal attempts in loss at Pacific.
G 20 Will Brew - Has averaged 6.5 points per game in the last two making 5-of-9 shots.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Has scored 36 points in the last two second halves for the Gauchos.
F 21 James Nunnally - Scored season-low five points in loss at Pacific.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - 17-of-27 shots in the last four games, 63.0%.
Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Has missed four of the last five games with a groin strain and will not play on Thursday.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Missed last three games with injured Achilles.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Has made at least one three-point basket in six of last seven games.
G 24 Christian Peterson - Tied career-high when he played nine minutes vs. Fresno Pacific.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Made his only field goal attempt in game at Pacific.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Tied his season-high with 10 points at Pacific.
G 43 Troy Leaf - Tied season-low with five minutes played at Pacific.
Williams Hits Second Victory Milestone
When UCSB defeated Denver to open the season, head coach Bob Williams became the third coach in school history to record 200 or more wins. On Dec. 31, when the Gauchos defeated Fresno Pacific, it was his 206th win and it moved him past Willie Wilton (205-163) and into second on the school's all-time victory list. Williams now has 207 wins and his next milestone should be the 400th overall win of his career. He is currently 396-262 and needs just four more wins to hit the 400 mark. His next Gaucho target is Jerry Pimm, the school's all-time coaching victory leader with a record of 222-202.
Johnson/Nunnally Continue To Rank 1-2 Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally continue to rank 1-2 in the Big West scoring race. Johnson will enter Thursday's game against UC Irvine averaging 18.6 points per game while Nunnally is at 17.9. The duo has been trading the number one and two spots in the scoring race all season. Johnson led the way through the first six games, but when Nunnally scored a career-high 34 in a Dec. 4 win at Santa Clara, he became the leader. The Stockton, Calif., native held the top spot until the last game, at Pacific, when he was held to a season-low five points while Johnson poured in 27. In fact, in the two road games last week, Johnson scored 48 points, including 43 from the second half at UC Davis through the full 40 minutes at Pacific, while Nunnally scored 22. Johnson won the Big West scoring title in 2009-10 at 18.0 points per game.
Let Free Throws Ring! Just Let Them Ring A Little More Often
UCSB leads the Big West Conference in free throw percentage at 77.7%. In their Jan. 8 loss at Pacific, the Gauchos equaled their season-best single-game mark by making all of the their free throws. That was the good news. The bad news was that they attempted a season-low six shots from the line, all in the second half. Previously, the fewest free throws that Santa Barbara had attempted were eight in a Nov. 13 defeat to North Dakota State. In its last two games, UCSB made 23-of-27 free throws, 85.2%, and if you include the 10 in a row that they made to end the Jan. 6 game at Davis, the Gauchos have hit 16 consecutive free throws. The 85.2% mark over the last two games comes on the heels of a three-game stretch in which they made 37-of-57, 64.9%. In all, UCSB has made 80.0% or better from the line nine times in 14 games this season. In 2009-10, the team hit the 80.0% mark just twice. The Gauchos most successful free throw shooter this season has been James Nunnally, but while he has made 65-of-72, 90.3%, he has not attempted even one in the last two games. Prior to the last two games, Nunnally had attempted at least one in 12 straight games and three or more in 10 of the first 11 games of the season. At one point, he made 27 in a row over a span of six games.
Johnson's Double-Figure Streak Continues Orlando Johnson has scored in double-figures 44 times in his 44 games as a Gaucho. It is the longest streak of consecutive double-figure scoring in school history. Last year, Johnson became just the second UCSB player on record to score in double-figures in every game over an entire season. Previously, only Raymond Tutt (1996-97) had done so.
On Nov. 20, Orlando Johnson scored 35 points in a home win over Fresno State. James Nunnally scored 34 points in UCSB's Dec. 4 win at Santa Clara and when he did so, it marked the first time since the 2001-02 season that two Gauchos have scored 30 or more points in a game in the same season. In 2001-02, Adama Ndiaye had a 31-point game in a win an Cal Poly and Mark Hull poured in 32 in UCSB's NCAA Tournament game against Arizona.
The End Of An Era
Entering its Jan. 8 game at Pacific, UCSB had a perfect 8-0 record in games in which it had a higher field goal percentage than its opponent. The Gauchos were 8-0 when outshooting the opposition and 0-5 when their opponent outshot them. Saturday's loss to the Tigers became the first blemish on UCSB's ledger when outshooting an opponent. In the game at Stockton, the Gauchos made 22-of-44 shots, 50.0%, while Pacific hit 18-of-49, 36.7%.
Playing The Percentages
While UCSB is shooting 45.9% for the season, it has been better in recent games. In their last three games, the Gauchos made 73 out of their 149 field goal attempts, 49.0%. In their last game, they lost despite making 50.0% of their shots. Through 14 games this season, Santa Barbara has made 50.0% or better five times. Finally, since making 64-of-161 (40.0%) through the season's first three games, the Gauchos have hit 269 out of 565 shots, 47.6%, in the last 11 games.
Double-Dipping Orlando Johnson is the only Gaucho to score in double-figures in every game this season. James Nunnally has done so 12 times. In fact, until the Dec. 21 game against Cal Baptist, the only other player to score 10 or more in a game was Jaimé Serna. Jon Pastorek, after going 40 straight games over two seasons in single-digits, has scored 10 in two of the last three games.
UCSB's list of double-doubles this season is not a lengthy one. Orlando Johnson, James Nunnally and Jaimé Serna are the only players to hit double-figures in two statistical categories in the same game this season. Johnson has posted a pair of double-doubles. Last year Johnson and Nunnally were the only Gauchos who achieved the feat.
The Flying Nunnally James Nunnally scored a season-low five points in UCSB's Jan. 8 game at Pacific. Nunnally attempted just seven shots, making two. The seven field goal attempts were just two more than his previous season-low of five (4-for-5) on Dec. 21 against Cal Baptist. Despite scoring just five against the Tigers, he is still averaging 17.9 points per game, second on the Gauchos and in the Big West. Nunnally has scored in double-figures in 12 of 14 games. During a six-game stretch that began with the Nov. 14 game at Oregon and ended with the Dec. 15 win at UNLV, he averaged 24.7 points per game and scored 20 or more five times. Twice during that span - Dec. 6 and Dec. 20 - he was named Big West Player of the Week and three times he set a new career-high in scoring. His first career-high came when he poured in 28 points at Oregon on Nov. 14. On Dec. 1, he went one better when he scored 29 in a win over Loyola Marymount and then on Dec. 4, the next game, he went for 34 at Santa Clara. The 63 points that Nunnally scored in consecutive wins over Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara were the most that a UCSB player has scored over a two-game span since Raymond Tutt went for 37 and 35 in consecutive games during the latter portion of the 1996-97 season. The Stockton, Calif., native is also second on the Gauchos in rebounds at 5.3 per game. In last weekend's trip to UC Davis and Pacific, Nunnally led the team in rebounding twice as he had nine against the Aggies and seven against the Tigers. He had a career-high 11 rebounds on Nov. 27 at Portland while also scoring 22 points. It was his first double-double of the year and third of his career. Finally, on Jan. 6 at Davis, Nunnally passed the 900 point mark in his career and now has 920.
O.J. Juices The Gauchos
After a stretch of eight straight games in which he scored fewer than 20 points, Orlando Johnson went for 21 and 27 in the last two games. After scoring 21, including 16 in the second half, in the Gauchos' Jan. 6 game at UC Davis, Johnson scored 27, including 20 in the second half and the team's last 15 in-a-row, at Pacific. With his two-game effort, he reclaimed the team scoring lead at 18.6 points per game. Following a bit of a shooting slump, he has been solid in the last three games, making 22-of-39 shots from the field, 56.4%. Johnson not only leads UCSB in scoring, but he also paces the team in rebounding (6.3 per game) and assists (3.2 per game). He leads the Big West Conference in scoring and is the only player in the league to rank among the top-10 in scoring, rebounding and assists. The 27 points he poured in at Pacific were the most he had scored since he went for a career-high 35 - to go along with 11 rebounds - in a Nov. 20 win over Fresno State. The 35 were the most points scored by a Gaucho since February of 2007. In addition to his 35-point game against Fresno State, Johnson had 30 on Nov. 13 against North Dakota State and he is the first UCSB player since Alex Harris in 2006-07 to have two 30+ scoring efforts in the same season. The Seaside, Calif., native has scored in double-figures in all 14 games this season and all 44 during his career, the longest streak in UCSB history. Johnson had his second double-double of the season on Dec. 15 when he had 12 points and a career-best 15 rebounds in a win at UNLV. Johnson has now scored 801 points at UCSB. Finally, if you include his one season at Loyola Marymount, when he scored a Lions' freshman record 383 points, he has scored 1,184 as a collegiate player.
Serna Becomes The Third Option Jaimé Serna has missed the last three games and four of the last five with a strained groin. His status for the games against UC Irvine and UC Riverside is doubtful. He played with the injury on Dec. 28 against Long Beach State and had eight points in 18 minutes. He had also missed the previous game, on Dec. 21 against Cal Baptist. Despite his recent injury troubles, Serna is now third on the team at 8.0 points per game. In his last four appearances, he averaged 10.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while making 16-of-25 shots from the field, 64.0%. Over that same span he went 9-of-11 from the free throw line, 81.8%. Serna is second on the team in field goal percentage at 55.4% and since he missed all seven of his shots in a Nov. 13 game against North Dakota State, he has gone 28-of-44, 63.6%. On Dec. 4, in a win at Santa Clara, he recorded the first double-double of his career when he had 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Serna also had a career-high five blocked shots in the win over the Broncos.
Junior Greg Somogyi had just two rebounds in 18 minutes at Pacific on Jan. 8. It ended a streak of five straight games of five or more rebounds for the native of Budapest. On the season, Somogyi is now third on the team in rebounding at 4.0 per game, fourth in scoring at 5.6 per outing, and he leads the team with 26 blocked shots. Despite his two rebound performance against the Tigers, he has been solid over the past six games. In the last six, Somogyi has averaged 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds while making 22-of-37 shots from the field, 59.5%. In fact, he has claimed the team-lead in field goal percentage at 56.1%. He had one of his best games ever in a Dec. 31 win over Fresno Pacific. Somogyi made 7-of-9 shots to finish 16 points. In addition, he had seven rebounds, two blocks, two steals and two assists. He also played a career-high 30 minutes in the game against the Sunbirds. In the last five games, since Serna suffered his groin injury, Somogyi has played 104 minutes, 20.8 per game. He continues to lead the Big West in blocked shots with 26. He has had at least one block in 12 of 14 games and two or more eight times. Somogyi rejected a season-high five shots on Nov. 27 at Portland. He now has 101 for his career, fifth in school history.
Taking A Pass, A Pastorek That Is
Senior Jon Pastorek has seized the opportunity he was presented when Jaimé Serna went down with a groin injury. While Pastorek is averaging 18.4 minutes, 4.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game overall, he has been even better in the last five games. In those games, he has averaged 21.0 minutes, 7.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He has made 13-of-20 field goal attempts overall, 65.0%, and 4-of-4 from three-point range, 1.000%. That last figure didn't take Einstein to calculate. In addition, after scoring 11 points in UCSB's season-opener in 2009-10, Pastorek didn't hit double-figures again until he tallied 10 on Dec. 31 against Fresno Pacific, a stretch of 40 games. The Anaheim, Calif., native scored 10 more in the last game at Pacific as he made 4-of-5 shots overall, his only three-point attempt and his only free throw. While he has 21 assists on the season, Pastorek has collected 16 of them in the last six games.
Something Is Brewing
Junior Will Brew has started to come alive offensively the last three games. With the exception of a Dec. 4 game at Santa Clara in which he scored nine points, Brew had really struggled offensively this season. In the last three games, however, that has turned things around. He is averaging 2.9 points per game, but is at 5.7 per game in the last three. In those games he made 6-of-11 shots, 54.5%, and his first two three-pointers of the season. Brew made both threes when he tied his season-high with nine on Jan. 6 at UC Davis.
Senior Jordan Weiner is averaging 5.1 points per game. He scored a career-high 16 in a Dec. 21 win over Cal Baptist but since then has been mired in a deep shooting slump. In the last four games, Weiner has averaged 4.0 points per game while making just 3-of-20 shots from the field overall, 15.0%, and 2-for-16 from three-point range, 12.5%. On a positive note, in the Gauchos' Dec. 31 game against Fresno Pacific, Weiner scored seven on 2-of-6 shooting from the field, but it was his second basket that saved UCSB's bacon. Weiner's second bucket of the contest came when he caught an air-balled three-pointer on the fly and made a reverse scoop-shot as the buzzer sounded to end regulation sending the game against the Sunbirds to overtime and giving his team the opportunity to escape with the 75-67 win. Weiner is third on the team with 15 three-pointers. He made a career-high four threes in a Dec. 21 win over Cal Baptist. In addition to his three-point exploits, he has staked claim to the team-lead in steals with 22. He has had at least one steal in each of the last five games and 11 times this season. He's had two or more five times in 14 games. Weiner had a career-high five steals on Dec. 1 against Loyola Marymount and he added four in UCSB's Jan. 6 win at UC Davis.
Justin Joins In The Party Justin Joyner has re-emerged as a key part of UCSB's lineup. He missed the Gauchos' first two December games against Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara with a hip injury. He returned in the Dec. 15 win at UNLV and had his best game of the season with eight points, six assists, four steals, one blocked shot and a rebound. He made all three of his field goal attempts, including both of his three-point attempts. In fact, entering the game at Las Vegas, Joyner was 1-for-7 from the floor on the season and despite missing both of his shots and going scoreless on Jan. 8 at Pacific, in the seven games since he has gone 12-of-22 (54.5%) overall and 7-of-15 (46.7%) from outside the three-point arc. He has made at least one three-point basket in six of the last games. On Dec. 28 against Long Beach State, Joyner scored nine points on 4-of-6 shooting. It was his highest scoring game since the 2007-08 season. He has also had three or more assists four times in the last seven games and at least one steal in six. He has had a career-high four steals in wins at UNLV and UC Davis. Finally, with five assists in the Gauchos' last game at Pacific, Joyner now has 28 on the season and 271 in his career, the 10th most in school history. He needs just two to move past Branduinn Fullove and into ninth on the all-time list.
On The Horizon
Following the two home games this week, UCSB will hit the road for two more, traveling to Cal State Fullerton for a 6;00 p.m. game on Saturday, Jan. 22 and to Cal Poly for a 7:00 p.m. game on Thursday, Jan. 27.
The Bob Williams File
2010-11 is Bob Williams's 13th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. In 2009-10, he guided the Gauchos to a 20-10 overall record, their second Big West Tournament title, and fourth NCAA Tournament berth ever. It was the program's second NCAA Tournament bid and its fifth regular season title in his 12 seasons. Following the season, Williams was named Big West Coach of the Year for the third time.
Last year also marked the third Williams coached Gaucho team to win 20 or more games and the 10th overall in program history. It was the second time in the three seasons that the UCSB won 20 or more.
In 2008-09, Williams coached the Gauchos to a 16-15 overall record and an 8-8 mark in the Big West Conference. The record, however, doesn't tell the entire story. UCSB was forced to overcome a myriad of injuries and at one point stood at 8-13 overall and 2-7 in league play.
In 2007-08, Williams led the Gauchos to a 23-9 overall record. The 23 wins were a school record, and UCSB also won its second Big West regular season title with a 12-4 conference record. Following the campaign, the Gauchos were awarded a bid to the National Invitation Tournament. It was the third time that a Williams-coached UCSB team advanced to postseason play.
The 2002 Gauchos won the school's first Big West Tournament title, advancing to the NCAA Tournament, and in 2003, they won the league's regular season championship and played in the NIT.
In 1998-99, he took over a UCSB program that had not recorded a winning season in five years, and after seeing his team lose its first eight games that year - extending a two-season losing streak to 16 straight games - the Gauchos turned things around, winning 15 of their final 20 games and finishing on top in the Big West's Western Division.
Williams has a UCSB record of 207-162. He guided the program to 10 winning seasons in his first 12 years - including the last five in a row - and three 20 win seasons. He has a career record of 121-78 in Big West games and his .612 winning percentage in league games is tops among the league's active coaches.
Prior to his arrival at UCSB, Williams 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's 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 an overall career record of 396-262 (.602) at four-year schools.