'Legend of the Dome' to be Unveiled Saturday as Gauchos Host Cal State Fullerton
Jan. 19, 2010
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
Note: "Legend of the Dome" to be unveiled pregame.
Game No. 18
Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal Poly
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker
Note: Game is part of The Blue-Green R/ivalry, a Series for Sustainability
"Legend Of The Dome" Unveiled Saturday
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 Saturday before the 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.
"Legends Packs" Available
Fans can purchase "Legends Packs" of tickets for the four "Legends of the Dome" basketball games. The package includes four tickets as well as four hot dogs and four sodas all for $40 per game. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.
The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters the week with an overall record of 9-7 and a Big West record of 4-2. Since dropping their league-opener on Jan. 2 at UC Irvine, the Gauchos have won four out of five games. On Jan. 16, they defeated visiting UC Riverside 63-56. It was UCSB's second win over the Highlanders this season. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, Santa Barbara has won 11 of its last 14 conference games.
Gauchos Host Cal State Fullerton One-Game Week
UCSB will host Cal State Fullerton on Saturday. The game against the Titans will be the Gauchos' only game this week. It will also be a "Legends of the Dome" game. In a pregame ceremony, a former UCSB basketball player will be honored as a "Legend of the Dome" and a banner noting such will be unveiled.
Gauchos Defeat UC Riverside For Second Time In 12 Days
James Nunnally scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half and Orlando Johnson added 16 to lead UCSB past UC Riverside, 63-56 on Jan. 16. It was the Gauchos' second win over the Highlanders in 12 days. UCR led by four points early in the first half, but a late outburst by Will Brew gave UCSB a 32-23 halftime lead. Brew, who had 11 points in the first half, made three three-point baskets in the final 2:55. Riverside mounted a comeback and actually took the lead twice in the second half. Kyle Austin, who finished with a game-high 25 points, gave the Highlanders their final lead, 39-38, on a short jumper with 13:36 to play. A 9-0 Gaucho run gave them the lead for good as UCR never got closer than five the rest of the way.
Guards Justin Joyner and Paul Roemer remain sidelined. Joyner has missed the last six games with a right ankle sprain. He originally suffered the injury in the preseason and missed several weeks. Joyner returned to play in eight games but was never completely healthy. It is possible that he resumes activity late this week. Roemer has a stress fracture in his left foot. He will likely miss at least another three weeks. Prior to the discovery of the injury, Roemer started four consecutive games.
UCSB and Cal State Fullerton have played 68 games in a series that dates back to 1977. The Gauchos hold a 36-32 all-time edge. In 2008-09, the Titans won both regular season games between the schools (62-58 in Santa Barbara and 72-65 in Fullerton) before the Gauchos recorded a 73-64 win in the Big West Tournament. UCSB and Blue-Green Rivalry Series for Sustainability opponent Cal Poly, have played 92 times since their first meeting in 1937. Santa Barbara has won 62 of the 92 games, including both last season. The Gauchos won 77-62 at San Luis Obispo and 68-66 in Santa Barbara.
Dome, Sweet Dome
UCSB is 6-2 at home in 2009-10. The Gauchos have won three straight home games, defeating UC Davis, Pacific, and UC Riverside 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 12 of its last 14 games at the Thunderdome. The Gauchos won their final six home games last season finishing at 10-4.
Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 20 Will Brew, Jr. - Scored season-high 11 points in win over Riverside.
G 42 James Powell - 191 three-pointers ranks him fourth in school history.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Only Gaucho to score 10 or more in all 16 games.
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Collected seven rebounds in each of the last two games.
F 21 James Nunnally - Leads the team with four 20-point games.
Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1 Chris Brew - Played five minutes vs. Riverside, his lowest total in last seven.
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Has played 18 or more minutes in four straight games.
G 4 Paul Roemer - Injured left foot has him sidelined indefinitely.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Sidelined with right ankle sprain.
F 15 Sam Phippen - Recorded his first DNP of the season vs. Riverside.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - 19 minutes vs. Riverside equaled his second highest total.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Did not play in the win over Riverside, his first DNP.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Has played eight or more minutes in six of seven games.
Gauchos Use Defense To Get Back On Track
UCSB has won four of its last five games and, for the most part, they have done it with defense. In the four wins, all in Big West play, the Gauchos' opponents have averaged 55.7 points per game. On Saturday, UC Riverside scored 56 and needed a late rush to get there. Also in the four wins, the opponents combined to make 75 out of 191 field goal attempts, 39.3%. They also struggled from three-point range, hitting just 22-of-69, 31.9%. UCSB has now held 12 of 16 opponents under 70 points, six under 60, and one under 50.
In 2008-09, one of UCSB's greatest weaknesses was three-point shooting. Last season, the Gauchos made just 163 three-pointers in 31 games, 5.3 per game. In addition, they made just 33.4% from outside the arc. Through 16 games in 2009-10, Santa Barbara has hit 106 three-pointers, an average of 6.6 per game, and its three-point percentage is at 36.2%, the second highest mark in the Big West. The top three UCSB scorers - Orlando Johnson, James Nunnally, and James Powell - are all shooting 39.1% or better from outside the arc. Powell is at 41.9% and Nunnally is making 41.3%.
Busy From Long Distance
While the Gauchos have been better this season than last when it comes to three-point shooting, the last two games have been exceptions. In last week's loss to Long Beach State, UCSB made 22.2% of its three-point attempts, 4-of-18. In the win over UC Riverside, the Gauchos made 7-of-27, 25.9%. In the last two games combined, they are 11-of-45, 24.4%. Also, the 27 attempts against the Highlanders were easily the most by UCSB this season. The previous high of 22 was set three times.
Leading Or Tied At Half? It's In The Book
UCSB has led at halftime seven times this season and been tied once. In those eight games, the Gauchos are a perfect 8-0. When they have been behind at half, they have gone, you guessed it, 1-7. The only exception has been the Jan. 4 game at UC Riverside. In that one, Santa Barbara trailed 23-14 at half and ultimately won, 57-53.
These Turnovers Taste Lousy
UCSB is averaging 16.1 turnovers per game. In each of the last four games the Gauchos have committed at least 17 turnovers. On Jan. 14 at Long Beach State, they had a season-high 29 turnovers, including 17 in the first half. In fact, beginning with the second half of its Jan. 10 win over Pacific, UCSB has 60 turnovers in the last five halves, 12.0 per half. Interestingly, the current four-game run comes immediately following a Jan. 4 game in which the Gauchos produced a season-low nine turnovers in a win at Riverside.
For UCSB, free throws have been anything but this year. They have been very costly. The Gauchos are shooting a mere 64.9% from the free throw line. In their last games, they made 18-of-25, a modest 72.0%, but their highest mark in six games. Santa Barbara has made less than 75.0% of its free throws in all 16 games this season. The highest free throw percentage that the Gauchos have recorded this season was 74.2% in a Nov. 28 win at Loyola Marymount. They have, in fact, shot better than 70.0% just five times this year.
The Kids Are Alright
Through 16 games, UCSB's underclassmen - the freshmen and sophomores - have produced in a major way. As a group, they have scored 679 of the team's 1,047 points, 64.9%. The chart below indicates just how productive the seven underclassmen have been in all areas.
Production By Class
Class Pts. Rebs. Asts. Stls. BS Senior 172 49 39 18 2 Junior 127 83 41 26 5 Sophomore 679 309 112 55 31 Freshman 69 45 20 10 1
UCSB Among The Big West Ranks
Category Stat Rank Scoring 65.4 ppg 7th Scoring Defense 65.6 ppg 3rd Scoring Margin -0.2 3rd FG% 43.5% 5th FT% 64.9% 6th 3-FG% 36.2% 3rd FG% Defense 43.1% 5th 3-FG% Defense 31.5% 1st 3-Pt. FG 6.6 pg 4th Reb. Margin +0.2 5th Blocked Shots 2.4 bpg 7th Assists 13.2 apg 4th Steals 6.8 spg 4th TO Margin -1.3 pg 7th Ast./TO Ratio 0.8:1.0 6th
Orlando Johnson continues to lead the Gauchos in scoring (16.6 points per game) and rebounding (5.5 per game). He ranks fourth in the Big West in scoring average. Johnson had one of his best games of the year in a Jan. 10 win over Pacific. Against the Tigers, he made 7-of-9 shots overall, including all four of his three-point attempts, finishing with 24 points and seven rebounds. The four three-pointers were a career-high. In the two games since, however, Johnson averaged 14.0 points and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 47.6% overall and 33.3% from three-point range. Johnson has now scored in double-figures in all 16 games this season and has scored 15 or more 11 times, including seven of the last nine games. He had a season-high 25 on Nov. 23 against San Francisco. His other 20 point game came on Dec. 28 when he had 21 against Furman at the Golden Bear Classic in Berkeley. Johnson has a pair of double-doubles this season. His first came on Nov. 17 against Weber State when he had 19 points and 10 rebounds. His second came on Dec. 29 when he had 17 points and a career-high 10 assists. The 10 assists were the most by a UCSB players since Justin Joyner had 10 in a late-December game in 2006. In six games since, Johnson has had totaled 10 assists. Finally, when he led the Gauchos in scoring in the first three games this season, he became the first newcomer ever to do so.
Old Buddy, Old Powell
James Powell is third on the team in scoring at 8.8 points per game. He scored eight points in the win over UC Riverside, but has struggled with his shooting in the last several games. Powell made just 1-of-7 shots against the Highlanders and is now making 41.7% for the season. In the last two games, he went 4-of-17, 23.5%. Also, in the last two, he made 2-of-11 from three-point range, 18.2%. Powell's shooting struggles actually go back to the start of Big West play on Jan. 2 at UC Irvine. In six league games, he is averaging 7.2 points per game, but he has made just 13 out of 46 field goal attempts, 28.3%, and 8-of-30 from three-point range, 26.7%. Powell scored a season-high 21 points on Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount, making five three-point baskets in the process. On Dec. 5, he had 20 points against San Diego State. In the game against the Aztecs, Powell made six three-point baskets, equaling his second highest total ever. In a Dec. 28 win over Furman, he became the 23rd player in UCSB history to score more than 1,000 points. He enters the week with 1,050 points, tied with Doug Muse for 20th all-time. In addition, he has 191 career three-point baskets, fourth all-time, and needs six to move into second on the school's all-time list. He is also third all-time in three-point attempts with 503.
The Flying Nunnally
As James Nunnally goes, so go the Gauchos. Nunnally has really emerged recently and that has made a major difference for UCSB. The sophomore is second on the team at 13.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game He scored 20 points and had seven rebounds in the win over UC Riverside. It was his team-high fourth 20-point game. Nunnally has played in 15 of the 16 UCSB games this season and the Gauchos are 8-7 in those games. In the eight wins, he has averaged 17.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. In the seven losses, Nunnally has averaged 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds. He scored a career-high 24 points in a Dec. 28 win over Furman and on Jan. 4, Nunnally produced the first double-double of his career as he went for 19 points and 10 rebounds at UC Riverside. Finally, while he is averaging 27.1 minutes per game, he has played 30 or more in seven of the last eight.
Jaimé Serna is averaging 7.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, third on the team. In the over UC Riverside, Serna had five points, seven rebounds, and two blocked shots before fouling out. It was his second straight game with seven rebounds. In the last four games, Serna has averaged 9.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while shooting 60.0% from the field and 75.0% from thre free throw line. On Jan. 8 against UC Davis, he scored a season-high 14 points, his third double-figure effort of the season. Serna had a career-high nine rebounds on Dec. 18 at Montana State. Finally, when he fouled out of last week's Riverside game, it was fourth disqualification this year.
Where There's A Will, There's A Way
Will Brew leads the team in assists at 2.9 per game and steals at 1.3 per game. He is also averaging 4.9 points after scoring a season-high 11 in the last game against Riverside. Brew scored all 11 points in the first half against the Highlanders and equaled his season-high with three three-point baskets. Brew continues to have one of the best assist-to-turnover ratios on the team. He has 46 assists and 27 turnovers, a 1.7-to-1.0 ratio and a huge improvement over his freshman season when he had 54 assists and 66 turnovers. He also leads the team with 20 steals, ninth in Big West, and he has two steals in seven games. With Injuries to Justin Joyner and Paul Roemer, Brew has been called on to increase his playing time recently. He is averaging 25.6 minutes per game overall, but in the last six games he has logged 181 minutes, an average of 30.2 per game. Brew played a season-high 35 minutes in the win over Riverside. Finally, he is the only Gaucho to start all 16 games in 2009-10 and, dating back to the 2008-09 season, has started 35 games in a row and 39 of the last 40.
Since a six-point, five-rebound, five block, three-assist game on Jan. 4 at UC Riverside, sophomore Greg Somogyi has struggled statistically. In the five games since, Somogyi has scored just two points in 41 minutes, attempting just four shots. He has had eight rebounds over that same period. Overall he is now averaging 1.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocked shots per game. On Dec. 29 at Cal, Somogyi had his best statistical game of the season with 12 points (6-of-9 from the field), eight rebounds, three blocked shots, and one steal in 21 minutes. Beginning with the game at Cal, he has averaged 11.7 minutes per game in the last seven.
Never Roemer Alone
Paul Roemer has a stress fracture in his left foot and remains sidelined indefinitely. He also has a torn tendon in the middle finger of his right hand, but he continued to play and, in fact, started the four games prior to injuring his foot. He averaged 16.7 minutes per game in his four starts.
Jon Pastorek did not play in the win over UC Riverside. He played 11 minutes in each of the three games prior to that game. It marked the first time since mid-December that Pastorek had played 10 or more minutes in consecutive games. Pastorek's 11 rebounds on Nov. 17 vs. Weber State are the most by a Gaucho this season. He had 17 of his 33 rebounds in the first two games of the season.
The Jordan Rules
Jordan Weiner played 21 minutes in each of the last two games. Weiner has played 18 or more in the last four games, averaging 19.5 per game over that span. On the season, he is averaging 11.3 per game. Weiner has averaged 4.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 assists in the last four games. He scored a season-high eight on Jan. 14 at Long Beach State, equaling his season-high with two three-pointers. While ranking 10th on the team in minutes, Weiner is second in steals with 14. He had a career-high four on Jan. 8 vs. UC Davis.
Freshman Lucas Devenny played 19 minutes and had four rebounds in the win over UC Riverside. It was the most playing time Devenny has seen since he also played 19 on Dec. 18 at Montana State. He has played in all 16 games this season, but after playing 10 or more minutes in seven of the first nine games, he has done so just once in the last seven.
Sam He Is
Sam Phippen is averaging 3.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, but he is scoreless in his last six appearanes, playing just 18 minutes. He did not play in the win over Riverside. Phippen scored 28 of his 48 points in two games. He had a career-high 14 points on Nov. 14 against Cal State Los Angeles and Nov. 28 at LMU.
Freshman Chris Brew is averaging 3.5 points per game. Since scoring 23 over a two game span to start December, he has totaled just 19 points in the last nine games, 2.1 per game. Brew had a season-high 12 on Dec. 1 vs. Santa Clara. He played five minutes vs. Riverside last week, his fewest since playing one on Nov. 28 at LMU. Brew has nine steals on the year, including four in the last two games. He has a season-high three steals twice.
The Bob Williams File
2009-10 is Bob Williams's12th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. In 2008-09, Williams guided 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 guided 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. Williams has been selected Big West Coach of the Year twice, in 1998-99 and 2002-03.
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 188-153 He guided the program to nine winning seasons in his first 11 years - including the last four in a row - and a pair of 20 win seasons. He has a career record of 112-74 in Big West games and his .603 winning percentage in league contests is the best 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 377-253 (.599) at four-year schools.