Gauchos Take Two-Game Winning Streak to Fullerton Saturday
Jan. 19, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Fullerton
at Fullerton's Titan Gymnasium
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Gametracker
Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Cal Poly
at Cal Poly's Mott Gymnasium
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
TV: KSBY-TV, Channel 6
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
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.
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UC Santa Barbara will play just one game this week, traveling to Cal State Fullerton for a 6:00 p.m. game on Saturday, Jan. 22. Next week, the Gauchos will play one road game (at Cal Poly on Jan. 27) and one home game (vs. Cal State Northridge on Jan. 29).
The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its Jan. 22 game at Cal State Fullerton with an overall record of 10-6 and a Big West mark of 3-2. The Gauchos won their last game, a 64-57 decision at home over UC Riverside, and have now won two in a row and four of five.
Serna, Boswell Remain Doubtful As UCSB Goes On The Road
Junior forward Jaimé Serna and freshman guard Kyle Boswell are doubtful for Saturday's game at Cal State Fullerton. Serna has missed the last fives games and six of the last seven with a strained groin. Boswell has an Achilles injury and has missed the last five games.
Johnson Named Big West Player Of The Week For Second Time In 2010-11
Junior guard Orlando Johnson was named Big West Player of the Week on Monday after leading UCSB to victories over UC Irvine and UC Riverside. In the win over the Anteaters, Johnson scored 22 points, collected seven rebounds and passed out three assists. He scored 16 of his points in the second half despite being hampered with foul trouble. On Saturday, against Riverside, Johnson made 11-of-16 field goal attempts and scored 28 points. He added seven rebounds and two assists against the Highlanders. It was the second time this season that the Seaside, Calif., native has been named Big West Player of the Week and the fourth time in his UCSB career.
The Last Time Out: Gauchos Get Defensive In Win Over UC Riverside
Orlando Johnson scored 28 points and James Nunnally added 19 as UCSB defeated UC Riverside on Jan. 15, 64-57. While Johnson and Nunnally combined for 47 points in the win over the Highlanders, it was the Gauchos' defense that was the decider in the game. Santa Barbara held UCR 14 points below its season scoring average and to a paltry 21-for-57 shooting from the field, 36.8%. The Gauchos also won the rebounding battle from a Riverside team that leads the league in rebounding margin, 32-30. UCSB trailed 15-14 with 12 minutes left in the first half, but a Nunnally three-pointer ignited an 11-2 run to give the Gauchos a 25-17 lead. They never relinquished the advantage although the Highlanders narrowed the gap to five on two occasions in the second half, the final time coming at 62-57 with 11 seconds to play. Jordan Weiner had seven points, a career-high five assists and four rebounds while Justin Joyner added three-points, on a key three-pointer late in the second half, and six assists.
UCSB and Cal State Fullerton have played 70 times in a series that began in 1977. The Gauchos hold a 38-32 lead over the Titans and won both games last season, winning 73-65 in Fullerton and 85-80 in Santa Barbara. In all, UCSB has won the last three games in the series. The Gauchos and Cal Poly have played 94 times in a series that began in 1937. UCSB holds a 63-31 all-time edge, but the Mustangs won the last match-up, 60-57 in San Luis Obispo on Feb. 27, 2010.
Away From Home
UCSB has opened the season with a 4-5 record in games away from home. The Gauchos are 3-4 in true road games and 1-1 in neutral site contests. They have won three of their last five road games, winning 80-69 at Santa Clara on Dec. 4, 68-62 at UNLV on Dec. 15 and 77-65 at UC Davis on Jan. 6. On Jan. 8 in their last road game, they dropped a 57-54 decision at Pacific. The game was decided on a three-pointer at the buzzer. In 2009-10, UCSB went 6-7 in true away games and 3-1 in neutral court games.
Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Had a career-high five assists in the win over UC Riverside.
G 20 Will Brew - Has gone scoreless in the last two games.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Big West Player of the Week and has scored 20 or more in four straight.
F 21 James Nunnally - Has 961 career points and needs 39 to become 24th Gaucho over 1,000.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - 21-of-33 shots in the last six games, 63.6%.
Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Has missed six of the last seven games with a groin strain. Still doubtful
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Missed last five games with injured Achilles. Remains doubtful for this week.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Had 12 assists and just one turnover in last week's wins over UCI and UCR.
G 24 Christian Peterson - Had 11 rebounds in 27 minutes in wins over UCI and UCR.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Played a total of just nine minutes in last two games.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Averaging 4.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists in last six games.
G 43 Troy Leaf - Game against UC Riverside was his first DNP of the season.
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 209 wins and his next milestone should be the 400th overall win of his career. He is currently 398-262 and needs just four more 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 Saturday's game at Cal State Fullerton averaging 19.4 points per game while Nunnally is at 18.2. Johnson began the week ranked 31st in scoring nationally while Nunnally was 55th. 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 Jan. 8 game at Pacific, when he was held to a season-low five points while Johnson poured in 27. In two games last weekend, Johnson scored 50 points (25.0) and Nunnally had 41 (20.5). Johnson won the Big West scoring title in 2009-10 at 18.0 points per game.
Johnson's Double-Figure Streak Continues
Orlando Johnson has scored in double-figures 46 times in his 46 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) was the only player to have done so.
Let Free Throws Ring!
UCSB leads the Big West Conference and is ranked ninth in the nation in free throw percentage at 77.2%. In all, Santa Barbara has made 80.0% or better from the line nine times in 16 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 who has made 72-of-80, 90.0%, a figure that ranks 15th in the nation. The Gauchos have shot below 70 percent just three times this season.
UCSB has cranked-up the defense in recent games. Last week, UC Irvine and UC Riverside entered their games against the Gauchos with scoring averages of 77 and 71 points respectively. The Anteaters were held to 58 points, 19 below their average, and the Highlanders were limited to 57, 14 below their standard. In addition, while UCSB's opponents are shooting 41.4% overall, the last three opponents have shot well below that mark. In the last three games - Pacific in addition to UC Irvine and UC Riverside - the Gauchos have held opponents to just 59-of-160 from the field overall, 36.9%. The only opponent to hit 37.0% in those three games was UCI. UCR was held to 36.8% and Pacific was limited to 36.7%.
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.
UCSB paces the Big West in field goal percentage with a 46.2% mark. In their last five games, the Gauchos have made 121 out of 247 field goal attempts, 49.0%. In Saturday's win over UC Riverside, they made 23-of-42, 54.8%, their third highest percentage of the season. UCSB has had a higher field goal percentage than its opponent 11 times this season and has gone 10-1 in those games. The only exception was a 57-54 loss at Pacific on Jan. 8 when the Gauchos shot 50.0% to the Tigers' 36.7%.
On The Rebound
Through the first 11 games of the season, UCSB had outrebounded its opponents just twice. The Gauchos have turned that around in recent games and have collected more rebounds than opponents in four of their last five games. On the season, Santa Barbara now has a positive rebounding margin for the first time at +0.5. In the last five games, the Gauchos have a plus-24 in the rebound category, an average of +4.8 per game. UCSB has had a season-best eight rebound advantage on two occasions this season, including its Jan. 13 Big West Conference win over visiting UC Irvine.
Orlando Johnson is the only Gaucho to score in double-figures in every game this season. James Nunnally has done so 14 times. Jaimé Serna, who has missed six of the last seven games with a groin injury, has scored 10 or more four times, including three of the last four in which he has played.
Player GP 10+ Orlando Johnson 16 16 James Nunnally 16 14 Jaimé Serna 10 4 Jon Pastorek 16 2 Jordan Weiner 16 2 Greg Somogyi 16 1 Kyle Boswell 10 1 Double-Double Dipping
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.
Player Opp. Stats Orlando Johnson vs. Fresno St. 35 pts, 11 rebs Orlando Johnson at UNLV 12 pts, 15 rebs James Nunnally at Portland 22 pts, 11 rebs Jaimé Serna at Santa Clara 11 pts, 10 rebs
UCSB Among The Big West Ranks
Category Stat Rank Scoring 68.0 ppg 7th Scoring Defense 64.6 ppg 3rd Scoring Margin +3.4 2nd FG% 46.2% 1st FT% 77.2% 1st 3-FG% 36.3% 2nd FG% Defense 41.4% t-2nd 3-FG% Defense 35.2% 7th 3-Pt. Field Goals 6.81 pg 4th Reb. Margin +0.4 pg 5th Blocked Shots 3.94 bpg 2nd Assists 14.81 apg 1st Steals 8.25 spg 1st Turnover Margin +0.06 pg 4th Assist/TO Ratio 1.02:1.0 2nd
O.J. Juices The Gauchos
After a stretch of eight straight games in which he scored fewer than 20 points, Orlando Johnson has scored 21 or more in the last four games. Last weekend, the junior scored 22 in a win over UC Irvine and 28 in a victory over UC Riverside. He was named Big West Player of the Week for the second time this year and fourth time in his career after averaging 25.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in the Gaucho wins. Johnson continues to lead the Big West in scoring at 19.4 points per game. He also ranks 31st nationally in the category. In the last four games, he has averaged 24.5 points per game while making 37-of-64 shots overall, 57.8%. In the last four, Johnson has made it a point to attack the rim and be more aggressive and the results are obvious. In addition to averaging 24.5 points in the last four, he has hit 32-of-49 two-point field goal attempts, 65.3%. Johnson not only leads UCSB in scoring, but he also paces the team in rebounding (6.4 per game) and assists (3.0 per game). He is the only player in the Big West to rank among the top-10 in scoring, rebounding and assists. The 28 points he scored against UC Riverside 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 16 games this season and all 46 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 851 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 1,235 as a collegiate player.
Second To Nunnally
In two games since scoring a season-low five points at Pacific on Jan. 8, James Nunnally has averaged 20.5 points per game. In last weekend's wins over UC Irvine and UC Riverside, Nunnally had 22 and 19 points respectively. He is now second in the Big West and 55th in the country in scoring at 18.2 points per game. He has scored in double-figures in 14 of 16 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. Nunnally has had seven or more rebounds six times this season, including three timres in the last four games. 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. Nunnally leads the Gauchos in three-point field goals with 35 and he tied his season-high with four (in five attempts) on Jan. 13 against UC Irvine. He also paces the team in free throw percentage at 90.0%, a figure that ranks 15th in the nation. Finally, on Jan. 6 at Davis, Nunnally passed the 900 point mark in his career and now has 961.
Serna's Emergence Remains On Hold
Jaimé Serna has missed the last five games and six of the last seven with a strained groin. His status for the game at Cal State Fullerton remains 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. Before his recent injury troubles, Serna had started to emerge. While he is third on the team at 8.0 points per game, he averaged 10.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while making 16-of-25 shots from the field, 64.0% in his last four appearances. 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.
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 19.6 minutes, 4.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game overall, he has been even better in the last seven games, the last two of which were starts. In those games, he has averaged 23.1 minutes, 5.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He has made 15-of-24 field goal attempts overall, 62.5%, and 4-of-5 from three-point range, 80.0%. 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 on Jan. 8 at Pacific as he made 4-of-5 shots overall, his only three-point attempt and his only free throw. While he has 28 assists on the season, Pastorek has collected 23 of them in the last eight games. He had a career-high five assists and a season-high 10 rebounds on Jan. 13 against UC Irvine. In the Gauchos last game vs. UC RIverside, Pastorek had a career-high three blocked shots. He entered that game with one on the season. and seven in his career.
The Big Fella
After starting three straight games, junior Greg Somogyi came off the bench in UCSB's home wins over UC Irvine and UC Riverside. In the win over Irvine, Somogyi had five points, seven rebounds, two blocked shots and a pair of steals in just 15 minutes. He had four points, two rebounds and a block against Riverside. Overall, the native of Budapest is averaging 5.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots per game. He leads the Big West with 29 blocked shots and now has 104 in his career, fifth in school history. Somogyi needs just four to move into fourth and 14 to move into third-place. He had a season-high five swats on Nov. 27 at Portland and has had at least one in 14 of 16 games. Despite having just two rebounds in the last game, Somogyi has had five or more seven times this season, including six of the last eight games. In the last eight, he has averaged 5.1 boards per game. In the last six games, he has averaged 6.3 points while making 21 out of his 31 field goal attempts, 67.7%. On Dec. 31, Somogyi scored a career-high 16 points in a win over Fresno Pacific and on Dec. 18, in a loss at nationally-ranked San Diego State, he tied his career-high with eight rebounds.
Senior Jordan Weiner is averaging 5.6 points per game. He scored a career-high 16 in a Dec. 21 win over Cal Baptist but in four games after that he became mired in a shooting slump. In the four games, Weiner 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%. He bounced back a bit in the wins over UC Irvine and UC Riverside. In the victory over the Anteaters on Jan. 13, Weiner made 3-of-8 shots overall, including 2-of-6 from three-point range, and had 12 points. On Jan. 15, in a win over UC Riverside, he scored seven points, but he also set a new career-high with five assists and tied his season-high with four rebounds. Weiner is third on the team with 18 three-pointers. He made a career-high four threes in the Dec. 21 win over Cal Baptist. In addition to his three-point exploits, he is second on the team in steals with 24. He has had at least one steal in each of the last seven games and 13 times this season. He's had two or more five times in 16 games. Weiner had a career-high five steals on Dec. 1 against Loyola Marymount.
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 209-162. 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 123-78 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 398-262 (.603) at four-year schools.
On The Horizon
After the Jan. 27 game at Cal Poly, UCSB will return home for five of seven games. The Gauchos will host Cal State Northridge on Saturday, Jan. 29 in a 7:00 p.m. game at the Thunderdome. The following week, they will have a pair of television games. On Thursday, Feb. 3, they host Pacific in a game that will tip-off at 8:30 p.m. and be televised on ESPNU. On Saturday, Feb. 5, UCSB hosts UC Davis in a 7:300 p.m. game that will be televised on Prime Ticket.