Gauchos Host Red-Hot Cal State Fullerton to Open Important Three-Game Stretch of Home Games
Feb. 5, 2008
Game No. 22
Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal State Fullerton Titans
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KTMS 990/1490-AM
Game No. 23
Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Irvine Anteaters
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KTMS 990/1490-AM
Television: Fox Sports Prime Ticket (Channel 36 in Santa Barbara)
On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on KTMS, 990 and 1490 AM. KEYT-TV Sports Director Gerry Fall is in his fourth year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB star Don Ford handles the color commentary for the majority of games, home and road. When Ford is not available for road games, Bill Mahoney, yours truly, will handle the task. Steve Wendt, the voice of the UCSB women's basketball team, will handle the play-by-play for a handful of men's games this season.
The Bob Williams Show
The Bob Williams in Paradise show will be aired each Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on KTMS 990 and 1490 AM in Santa Barbara. Coach Williams will talk about past and upcoming games, interview Gaucho players and welcome guests from the Santa Barbara sports community. Bob in Paradise is broadcast live each week from The Paradise Cafe on the corner of Anacapa and Ortega in downtown Santa Barbara.
UCSB Travels To Utah State For ESPNU O'Reilly BracketBusters
UCSB will play at Utah State on Friday, Feb. 22 in the ESPNU O'Reilly BracketBusters. The teams have not met since the Aggies departed the Big West for the Western Athletic Conference following the 2004-05 campaign. While 100 schools will take part in BracketBusters, just 14 games will be televised, including the UCSB-USU match-up. ESPN will determine on Monday Feb. 11 which games will be carried by which of its outlets. Finally, Utah State will return the game next season, playing at the Thunderdome in the preseason.
On The Record
UC Santa Barbara enters the week with an overall record of 16-5 and a Big West mark of 5-3. In their last game, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, the Gauchos extended their winning streak to two straight games with a 64-53 victory at UC Riverside.
Gauchos At Home For Next Three
UCSB returns to the Thunderdome for its next three games. The Gauchos host Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine this week, and then Cal Poly next week. Normally, three consecutive games at home would be a good thing, but Santa Barbara has dropped two of its last three home games while winning three straight on the road.
Four Out Of Five, A Pretty Good Run
UCSB has not only won two straight games, it has won four of its last five contests. Interestingly, three of the four wins during the current run have come on the road. The Gauchos have won at Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly and UC Riverside, while also defeating UC Davis at home, and losing to Pacific. The current two-game winning streak equals the second-longest winning streak of the season. After losing to Stanford on Nov. 11, dropping to 2-1, UCSB won eight consecutive games.
Eleven-Up, That Should Be A Soft Drink
With an overall record of 16-5, UCSB is 11 games over the break-even mark. The last time a Gaucho team was as many as 11 games over the .500 mark was at the conclusion of the 1991-92 season when they finished with a 20-9 overall record. The 1991-92 team was actually 20-7 before dropping its final two games.
UCSB Goes Deep To Drop UC Riverside, 64-53
Sophomore guard James Powell scored a career-high 25 points, and senior guard Alex Harris added 19, to lead UCSB to a 64-53 win at UC Riverside on Jan. 30. Powell not only scored a career-high 25 points, but he made a career-best six three-point baskets, equaling the highest total by a Gaucho player since the 2004-05 season. The Pomona, Calif., native made four of his three-point baskets in the first half. Harris, the leading scorer in the Big West Conference, drained five three-point baskets. The senior from Alameda, Calif., made four of his three-point shots in the second half against the Highlanders. UCSB never trailed in the game. When Powell made his first three-pointer, the Gauchos led 5-0. The Highlanders continued to battle, cutting the lead to two on numerous occasions, but they never totally closed the gap. UCR guard Jaloni Diggs made a baseline jumper with 5:48 to play in the game to pull his team within two, 52-50, but Santa Barbara went on a decisive 12-0 run to put the game out of reach. Harris scored the first four points of the run, two on a driving leaner and two more on free throws, and Powell had four during the run as well, two on a 15-foot baseline shot, a two from the free throw line.
Probable Starters - Notes
G - Justin Joyner - Has had more turnovers than assists just once this season.
G - Alex Harris - Has 1,486 career points, the third most in school history.
G - James Powell - Had career-highs of 25 points and six three-pointers on Jan. 30 at UCR.
F - Chris Devine - 22nd Gaucho to hit 1,000 career points. Has 1,022 in career, 21st all-time.
F - Ivan Elliott - Played a team-high 33 minutes, going for 10 points and eight boards at UCR.
Probable Reserves - Notes
G - Nick Quick - Has attempted eight shots in just 11 minutes of action.
G - Jordan Weiner - All 12 of his baskets this season have been
G - Paul Roemer - Tied his career-high with four assists vs. UC Davis.
G - D.J. Posley - Produced a career-high four steals in win at UC Riverside.
F - Nedim Pajevic - Did not attempt a field goal in win at UC Riverside.
F - Sam Phippen - Has not played in the last four games.
F - Beau Gibb - Played 12 minutes vs. Pacific, his highest total since Nov. 24.
F - Peter Jordan - Walk-on freshman has played in two games this season.
The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his 10th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Last year his team recorded an overall record of 18-11 and a Big West mark of 9-5. The 18 wins were the most regular season wins by a Gaucho team since 1991-92 and it equaled the second most wins a Williams-coached UCSB team has ever had. Williams has led Santa Barbara to winning records in five of the last six seasons, the only exception being a 2004-05 team that was ravaged by injuries. He has guided UCSB to a pair of postseason appearances. In 2002-03, the 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 trip to the postseason National Invitation Tournament. Additionally, 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 title ever and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 years. Including this season, Williams' UCSB teams have posted a 156-127 (.551) overall record and an 91-62 (.595) 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 345-227 (.603) at four-year schools.
UCSB and Cal State Fullerton have played 64 times in a series that dates back to 1977. On Jan. 12, UCSB posted an 87-75 win in Fullerton. The victory in the first meeting this season gives the Gauchos a narrow 33-31 edge in the all-time series. The last time the teams played at the Thunderdome, on Dec. 30, 2006, UCSB recorded an 84-76 victory. The Titans last defeated Santa Barbara on Feb. 22, 2007 in Fullerton, 79-73. The Gauchos and UC Irvine have played 67 times in a series that dates back to 1968. Santa Barbara holds a 41-26 edge all-time, but the Anteaters have won the last two meetings. On Jan. 10, they recorded a 66-63 win in Irvine, and they also won by a score of 70-52 in the second round of the 2007 Big West Tournament. Prior to the loss in last season's Big West Tourney, UCSB had won three straight games in the series, including a regular season sweep in 2006-07. The last time the teams met in Santa Barbara, on Feb. 8, the Gauchos won 71-62.
The Gauchos At Home
UCSB had its nine-game home winning streak ended on Jan. 5 by Cal State Northridge, 88-84, and on Jan. 24, Pacific handed the Gauchos their second straight home loss, 71-58. On Jan. 26, the Gauchos ended the brief two-game home losing streak with a 60-45 win over UC Davis. With victories over Long Beach State, Utah Valley, Pepperdine, UNLV, Montana State, San Francisco and Cal Poly Pomona, the Gauchos opened the year with a perfect 7-0 Thunderdome record, extending a two-season home victory streak to nine in a row. The nine game home winning streak was the longest the program has had since it won 15 in a row bridging the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons.
The Gauchos On The Road
The Gauchos are 6-3 in true road games this season. They won their last three road games, 64-53 at UC Riverside on Jan. 30, 75-60 at Cal Poly on Jan. 19, and 87-72 at Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 12. In addition, they have victories at Eastern Washington, Ball State and Loyola Marymount. The trio of road defeats have come at North Carolina, Stanford and UC Irvine. UCSB has also gone a perfect 2-0 in neutral court games with wins over Northwestern State and Harvard at the Basketball Travelers Classic in Palo Alto, Calif. In 2006-07, the Gauchos recorded an all-time best 10-4 record on the road. Dating to the 2005-06 season, UCSB has gone 20-9 in its last 29 true road games.
Eight-Game Streak Was Longest In A Long Time
UCSB's eight-game winning streak, which was ended at North Carolina on Dec. 22, was the longest that a Gaucho team has put together since Bob Williams became head coach in 1998-99. It was also the longest winning streak since the 1988-89 team opened the year by winning 11 consecutive games and it equaled the second longest streak in school history. Santa Barbara also won eight games in a row in 1971-72, 1960-61 and 1940-41.
In Defense Of The Gauchos
In its last two games, wins over UC Riverside and UC Davis, UCSB has allowed opponents a total of just 98 points, 49.0 per game. On Jan. 26, the Gauchos held Davis to 45 points, the lowest total by an opponent this season, and then last week, they limited Riverside to 53 points, the fourth lowest total by an opponent this season. For the year, UCSB opponents are now scoring an average of 64.1 points per game, the lowest figure in the Big West Conference. The Gauchos have held 16 of 21 opponents to fewer than 70 points and seven to fewer than 60 points.
Offense Takes A Holiday
While UCSB is locking down its opponents on the defensive end in recent games, the Gauchos have struggled with their own offense of late. Santa Barbara is averaging 71.2 points per game, a figure that ranks fourth in the Big West Conference, but in the last three games, the Gaucho offense has slowed down. In a Jan. 24 loss to Pacific, UCSB tied its second-lowest total of the season with 58 points. In that game, Santa Barbara scored just 17 points in the first half, the second lowest scoring half of the season, and made just 32.1% of its shots, the lowest percentage of the year. On Jan. 26, despite a win over UC Davis, the Gauchos totaled just 60 points, the fourth lowest total of the season, and then on Jan. 30 at UC Riverside, they notched 64 points. In the last three games, UCSB has averaged 60.7 points per game, 10.5 points below its season average.
Plenty Of Turnover
UCSB opponents are averaging 18.7 turnovers per game in 2007-08, an increase of 5.3 per game over the 13.4 per game they averaged in 2006-07. Last year, a Gaucho opponent had 20 or more turnovers just once, 21 by Pepperdine in a double overtime game. In 2007-08, UCSB has forced 20 or more turnovers eight times in 21 games and only one opponent has had fewer than 16. On Jan. 19, Cal Poly had 12 turnovers, the low mark by an opponent this season. In their last game, the Gauchos forced UC Riverside into 18 turnovers.
UCSB made 11 out of its 21 three-point field goal attempts on Jan. 30 at UC Riverside. In doing so, the Gauchos improved their three-point field goal percentage on the season to 42.5%, a figure that ranks first in the Big West and second in the NCAA. On the other side of the court, Riverside made just 2-of-11 three-point attempts, 18.2%, and UCSB opponents are now shooting 29.8% from beyond the arc, the lowest figure in the league. In the last two games, Gaucho opponents have made just 7-of-33 three-point attempts, 21.2%, and in the last five, they've made 23-of-93, 24.7%.
Free, But Valuable
UCSB has been outstanding from the free throw line this season. After making 15-of-19 in the win at UC Riverside, the Gauchos are making 78.2% on the season, tops in the Big West, and third in the nation. On Jan. 19 at Cal Poly, UCSB posted season-highs for makes and attempts by hitting 25 out of 30, 83.3%. In the last seven games, all in Big West Conference play, Santa Barbara has made 111-of-138, 80.4%, In 21 games this season, the Gauchos have made 80.0% or better from the free throw line 10 times. The school's all-time record of 77.2% was set during the 1982-83 season. Last year's mark of 72.5% was the ninth best ever.
UCSB has had three Big West Players of the Week this season. Senior Alex Harris has earned the award twice (Nov. 25 and Dec. 10) and sophomore guard James Powell has won it once (Dec. 3). Harris has been named Player of the Week four times in the last two seasons.
Take Me To Your Leaders
While only three players (Alex Harris, James Powell and Chris Devine) have led the Gauchos in scoring this season, the same has not held true for the other statistical categories. UCSB has had eight players lead or tie for the team-lead in steals, six lead or tie for the team-lead in rebounding, five lead or tie for the lead in assists, and six have done so in blocked shots.
A Marginal Pattern
UCSB has started Big West play with a 5-3 record this season. The first losses were close ones, 88-84 to Cal State Northridge and 66-63 at UC Irvine. The 71-58 loss to Pacific on Jan. 24 marked the largest margin of defeat in league games this season and the third largest overall. The 64-53 win at UC Riverside on Jan. 30 kept another pattern in tact: all five conference wins have come by double-figure margins. The first four victories, over Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly and UC Davis, actually came by the same margin, 15 points. In all, 15 of 21 Gaucho games have been decided by 10 or more points this year and UCSB has gone 12-3 in those games.
The Harris Poll
Senior guard Alex Harris continues to lead the Gauchos in scoring at 20.9 points per game, and he has regained his spot atop the Big West scoring race, just slightly ahead of Cal State Fullerton's Josh Akognon. He ranks 22nd nationally in scoring. Harris had 19 points, four rebounds, to assists and two steals in UCSB's last game, a win at UC Riverside. After scoring just three points in the first half against the Highlanders, he went for 16 in the second half. Harris made 5-of-8 three-point attempts, including four out five attempts in the second half. It marked the second time in the last four games that he made five three-point baskets in a game. After scoring a season-high 31 points on Jan. 19 at Cal Poly, including five three-point baskets, Harris totaled just 29 in games against Pacific and UC Davis before bouncing back with 19 at Riverside. He has now scored in double-figures in all 20 of his appearances this season and in 27 straight games dating back to the 2006-07 season. Harris has either led, or tied for the team-lead in scoring 16 times this season. He has tallied 20 points or more 10 times and 25 or more six times. The senior frorm Alameda, Calif., has now scored 1,486 points in his career, and he is poised to become just the third player in school history to eclipse the 1,500 point barrier. Harris currently ranks third on UCSB's all-time scoring list needing 95 to move past Mark Hull and into second all-time. Carrick DeHart (1,687) is the Gauchos' all-time leading scorer. In addition to scoring, he paces the team in three-point shooting. Harris is now making 49.5% of his shots from outside the arc, sixth in the nation. He has hit 52 out of 105 attempts this season and has made at least one three-point basket in 19 of 20 games. In addition, he has hit two or more 16 times, and three or more eight times. Harris made a career-high six three-point baskets, in eight attempts, on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley. In his career, he has now hit 172 out of 413, 41.6%. the fourth most makes and the third highest percentage in UCSB history. Prior to his 31-point game at Cal Poly, Harris' season-high was 29 points on Nov. 24 against Montana State. In that game, he had career-highs for free throws, 15, and free throw attempts, 18. On the year, Harris has gone to the free throw line 134 times, an average of 6.7 times per game. He is averaging 3.5 boards per game, fourth on the team, and he has had four or more in six of the last 11 games. He had a season-high eight rebounds on Nov. 24 against Montana State, and he has had seven twice, on Nov. 27 against UNLV and Nov. 10 against Harvard. Also, of his 33 assists on the year, 25 have come in the last 11 games. Finally, Harris was a Preseason All-Big West and Mid-Major All-America selection.
The Devine File
Junior forward Chris Devine tied his season-low with six points, to go with five rebounds, in the Jan. 30 win at UC Riverside. He is now averaging 13.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, both second on the team. Devine has scored 10 or more points 15 times in his 20 appearances, but just five times in the last 10 games. He scored a season-high 24 on Jan. 5 against Cal State Northridge, and his other 20 point game came when he had 22 at Ball State on Dec. 19. On Jan. 24 against Pacific, Devine became the 22nd player in UCSB history to move past the 1,000 point mark. He enters the week with a career total of 1,022, a figure that ranks 21st all-time. He needs 11 to move into 20th-place. Although Devine is second on the team in rebounding at 5.3 per game, he has averaged just 4.3 per game in the last six. On the other hand, since collecting just three total rebounds in the first two games of the season, he has averaged 5.8 per game. He had a season-high nine on Dec. 1 at Loyola Marymount. Despite making just 2-of-7 from the field in the win at Riverside, Devine is shooting 51.4%, second on the team among regulars. In the last eight games, he has made 38 out of 73 field goal attempts, a solid 52.1%. A Preseason All-Big West selection, Devine had a season-high four assists on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley and two or more 10 times this season, including five of the last nine games. He has also claimed the team-lead in steals with a recent surge. He has had at least one in four of the last six games and he now has 27 on the season, 26 of which have come in the last 17 games.
Old Buddy, Old Powell
Sophomore guard James Powell rebounded from one of his poorest offensive games of the season with the best offensive performance of his career. After scoring just five points in a Jan. 26 win over UC Davis, Powell poured in a career-high 25 points on Jan. 30 at UC Riverside. He went a career-best 6-of-9 from three-point range, equaling the most three-point baskets by a Gaucho this year and since the 2004-05 season. Powell is now averaging 12.0 points per game, a figure which is at its highest point all season. He has scored in double-figures 13 times this season, all in the last 18 games. Also, after entering the year with a career-high of 18 points, Powell has scored 20 or more four times, including three times in the last five games, a period over which he has averaged 16.6 points per game. Since scoring a total of 17 points through the first three games, he has averaged 13.1 points per game. He is now shooting 42.3% from outside the three-point line, but since opening the year by going 2-for-12, Powell has made 42 out of his last 92 attempts, 45.7%. Prior to draining six three-pointers against Riverside, his career-high was five, set on Nov. 27 against UNLV. He made all five three-pointers in the second half against the Runnin' Rebels, including one with less than a second remaining to give the Gauchos the win. Powell is averaging 2.3 assists per game, second on the team, and he has had two or more in five straight and seven of the last eight. He tied a career-high with six on Jan. 5 against Cal State Northridge. He is also averaging 3.1 rebounds per outing, and has had four or more eight times, including a career-high six on Jan. 3 against Long Beach State. Powell has had four or more boards in three of the last five games. Finally, with three steals against Pacific on Jan. 24, he tied his career-high and he now has 25 on the season, tied for second on the team. Powell has had 15 steals in the last nine games.
Justin Joins In
Since scoring a season-high 13 points on Jan. 12 at Cal State Fullerton, sophomore guard Justin Joyner has scored just two points over the last four games. Scoring, however, is not Joyner's bag. His bag? Assisting. Joyner continues to lead the Gauchos in assists at 3.8 per game, a figure which ranks third in the Big West Conference. He also paces the circuit in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.16-to-1.00. In fact, despite playing 554 minutes and handling the ball more than anyone else on the team, Joyner has committed just 37 turnovers, an average of just 1.76 per game. He has had more turnovers than assists in a game just one time this season (Four turnovers and two assists on Nov. 11 at Stanford) and in his last 14 games, he has had 56 assists and just 21 turnovers. Joyner had a season-high seven assists on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley. He has also had a pair of six-assist games, on Dec. 5 against Pepperdine and Dec. 19 at Ball State. He has had four or more assists 13 times this season and the Gauchos have gone 11-2 in those games. While scoring is not his forte, Joyner not only scored a season-high 13 at Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 12, he had games of nine on Nov. 10 against Harvard, and eight on Nov. 27 against UNLV, and Dec. 7 against Utah Valley. Joyner has made 10 out of 35 three-pointers this season, but seven have come in three games, two apiece against UNLV and Ball State, and a career-high three at Fullerton. Finally, he is one of five Gauchos with 20 or more steals, and he tied his season and career-high with three on Jan. 26 against UC Davis.
Ivan The Good
Senior forward Ivan Elliott continues to be one of UCSB's most consistent players. On Jan. 30 against UC Riverside, he ended a streak of four straight single-digit scoring games by notching 10 points against the Highlanders. He also added a team-high eight rebounds in the win. Elliott is fourth on the team at 9.1 points per game. He also continues to lead the Gauchos in rebounding at 6.2 per game and blocked shots at 1.0 per game. Elliott scored a career-high 17 points in the season-opener against Northwesterrn State, making 8-of-10 shots, and he has scored in double-figures 10 times this season, including seven times in the last 12 games. At one point, he scored 10 or more in four straight games, the longest stretch of his career. Elliott has had a season-high nine rebounds twice this year, on Dec. 29 at Eastern Washington and then again on Jan. 24 against Pacific. Over the last 12 games, he has averaged 7.2 rebounds per outing. He has had five or more rebounds in 13 consecutive games and 18 times in 21 games this season. Despite going 0-for-5 from three-point range in the last two games, Elliott continues to lead UCSB and the Big West in three-point percentage at 50.0%. He has hit 21 out his 42 attempts. Prior to the last two games, he was on fire from outside the three-point stripe, going 6-for-7, 85.7%, over a four-game stretch. In 2006-07, Elliott made just 5-of-13 three-point attempts in 29 games. He made a career-high three on Nov. 24 against Montana State and he has hit two in five other games. The San Francisco native is making a team-best 53.5% from the field. In fact, Elliott has made at least 60.0% of his shots in eight of the last 13, hitting 47-of-82 in those 13 games, 57.3%. Finally, Elliott leads the Gauchos in blocked shots with 22. He had a career-high three blocks on Nov. 10 against Harvard and he has had at least one in five of the last eight games.
A Piece Of The Pajevic (Pronounced Pie-uh-vich)
Senior forward Nedim Pajevic's rollercoaster of a season continued in the Jan. 30 win at UC Riverside. Pajevic was held to just two points and no rebounds in 15 minutes of action. He committed four fouls in the win. The native of Sarajevo, Bosnia, was coming off of a solid game in a win over UC Davis, scoring six points, grabbing four rebounds and passing off for three assists. On the season, Pajevic is now averaging 5.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. He has scored 10 or more points six times this season, but he has not done so since he tallied 12 on Dec. 22 at North Carolina. He went for a season-high 16 points on Nov. 10 against Harvard. In addition, he had a personal-best 10 rebounds on Nov. 20 against San Francisco, recording a double-double in the process as he also scored 10 points. In fact, Pajevic's double-double against the Dons is the only one record by a Gaucho player this season. He has been limited by foul trouble in recent games. Not only did he have four fouls in 15 minutes at Riverside, he fouled out in eight minutes on Jan. 24 against Pacific, and he fouled out in 16 minutes on Jan. 12 at Cal State Fullerton. Pajevic has had three or more assists seven times this year, going for a season-high five on Nov. 15 against Cal Poly Pomona. He has had four or more 10 times this season, including three times in the last six games. Finally, while he is shooting 49.0% overall, Pajevic is making 54.7% from two-point range.
Sophomore guard Paul Roemer continues to give the Gauchos valuable minutes as a reserve in the backcourt. Although he has been scoreless in the last four games, missing his only four field goal attempts over that span, he continues do other things. Roemer is averaging 2.5 points and 1.5 assists per game. On Jan. 26, in a win over UC Davis, he tied his career-high with four assists, tops on the team. He also had three rebounds. On Jan. 10, in a defeat at UC Irvine, he helped shoot the Gauchos back into the game by making the first four three-point shots he took. He finished 4-for-5 from three-point territory, 4-for-6 overall, and scored a career-high 12 points. In the Jan. 12 win at Cal State Fullerton, he made the only field goal he attempted, also a three-pointer, and a pair of free throws, to finish with five points. Roemer has now made 11-of-30 shots from three-point range this season, 36.7%, but he has hit five out of his last seven attempts, 71.4%. Finally, in 2006-07, Roemer played 132 minutes in 16 games. This year, Roemer has played in all 21 games, logging 329 minutes, an average of 15.8 per game. He has played at least 11 minutes in 20 of the 21 games.
Strike A Posley
Junior guard D.J. Posley missed his only shot in the Gauchos' Jan. 30 win over UC Riverside, but he had a career-high four steals to help key the victory. Posley, who is averaging 3.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game, is tied for second on the team with 25 steals. He has been one of the team's most pleasant surprises on the defensive end of the court. Posley scored a season-high seven on Dec. 5 against Pepperdine. On Jan. 12, in a win at Cal State Fullerton, he had one of the best games of his career, despite not scoring point. Posley had six assists, two rebounds and one steal in the game against the Titans.