Gauchos Look to Remain Hot, Host Cal State Northridge Saturday at Thunderdome
Jan. 28, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Northridge
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Gametracker
Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 8:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Pacific
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Gametracker
On The Radio
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After playing four of its last six Big West games on the road, UC Santa Barbara will return to the Thunderdome for three straight and five of seven. First-up will be Cal State Northridge on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 7:00 p.m. Next weekend, the Gauchos will begin the second half of the league schedule by hosting Pacific (Feb. 3) and UC Davis (Feb. 5).
Williams Enters Game Against Cal State Northridge With 399 Wins
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 210 wins and his next milestone should be the 400th overall win of his career. He is currently 399-263 and needs just one 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.
The Gauchos On TV
UCSB is slated to be on television several times over the next few weeks. Next weekend's games against Pacific and UC Davis will both be televised. The Thursday, Feb. 3 game against Pacific will tip-off at 8:30 p.m. and be aired on ESPNU. On Saturday, Feb. 5, the Gauchos host UC Davis in a 7:30 game to be carried by Prime Ticket. The Feb. 12 game at UC Irvine is scheduled to tip-off at 5:30 p.m. and will be on Fox Sports West. The Feb. 19 BracketBuster game could conceivably be aired on one of ESPN's networks. The Feb. 26 game at Long Beach State will either be on ESPN2, ESPNU or Prime Ticket. Finally, the Mar. 5 game at the Thunderdome against Cal Poly will be aired on the Central and South Coasts by CBS 12, KCOY.
The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its Jan. 29 game against Cal State Northridge with an overall record of 11-7 and a Big West record of 4-3. The Gauchos have won three out of their last four games, including a thrilling 71-70 decision at Cal Poly on Thursday night.
The Last Time Out: Nunnally's Buzzer-Beater Lifts Gauchos Past Cal Poly
James Nunnally made a leaning bank shot as time ran out on Thursday night to cap a furious final minute of play and give UCSB a 71-70 win at Cal Poly. Nunnally's shot was the last in a series of three huge baskets in the final 20.8 seconds. The first, a long and disputed two-pointer by Orlando Johnson with 20.8 seconds to play, gave the Gauchos a 69-67 lead. Johnson's shot looked like a three-pointer, but was called a two. Sideline replays were inconclusive so the original two-point decision was upheld. The next shot was a three-pointer from the top of the key by the Mustangs Shawn Lewis with 5.8 seconds left, giving his team a 70-69 edge. On the ensuing play, the Gauchos got the ball in to Justin Joyner who drove up the right side of the court and found Nunnally who went strong to the right side of the lane and made the leaner. The officials counted Nunnally's shot, but had to confirm it on the replay monitor. Johnson led the Gauchos with 24 points, including 15 in the second half. Nunnally had 13 and Joyner added 12 for UCSB. Cal Poly was led by Shawn Lewis who had 20, including 14 in the second half, and David Hanson who also had 20, 15 in the first half. The Mustangs entered the game shooting below 30.0% from three-point range but stayed in the game by hitting a season-high13-of-26, 50.0%.
Probable Starters - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Played 29 minutes at Cal Poly, the most since he went 30 at Santa Clara on Dec. 4.
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Attempted just one field goal in 21minutes on Thursday at Cal Poly.
G 11 Justin Joyner - 12 points at Cal Poly were his highest since he had 16 vs. UCI on Feb. 9, 2008.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Scored in double-figures in 48 straight games as a Gaucho.
F 21 James Nunnally - Has 993 career points and needs seven to become 24th Gaucho over 1,000.
Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Missed last seven games with injured Achilles. Remains out this week.
G 20 Will Brew - Has totaled two points in the last four games.
G 24 Christian Peterson - Had 11 rebounds in 27 minutes in wins over UCI and UCR.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Had his first DNP of the season in Thursday night's win at Cal Poly.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Season-high five offensive rebounds in win at Cal Poly.
G 43 Troy Leaf - Has recorded DNPs in two of the last three games.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field at Cal Poly.
Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge have played 39 times in a series that began in 1959. Last season, the teams split their two games with each team winning on its home floor. On Feb. 24, 2010, in a game that took what seemed like four hours to play, the Gauchos held on to beat the Matadors at the Thunderdome, 74-69. That was the last meeting between the schools. UCSB and Pacific have played 102 times in a series that began in 1946. The Tigers hold a 52-50 all-time edge and beat the Gauchos 57-54 on a buzzer-beating three-pointer on Jan. 8 in Stockton. The last time the teams played at the Thunderdome, on Jan. 10, 2010, UCSB eked out a 68-67 victory.
Away From Home
UCSB has opened the season with a 5-6 record in games away from home. The Gauchos are 4-5 in true road games and 1-1 in neutral site contests. They have won four of their last seven road games, winning 80-69 at Santa Clara on Dec. 4, 68-62 at UNLV on Dec. 15, 77-65 at UC Davis on Jan. 6 and 71-70 at Cal Poly on Jan. 27. UCSB's last three road games, a win and two losses, were decided by a total of nine points and two, a Jan. 8 loss at Pacific and a Jan. 27 win at Cal Poly, were decided on baskets at the buzzer. In 2009-10, UCSB went 6-7 in true away games and 3-1 in neutral court games.
The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 6-1 at home this season and have won 14 of their last 15 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 23 of their last 26 home games.
ESPNU BracketBuster Opponent Announced Jan. 31
This year's ESPNU BracketBuster weekend is scheduled for Friday-Sunday, Feb. 18-20. The most likely scenario has the Gauchos playing on Saturday, Feb. 19 against an as yet unnamed opponent. The opponent will be announced on Monday, Jan. 31 at noon Pacific Standard Time.
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 against Cal State Northridge averaging 19.6 points per game while Nunnally is at 17.9. Johnson enters the game ranked 31st in scoring nationally while Nunnally was 61st. Combined, the duo has scored 675 points, an average of 37.5 per game. Last year, Johnson and Nunnally combined for 965 points in 30 games, an average of 32.2 points per game. The 965 points made them the fourth highest scoring one-two punch in school history. Based on their current averages, if the Gauchos were to play 29 games, the Johnson and Nunnally tandem would wind up with around 1,080 points, a figure that would be a new UCSB record for a one-two scoring punch.
Johnson's Double-Figure Streak Continues
Orlando Johnson has scored in double-figures 48 times in his 48 games as a Gaucho. That's pretty close to perfect. It's 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.
UCSB players have received four Big West Player of the Week honors in 2010-11. Juniors Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally have each been honored twice. Johnson was selected Player of the Week on Nov. 29 and Jan. 17 and Nunnally was chosen on Dec. 6 and Dec. 20.
Let Free Throws Ring!
UCSB leads the Big West Conference and is ranked 12th in the nation in free throw percentage at 76.4%. In all, Santa Barbara has made 80.0% or better from the line nine times in 18 games this season. In 2009-10, the team hit the 80.0% mark just twice. The Gauchos most successful free throw shooter this season is now Jordan Weiner who has made 22-of-25, 88.0%. While he made an uncharacteristic 3-for-6 on Thursday night, James Nunnally has been outstanding from the free throw line this season at 76-of-87, 87.4%. He is currently ranked 35th nationally. The Gauchos have shot below 70 percent just four times this season.
Turning The Page, Not The Ball
It was pretty clear after a 21-turnover performance on Jan. 22 at Cal State Fullerton, UCSB needed to shore some things up. They did. The Gauchos committed just nine turnovers in Thursday night's win at Cal Poly. It was the fewest turnovers they have committed since they had eight on Dec. 21 against Cal Baptist. It was also just the second time this season that UCSB has had fewer than 10 turnovers in a game and the first time in Big West play.
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.
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 five of the last six games. In Thursday's win at Cal Poly, Johnson scored 24 points, including 15 in the second half. In the Gauchos previous game, a loss at Cal State Fullerton, he had 17 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. It was his third double-double of the season and fifth of his career. He enters Saturday's game against Cal State Northridge leading the team in scoring (19.6 points per game), rebounding (6.5 per game) and assists (3.2 per game). He remains the only player in the league to rank among the top-10 in all three categories and if he finishes the season as the team-leader in all three categories, Johnson would become the first Gaucho to do so since Brian Shaw accomplished the feat in 1987-88. Johnson continues to lead the Big West in scoring at 19.6 points per game. He also ranks 31st nationally in the category. In the last six games, he has averaged 23.2 points per game while making 49-of-93 shots overall, 52.7%. In addition to averaging 23.2 points in the last six, he has hit 41-of-69 two-point field goal attempts, 60.2%. The 28 points he scored against UC Riverside on Jan. 15 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 18 games this season and all 48 during his career, the longest streak in UCSB history. In a Dec. 15 win at UNLV, Johnson had the second of his three double-doubles this season with 12 points and a 15 rebounds. The 15 rebounds were a career-high. Johnson has now scored 892 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 1,276 as a collegiate player.
Second To Nunnally
In four games since scoring a season-low five points at Pacific on Jan. 8, James Nunnally has averaged 18.2 points per game. In last Thursday's win at Cal Poly, Nunnally scored just 13 points on 4-of-11 from the field, but his last basket was a leaning bank shot at the buzzer to give UCSB a 71-70 win. On Jan. 22 at Cal State Fullerton, he made 4-of-9 three-point attempts and had 19 points to lead the Gauchos. Nunnally is now second in the Big West in scoring at 17.9 points per game. He has scored in double-figures in 16 of 18 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 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 5.2 per game. Nunnally has had seven or more rebounds seven times this season, including at Cal Poly and four times in the last six 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 41 and he has made a season-high four four times this season, including two of the last four games. He has 109 in his career and needs 11 to move into 10th all-time at UCSB. Finally, on Jan. 6 at Davis, Nunnally passed the 900 point mark in his career and now has 993 and needs just seven to become the 24th Gaucho over 1,000.
Serna's Return A Welcome Relief
Jaimé Serna had four points, six rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in Thursday's win at Cal Poly. Most significantly, however, the junior played 29 minutes, his highest total since going 30 on Dec. 4 at Santa Clara. Prior to playing 16 minutes in the Jan. 22 game at Cal State Fullerton, Serna missed five games and six of seven with a strained groin. Coming off the bench at Fulleron, Serna made 3-of-6 shots from the field, scored seven points and had two rebounds. He played with the injury on Dec. 28 against Long Beach State and had eight points in 18 minutes. He had missed the previous game, on Dec. 21 against Cal Baptist. Before suffering the groin injury, Serna had started to hit his stride. While he is third on the team at 7.6 points per game, he averaged 11.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while making 14-of-21 shots from the field, 66.7% in three games before his absence began. Actually, those numbers include the Dec. 18 game at San Diego State when he suffered the injury and played just 12 minutes. Serna is second on the team in field goal percentage at 53.7% and since he missed all seven of his shots in a Nov. 13 game against North Dakota State, he has gone 33-of-55, 60.0%. 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.
Just In Time
Senior Justin Joyner has re-emerged as a key part of UCSB's lineup. Although Thursday was his first start since Nov. 14 at Oregon, Joyner is playing the majority of the minutes at the point and his production reflects that. On Thursday at Cal Poly, he scored a season-high 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting overall and 3-of-4 from three-point range. The 12 points were the most Joyner has scored since February of 2008. He had one assist against the Mustangs, ending a streak of four straight games with at least four. Still, in the last five games, he has 22 assists and six turnovers. In fact, in wins over UC Irvine and UC Riverside on Jan. 13 and 15 respectively, Joyner had 12 assists and just one turnover. He leads the team in assist-to-turnover ratio with 45 assists and just 21 turnovers, a 2.1-to-1.0 ratio. In his career, Joyner now has 288 career assists, the ninth most in school history. By comparison, he has just 153 career turnovers, a 1.9-to-1.0 career assist-to-turnover ratio. In his last three seasons of action (he missed 2008-09 with a wrist injury), Joyner has 207 assists and just 99 turnovers. Also, since missing two games with a hip injury in early December, he has rediscovered other parts of his game. In five games prior to the injury, Joyner scored a total of two points (0.4 ppg) on 1-for-7 from the field overall and 0-for-2 from three-point range. In the 11 games since he returned, he has scored 57 points, 5.2 per game, while making 20-of-35 shots overall, 57.1%, and 14-of-27 from three-point range, 51.9%. Finally, Joyner has taken over the team-lead with 27 steals, an average of 1.7 per game. He has had at least one steal in eight of the last nine games and he had a season-high four in wins over UNLV, UC Davis and UC Irvine. Joyner has 110 steals in his career, ninth in school history.
The Big Fella
After starting three straight games, junior Greg Somogyi has come off the bench in UCSB's last four games. In just 10 minutes at Cal Poly on Thursday, Somogyi made all four of his shots and scored eight points. On Jan. 22 at Cal State Fullerton, he scored just three points in 17 minutes, all on free throws, but he tied his season-high with five blocked shots and he added five rebounds. Overall, the native of Budapest is averaging 5.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and a league-leading 1.9 blocked shots per game. With 34 blocked shots on the year, he now has 109 in his career, fourth in school history. Somogyi needs just nine to move into third-place. He also had a season-high five swats on Nov. 27 at Portland and has had at least one in 15 of 18 games. Somogyi has had five or more rebounds eight times this season, including seven of the last 10 games. In the last eight games, he has averaged 6.3 points while making 25 out of his 38 shots, 65.8%. 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.
Taking A Pass, A Pastorek That Is
Senior Jon Pastorek bounced back from an uncharacteristic poor game with a very good effort at Cal Poly on Thursday night. After scoring three points and committing seven turnovers in 20 minutes on Jan. 22 at Cal State Fullerton, Pastorek rebounded with eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in Thursday's win over the Mustangs. Five of his seven rebounds came on the offensive end, a season-high. Also, significantly, he was credited with zero turnovers. Pastorek is averaging 19.8 minutes, 4.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game overall. In the last nine games he has been even better. In the nine he averaged 23.0 minutes, 5.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He has also made 19-of-31 field goal attempts overall, 61.3%, 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 30 assists on the season, Pastorek has collected 25 of them in the last 10 games. He had a career-high five assists and a season-high 10 rebounds in a Jan. 13 win over UC Irvine. In the Gauchos next game, a Jan. 15 win over UC Riverside, Pastorek recorded a career-high three blocked shots. He entered that game with one on the season and seven in his career.
Senior Jordan Weiner was scoreless in 21 minutes at Cal Poly and he tied his season-low with one field goal attempt. Weiner is averaging 5.3 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%. Despite missing his only shot on Thursday, he has bounced back in the last four games. On Jan.22 at Fullerton, he made 2-of-5 shots, both three-pointers, and had six points. Including the two previous games - home wins over UC Irvine and UC Riverside - Weiner has averaged 6.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in the last four games. Over that span, he has made 7-of-18 shots overall, 38.8%, and 5-of-15 from three-point territory, 33.3%. In the Jan. 13 win over Irvine, Weiner had 12 points, his second-highest output of the season. On Jan. 15 against Riverside, he set a new career-high with five assists and tied his season-high with four rebounds. Weiner is third on the team with 20 three-pointers, the same total he had all of last year. He made a career-high four threes on Dec. 21 vs. Cal Baptist. In addition to his three-point exploits, he is second on the team in steals with 26. He had a career-high five steals on Dec. 1 against Loyola Marymount. Finally, Weiner has made 13 straight free throws and 22-of-25 on the season, 88.0%, the best mark on the team.
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 210-163. 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 124-79 in Big West games and his .611 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 399-263 (.603) at four-year schools.
On The Horizon
Following their game against UC Davis at the Thunderdome on Feb. 5, the Gauchos will go back on the road for a pair of games. They will play at UC Riverside at 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 10 and at UC Irvine at 5:30 p.m. on Feb.12.