Gauchos Head North for Pair of Key Conference Games

Gauchos Head North for Pair of Key Conference Games

Feb. 2, 2010

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• The Schedule
Game No. 20
Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara at Pacific
at Pacific's Spanos Center
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio:
Game available on Gametracker
Streaming Video: BigWest.TV

Game No. 21
Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara at UC Davis
at UCD's Pavilion
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio:
Game available on Gametracker
Streaming Video: BigWest.TV

• The Gauchos On The Radio
All men's basketball games are broadcast live on AM 1490 again this year, and those games will also be available online, by clicking here.. Steve Wendt will handle the play-by-play this weekend while Bill Mahoney adds the color.

• Men's Basketball Legend No. 2 To Be Introduced On Nov. 13
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, Carrick DeHart, was unveiled on Jan. 23 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.

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

• The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters the week with an overall record of 11-8 and a Big West record of 6-3. The Gauchos had a three-game winning streak ended on Saturday, Jan. 30 when they lost at Cal State Northridge, 76-69. UCSB's three-game streak was composed of home wins over UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton, and Cal Poly. Since beginning league play with a loss at UC Irvine on Jan. 2, the Gauchos have won six out of eight games.

• UCSB Travels To Fresno State For BracketBuster Game
UCSB will travel to Fresno State for its BracketBuster game on Feb. 20. The Gauchos will play their old Big West rival at the Save Mart Center at a time to be determined in the near future. UCSB has played the Bulldogs 97 times throughout the years. The last time the teams met was in December of 2006 when the Gauchos recorded a 70-48 victory. The last time they met in Fresno, December of 2005, the Bulldogs won, 79-76.

• UCSB Drops 76-69 Decision At Cal State Northridge
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Vincent Cordell and Vinnie McGhee broke a 60-60 tie and Cal State Northridge held on for a 76-69 Big West Conference win over visiting UCSB on Jan. 30. The 3-pointers by the Matadors were the only two they made in the second half, but they made them when they counted the most The Gauchos, on the other hand, attempted a season-high 34 3-pointers, making 10. The teams played a see-saw first half with each leading by as many as five points. Northridge used a 9-2 run in the final 2:46 to take a 39-37 lead at the break. The Gauchos missed 10 of their first 12 shots to start the second half and the Matadors assumed a 50-42 lead with 11:20 to play in the game. The lead was still 60-56 when Northridge's Willie Gallick made one out of two free throws with 4:40 left. A James Nunnally 3-pointer with 4:02 to play got Santa Barbara within one, 60-59. On the other end, a Kenny Daniels lay-up was blocked by Orlando Johnson and Powell came down with the rebound. The ball went into the corner to Nunnally, who made a 3-pointer, but the Matadors' Raymond Cody was whistled for a foul as he fought through a Jaimé Serna screen. The 3-pointer was waved off and, after a timeout, Serna made one out of two free throws to tie the score at 60, setting the stage for the big 3-pointers by Cordell and McGhee. The Gauchos didn't get closer than five the rest of the way. UCSB was led by Nunnally who had 21 points and Johnson who had 20 to go with a team-high eight rebounds. Powell added 13.

• Injury Update
Guard Paul Roemer (stress fracture in left foot) is expected to practice this week and could play over the weekend. Jon Pastorek (back spasms) will try to practice this week and could also be active by either Thursday or Saturday. • The Opponents
UCSB and Pacific have played 100 times in a series that dates back to 1946. The Tigers hold a 51-49 all-time advantage but the Gauchos won the first meeting this season, 68-67, on Jan. 10 in Santa Barbara. Last year, each team won on its home court. Pacific defeated UCSB in Stockton, 58-36, while Santa Barbara won at the Thunderdome, 67-57. UCSB and UC Davis have played 19 times in a series that began in 1939. With their 68-47 win in Santa Barbara on Jan. 8, the Gauchos hold an all-time advantage of 15-4 over the Aggies. Last year, the teams split two games with each winning on its own court. The Aggies won 89-75 in Davis and the Gauchos won 66-64 in Santa Barbara. • Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G - 20 - Will Brew, Jr. - Attempted a season-high eight free throws at Northridge.
G - 42 - James Powell - 198 three-pointers ranks him second in school history.
G - 33 - Orlando Johnson - Only Gaucho to score in double-figures in all 19 games.
F - 21 - James Nunnally - Scored 20 or more points in four straight and five of six.
F - 25 - Lucas Devenny - Has started two straight games.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
F - 0 - Jaimé Serna - Has shot 59.4% over the last seven games.
G - 1 - Chris Brew - Did not play in the game at Cal State Northridge.
G - 3 - Jordan Weiner - Fouled out at Northridge, the first DQ of his career.
G - 4 - Paul Roemer - Has missed the last seven games with left foot injury.
G - 11 - Justin Joyner - Has 25 assists and just eight turnovers this season.
F - 15 - Sam Phippen - Has played in last two games after recording a pair of DNPs.
F - 32 - Jon Pastorek - Sidelined the last two games with back spasms.
C - 55 - Greg Somogyi - Has at least one block in four of last five games.

• Johnson/Nunnally's 20-20 Victory Streak Snapped
Prior to its loss at Cal State Northridge on Jan. 30, UCSB had won every game in which both Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally scored 20 or more points. The Gauchos lost a 76-69 game to the Matadors despite Nunnally's 21 points and Johnson's 20 points. In UCSB's win over Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 23, Johnson scored a career-high 27 and Nunnally added a career-high 25. The win over the Titans gave the Gauchos a 4-0 record with the duo had gone for 20 apiece. Johnson and Nunnally's other such games came on Nov. 23 against San Francisco (Johnson-25, Nunnally-20); Dec. 28 against Furman (Nunnally-24, Johnson-21); and Jan. 10 against Pacific (Johnson-24, Nunnally-20). The five times that they have scored 20 or more in the same game ties Johnson and Nunnally for the school record in that category. In 1989-90, Carrick DeHart and Eric McArthur scored 20 or more in the same game five times.

• Sophomores Prove Their Point
Orlando Johnson enters Thursday's game at Pacific as UCSB's leading scorer at 17.4 points per game. James Nunnally is averaging 14.6 points per game. If Johnson could maintain his current scoring average, it would be the second highest scoring average by a Gaucho sophomore ever. In 1968-69, Doug Rex averaged 17.8 points per game. Nunnally's average would rank third all-time. Additionally, Johnson's rebound average of 5.8 per game, also tops on the team, would rank eighth all-time and Nunnally's 5.2 per game would be 10th.

• Leading Or Tied At Half? It's In The Book
UCSB has led at halftime nine times this season and been tied once. In those 10 games, the Gauchos are a perfect 10-0. When they have been behind at half, they have won just one of nine games. The only exception was the Jan. 4 game at UC Riverside. In that one, Santa Barbara trailed 23-14 at half and ultimately won by a score of 57-53.

• The Gauchos Away From Home
The Gauchos are 2-6 in true road games this season. They ended a four-game road losing streak on Jan. 4 with a 57-53 win at UC Riverside, but they have dropped their last two road encounters 67-47 at Long Beach State on Jan. 14 and 76-69 at Cal State Northridge on Jan. 30. UCSB's only other road win came on Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount, 89-84. Santa Barbara has one neutral court win this season, a 72-60 win over Furman at the Golden Bear Classic in Berkeley. Last season, Santa Barbara was 3-10 in true road games. Overall, they posted a 6-11 record in games away from the Thunderdome in 2008-09.

• Free Throws Not As Costly
The last two games have been UCSB's best free throw shooting games of the season. In a Jan. 28 win over Cal Poly, the Gauchos made 18-of-23, 78.3% and in the Jan. 30 loss at Cal State Northridge they hit 23-of-31, 74.2%. The numbers against the Matadors were identical to UCSB's performance at Loyola Marymount on Nov. 28. Santa Barbara has been over 70.0% seven times this season.

• That 80's Show
UCSB is averaging 67.4 points per game, but has scored 80 or more in two of the last three games, averaging 78.0 over that span. Before Saturday's game at Cal State Northridge, the Gauchos had scored more than 80 in back-to-back games for the first time since the 2000-01 season when they did so against Loyola Marymount (85) and Boise State (81). UCSB, which scored a season-high 89 in a Nov. 28 win at Loyola Marymount, has scored 80 or more four times through 19 games. In 2008-09, Santa Barbara hit the 80-point mark just one time. The last time the Gauchos scored 80 or more in more than four games was in 2007-08 when they did so six times.

• Bombs Away!
In their Jan. 30 loss at Cal State Northridge, the Gauchos attempted 34 3-point baskets, by far the most in a single game this season. In fact, UCSB's previous season-high was "just" 27. The 34 attempts from outside the 3-point arc were just four short of the school record set in 1993. The 10 made 3-pointers equaled the previous high this season, also achieved on Nov. 28 in a win at Loyola Marymount. The difference? In the game at LMU, the Gauchos attempted just 16.

• The Kids Are Alright
Through 19 games, UCSB's underclassmen - the freshmen and sophomores - have produced in a major way. As a group, they have scored 926 of the team's 1,281 points, 72.3%. The chart to the right indicates just how productive the seven underclassmen have been in all areas.

• Orlando's Forecast
Orlando Johnson continues to lead the Gauchos and the Big West in scoring (17.4 points per game) and UCSB in rebounding (5.8 per game). Johnson scored had 20 points and eight rebounds on Jan. 30 at Cal State Northridge. He had career-high 27 points in UCSB's overtime win against Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 23. His 27 points included a three-point basket with 3.4 seconds left in regulation that tied the score and forced an overtime. The three-pointer was the second this season that Johnson has made in the waning seconds. His first, at UC Riverside, gave the Gauchos a road win over the Highlanders. Johnson has scored 20 or more points five times this season, second on the team to James Nunnally's seven. He has scored 10 or more in 19 straight games, the longest streak by a UCSB player since Alex Harris began the 2006-07 season with 21 consecutive games of 10 or more points. The only player in recent years to score 10 or more in every game over a full season was Raymond Tutt who had 27 double-figure games in 1996-97. 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 eight games since, Johnson has had totaled 15 assists. Johnson has led the Gauchos in scoring nine times this season. He led the way in the first three games of the year, becoming the first newcomer ever to do so. Finally, if there has been one chink in his armor it has been free throws, but even that has improved lately. Johnson is shooting 63.3% from the charity stripe, but he has made 23 of his last 27, 85.2%.

• The Flying Nunnally
James Nunnally scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds on Jan. 30 at Cal State Northridge. It was Nunnally's fourth-straight game with 20 or more points and his fifth in the last six. Overall, he has scored 20 or more a team-high seven times and, like Orlando Johnson, he had a career-high in the win over Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 23. Nunnally scored 25 points, making 9-of-15 field goals overall and 3-of-4 from three-point range against the Titans. He also tied his career-high with 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the year. While it's a no-brainer that players tend to produce more in wins than losses, Nunnally has done so in the extreme. As he goes, so go the Gauchos. UCSB has won 10 of the 18 games that he has played in. In those 10 wins, Nunnally has averaged 18.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He has shot 53.6% overall, 74.2% from the free throw line, and a sizzling 57.9%(22-for-38) from beyond the three-point arc. In eight losses, Nunnally has had his struggles, averaging 7.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while making 36.0% from the field, 65.0% from the free throw line, and 23.5% from three-point range. Finally, while he is second on the team in overall rebounding, Nunnally has really picked it up in Big West play, leading the team at 6.4 per game.

• Powelling Around
James Powell is third on the team in scoring at 9.2 points per game. He scored 13 points, grabbed five rebounds, and had three assists on Jan. 30 at Cal State Northridge. It was the second time in three games that Powell had scored in double-figures and the seventh time this season. Powell scored a season-high 21 points on Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount, making five three-point baskets in the process. In a 20 point game against San Diego State on Dec. 5, Powell made six three-point baskets, equaling the second highest total of his career. 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 1,085 points, 20th all-time. He needs 32 to move into 19th and 46 to move into 18th. In addition, he has 198 career three-point baskets, second all-time.

• Yes, Serna
Jaimé Serna is averaging 7.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. In the game at Cal State Northridge, he had five points, four rebounds, three steals, and one blocked shot. Serna tallied 12 points in a Jan. 28 win over Cal Poly. He has now scored 10 or more points four times, including a season-high 14 in a Jan. 8 win over UC Davis. While he is shooting 46.5% overall, he has made 19 out of 32 shots in the last seven games, 59.4%. Over that same span, Serna has made 20 out of his 25 free throw attempts, 80.0%. When the sophomore can stay on the court, he has been solid, but he has fouled out of five games this season and committed four fouls on six other occasions.

• Where There's A Will...
Will Brew leads the team in assists at 2.9 per game and steals at 1.4 per game. He has had three or more assists in each of the last four games, averaging 3.5 per game over that span. Brew has had three or more assists 12 times in 19 games and he has a solid assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.6-to-1.0, a far cry from his freshman season when he had 54 assists and 66 turnovers. Brew is averaging 4.7 points and he had a season-high 11, in great part because of a season-high three three-pointers, on Jan. 16 against UC Riverside. In three games since, he has scored 11 total points. Finally, Brew is the only Gaucho to start all 19 games in 2009-10 and, dating back to the 2008-09 season, has started 38 games in a row and 42 of the last 43.

• The Jordan Rules
Jordan Weiner has seen his playing time increase significantly in the seven games since Paul Roemer was sideline by a foot injury. While he is averaging 11.8 minutes in his 17 games, Weiner has played at least 13 in seven straight, averaging 17.3 over that span. He has averaged 3.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 1.8 assists in the last seven 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 17. He had a career-high four on Jan. 8 vs. UC Davis.

• Devenny Developments
Freshman Lucas Devenny started the last two games and he has seen his minutes go up significantly in the last four. While Devenny is averaging 11.7 minutes per game on the season, he has logged 73 in the last four games, 18.2 per game. He played a career-high 23 minutes in the Jan. 23 win over Cal State Fullerton. Devenny is averaging 1.9 rebounds per game, but has upped that to 3.0 per game in the last four.

• Justin Rejoins Gauchos
Justin Joyner returned to action in the Jan. 23 game against Fullerton and he has played a significant role in the last three games. Joyner has played in 11 games this season, averaging 2.3 assists per game. He has had three assists in each of the last three games, committing just two turnovers in that same period. Overall, he has 25 assists and just eight turnovers in his 11 games this season, an outstanding 3.1-to-1.0 assist to turnover ratio. In his career, Joyner now has 222 assists and 118 turnovers, a 1.9-to-1.0 ratio.

• More Player Notes
Jon Pastorek has missed the last two games due to back spasms...Sam Phippen scored eight points on Jan. 28 against Cal Poly, seven more than he had scored in his previous seven appearances...Chris Brew did not play in the Jan. 30 game at Cal State Northridge. It was the first time that Brew had not played in a Big West game this season...Since scoring a season-high 12 points on Dec. 29 at Cal, Greg Somogyi has scored 12 points in nine games...Somogyi leads the Gauchos in blocked shots with 15, nine of which have come in the last eight games.

• 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 190-154 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 114-75 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 379-254 (.599) at four-year schools.