`Santa Barbara Seven' Extends Winning Streak To Three, Hosts First-Place Pacific Saturday

`Santa Barbara Seven' Extends Winning Streak To Three, Hosts First-Place Pacific Saturday

Jan. 21, 2005

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The Schedule
Game No. 16
Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. University of the Pacific Tigers
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KTLK 1340 AM

Game No. 17
Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 7:10 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at UC Riverside Highlanders
at UCR's Student Recreation Center
Radio: KTLK 1340 AM

Game No. 18
Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 5:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal State Fullerton Titans
at CSUF's Titan Gymnasium
Radio: KTLK 1340 AM
TV: Fox Sports Net 2

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters Saturday's game against Pacific with an overall record of 7-8 and a Big West mark of 4-3. UCSB also enters the week with a modest three-game winning streak. Last week, the Gauchos topped Cal Poly (76-56) and UC Davis (67-62), and then on Thursday night, they defeated visiting Cal State Northridge, 65-52. The three-game winning streak is UCSB's longest of the season. Since opening the season at 1-4, Santa Barbara has posted a 6-4 record.

The Week To Come
Saturday's game against Pacific, the defending Big West regular season and tournament champion, will end a four-game UCSB home stand. The Gauchos will hit the road for five of their next seven games following the game against the Tigers. The road journey begins next week when Santa Barbara travels to UC Riverside on Thursday night and then to Cal State Fullerton on Saturday night.

`Santa Barbara Seven' Rides Again In 65-52 Win Over Matadors
UCSB entered its game against Cal State Northridge on Thursday night with just seven players available. The Matadors entered the game with a six-game winning streak. When all was said and done, however, the Gauchos had ended Northridge's winning streak with a 65-52 win, their third in a row. Senior guard Chrismen Oliver scored a career-high 21 points, and freshman Alex Harris added 11, to lead UCSB past the Matadors. The Gauchos fell behind 8-0 at the outset, and didn't score their first basket until nearly five minutes had passed, but they rallied and trailed just 25-24 at the half. Santa Barbara was on fire open the second half, outscoring Northridge 13-4 to take a 37-29 lead with just under 16 minutes to go. The Gauchos continued to expand the lead, and when Glenn Turner made a pair of free throws with 9:43 left, they led 46-36. The lead never dropped below 10 the rest of the way. Oliver scored 16 of his 21 points in the second, including seven in the final four minutes, to help seal the win. As a team, UCSB made 46.4% of its shots overall, but it made an even more impressive 57.1% in the second half. Meanwhile, the Gauchos limited the Matadors to just 36.0% shooting. Northridge also committed 21 turnovers, the second highest total by a UCSB opponent this season. Forwards Cameron Goettsche and Glenn Turner each added eight points and six rebounds. Turner also had four blocked shots. Oliver added three steals to go with his 21 points.

Injury Update: Rasp Added To Casualty List, Turner Nearly Added
Freshman guard Derek Rasp is now officially a Gaucho. He is the latest addition to UCSB's injury list. Rasp suffered a lung contusion when he fell down hard in the first half of the Gauchos' game against UC Davis a week ago. He missed Thursday's game against Cal State Northridge and he will also miss the game against Pacific. Rasp's status will be reevaluated next week, but it is likely that he will miss the games at UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton. About five minutes into the second half of Thursday's win over Cal State Northridge, sophomore forward Glenn Turner crumpled to the floor with a twisted right ankle. He was helped off the floor, but came back and, although limping, played much of the final ten minutes. Junior forward Cameron Goettsche has played the lasts three games after missing the previous two with a strained groin. Senior forward Casey Cook fractured a bone in his right foot in a game at Cal State Northridge on January 2, and he is out for at least another four weeks. Junior guard Cecil Brown missed the first six games of the year with a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee and he mas missed the last nine with a stress fracture in the left ankle. He is out for the season. Sophomore forward David Kennedy missed the first seven game of the year with a stress fracture in his right leg, played two minutes against Long Beach State in game eight, and has once again been sidelined ever since with that same stress fracture. Freshman forward Chris Devine had knee surgery before the start of practice and was expected to be ready in late-January. Now, Devine is expected to miss the remainder of the year because while the knee is healing, it has not healed fast enough. In addition, freshman forward Chris Moore, who played in the first seven games of the year, has missed the last eight because he is academically ineligible. Freshman forward Todd Follmer is redshirting the 2004-05 season and will not be activated.

Possible Starters - Notes
G - Chrismen Oliver - Has scored career-highs in two straight, including 21 vs. CSUN.
G - Alex Harris - Has had a career-high six rebounds in each of the last two games.
G - Josh Davis - Has averaged 8.5 rebounds in the last two games.
F - Glenn Turner - Has blocked two or more shots in eight of the past ten games.
F - Cameron Goettsche - Has shot 51.9% in the last three contests.

Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Joe See - Tied his season-high with five rebounds vs. CSUN.
G - Michael Chambers - Passed-off for a season-high two assists vs. CSUN.

The Sideline - Notes
G - Cecil Brown - Stress fracture in lower left leg has likely sidelined him for the season.
F - Derek Rasp - Sidelined indefinitely with bruised lung.
F - Casey Cook - Injured tendon in right foot has him out at least four more weeks.
F - Chris Devine - Knee injury has not healed enough. Will miss remainder of year.
F - David Kennedy - Persistent soreness in right leg has him sidelined indefinitely.
F - Chris Moore - Is currently academically ineligible.
F - Todd Follmer - The seven-footer will redshirt his freshman campaign.

The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his seventh season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. On December 30, when the Gauchos defeated UC Irvine, he became the fifth UCSB coach to record 100 wins. Last year, he guided the Gauchos to a 16-12 overall record and a 10-8 mark in Big West Conference play. He has also guided UCSB to three straight winning seasons, the first time the program has accomplished the feat since 1987-88 through 1989-90. 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 postseason trip to the National Invitation Tournament. In addition, 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 103-87 (.542) overall record and a 70-39 (.642) 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 292-187 (.610) at four-year schools.

The Gauchos & Tigers
UCSB and Pacific have played 89 times in a series that dates back to the 1946-47 season. The Tigers hold a narrow 45-44 advantage and they won both games last season, defeating the Gauchos in Stockton, 76-56, and in Santa Barbara, 61-58.

UCSB At Home
The Gauchos are 6-1 at home this season and they have won their last six Thunderdome games, including a perfect 4-0 in Big West games. UCSB was 10-2 at the Thunderdome last season. In fact, the Gauchos have gone 10-2 at home in each of the last three seasons. Santa Barbara went 7-2 in Big West home games last year, losing to Pacific and Utah State. UCSB is 62-22 at home under head coach Bob Williams.

Playing The Percentages
Overall this season, UCSB's opponents are shooting 41.6%. Through 17 games, the Gauchos have experienced either a defensive feast or famine. Four opponents have shot 50.0% or better, but eight other opponents shot under the 40.0% mark. UCSB has been particularly stingy in its last six home games. After allowing San Diego State to shoot 60.0% at the Thunderdome on December 4, the Gauchos have clamped down in victories over Montana, Long Beach State, UC Irvine, Cal Poly, UC Davis and Cal State Northridge, allowing the five to make just 102-of-303 from the field, 33.7%. UC Davis actually shot the highest percentage over the six-game span, making 41.4%. Cal Poly shot an opponent season-low, making just 14-of-47 shots, 29.8%. Santa Barbara has also been outstanding in defending the three-point arc over the last six home games, allowing just 30-of-124, 24.2%. On December 28, in the win over Long Beach State, the 49ers made a miserable 1-of-18 of its threes, 5.6%. The low percentages have obviously meant some low opponent point totals. UCSB has held its last six home opponents to fewer than 70 points, five of the six to fewer than 60 points, and three of the six to fewer than 50 points.

Getting Offensive For A Day
When a team has scored fewer than 60 points seven times in 15 games, even the slightest progress is appreciated. In the first game of the current three-game home stand, UCSB exploded for 76 points in a win over Cal Poly. Well, exploded might be a little strong, but the 76 points marked the team's second-highest output of the season and just the third time the team hit or exceeded the 70 point mark. Last Saturday, the Gauchos scored a modest 67 points in the win over UC Davis and then on Thursday they tallied 65 in the win over Cal State Northridge. The three-game total of 208 points (69.3 points per game) is the highest three-game total of the season. In fact, the current three-game streak is the first time UCSB has scored 60 or more in three straight games this season. The only other time that UCSB scored more than 60 in two straight games was when it scored 80 in the opener at San Diego State and then 61 in the season's second game at Wisconsin. In fact, taking the offensive joyride one step further, the Gauchos have scored 60 or more, actually 65 or more, in four of the last five games, the only time this season they have accomplished the feat.

Turning Over A New Leaf
Through its first eight games, UCSB never had fewer than ten turnovers in a game and they averaged 14.7 over that span. In the last seven games, the Gauchos have had three games with a season-low eight turnovers. On Thursday night, they had 16 turnovers, which was actually four fewer than they had the first time they played Cal State Northridge. In the last seven, including the two games against the Matadors, UCSB has averaged 12.6 turnovers.

On The Rebound
In UCSB's win over Cal State Northridge, the Gauchos were outrebounded by a narrow 36-35 margin, not bad for a team with just two players taller than 6-foot-5. A week ago, UCSB outrebounded UC Davis by a 39-28 margin. The 11-rebound difference was the biggest for UCSB this season and it gave the team back-to-back rebounding victories for just the second time this season. The only other time the Gauchos had more rebounds than their opponents in consecutive games was On December 4 and December 18, when they outrebounded San Diego State and Montana. In fact Santa Barbara has still outrebounded only six of 15 opponents. On the year, the Gauchos are still at a minus-3.0 rebounds per game. UCSB is 4-2 when it rebounds an opponent and 3-6 when it doesn't. Finally, what a difference one player makes. When the Gauchos' leading rebounder Cameron Goettsche is in the lineup, their chance of outrebounding an opponent goes up significantly. When Goettsche, who averages 7.7 rebounds per game, plays, Santa Barbara has outrebounded six of 11 opponents. In his 11 games, the Gauchos have been outrebounded by precisely two rebound, 0.18 per game.

Who Took The Lid Off The Basket?
Through 15 games this season, UCSB is shooting 41.4% overall from the field. The 41.4% mark is certainly nothing to write home about, but in the last three games the Gauchos have shown improvement. In wins over Cal Poly, UC Davis and Cal State Northridge, UCSB made 77-of-160 shots, a solid 48.1%. After a run of ten games in which they never shot better than 42.9%, and shot below 40.0% seven times, the last three games were a welcome respite. The 49.1% that Santa Barbara made in the January 13 win over Cal Poly was, in fact, the second-highest mark of the year for UCSB. The Gauchos made exactly 50.0% of their shots in the opener at San Diego State and they followed that up with a 49.0% game at Wisconsin, but it had been downhill since then. Until the last three games, that is.

Close Encounters Of The Gaucho Kind? They Don't Exist
My apologies to Spielberg, but UCSB has had few close encounters this season. A week ago, the Gauchos defeated UC Davis 67-62 and the five-point spread was the smallest of the season. Prior to the five-point win over the Aggies, the smallest margin in any UCSB game this season was the six-point spread in a 62-56 loss at Pepperdine on December 1. With a 13-point spread (65-52) in the win over Cal State Northridge, there have been nine double-digit margins in Gaucho games this season and the largest margin has been 20 points. UCSB dropped a 70-50 decision at Cal State Northridge on January 2, and won a 76-56 contest over Cal Poly on January 13.

Nothing Is Free
Ironically, while the field goal percentage has gone north in the last three games, the free throw percentage has gone south. In Thursday's win over Cal State Northridge, the Gauchos made just 7-of-12 from the free throw line, 58.3%, the third lowest mark of the year. Last week against UC Davis, UCSB made just 57.1% and in the win over Cal Poly, the Gauchos were just 12-of-20, 60.0%. In the last three games combined, the team has made just 35-of-60 from the charity stripe, 58.3%. In the four games prior to the three-game dip, the Gauchos made 56-of-71, 78.9%. UCSB is now making 68.1% of its free throws this season. The Gauchos have made just 93-of-146, 63.7%, of their free throws in home games, and 82-of-111, 73.9%, in road games.

In last Saturday's win over UC Davis, the Gauchos had a season-high nine blocked shots, a figure that ties for the fifth-highest total in school history. On Thursday, they followed-up that effort with five more blocks. As a team, UCSB now has 59 blocked shots in its first 15 games, an average of 3.9 blocks per game. While the 3.9 blocks per game is a modest figure, it is an increase over last year's average of 2.0 per game. Nine of the 11 players who have suited-up for the Gauchos this season have produced at least one blocked shot. Sophomore forward Glenn Turner, who has had four blocks in each of the last two games, is leading the block parade with a team-high 29, an average of 1.9 per game. Turner tied a school record when he swatted six shots on January 8 at Idaho. Cameron Goettsche, who has missed four games, is second on the team with 17 blocks. Goettsche, who also had a career-high four blocks against the Aggies a week ago, led UCSB in blocked shots last season with 14. In fact, the Gauchos' 59 blocks through 15 games is the exact same total they had in 28 games last season.

Stolen Moments
UCSB had nine more steals in Thursday's win over Cal State Northridge, marking the ninth time this season that the Gauchos had produced eight or more steals in a game. Although UCSB tied its season-low with three steals a week ago against UC Davis, UCSB is still averaging 7.9 steals per game after averaging just 6.3 per game last season. Twice this season, in wins over San Diego State and Montana, the Gauchos have had a season-high 13 steals. If UCSB can remain at an 7.9 steals-per-game pace, it would finish with 213 steals in 27 games, the third highest total in school history. Chrismen Oliver leads the team with 30 steals.

Oliver's Story
Senior point guard Chrismen Oliver entered the 2004-05 season never having scored in double-figures in a game. This year, he leads the team in double-figure scoring games with 10. In Thursday's win over Cal State Northridge, he scored a career-high 21 points. His previous career-high of 19 points had been set in the previous game, a win over UC Davis. Oliver has now scored in double-figures in five straight games, averaging 14.8 over that span. Also, in the last five games, Oliver has made 29-of-58 shots overall, 50.0%, and 12-of-24 from beyond the three-point line, 50.0%. He has made a career-high three three-point baskets in each of the last two games, including a perfect 3-for-3 performance a week ago against UC Davis. On the year, Oliver is now averaging a team-leading 11.2 points per game. Oliver also paces the team in assists with 46, 3.1 per game, steals with 30, 2.0 per game, three-point baskets with 24, and free throw percentage at 85.7%. Not bad for a guy who originally walked-on in 2000-01. Oliver is averaging 30.7 minutes per game, second on the team, and he has played 30 or more eight times. In his first three seasons, Oliver totaled 71 games, 595 minutes and 168 points. This year, he has scored 168 points in 15 games and 461 minutes. He has also made 24 three-pointers after entering the year with a career total of 27, and his 30 steals are just one fewer than his total of 31 over the first three seasons. He has had at least one steal in each of the last eight games and in 13 of 15 this year. He has had more than one steal nine times in 2004-05.

Just Joshing
Junior guard Josh Davis has been UCSB's jack-of-all-trades this season. With the numerous injuries, particularly to frontcourt players, Davis has been forced to play out of position on more than one occasion. In fact, in three of the last four games, he has essentially started at the four spot. Davis is the only Gaucho player to start all 15 games this season, and he has been the team's workhorse, averaging a team-high 31.8 points per game and playing 32 or more in 11 of 15 games, including the last five. At 9.5 points per game, Davis ranks third on the team in scoring. He opened the season on an offensive roll, scoring in double-figures in each of the first four games, including a career-high 20 at San Francisco on November 27, and 18 in a season-opening overtime win over San Diego State. His performance against SDSU earned Davis his first Big West Player of the Week honor ever. In addition to his 9.5 points per game, Davis is averaging 4.6 rebounds per game and he collected a career-high nine rebounds in last week's win over UC Davis. On Thursday, he added eight against Cal State Northridge, his second-highest total ever. In the last two he has averaged 8.5 rebounds per game, leading the team in each game. Davis has had five or more rebounds seven times this season. He has tallied ten points or more six times this year, but just twice in the last 11 games. He had exactly ten a week ago against UC Davis, equaling his highest total in the last 11 games. In the win over the Aggies, he made 4-of-6 shots from the field.Davis, Josh, not UC, is second on the team with 28 steals. Last year, he had 18 steals in 27 games, and his two-year total entering the 2004-05 campaign was 40 steals in 59 games. He has had a career-high four steals three times this season, most recently in the win over Cal Poly. Interestingly, if you go strictly by the numbers, he seems to be taking a hands-off approach in recent games. In the last three contests, Davis played 101 total minutes and committed just two personal fouls. Finally, Davis' total of 13 three-point baskets, nine of which came in the first five games, are the same total that he had in his first two seasons combined. He has made at least one three-pointer in three of the last four games.

Original Joe
Junior guard Joe See continues to have his ups-and-downs this season. He is tied for the team in three-point baskets with 24, and he has had at least one in each of the last five games. See is shooting just 29.6% from three-point range, but since an 0-for-16 start, he has gone 24-of-65, 36.9%. Also, since opening the year at 2-for-20 from the floor overall, he has gone 35-of-90, a modest 38.9%. On January 6, in a game at Utah State, See almost single-handedly kept the undermanned Gauchos in a game against the Aggies. He made 8-of-12 three-point attempts, including a school-record seven in the second half, and he scored a career-high 26 points. The eight three-point baskets tied the second-highest total in school history, and it was the most by a Gaucho since Mark Hull nailed eight against Arizona in the first round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament. See has made two or more three-point baskets seven times this season, all in the last 11 games. He is now averaging 7.6 points per game, not bad since he scored a total of four points in the season's first three games. In the last 12 contests, he has scored 110 points, 9.2 per game. See ranks second on the team in assists with 36, an average of 2.4 per game. He has had two or more assists in 12 games this season, including each of the last six. Last week, in the win over Cal Poly, he had a season-high five assists and no turnovers. See is one of just three UCSB players, joining Chrismen Oliver and Derek Rasp, with fewer turnovers (28) than assists (36). Finally, he tied his season-high with five rebounds in Thursday's win over Cal State Northridge.

The Young And The Restless
In the season opener at San Diego State, freshman guard Alex Harris scored 15 points. Through his first four games he averaged 9.2 per game. In the next four games, however, Harris cooled off, averaging just 2.2 points per game. In the last seven, he has started to get back to where he was at the beginning of the season. He scored 11 points in Thursday's win over Cal State Northridge and has now scored 62 points in the last seven games, an average of 8.9 per game. Three times in the last six games, he has scored in double-figures. Also, in each of the last two games, he has had his career-high of six rebounds. Harris, who is averaging 2.5 rebounds on the year, has 16 in the last three games, 5.3 per game. He also had a personal-best five assists on January 13 vs. Cal Poly. From the free throw line, Harris has been one of the most dependable Gauchos. He leads the team in made free throws with 35 and he is second in free throw percentage at 83.3%. The school record for free throw percentage is 82.8, set in 2001-02 by Branduinn Fullove. In his last eight games, Harris has made 25-of-28 from the line, 89.3%. Finally, Harris tied his career-high with 33 minutes played on Thursday night against the Matadors.

Cam I Am
Junior forward Cameron Goettsche was questionable for last weekend's games against Cal Poly and UC Davis. In the two games, he wound-up playing 56 minutes, including a season-high 35 against UC Davis on Saturday. On Thursday night against Cal State Northridge, Goettsche made his first start since UCSB's January 2 game against the Matadors, and he played 27 minutes before fouling out for the second time this season. He had eight points and six boards against the Matadors. A week ago, against UC Davis, he scored a season-high 15 points and had eight rebounds. Goettsche also had a career-high four blocked shots against the Aggies. The team's leading rebounder at 7.7 per game, Goettsche has had six or more eight times in his 11 appearances. UCSB has gone 6-2 when he does grab six or more rebounds. On December 22 at San Diego, he had the third double-double of his career with ten points and 11 rebounds. The game against USD also started a streak of three straight double-figure rebound performances by Goettsche, including a career-high 14 on December 30 against UC Irvine, the most by a Gaucho since the 2001-02 season. While he missed the first two games of the season, and then both games on the road trip to Utah State and Idaho, Goettsche has blocked 17 shots, second on the team and three more than he had all of last season. He has blocked at least one in each of his last nine appearances and two or more in five of the last six. Finally, while he is shooting 48.6% for the season, Goettsche has made 14-of-27 from the field in his last three games, 52.0%.

As The World Turners
After going without a blocked shot in UCSB's win over Cal Poly last week, sophomore forward Glenn Turner has been back on his shot-blocking rampage in the last two games. He had four each against Cal State Northridge and UC Davis and now has 29 on the season, 28 of which have come in the last ten games. On January 8, in a loss at Idaho, Turner tied the Gaucho record with six blocked shots. He had five in the game at Utah State, giving him 11 in the two games on that trip, a school record. Including the seven blocks he had last season, Turner now has 36 in his career and he needs just four more to move into tenth-place all-time. If he could block 10 more this season, and if he remains relatively injury-free he probably will, he would move into eighth on the single-season blocked shot list. He has had two or more blocks in seven of the last eight games, three or more in five of the last six, and four or more in four of the last five. In addition to blocking shots, Turner is starting to become one of the team's most dependable rebounders. He is averaging 5.1 rebounds per game, and he has had six or more in six straight games. He tied his career-high with eight in last week's win over UC Davis. In the game prior to that, a win over Cal Poly, Turner scored a career-high 12 points. He is now averaging 4.6 points per game, and while he is shooting 50.0% for the year, he has made 13-of-23 shots over the past seven games, 56.5%.

Grasping His Opportunity
While UCSB's season has been filled with numerous bad surprises, walk-on freshman guard Derek Rasp represents a pleasant surprise. Rasp, who will miss at least one more game after bruising a lung when taking a hard fall in the game against UC Davis, started his last four games before sitting out Thursday's game against Cal State Northridge. In those four starts, he averaged 9.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. In the January 13 win over Cal Poly, Rasp had a career-high 14 points and made 4-of-5 three-pointers. Over a two-game span, including the Idaho and Cal Poly games, Rasp hit 7-of-13 shots from beyond the three-point arc. Also in those two games, he had his career-high of six rebounds.

Chambers Music
Junior guard Michael Chambers returned to the regular rotation in Thursday's game against Cal State Northridge. After playing just three minutes against UC Davis, Chambers played 15 against the Matadors. Although he had just two points, he did have a personal-best two assists, and he added two rebounds and a steal. While he is averaging 3.9 points per game overall, he is at 5.0 per game in Big West play.