Feb. 14, 2011
Wednesday, February 16 , 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Fullerton
at UCSB's Thunderdome
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Saturday, February 19 , 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Boise State
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
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Legends Of The Dome To Be Unveiled
The next men's basketball "Legend of the Dome will be introduced at halftime of the Gauchos' Feb. 16 game against Cal State Fullerton. The next women's Legend will be unveiled at halftime of the UCSB-Long Beach State game on Feb. 24.
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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 ESPNU part is a bit misleading as the contest will not be televised by any of the ESPN family of networks. Tip-off time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters Wednesday's game against Cal State Fullerton with an overall record of 13-10 and a Big West mark of 6-6. On Saturday night, the Gauchos had their two-game winning streak ended at UC Irvine by a score of 66-63.
The Last Time Out: Late Rally Falls Short As UCSB Loses At UC Irvine
Darren Moore scored 21 points, including 12 in the second half, and UC Irvine held off a furious rally in the final minutes to beat UC Santa Barbara 66-63 on Saturday night. UCSB was led by Orlando Johnson who scored 18 points and Justin Joyner who added 12. The Gauchos led 48-45 when Jon Pastorek made one of two free throws with 8:14 to play. At that point, UCI went on an 11-0 run that was capped by back-to-back three-pointers from Pavol Lasonsky and Mike Wilder to give the Anteaters a 56-48 lead with 3:57 to play. The lead was 64-54 when UCSB tried to battle back. James Nunnally and Joyner sandwiched three-point baskets around a pair of free throws by Patrick Rembert to carve the lead to 66-60. After Rembert was intentionally fouled and missed the front end of a one-and-one, Joyner made his fourth three-point basket of the game to narrow the Irvine lead to 66-63 with 37.2 seconds to play. Rembert was fouled again, and once more he missed the front end of the one-and-one. Johnson got the rebound for the Gauchos who got three attempts to tie the score on the other end. The final attempt, by Johnson, went off the back of the iron with one second left. Pastorek collected the rebound, but the buzzer sounded to end the game. The Gauchos made 12 out of season-high 32 three-point attempts. They took just 24 two-point shots, making nine. Overall Santa Babara shot just 37.5% from the field. Johnson had nine rebounds to go with his team-high 18 points. Joyner had five assists. Nunnally, who came into the game averaging more than 17 points, was held to just eight. In addition to his 21 points, Moore had nine rebounds. The 6-foot Rembert finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Anteaters who shot 46.9% overall and made 8-of-16 shots from three-point range.
Johnson Joins Nunnally In 1,000 Point Club
Orlando Johnson scored 31 points in UCSB's Feb. 10 win at UC Riverside and in doing so, he became the 25th Gaucho ever to achieve the 1,000 point mark for his career. The junior hit the mark in just his 51st game in Santa Barbara and now has 1,024. On Jan. 29, in a game against Cal State Northridge, junior James Nunnally became the 24th player in school history to score 1,000 points. Nunnally now has 1,055 career points.
Gauchos Have Two More TV Dates
UCSB has two more TV games this season. The Gauchos game at Long Beach State on Jan. 26 will be carried on ESPN2 and the regular season finale at The Thunderdome against Cal Poly will air on the Central Coast on CBS 12 KCOY.
Probable Starters - Quick Fact>
G 3 Jordan Weiner - After going scoreless at UCR, bounced back with eight at UC Irvine.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Made a career-high four three-pointers at UC Irvine.
F 21 James Nunnally - Has scored in single-digits four times and the Gauchos are 0-4.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Has made 27 of his last 39 field goal attempts, 69.2%.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Has scored in double-figures in all 53 games as a Gaucho.
Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Has made just 3-of-11shots in the last three games, 27.3%.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Has made a three-point basket in each of the last two games.
G 20 Will Brew - Has made three of his last six shots, 50.0%.
G 24 Christian Peterson - Has nine rebounds in 26 minutes over the last three games.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Recorded DNPs in the last four games.
G 43 Troy Leaf - Tied his career-high with two rebounds at UC Irvine.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Has 116 career blocked shots and needs two to move into third all-time.
The Gauchos and Cal State Fullerton have played 71 times in a series that started in 1977. Santa Barbara holds the all-time advantage with a record of 39-33 but the Titans won the first game between the schools this season, 63-58 in Fullerton on Jan. 22. UCSB and Boise State have played nine times. The series began in 1975 and the Gauchos hold a 5-4 all-time edge. The teams have not met since the Broncos left the Big West to join the Western Athletic Conference after the 1999-2000 season.
The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 7-3 at home this season. In their last home game on Feb. 5, they defeated UC Davis in overtime, 93-86. The win over the Aggies ended a two-game home losing streak. On Feb. 3, UCSB lost a 74-68 decision to Pacific and on Jan. 29 they fell 70-69 to Cal State Northridge. Still, UCSB has won 15 of its last 18 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.
Williams Wins 400th Career Game
UC Santa Barbara's 93-86 come-from-behind overtime win over UC Davis on Feb. 5 was the 400th win of head coach Bob Williams' career. Williams, who came to UCSB from UC Davis in 1998, is now 401-266 overall after the Gauchos' loss at UC Irvine on Saturday. On Nov. 12, when the Gauchos defeated Denver to open the season, he 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 Williams past Willie Wilton (205-163) and into second on the school's all-time victory list. Williams now has 212 wins in Santa Barbara and his next target will be the school record for coaching wins, a record currently held by Jerry Pimm (1983-98) who went 222-202 in 15 seasons at the helm of the Gauchos.
Johnson Ties UCSB Single-Game Scoring Record
Junior guard Orlando Johnson scored 39 points in UCSB's 93-86 overtime win over UC Davis on Feb. 5, tying the school record for points in a game. The mark was originally set by Scott Fisher on Nov. 30, 1985 in a game at Montana State. Johnson's 39 points were the most ever scored by a Gaucho player on his home court, breaking the record of 37 set by Don Ford on Mar. 1, 1975, in a game at Robertson Gymnasium against Portland.
Dynamic Duo About To Enter The Top-10...Again
Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally continue to rank 1-2 on the team in scoring. Johnson leads the Big West Conference at 21.0 points per game while Nunnally is now third at 16.7 per game. As a duo, Johnson and Nunnally have combined for 869 points, an average of 37.8 points per game. The 869 points puts them within 10 points of becoming the 10th highest scoring single-season one-two punch in school history. They are actually just 97 points away from passing their combined total of 2009-10, 965 points. Last year's total was the fourth highest in school history. On Feb. 5, in an overtime win over UC Davis, Johnson tied a school record with 39 points and Nunnally added 23. The 62 points that they combined for against the Aggies equaled the highest combined output by two players in a single game in Gaucho history, a mark first set on Nov. 30, 1985 at Montana State when Scott Fisher (39) and Conner Henry (23) also combined for 62.
Johnson's Double-Figure Streak Continues
Orlando Johnson has scored in double-figures 53 times in his 53 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.
Three For All
It is not generally a good sign when UCSB attempts more three-point field goals than it does two-pointers. In their last game, a 66-63 loss at UC Irvine, the Gauchos launched 32 three-point attempts, making 12. The 32 attempts were the most - by far- that the team has taken this season. The previous high of 25 was recorded in a Dec. 31 game against Fresno Pacific. The last time UCSB attempted more than 32 three-point shots was at Cal State Northridge on Jan. 30, 2010, also a loss.
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. Johnson has now scored 30 or more four times this season.
Gauchos Search For Offense
On Feb. 12, UCSB needed a late flurry of three-point baskets to hit the 63-point mark. In fact, in the last five games the Gauchos have broke the 70-point barrier just once, an overtime win over UC Davis. They are averaging 68.2 points per game overall, but in 12 Big West games they are at 66.8 and in the last two games they have totaled just 122 points, 61.0 per game.
O.J. Juices The Gauchos
Orlando Johnson tied a school record with 39 points in UCSB's Feb. 5 overtime win over UC Davis, the most points ever scored by a Gaucho player in a home game. He followed-up the school record performance by making a career-high five three-point baskets and scoring 31 in a Feb. 10 win at UC Riverside, becoming the 25th player in school history to score 1,000 points in his career. On Feb. 12 at UC Irvine, he achieved another career first as he became the first player in years to play all 40 minutes in the Gauchos' loss to the Anteaters. Johnson continues to lead UCSB and the Big West in scoring at 21.0 points per game. He tallied 18 in the last game to extend his streak of double-figure scoring games to 53 straight. He also had nine rebounds and now averaging a team-leading 6.4 per game. Johnson is tied with Justin Joyner for the team-lead in assists at 3.0 per game. If were to lead the team in all three categories, he would become the first Gaucho to do so since Brian Shaw accomplished the feat in 1987-88. He is also the only player in the Big West Conference ranked among the top-10 in all three categories. The 70 points Johnson scored over a two-game against UC Davis and UC Riverside were the most by a Gaucho in consecutive games since Raymond Tutt scored 72 over a pair of games during the 1996-97 campaign. Johnson has scored 20 or more points in eight of the last 11 games. He has scored 271 points in his last 11 games, 24.6 per game and has scored 30 or more points four times this season, the most by a Gaucho since Tutt did it seven times during the 1996-97 season. He has made a career-high 14 free throws two times in the last five games. In the last six games, Johnson has gone 55-of-64 from the line, 85.9%, and he has lifted his percentage on the season to 82.3%. In a Dec. 15 win at UNLV, the Seaside, Calif., native 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 has five career double-doubles. Finally, if you include his one season at Loyola Marymount, when he scored a Lions' freshman record 383 points, he has scored 1,408 as a collegiate player.
The Flying Nunnally
Junior James Nunnally scored just eight points in 29 minutes in the Gauchos Feb. 12 game at UC Irvine. He made just 2-of-8 shots overall and 2-of-6 from three-point range The 29 minutes Nunnally played were his fewest since he played 17 on Dec. 21 against Cal Baptist. He is now averaging 16.7 points per game, third in the Big West, but a figure that is at its lowest point since it was at 14.0 per game after a Nov. 13 game against North Dakota State. Nunnally has become a barometer of sorts for UCSB. When he is going well offensively, the Gauchos are far more likely to win. This year, he has scored fewer than 10 points four times and they have gone 0-4 in those games. In 10 losses, Nunnally is averaging 13.2 points while shooting 35.0% overall and 25.4% from three-point range. In 13 wins, he is averaging 19.5 points while shooting 56.4% overall and 47.8% from beyond the three-point arc. On Jan. 29, he scored seven points in a game against Cal State Northridge to become the 24th player in school history to hit the 1,000 point mark. He now has 1,055 points in his career the 21st most in school history. Nunnally has scored in double-figures in 19 of 23 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. The Stockton, Calif., native is also second on the Gauchos in rebounds at 5.1 per game. Nunnally has had six or more rebounds nine times this season and he had a career-high 11 on Nov. 27 at Portland while scoring 22 points. It was his only double-double of the year and third of his career. Nunnally leads the Gauchos in three-point field goals with 48 and he has made a season-high four four times this season. He has 116 in his career and needs four to move into 10th all-time.
Just In Time
Senior Justin Joyner has re-emerged as a key part of UCSB's lineup. Joyner has started the last six games. Against the UC Irvine on Feb. 12 he equaled his season-high with 12 points and he set a new career-high with four three-point baskets. He also scored 12 points on Jan. 27 at Cal Poly. 12 are the most points he has scored since the 2007-08 season. Joyner also had five assists, four rebounds and two steals against the Anteaters. He has had four or more assists in eight of the last 10 games. In those 10 games, Joyner has 41 assists and just 12 turnovers. He leads the team in assist-to-turnover ratio with 64 assists and just 28 turnovers, a 2.3-to-1.0 ratio, and he has moved into a tie with Orlando Johnson for the team-lead in assists per game at 3.0. In his career, Joyner now has 307 assists, the ninth most in school history. He needs just six to move into eighth all-time. By comparison, he has just 159 career turnovers, a 1.92-to-1.0 career assist-to-turnover ratio. 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 16 games since he returned, he has scored 80 points, a modest 5.0 per game, while making 28-of-55 shots overall, 50.9%, and 21-of-42 from three-point range, 50.0%. Joyner made at least one three-point basket in eight of the last nine games and 14 of 16 since returning. Finally, he has 36 steals, an average of 1.7 per game. He has had at least one steal in 13 of the last 14 games and he had a season-high four in wins over UNLV, UC Davis and UC Irvine. Joyner has 119 steals in his career, fifth in school history.
Serna Aims To Get Back On Track
It has not been a smooth ride for junior Jaimé Serna since he missed six of seven games with a strained groin. In three games prior to his forced absence, Serna averaged 11.0 points and 6.3 rebounds while making 14-of-21 shots from the field 66.7%. Those three games were against Santa Clara, UNLV and San Diego State. Serna tried to come back on Dec. 28 against Long Beach State, playing 18 minutes and scoring eight points, but he would miss five more complete games before returning on Jan. 22 at Cal State Fullerton. In seven games since his return Serna has yet to rediscover his game. In the seven, he is averaging 4.7 points and 3.3 rebound per game while shooting 40.0%. In the Gauchos' last two games, he scored just five points in 37 minutes. Despite his recent shooting struggles, Serna remains third on the team in scoring at 6.7 per game and field goal percentage at 50.0% On Dec. 4, in a win at Santa Clara, he recorded the first double-double of his career when he had 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Serna also had a career-high five blocked shots in the win over the Broncos.
Senior Jordan Weiner scored eight points in 15 minutes in UCSB's last game on Feb. 12 at UC Irvine. He made a pair of three-pointers early and a two-pointer late. On Feb. 3, Weiner scored a career-high 18 points against Pacific and on Feb. 5, against UC Davis, he had career-highs in rebounds with six and blocked shots with two. In his 18 point outburst against Pacific, he made a career-high seven field goals, on 10 attempts, including 4-for-7 from three-point range. The four threes tied a career-best. Weiner also added four steals. Formerly a walk-on, the Encino native is fourth on the team in scoring at 6.0 points per game and second with 33 steals. He is also third on the team with 30 three-point baskets. In addition to his career-high four threes on Feb. 3 against Pacific, Weiner had four on Dec. 21 against Cal Baptist. He had 16 points in that game, his previous career-high.
The Big Fella
Junior Greg Somogyi played a season-low four minutes, all in the first half, in UCSB's Feb. 12 game at UC Irvine. Somogyi was scoreless for the first time since Dec. 4 at Santa Clara. He did have one blocked shot and now has 116 in his career, the fourth most in school history. He needs just two to move into third all-time. Somogyi leads the team and Big West with 41 blocked shots in 2010-11, a figure that ranks ninth on UCSB's single-season list. He has had at least one blocked shot in 12 of the last 14 games and 20 times in 23 games this season. He also leads UCSB in field goal percentage at 56.3% and he has made 30 of his last 48 shots, 62.5%.
Taking A Pass, A Pastorek That Is
Senior Jon Pastorek had seven points, five rebounds, one blocked shot and an assist in 22 minutes at UC Irvine on Feb. 12. He made 3-of-4 from the field. His solid effort against the Anteaters came one game after he scored two points in a foul-plagued 15 minutes at UC Riverside. Pastorek is now averaging 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. His 3-for-4 shooting performance in the last game has improved his percentage on the season to 55.6%. In the last six games, Pastorek has averaged 7.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game while making 18-of-26 shots from the field 69.2%. He has made at least half of his field goal attempts in 11 consecutive games and 13 times in the last 14. On Feb. 3, he had a career-high 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting on Feb. 3 vs. Pacific. He also played a career-high 32 minutes in the game. 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 has now been in double-figures three times in the last 12 games. Pastorek had career-highs of 10 rebounds and five assists on Jan. 13 against UC Irvine. He has made 6-of-10 shots from three-point range this season, including four his last six, however, he has not made one since a Jan. 8 game at Pacific when he was 1-for-1.
For Pete's Sake
There are pretty much two guarantees when UCSB's Christian Peterson enters a game. The first near-guarantee is that he will get a rebound. Peterson has 23 rebounds in his 90 minutes this season. He has 20 of his rebounds in his last seven appearances, a total of just 60 minutes of playing time. Peterson has had a personal best of six rebounds twice this year. The other thing that is almost a lock when Peterson enters a game is that he is not going to shoot. While he has attempted five field goals this season, making two, he has not hoisted up a shot in his last five appearances, a total of 33 minutes.