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Feb. 9, 2007

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The Schedule
Game No. 22
Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Long Beach State 49ers
at UCSB's Thunderdome
TV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket

Game No. 23
Wednesday, February 14, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal Poly Mustangs
at Cal Poly's Mott Gymnasium

On Television
The Gaucho-Long Beach State showdown on Saturday evening will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Prime Ticket. Paul Sunderland will call the play-by-play and former Stanford head coach Mike Montgomery will handle the color.

On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on KTMS, 990-AM. KEYT-TV Sports Director Gerry Fall is in his third 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 Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters the Saturday's game against Long Beach State with an overall record of 15-6 and a Big West record of 6-2. On Thursday night, the Gauchos their winning streak to four games with a 71-62 win over visiting UC Irvine. The win over the Anteaters snapped a two-game home losing streak and improved UCSB's home record to 6-4 on the season. The Gauchos are 9-2 in road games.

Not All The Marbles, But Some
The UCSB-Long Beach State game on Saturday may not be for all the marbles, it's too early for that, but it will be for some. The Gauchos and 49ers, along with Cal State Fullerton, seem to be distancing themselves from the rest of the pack in the Big West. On Jan. 4, Long Beach defeated Santa Barbara at the Pyramid, making Saturday's game all the more important, particulary for the Gauchos.

UCSB Equals Win Total Of 2005-06
With its 71-62 win over UC Irvine on Thursday night, UCSB has equaled its win total from last season. In 2005-06, the Gauchos went 15-14 overall and 6-8 in the Big West Conference. Also, after a very slow start in 2005-06, Santa Barbara ended the season by winning eight of its final 11 games. Dating back to 2005-06, the Gauchos have gone 23-9 in their last 32 games

UCSB Hosts Eastern Washington In Feb. 17 BracketBusters Game
UCSB will host Eastern Washington in a non-televised BracketBusters game on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome. The Gauchos will be playing their third Bracket Buster game in the last six seasons. The Eagles are a member of the Big Sky Conference.

Pair Of Gaucho Games Added To Big West TV Package
Two of UCSB's final four basketball games have been added to the Big West Conference's television package, it was announced on Jan. 31. As part of the league's best game available provision in its television contracts, the Big West decides on late-season games based on record and impact on the conference standings, the Gauchos' games on Feb. 22 at Cal State Fullerton and at home on Mar. 3 against Cal State Northridge have been added to the schedule. The game against the Titans will be aired by KVMD-TV in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties, and the game against the Matadors will be carried on Fox Sports Prime Ticket. The UCSB-Cal State Northridge game will be moved from 7:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to accommodate Fox Sports.

Brown's Season-High 23 Leads UCSB Past UC Irvine, 71-62
Cecil Brown scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half to lead UC Santa Barbara past visiting UC Irvine 71-62 for its fourth-straight basketball victory Thursday night. The win keeps the Gauchos a half-game behind first-place Long Beach State, which will play at Santa Barbara on Saturday night. Alex Harris scored 10 of his 14 points and James Powell scored all of his 10 in the first half to lead the Gauchos to 36-28 edge at the break. Patrick Sanders rallied the Anteaters to within a point, 55-54, with a pair of free throws with 4:47 remaining. Sanders led Irvine with 19 points and added eight rebounds while Chuma Awaji scored 18 points. But Brown scored 14 points in the last 4:21, including a four-point play with 1:48 to go. UCSB shot 54.5 percent in the second half and 46.8 for the game while holding the Anteaters to 39.6 percent. It marked the fourth straight game in which a Gaucho opponent was held below the 40.0% mark from the field. In addition to his game-high 23 points, Brown added a game-high four assists. Devine added 11 for the Gauchos, who won despite being outrebounded, 39-26. Harris, the Big West's leading scorer entering play Thursday, went down with an ankle injury in the final minute of the first half. He did return and, though a bit hobbled, played much of the second half. Glenn Turner, who fouled out in 18 minutes, paced the Gauchos with six rebounds and a pair of blocked shots. The win by UCSB ended a two-game home losing streak.

Probable Starters - Notes
G - Cecil Brown - Scored a season-high 23 points in Thursday's win over UC Irvine.
G - Alex Harris - With 14 points vs. UC Irvine, has been in double-figures in all 21 games.
G - Justin Joyner - 62 assists ties him for sixth on UCSB's all-time freshman list.
F - Chris Devine - Has scored 10 or more points in 19 of 21 games this season.
F - Ivan Elliott - Two rebounds vs. UCI was his fewest since Dec. 2 at Portland.

Probable Reserves - Notes
G - James Powell - His 23 three-point baskets are the seventh most by a UCSB freshman.
G - Paul Roemer - His DNP vs. UCI ended a streak of five straight in which he played.
G - Trevor Bing - Has attempted just one shot in the last six games.
F - Tom Garlepp - Played just two minutes in the win over UC Irvine.
F - Emmanuel Bidias a Mouté - Has played five or more minutes in the last five games.
F - Beau Gibb - Has played in just one of the last nine games.
F - David Massey - Played in only game and had only points on Nov. 13 at Montana State.
F - Sam Phippen - Freshman forward is redshirting the 2006-07 season.
F - Glenn Turner - Has averaged 5.2 rebounds in last four games.

The Opponents
UCSB and Long Beach State have played exactly 100 times since the first meeting between the schools in 1952. With their resounding 101-65 win in Long Beach on Jan. 4, the 49ers lead the all-time series by a narrow 51-49 margin. The Gauchos swept both games in the series last season, winning at the Thunderdome, 77-74, and at the Pyramid, 81-78. UCSB and Cal Poly have played 87 times in a series that dates back to 1938. While the Gauchos lead the all-time series with a 58-29 record, the Mustangs have won two consecutive games. Last year, Cal Poly defeated Santa Barbara 57-50 in the second round of the Big West Tournament in Anaheim, Calif., and earlier this season, on Jan. 20, it defeated the Gauchos at the Thunderdome, 71-61. The last time the teams met at Mott Gymnasium, Jan. 21, 2006, the Mustangs posted a 74-62 victory.

The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his ninth season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Last year his team overcame a slow start to finish over the .500 mark for the fourth time in five seasons. UCSB was 15-14 overall and 6-8 in the Big West. Prior to the 2004-05 season, when an injury-ravaged Gaucho team finished below .500, Williams had guided the program to three straight winning seasons for the first time since the late 1980s. In 2002-03, Williams' Gauchos went 18-14 overall and 14-4 in league. The 2002-03 Big West mark earned Santa Barbara its first-ever Big West regular season championship along with a 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 Championship ever and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 years. Including this season, Williams' UCSB teams have posted a 137-117 (.540) overall record and an 83-57 (.593) 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 325-217 (.600) at four-year schools.

A Good Start
Can 21 games still be considered a start? You be the judge! UCSB is off to its best start in more than a decade. The Gauchos have an overall record of 15-6, the best 21-game record since Bob Williams became head coach prior to the 1998-99 season. The last time a UCSB team opened the season with a 15-6 record was in 1991-92. They last time the Gauchos had a better record after 21 games was in 1988-89 when they were 17-4. In 1991-92, UCSB finished the year at 20-9 overall and 13-5 in the Big West Conference. The 1991-92 team, by the way, won its 22nd game to go 16-6.

The Gauchos At Home
UCSB is 6-4 at home in 2006-07. On Thursday night, the Gauchos ended a two-game road losing streak with a 71-62 Thunderdome victory over UC Irvine. Santa Barbara defeated San Jose State on Nov. 10 and, after losing consecutive games to San Diego State and Loyola Marymount, they posted four straight wins, defeating Fresno State on Dec. 6 , Vanguard on Dec. 19, UC Riverside on Dec. 28 and Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 30. UCSB, however, then lost two home games, 70-66 to UC Davis on Jan. 13, and 71-61 to Cal Poly on Jan. 20, before bouncing back with the win over UC Irvine. UCSB went 9-4 in home games during the 2005-06 season. Since Bob Williams became head coach in 1998-99, the Gauchos have gone 79-32 at home.

One For The Road: A New Record
UCSB is 9-2 in road games this season. According to our records, the nine true road wins are the most ever at the NCAA Division I level by a UCSB team and the total equals the previous record set at the College Division level during the 1963-64 season. The Gauchos opened the road portion of their schedule with an 88-56 win at Montana State on Nov. 13. On Nov. 17, they won at UNLV, 79-76 and on Nov. 21 they won at Pepperdine, 89-80 in double overtime. On Dec. 2, they won at Portland, 75-67 and then on Dec. 17, they won at San Francisco, 74-69. On Dec. 22, UCSB had its school record-tying six game road winning streak ended at the University of San Diego, 81-63 and then on Jan. 4, Long Beach State handed the Gauchos their second consecutive road loss, 101-65. UCSB bounced-back and has won four consecutive road games at UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge, Pacific and UC Davis. This year's 5-0 start was the first 5-0 start in true road games since the 1987-88 campaign when the team jumped out of the gates with the same 5-0 road record. UCSB posted a 5-9 record in true road games in 2005-06 and a 6-10 mark in all non-home games. While the 5-9 doesn't seem like much, it includes an 0-7 start and a 5-2 finish. The Gauchos opened the 2005-06 season with seven straight road losses, extending a two-season streak to nine straight road defeats. However, since the end of that streak, UCSB has gone 14-4 on the road and the nine road wins this season equals the total recorded in the previous two and a half seasons combined.

Streaky
The Gauchos enter Saturday's game against Long Beach State with a four-game winning streak. This marks the third time this season that UCSB has won a season-high four consecutive games. On the flipside, Santa Barbara's longest losing streak this season is two games, which it has experienced twice. The Gauchos are also currently riding a four-game road winning streak.

Defensive Lockdown
UCSB's recent upturn in fortunes can be directly attributed to defense. In the last four games, all wins, the Gauchos have allowed their opponents to score 229 points, 57.2 per game, 9.8 points per game fewer than their season average of 67.0 per game. Santa Barbara has limited each of the last four opponents to 62 points or fewer and the 48 points scored by UC Davis on Feb. 1 were the second fewest allowed this season. In the last four, the Gauchos have limited the opposition to making 79 of 227 field goal attempts, 34.8%. Each of the last four opponents has shot below 40.0%, a first this season. In fact, three of the last four opponents shot below 35.0%. On the season, UCSB is now holding its opponents to 41.0% shooting overall.

Defensive Lockdown II
Santa Barbara's defensive effort in the last four games has been particularly solid on the perimeter. The Gauchos last four opponents, Cal State Northridge, Pacific, UC Davis and UC Irvine, have combined to make just 22-of-97 shots form outside the three-point stripe, 22.7%. On the season, UCSB opponents are now making 30.7% from beyond the arc. In fact, in six games since the Gauchos allowed Long Beach State and UC Irvine to make 27-of-60 from three-point range in games on Jan. 4 and Jan. 6, they have held opponents to 36-of-147, 24.5%. Long Beach State, incidentally, set a UCSB opponent record when it made 17 three-pointers on Jan. 4.

The Return Of The Free Throw
Early in the season, UCSB enjoyed great success from the free throw line. The Gauchos made 73.9% or better in eight of their first nine games and 10 of their first 12. In the last several games, however, Santa Barbara has had its problems from the line. Prior to the win at UC Davis, UCSB had made fewer than 70.0% in six of seven contests and over that span it shot just 64.1% from the line. In the last two games, however, the Gauchos have rediscovered their stroke from the free throw line. On Feb. 1 at UC Davis, UCSB made 18-of-22 from the stripe, 81.8% and then on Thursday night against the Anteaters, it hit 20-of-26, 76.9%. In the two games combined, the Gauchos hit 38-of-48, 79.2%, and they are now shooting a decent 72.5%. It certainly behooves UCSB to make its free throws. In the last six games, the Gauchos have attempted at least 20 in each and they have averaged 27.0 per game. The opponents, on the other hand, have attempted more than 20 just once in the last eight games and over that period they have averaged 16.2. By the way, when is the last time someone used the word behoove in basketball notes? Pretty cool.

A Magical Number
UCSB scored 71 points in its win over UC Irvine on Thursday night, it marked the 13th time this season that the Gauchos had scored 70 or more in a game. In the 13 games of 70 or more points, they have gone 12-1. The only time that Santa Barbara has lost a game when it scored above the 70-point barrier was on Nov. 25 when it lost 76-72 to San Diego State.

Streaky
The Gauchos enter Saturday's game against Long Beach State with a four-game winning streak. This marks the third time this season that UCSB has won a season-high four consecutive games. On the flipside, Santa Barbara's longest losing streak this season is two games, which it has experienced twice. The Gauchos are also currently riding a four-game road winning streak.

Defensive Lockdown
UCSB's recent upturn in fortunes can be directly attributed to defense. In the last four games, all wins, the Gauchos have allowed their opponents to score 229 points, 57.2 per game, 9.8 points per game fewer than their season average of 67.0 per game. Santa Barbara has limited each of the last four opponents to 62 points or fewer and the 48 points scored by UC Davis on Feb. 1 were the second fewest allowed this season. In the last four, the Gauchos have limited the opposition to making 79 of 227 field goal attempts, 34.8%. Each of the last four opponents has shot below 40.0%, a first this season. In fact, three of the last four opponents shot below 35.0%. On the season, UCSB is now holding its opponents to 41.0% shooting overall.

Defensive Lockdown II
Santa Barbara's defensive effort in the last four games has been particularly solid on the perimeter. The Gauchos last four opponents, Cal State Northridge, Pacific, UC Davis and UC Irvine, have combined to make just 22-of-97 shots form outside the three-point stripe, 22.7%. On the season, UCSB opponents are now making 30.7% from beyond the arc. In fact, in six games since the Gauchos allowed Long Beach State and UC Irvine to make 27-of-60 from three-point range in games on Jan. 4 and Jan. 6, they have held opponents to 36-of-147, 24.5%. Long Beach State, incidentally, set a UCSB opponent record when it made 17 three-pointers on Jan. 4.

The Return Of The Free Throw
Early in the season, UCSB enjoyed great success from the free throw line. The Gauchos made 73.9% or better in eight of their first nine games and 10 of their first 12. In the last several games, however, Santa Barbara has had its problems from the line. Prior to the win at UC Davis, UCSB had made fewer than 70.0% in six of seven contests and over that span it shot just 64.1% from the line. In the last two games, however, the Gauchos have rediscovered their stroke from the free throw line. On Feb. 1 at UC Davis, UCSB made 18-of-22 from the stripe, 81.8% and then on Thursday night against the Anteaters, it hit 20-of-26, 76.9%. In the two games combined, the Gauchos hit 38-of-48, 79.2%, and they are now shooting a decent 72.5%. It certainly behooves UCSB to make its free throws. In the last six games, the Gauchos have attempted at least 20 in each and they have averaged 27.0 per game. The opponents, on the other hand, have attempted more than 20 just once in the last eight games and over that period they have averaged 16.2. By the way, when is the last time someone used the word behoove in basketball notes? Pretty cool.

A Magical Number
UCSB scored 71 points in its win over UC Irvine on Thursday night, it marked the 13th time this season that the Gauchos had scored 70 or more in a game. In the 13 games of 70 or more points, they have gone 12-1. The only time that Santa Barbara has lost a game when it scored above the 70-point barrier was on Nov. 25 when it lost 76-72 to San Diego State.

Junior Partners
In UCSB's November 21 double-overtime victory over Pepperdine, two Gaucho players eclipsed the 25-point mark. Junior forward Chris Devine poured in a career-high 28 points, while junior guard Alex Harris had 27. Before Nov. 21, the last time a Santa Barbara duo achieved the feat was at Long Beach State on Feb. 25, 1988, when sophomore forward Mike Doyle scored 31 points and senior guard Brian Shaw scored 26. Three times this season Harris and Devine have scored 20 or more points in the same game, the first time a UCSB duo has pulled that off since 1990-91 when Gary Gray and Lucius Davis did it three times. Finally, through 21 games the Harris-Devine tandem has combined for 746 of the Gauchos' 1,517 points, 49.2%. They are combining for 35.5 points per game and if they can remain anywhere near that figure, they could become the highest scoring duo in school history. The highest combined average for two UCSB players was in 1991-92 when Lucius Davis and Idris Jones combined to score 1,014 points in 29 games, an average of just a tick under 35.0 points per game.

Active Scoring Leaders

Player             Points    Games   Avg.
Alex Harris        885       79      11.2
Cecil Brown        886       103     8.6
Chris Devine       674       50      13.5

Working Overtime
UCSB defeated Pepperdine in double-overtime on November 21 in Malibu. It marked the fourth consecutive overtime victory for the Gauchos, a streak that dates back to the 2003-04 season. The win over the Waves was also the second double-overtime game during the current streak. The last time UCSB lost a game in overtime was on March 19, 2003, when it lost to San Diego State in the first round of the postseason NIT.

Double Dipping
Led by Alex Harris and Chris Devine, seven different UCSB players have scored in double-figures this season. Harris has scored 10 or more points in all 21 games and Devine has done so 19 times. Here is a list of all Gaucho players and the number of times they have hit double-digits this season.

Player          GP   10+
Alex Harris     21   21
Chris Devine    21   19
James Powell    21   8
Cecil Brown     16   8
Ivan Elliott    21   5
Justin Joyner   21   5
Tom Garlepp     19   1

Double-Double Dipping
The Gauchos have produced six statistical double-doubles this season. Chris Devine has four of them and Ivan Elliott has the the other.

Player          Opponent        Stats
Chris Devine    at Pepperdine   28p, 13r
Chris Devine    at USF          12p, 10r
Chris Devine    Vanguard        22p, 11r
Chris Devine    at UC Irvine    15p, 11r
Chris Devine	at UC Davis	    19p, 10r
Ivan Elliott    UC Riverside    12p, 10r

The Harris Poll
Despite suffering through two of his worst shooting performances of the season in the last two games, junior guard Alex Harris continues to lead UCSB in scoring at 20.3 points per game, a figure that also leads the Big West Conference. On Thursday, Harris hit 3-of-9 shots from the floor, and all seven of his free throw attempts, to score 14 points. On Feb. 1 at UC Davis, he made just 1-of-13 shots from the field and he missed all six of his three-point attempts. He did make 9-of-10 free throw attempts to finish with 11 points. In the last two games, Harris has gone 4-of-22 from the field, 18.2%, and 1-for-8, 12.5% from three-point range. He has made 16-of-17 free throws, 94.1%, and averaged 12.5 points in the last two games. His current shooting slump cam on the heels of one of his best offensive games of the season. In a Jan. 27 win at Pacific, Harris made 7-of-12 shots overall and 4-of-5 from three-point territory to finish witht 27 points. The 27-point performance equaled the third highest total of his career. It also marked the 12th time this season that Harris had eclipsed the 20 point mark, including the first seven games of the season, the longest streak by a UCSB player since the 1996 season and the longest ever to open a season. He has been in double-figures in all 21 games and he has had 16 or more points 17 times and he has had the 16 highest scoring performances of his career this season. On Dec. 28, in the Big West opener against UC Riverside, Harris scored a career-high 32 points on 8-of-17 from the field and 12-of-16 from the free throw line. The 32 points were the most points scored by a Gaucho player since Mark Hull went for 32 against Arizona in the first round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament. He followed the 32-point performance with a 16-point, nine-rebound game in a win over Cal State Fullerton. Following that opening Big West weekend, Harris was named the league's Player of the Week for the second time this season. In the Riverside game, he also had career-highs for free throws with 12, and free throw attempts with 16. Harris has now scored 427 points this season, just 31 fewer than he had scored in 58 career games entering the season. Harris is also the first Gaucho to score 400 or more points since Branduinn Fullove and Mark Hull each did so in 2002-03. Harris has been extremely consistent this season, making five or more field goals in 16 of 21 games. He has made at least one three-point basket in 19 of 21 games, including nine of the last 10, two or more in 12 games and three or more eight times. His 43 threes are a career-high, and he now has 92 for his career, 10th on the school's all-time list. Harris is averaging 4.8 rebounds per game, third on the team. He has had five or more rebounds in nine of the last 16 games and 10 times in his last 18 games, a span over which he has averaged 5.2 per game. Harris has attempted a team-high 150 free throws this season, easily the most in his career, and 47 more than the team-leader, Chris Devine, attempted last season. He has attempted 64 free throws in the last six games, making 52, 81.2%. This season, in addition to points, Harris has also recorded single-game career-highs in assists (six on two occasions), three-point baskets (five on Nov. 10 against San Jose State), steals (five on Nov. 13 at Montana State), free throws made (12 on Dec. 28 vs. UC Riverside), field goals made (nine on Dec. 2 in Portland) and minutes played (48 on Nov. 21 at Pepperdine).

The Devine File
Junior forward Chris Devine had 11 points and three rebounds in Thursday's win over UC Irvine. The three rebounds were his lowest total since he ehad two on Dec. 28 against UC Riverside. In the previous game, at UC Davis on Feb. 1, despite picking-up two early fouls and was playing just 27 minutes, Devine had his fifth double-double of the season. He made 8-of-10 shots from the field and all three of his free throw attempts to finish with 19 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Devine is averaging 15.2 points and a team-leading 6.8 rebounds per game. The 19 points that he scored in the win at UC Davis were a game-high and the most he had scored since he went for 25 in a Dec. 30 win over Cal State Fullerton. Devine has now scored in double-figures 19 times in 21 games, including each of the last nine, the longest streak of his career. He has scored 15 or more nine times. Devine has had five double-doubles this season, one more than he had last year. He has had his double-doubles this season in games at Pepperdine (28 points and 13 rebounds), at San Francisco (12 points and 10 rebounds), at home against Vanguard (22 points and 11 rebounds), at UC Irvine (15 points and 11 rebounds) and at UC Davis (19 points and 10 rebounds). Four of Devine's five double-doubles have come on the road. Dating back to the 2005-06 season, seven of his nine career double-doubles have come away from the Thunderdome. The 28 points that Devine scored on Nov. 21 at Pepperdine was a career-high, and the 13 rebounds were his second-highest total ever. He has paced UCSB in scoring eight times this season and he has made 60.0% or better from the field eight times. Devine has scored 20 or more five times this year after doing so four times during the 2005-06 season. In addition to points, he has had career-highs this season in steals (five vs. San Jose State on Nov. 13) and assists (five at San Francisco on Dec. 17). Devine was named Big West Player of the Week after leading the Gauchos to road wins at Montana State and UNLV. After earning Second Team All-Big West Conference honors in 2005-06, he was chosen to the league's Preseason All-Conference Team this season.

Help Cecil! Help!
Senior guard Cecil Brown scored a season-high 23 points in Thursday's win over UC Irvine. The total also equaled the second-highest mark of his career. Brown made 8-of-12 shots from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range, and all five of his free throws. The 23 points also equaled the total that he had scored in his previous three games combined. Brown, who has played in each of the last 16 games after missing the first five with a foot injury, is now averaging a season-high 8.9 points per game. Since scoring just 10 total points in his first three appearances, he has scored 132 in 13 games, 10.2 per game. In the last 13, Brown has scored in double-figures eight times and he has tallied five or more in all 13. He has become one of the Gauchos' best playmakers. He has paced the Gauchos in assists five times in the last six games, averaging 4.0 over that period, and he is now averaging 2.9 per game on the year. He has had two or more assists 14 times in his 16 appearances, including each of the last seven. On Jan. 27 at Pacific, Brown passed-off for a game-high and career-high six assists in a win over the Tigers. He also had six in a Dec. 19 win over Vanguard. Brown made a pair of three-pointers on Thursday nigh and has made 16 three-point baskets on the season. He now has 104 in his career, a figure that ranks him ninth on UCSB's all-time list. Brown needs four more to move into eighth all-time. Finally, he has started the last five games, averaging 32.2 minutes per game over that span and playing 30 or more in the last four. Brown played a season-high 35 minutes on Thursday against the Anteaters and after averaging 18.3 minutes per game through the first three games, he has averaged 28.2 per game in the last 13 games. In each of the 13 he has played at least 20 minutes, in each of the last six he has played 25 or more and in the last four he played 30 or more.

Justin Joins In
Despite scoring just three points, on a three-point basket, in the win over UC Irvine, freshman guard Justin Joyner has started to emerge offensively. Prior to Thursday's game, Joyner had scored in double-figures in three straight games, a career first. He is now averaging 5.4 points per game to go with team-leading figures of 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game. In the last four games, Joyner has averaged 10.0 points per game and hit 13-of-25 shots overall, 52.0%. Over the last six games, he has made 10-of-19 shots from three-point range, 52.6%. Joyner has made at least one three-point basket in each of the last six games. He had his best offensive game of the season in a Jan. 25 win at Cal State Northridge and he has followed that up with two more outstanding efforts. At Northridge, Joyner scored a career-high 15 points, including 14 in the second half, making 4-of-5 shots overall and 3-of-4 from three-point range. He also had three steals, four rebounds and two assists against the Matadors. He followed that game up by scoring 10 points at Pacific, on 3-of-5 shooting overall and 2-of-3 from three-point territory. Joyner also had three rebounds, four assists and three steals against the Tigers. On Feb. 1 at UC Davis, he made 4-of-6 shots overall, 2-of-4 from three-point range and finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists. Since missing his first 12 three-point attempts this year, Joyner has made 16-of-41, 39.1%. In addition to his improving offensive game, Joyner continues to lead the team in assists at 3.0 per game and he has taken over the team-lead in steals with 27. In fact, he has two or more steals in each of the last four games and five of the last six. His 27 steals rank him tied for second with Alex Harris on the all-time freshman list and 62 assists rank tied for sixth among Gaucho freshmen. Joyner had a career-high 10 assists on Dec. 30 against Cal State Fullerton, the most by a UCSB player since the 1998-99 season. He has had four or more assists eight times this season and UCSB has gone 8-0 in those games.

Ivan The Good
Junior forward Ivan Elliott was plagued with foul trouble and limited to 20 minutes in Thursday's win over UC Irvine. He finished with five points and two rebounds. The two rebounds were his fewest since Dec. 2 when he also had two at Portland. In the previous game, a Feb. 1 win at UC Davis, Elliott had seven points and a career-high 12 rebounds. He is now averaging 6.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, second on the team. He has had 10 or more rebounds four times this year, second only to Chris Devine. Despite collecting just two rebounds in the last game, Elliott is averaging 6.9 per game in the last seven games. Elliott has taken over the team-lead in offensive rebounds with 45, five more than Devine. He also paces the team with 17 blocked shots. Since coming off the bench in the first seven games of the regular season, Elliott has made 14 straight starts. As a starter, he has averaged 7.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He scored a career-high 14 points on Nov. 13 at Montana State and while he has been in double-figures five times this season, he has not done so in eight games. Elliott had the first double-double of his career when he had 12 points and 10 rebounds in a Dec. 28 win over UC Riverside. He also had 13 points and nine rebounds in a Dec. 30 win over Cal State Fullerton. He has also assumed the team-lead in field goal percentage among regulars at 56.5%. Finally, after averaging just 14 minutes per game in the first three games, Elliott has averaged 24.2 per game in the last 18.

Old Buddy, Old Powell
Freshman guard James Powell has started to bounce-back from a lengthy offensive slump. On Thursday night against UC Irvine he scored 10 points, his first double-digit game since he also had 10 at Irvine on Jan. 6. He ranks fourth on the team in scoring at 8.8 points per game. In the last three games, Powell has averaged 8.3 points per game and made 8-of-15 shots, 53.3%. On Thursday, he made 2-of-5 three-point attempts. In four games prior to the game against the Anteaters, he was 0-for-7 from three-point range. He is second on the team with 23 three-pointers and 19 steals, numbers that rank seventh and 10th respectively on UCSB's all-time freshman lists. In the Feb. 1 win at UC Davis, Powell made 4-of-6 shots from the field, his best shooting performance in the last 18 games. He has assumed the team-lead in free throw percentage at 82.5%. He was 4-for-4 in the win over Irvine nd has now made his last 16 in a row. Powell started the first 16 games of the season but has come off the bench in the last five. He has scored in double-figures eight times this season, but just twice in the last 14 games. Powell has seen his field goal percentage drift below 40-percent at 39.0%. In his last 14, he has made 23-of-77 shots, 29.9%. Powell's 78 three-point attempts rank second all-time among freshmen. He scored a season-high 18 points in a Nov. 21 double-overtime win at Pepperdine, and he has a a pair of 17-point games: at UNLV and against Loyola Marymount. Powell's total of 46 assists on the season rank 11th on UCSB's all-time freshman list, and he needs six to move into 10th-place.

Turning Point
Senior forward Glenn Turner scored four points in Thursday's win over UC Irvine, equaling his total in the previous three games combined. Turner is now averaging 2.7 points per game. He also led the Gauchos in rebounding against the Anteaters with six and he is now averaging 3.5 per game. He has collected 21 rebounds in the last four games, 5.2 per game. He also swatted a pair of shots against the Anteaters and now has 14 in 12 games, a team-best 1.2 per game. Turner's career total of 95 blocked shots ranks fourth on UCSB's all-time list. He has had two or more three times this season. When he made both of his field goal attempts in the last game, it ended a streak of three straight games, a span of 43 minutes, in which Turner did not even attempt a shot. While he has taken just 15 shots in 144 minutes this season, he has made 12, 80.0%. He has made his last seven shots. Turner had season-highs of eight points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots in a Dec. 28 win over UC Riverside. On Jan. 27 at Pacific, he had eight rebounds.

The Last Word
Emmanuel Bidias a Mouté has played in eight straight games after a stretch when he played just once in five games. In the last eight games, Bidias a Mouté has played 63 minutes and pulled down 15 rebounds, including a personal-best five on Jan. 4 at Long Beach State. | Freshmen have collected 53 of UCSB's 123 steals on the season, 43.1%. | After making 4-of-7 shots in 11 minutes at Long Beach State on Jan. 4, Trevor Bing has played 23 in the last seven and attempted one shot. | After starting the first seven games and averaging 25.5 minutes, Tom Garlepp has not been in the starting lineup. In the last 14 games, Garlepp has played in 12 and averaged just 7.2 minutes per game. In fact, in his last nine appearances, he has averaged a mere 4.9 minutes. | UCSB has attempted exactly 100 more free throws than its opponents this season, 459 to 359.

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