January 15, 2010

Gauchos Host UC Riverside Saturday

Jan. 15, 2010

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The Schedule
Game No. 16
Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara vs. UC Riverside
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker
Video Streaming: BigWest.TV

Game No. 17
Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Fullerton
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker
Video Streaming: BigWest.TV
Note: First Men's Basketball "Legend of the Dome" unveiled in pregame ceremony.

• "Legends Of The Dome" To Be Honored
For years, the Gauchos have been exciting crowds in the Thunderdome. Through the years, legends were made in the 'Dome. Now, five former UCSB standouts are being saluted as "Legends of the Dome." The first legendary women's volleyball star, Roberta Gehlke, was unveiled Oct. 19, 2009. The first men's basketball legend will be unveiled on Jan. 23 before a 7:00 p.m. game against Cal State Fullerton. Three other legends will be introduced this year. The second men's hoops legend will be unveiled prior to UCSB's 4:00 p.m. Feb. 13 game against Long Beach State. Women's basketball legends will be honored on Feb. 11 before a 7:00 p.m. game against UC Riverside, and on Feb. 27 before a 2:00 p.m. Blue-Green Rivalry Series game against Cal Poly.

Tickets Available For All Gaucho Games
To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here. The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters Saturday's game against UC Riverside with an overall record of 8-7 and a Big West mark of 3-2. On Thursday night, the Gauchos had a three-game winning streak come to an end with a 67-47 loss at Long Beach State. All three wins during the streak were in Big West play.

• The Last Game
UCSB scored the first basket of the second half at Long Beach State on Thursday night, tying the score at 32-32. The 49ers then went on a 12-0 run to seize control of the game. Long Beach outscored the Gauchos 35-17 in the second half. Santa Barbara committed a season-high 29 turnovers and shot just 32.7% in defeat. UCSB made just 6-of-28 field goal attempts in the second half, 21.4%, while the 49ers hit 45.0% overall and 51.9% in the final 20 minutes. Orlando Johnson was the only Gaucho player to score in double-figures, finishing with 12 points. Long Beach State was led by T.J. Robinson who had 19 points and 12 rebounds.

• The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his 12th season as head coach at UCSB. He enters the game against UC Riverside with a Gaucho record of 187-153 (.550). Overall, Williams is in his 22nd season as a coach at four-year schools. He coached two seasons at Menlo College (31-24) and eight seasons at UC Davis (158-76). Overall, he has posted a record of 376-253 (.598). Williams has guided the Gauchos to three Big West regular season titles, one Big West Tournament championship, one NCAA Tournament and two National Invitation Tournaments. He is a two-time Big West Coach of the Year and he has also been named District Coach of the Year.

• The Gauchos And Highlanders
UCSB and UC Riverside have played 26 times going back to 1955. UCSB holds a 21-5 edge after winning 57-53 in Riverside on Jan. 4. Last year, the teams split a pair of games. The Highlanders won the game in Riverside, 71-69, while UCSB won its home game, 66-53.

• Possible Starters - Notes
G - Will Brew - Has four rebounds in each of the last two games.
G - James Powell - His 190 career three-point baskets are tied for fourth in school history.
G - Orlando Johnson - Is the only UCSB player to score in double-figures in all 15 games.
F - James Nunnally - Equaled his season-low with four points at Long Beach State.
F - Jaimé Serna - Has averaged 10.3 points per game in the last three.

• Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Chris Brew - Played 15 minutes at Long Beach and tied his career-high with three steals.
G - Jordan Weiner - Scored season-high eight points at Long Beach State.
G - Paul Roemer - Remains sidelined with stress fracture in left foot.
G - Justin Joyner - Sprained right ankle has him out indefinitely.
F - Sam Phippen - His point at Long Beach on Thursday was his first since Dec. 21 at Arizona State.
F - Lucas Devenny - Has gone scoreless in his last four games.
F - Jon Pastorek - Played exactly 11 minutes in each of the last three games.
C - Greg Somogyi - Has played 10 or more minutes in three of the last four games.

• Dome, Sweet Dome
UCSB is 5-2 at home in 2009-10. The Gauchos have won two straight home games, defeating UC Davis and Pacific last weekend. After beginning the year 3-0 at the Thunderdome, UCSB lost consecutive games to Santa Clara and San Diego State. The loss to Santa Clara on Dec. 1 ended a seven-game home winning streak. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, Santa Barbara has now won nine of its last 11 games at the Thunderdome.

• In a Giving Mood
UCSB has been in a very giving mood the last three halves. In the second half of the Jan. 10 win over Pacific, the Gauchos committed 14 turnovers and finished with 18 for the game. In Thursday's loss at Long Beach State, they were generous in both halves, turning the ball over 17 times in the first and 12 times in the second for a season-high 29 overall. The 29 turnovers against the 49ers marked the third time this year that UCSB has had 20 or more. Previously, their season-high was 23 on Dec. 1 against Santa Clara. Santa Barbara had a season-low nine turnovers in its last meeting with UC Riverside on Jan. 4. In the three games since the season-low, the Gauchos have committed 64 turnovers, an average of 21.3 per game.

• Gauchos Don't Like Foreign Rims
UCSB shot a meager 32.7% overall on Thursday night, including an even meagerer (I know that isn't a word.) 21.4% in the second half. The road has not been kind to Gaucho shooters this season. With the exception of an outstanding 56.0% effort in the first road game at Loyola Marymount on Nov. 28, they have been at 42.0% or below in every true road game this season. Since the game at LMU, Santa Barbara has made 123 out of its 323 shots in true road games, 38.1%.

• Nunnally Continues To Be The Gauchos' Gauge
As James Nunnally goes, so go the Gauchos. That continued to be the case in the loss at Long Beach State. Nunnally made just 2-of-9 shots overall, missed both of his three-point attempts, and equaled his season-low with four points. Nunnally has played in 14 of the Gauchos' 15 games and there has been a major disparity in how he has played in wins as opposed to losses. He is averaging 17.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in the seven wins in which he has played. In the seven losses, Nunnally is 7.7 points and 3.7 rebounds.

• Johnson Continues Double-Figure Scoring Streak
Orlando Johnson scored 12 points in Thursday's game at Long Beach State. He remains the only Gaucho player to score in double-figures in all 15 games this season and he continues to lead the team in scoring at 16.7 points per game.

• Powell Climbs Some Lists
James Powell had seven points and one three-point basket on Thursday night. Powell has now made 190 career three-point baskets, tying him with Idris Jones for fourth on UCSB's all-time list. He needs just seven to move past Alex Harris and Carrick DeHart into second all-time. Mark Hull is currently 27 ahead of Powell with 217. In addition Powell has now scored 1,042 career points, 21st all-time. He needs nine to move past Doug Muse and into 20th-place.

• Dot, Dot, Dot
Sophomores have scored 627 of UCSB's 984 points in 2009-10, 63.7%...The Gauchos continue to do a good job of defending three-point shots. They have limited opponents to 30.6% on the season, the top mark in the Big West. The last five opponents, all in the league play, have made just 26 out of 94 attempts, 27.7%...Of UCSB's 36 blocked shots on the season, 21 have come in the last six games...Of UCSB's seven losses this season, five have been by 11 points or more and three have been by 20 or more points...The Gauchos continue to struggle from the free throw line. They made just 11-of-17 at Long Beach on Thursday, 64.7%. The 64.7% mark was their best in the last five games. In the last five, three of which were wins, UCSB made 55 out of 92 free throw attempts, 59.8%...Santa Barbara is averaging 65.6 points per game. The Gauchos have scored 70 points or more four times in 2009-10, but three of those occasions came in the first four games of the season. They have been under 70 points in six straight contests.

On The Horizon
UCSB remains at home to host Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 p.m. Prior to the game against the Titans, the second "Legend of the Dome," and the first men's basketball player, will be unveiled. The "Legends of the Dome" program honors former Gaucho greats who played in the Thunderdome. In the fall, former women's volleyball player Roberta Gehlke was honored. One more mens' basketball "Legend" will be introduced on Feb. 14, while women's basketball honorees will be introduced on Feb. 11 and Feb. 27.