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
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Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. UC Davis
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
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Game available on Gametracker
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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.
UC Santa Barbara will remain at home for its next two games and four of its next six. The Gauchos play host to Pacific and UC Davis on Feb. 3 and Feb. 5 respectively. Following road games at UC Riverside and UC Irvine, they will return home to host Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 16) and Boise State in an ESPNU BracketBusters game (Feb. 19). Thursday's game against Pacific will mark the beginning of the second half of the Big West schedule.
Gauchos Will Host Boise State In BracketBuster Game On Feb. 19
UCSB will host Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 19, in an ESPNU BracketBusters game. The contest will not be televised by any of the ESPN family of networks and the tip-off time is yet to be determined. The Gauchos will return the game at some point during the 2011-12 season, most likely during the preseason.
The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its Feb. 3 game against Pacific with an overall record of 11-8 and a Big West mark of 4-4. The Gauchos have dropped two of their last three games. Each of their last two games have been decided by one point. On Jan. 27, James Nunnally hit a short bank shot as time expired to give Santa Barbara a 71-70 win at Cal Poly. On Jan. 29, Rashaun McLemore scored 26 points in just 17 minutes to lift Cal State Northridge past UCSB, 70-69.
Probable Starters - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Has played 67 minutes in three games since returning from groin injury.
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Made three 3-pointers vs. CSUN, his highest total during Big West games.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Has four or more assists in five of last six and six of last eight.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Made 24-of-28 free throws in the last two games.
F 21 James Nunnally - Has exactly 1,000 career points. Became 24th Gaucho to hit the mark.
Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Missed last eight games with injured Achilles. Remains doubtful for this week.
G 20 Will Brew - Was ill and did not suit up against Cal State Northridge.
G 24 Christian Peterson - Has not played in the last two games.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - After recording his first DNP in win at Cal Poly, played three minutes vs. CSUN.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Eight of his 15 rebounds in the last two games have been offensive.
G 43 Troy Leaf - Played 16 minutes vs. CSUN after totaling 14 in previous five.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Made a career-high four free throws in loss to Cal State Northridge.
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. The Gauchos and UC Davis have played 22 times in a series that began in 1939. On Jan. 6, Santa Barbara won at Davis, 77-65, improving to 18-4 all-time against the Aggies. UCSB has won the last five games in succession against Davis, including three last year.
The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 6-2 at home this season and on Jan. 29, they dropped a 70-69 home decision to Cal State Northridge. Still, UCSB has won 14 of its last 16 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 27 home games.
Williams Enters Game Against Pacific 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 will be the 400th overall win of his career. He is currently 399-264 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.
Johnson/Nunnally Continue To Rank 1-2 In Big West Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally continue to rank 1-2 in the Big West scoring race. Johnson will enter Thursday's game against Pacific averaging 20.0 points per game while Nunnally is at 17.4. Johnson began the week ranked 24th in scoring nationally while Nunnally was 79th. Combined, the duo has scored 710 points, an average of 37.4 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 49 times in his 49 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.
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 began the week ranked 11th in the nation in free throw percentage at 76.8%. In all, Santa Barbara has made 80.0% or better from the line 10 times in 19 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 has made an uncharacteristic 4-for-8 in the last two games, James Nunnally has been outstanding from the free throw line this season at 77-of-89, 86.5%. He began the week ranked 45th nationally. The Gauchos have shot below 70 percent just three times this season. On Jan. 29, they matched their season-high with 25 made free throws. They were 25-of-31, 80.6%.
You Win By One, You Lose By One
Each of UCSB's last two games have been decided by one-point. On Jan. 29, the Gauchos dropped a 70-69 decision to Cal State Northridge. The loss to the Matadors came just 48 hours after a James Nunnally buzzer-beater had given Santa Barbara a 71-70 win at Cal Poly. The win over the Mustangs was the Gauchos first truly close win of the year. Santa Barbara is now 3-5 in games decided by 10 points or less and 1-4 in games decided by five or fewer points.
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.
Double-Dipping Orlando Johnson is the only Gaucho to score in double-figures in every game this season. James Nunnally has done so 15 times in 17 games. Jaimé Serna, who has missed six of seven games with a groin injury, before returning at Cal State Fulerton, has scored 10 or more four times in his 11 appearances, including three of the last five in which he has played.
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 is the only player to have more than one and has posted a trio of double-doubles. Last year Johnson and Nunnally were the only Gauchos who achieved the feat.
O.J. Juices The Gauchos Orlando Johnson has scored 21 or more points in six of the last seven games. In the Jan. 29 game against Cal State Northridge, Johnson scored 28 points, including 15 in the second half. In the Gauchos previous game, a win at Cal Poly, he had 24 points, including 15 in the second half. While he is averaging exactly 20.0 points per game (A figure at its highest point since he was at 20.3 after a Dec. 15 game at UNLV.), he has averaged 23.9 per game in the last seven. The 28 points he scored against Cal State Northridge on Jan. 29 equaled 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 he had against Fresno 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. He enters Thursday's game against Pacific leading the team in scoring (20.0 points per game), rebounding (6.4 per game) and assists (3.2 per game). The defending Big West scoring champion, Johnson continues to lead the Big West in scoring and at the outset of the week, he ranked 24th nationally in the category. 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, he would be the first Gaucho to do so since Brian Shaw accomplished the feat in 1987-88. In the last seven games, he has made 55-of-104 shots overall, 52.9%, and 45-of-76 from two-point range 59.2%. Johnson is also 47-of-57 from the free throw line in the last seven, 82.3%. In the Jan. 29 game against Northridge, he made a career-high 14 free throws in a career-high 15 attempts. In the last two games, Johnson has gone 24-of-28 from the line, 85.7%, and he has lifted his percentage on the season to 81.0%. The Seaside, Calif., native has scored in double-figures in all 19 games this season and all 49 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. He also had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds on Jan. 22 at Cal State Fullerton. In all, he has five in his career. Johnson has now scored 920 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 1,304 as a collegiate player.
Nunnally Becomes 24th Gaucho To Hit 1,000 Points
Despite struggling offensively in the Gauchos Jan. 29 game against Cal State Northridge, James Nunnally's seven points were enough to push him to the 1,000 career point mark as a Gaucho. He became the 24th player in school history to hit the 1,000 point mark. Nunnally hit just 3-of-15 shots overall and missed all six of his three-point tries in the game against the Matadors. In the previous four games, he had averaged 18.2 points per game while shooting 46.2% overall and 44.4% from three-point range. In the Jan. 27 win at Cal Poly, Nunnally scored just 13 points on 4-of-11 from the field, but his last shot was a leaning bank shot at the buzzer to give UCSB a 71-70 win. In the last two games, he has made just 7-of-26 shots overall, 26.9%, and 2-of-12 from three-point range, 16.7%. Nunnally is still second in the Big West in scoring at 17.4 points per game. He has scored in double-figures in 16 of 19 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. Three times during that span he set a new career-high in scoring, the last time coming on Dec. 4 when he went for 34 at Santa Clara. In early December, Nunnally totaled 63 points in consecutive wins over Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara, the most that a UCSB player has scored over a two-game span since the1996-97 season. The Stockton, Calif., native is also second on the Gauchos in rebounds at 5.2 per game. Nunnally has had six or more rebounds nine times this season, including the last two games and five times in the last seven. He had a career-high 11 rebounds on Nov. 27 at Portland while 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 five games. He has 109 in his career and needs 11 to move into 10th all-time.
Serna Continues To Round Into Shape
After missing five straight and six of seven games with a strained groin, Jaimé Serna has played in the last three games for the Gauchos. While he is back, Serna is clearly not all the way back. In the last three games, the junior has averaged 22.3 minutes, 5.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. He has made 6-of-14 shots from the floor, 42.9%. In the Gauchos' last game, a loss to Cal State Northridge, Serna had five points and three rebounds while making 1-of-3 field goals and 3-of-6 free throw attempts. Before suffering the groin injury, Serna had started to emerge. 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 34-of-59, 57.6%. 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.
Just In Time
Senior Justin Joyner has re-emerged as a key part of UCSB's lineup. Joyner has started the last two games and in UCSB's last game, against Cal State Northridge, he played 36 minutes, his highest total since March of 2008. Against the Matadors, Joyner had five points, four assists and one steal. In the previous game, 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. In addition to his scoring, he has had four or more assists in five of the last six games. In those six games, Joyner has 26 assists and eight turnovers. He leads the team in assist-to-turnover ratio with 49 assists and just 23 turnovers, a 2.1-to-1.0 ratio. In his career, Joyner now has 292 career assists, the ninth most in school history. By comparison, he has just 155 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 211 assists and just 101 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 12 games since he returned, he has scored 62 points, 5.2 per game, while making 22-of-39 shots overall, 56.4%, and 15-of-30 from three-point range, 50.0%. Finally, Joyner has taken over the team-lead with 28 steals, an average of 1.6 per game. He has had at least one steal in nine of the last 10 games and he had a season-high four in wins over UNLV, UC Davis and UC Irvine. Joyner has 111 steals in his career, ninth in school history.
The Big Fella
Junior Greg Somogyi has come off the bench in UCSB's last five games. In 16 minutes against Cal State Northridge on Saturday, Somogyi had six points, two rebounds and a blocked shot. In the previous game against Cal Poly, he had eight points in 10 minutes and made all four of his field goal attempts. Somogyi is essentially tied for fourth on the team in scoring at 5.5 points per game and fourth in rebounding at 3.8 per game. He leads the Gauchos and the Big West with 35 blocked shots. He has had at least one blocked shot in nine of the last 10 games and 16 times in 19 games. Somogyi, who holds the school record for blocked shots in a game with eight, has had a season-high five swats twice this season, including a Jan. 22 game at Cal State Fullerton. He also leads UCSB in field goal percentage at 56.9% and he has made 26 of his last 40 shots, 65.0%. Somogyi has had five or more rebounds eight times this year, but in 26 minutes over the last two games, he had just two total.
Taking A Pass, A Pastorek That Is
Senior Jon Pastorek bounced back from an uncharacteristic poor game with a pair of very good efforts in the last two games. 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 a Jan. 27 win at Cal Poly. On Jan. 29 against Cal State Northridge, he had seven points, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal. Eight of his 15 rebounds in the two games were at the offensive end. Also, significantly, he has been credited with zero turnovers in the last two games, a span of 47 minutes. Pastorek is averaging 20.1 minutes, 4.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game overall. In the last 10 games he has been even better. In the 10 he averaged 23.1 minutes, 6.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists. He has also made 21-of-34 field goal attempts overall, 61.8%, 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 31 assists on the season, Pastorek has collected 26 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 had nine points, all on three-pointers, in UCSB's game against Cal State Northridge on Jan. 29. Weiner was 3-for-6 from the field and all of his attempts were three-point territory. He bounced back after going scoreless in 21 minutes at Cal Poly on Jan. 27. Weiner, formerly a walk-on, is fourth on the team in scoring at 5.5 points per game and he is second with 27 steals. He is also third on the team with 23 three-point baskets and the three he made against Northridge were the most he has made since he hit a career-high four on Dec. 21 against Cal Baptist. Weiner scored a career-high 16 in the game against Cal Baptist but in four games after that he became mired in a shooting slump. In the four games, Weiner averaged 4.0 points while making just 3-of-20 shots from the field overall, 15.0%, and 2-for-16 from three-point range, 12.5%. In the last five games, Weiner has snapped out of it a bit averaging 6.8 points per game while making 10-of-24 from the field overall, 41.7%, and 8-of-21 from three-point range, 38.1%. In a 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. 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 210-164. 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 124-80 in Big West games and his .608 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 399-264 (.602) at four-year schools.
On The Horizon
The Gauchos will remain at home to host UC Davis on Saturday night in a 7:30 p.m. game that will be televised on Prime Ticket. They will then hit the road for a Feb. 10 game at UC Riverside and a Feb. 12 game at UC Irvine. The game against the Anteaters will be broadcast on Fox Sports.