February 17, 2011

Gauchos Play Boise State Saturday in BracketBuster Game at Thunderdome

Feb. 17, 2011

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• The Schedule
Game 25
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
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Gametracker

Game 26
Thursday, February 24 , 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Northridge
at CSUN's Matadome
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Gametracker

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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 Saturday's game against Boise State with an overall record of 14-10 and a Big West mark of 7-6. The league record will not change based on the result of the game against Boise. Duh. The Gauchos have won three of their last four games, including an 86-71 home win over Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday night. UCSB won its last home game, a 93-86 overtime decision against UC Davis on Feb. 5.

• The Last Time Out: Gauchos Top Fullerton, 86-71
James Nunnally had 27 points and career-high 13 rebounds and Justin Joyner added a career-high 12 assists Wednesday night to lead UC Santa Barbara to an 86-71 Big West Conference win over visiting Cal State Fullerton. Orlando Johnson added 20 points for the Gauchos who won for the third time in their last four games. The Titans were led by Devon Peltier who had 19 points. Jer'Vaughn Johnson scored 17 and Orane Chin added 16. UCSB jumped out to a 14-4 lead to open the game and would lead the entire way. The Gauchos had a 40-20 lead before Fullerton used a 14-5 surge over the last four minutes of the first half to pull within 11, 45-34. The teams traded baskets to open the second half. Jer'Vaughn Johnson made a lay-up to make the score 47-38, but the Gauchos used a 7-0 run to stretch the advantage back to 54-38 with 15:12 to play. Santa Barbara's lead remained in double-digits for much of the rest of the game and it never dipped below eight. UCSB had a season-high 26 assists on 28 baskets, including 17 on 17 first half buckets. Joyner added four steals to go with his 12 assists. Nunnally and Orlando Johnson each added four assists while Jordan Weiner had 11 points and three steals for the Gauchos, who shot 56.0% overall and 50.0% from three-point range.

• Johnson, Nunnally Join 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 52nd game in Santa Barbara and now has 1,044. 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 1,082 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
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Had eight points vs. Fullerton, equaling his high since return from injury.
G 3 Jordan Weiner - After going scoreless at UCR, has averaged 9.5 in the last two games.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Had a career-high 12 assists in win over Cal State Fullerton.
F 21 James Nunnally - Had 27 points, 13 rebounds vs. Fullerton. It was a career-high in rebounds.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Has scored in double-figures in all 54 games as a Gaucho.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Has made a three-point basket in each of the last three games.
G 20 Will Brew - Had four fouls in just nine minutes vs. Cal State Fullerton.
G 24 Christian Peterson - Has nine rebounds in 27 minutes over the last four games.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Recorded DNPs in the last five games.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Has made 27 of his last 41 field goal attempts, 65.9%.
G 43 Troy Leaf - Tied his career-high with two rebounds at UC Irvine.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Has 118 career blocked shots rank him third in school history.

• The Opponents
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. UCSB and Cal State Northridge have played 40 times in a series that began in 1959. While the Gauchos hold an all-time edge of 27-13, the Matadors won the first meeting between the schools this season. On Jan. 29, they topped UCSB by a score of 70-69 at the Thunderdome. In fact, Northridge has won four of the last five games in the series.

• The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 8-3 at home this season. In their last home game on Wednesday, they defeated Cal State Fullerton by a score of 86-71. On Feb. 5, they defeated UC Davis in overtime, 93-86 and now have a two-game winning streak. 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 16 of its last 19 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.

• General Assistance Pays Off
Wednesday night's win over Cal State Fullerton was, in a way, a coach's dream. UCSB had assists credited on 26 of 28 baskets, a school record 92.9%. In fact, in the first half of the game against the Titans, the Gauchos had a perfect 17 assists on 17 baskets. Senior point guard Justin Joyner had a career-high 12 assists in the game, the most by a UCSB player since Phillip Turner had 12 on Feb. 24, 1996, against Pacific. The 12 assists are tied for the sixth most in school history. James Nunnally and Orlando Johnson each added four assists in the game. As a team, the 26 assists are tied for the eighth most in school history and they were the most since the Santa Barbara had the same total in a Jan. 4, 1997 game against Loyola Marymount.

• 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 402-266 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 213 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 Enters 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 17.2 per game. As a duo, Johnson and Nunnally have combined for 916 points, an average of 38.2 points per game. In Wednesday's win over Cal State Fullerton, they moved into eighth-place on UCSB's all-time one-two punch list. They are actually just 50 points shy of passing their combined total of 2009-10, 965 points. Last year's total was the fourth highest in school history and the all-time record of 1,019 is clearly within reach. 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 54 times in his 54 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.

• Honorable Gauchos
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.

• Thirtysomethings
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.

• 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. In Wednesday's win over Cal State Fullerton, Johnson scored 20 points on 5-of-9 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range and 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Johnson continues to lead UCSB and the Big West in scoring at 21.0 points per game. With 20 points in the last game, he has extended his streak of double-figure scoring to a school record 54 games. He also had five rebounds and continues to pace the team in that category as well at 6.4 per game. The 70 points Johnson scored over a two-game stretch against UC Davis and UC Riverside were the most points scored by a Gaucho in consecutive games since Raymond Tutt scored 72 in back-to-back games during the 1996-97 campaign. Johnson has scored 20 or more points in nine of the last 12 games and 12 times this season. He has scored 291 points in his last 12 games, 24.2 per game, and 30 or more four times this season, the most by a Gaucho since Tutt did it seven times during the 1996-97 season. Johnson has made a career-high 14 free throws two times in the last six games. In the last seven games, Johnson has attempted 10 or more free throws five times, going 63-of-74, 85.1%, over that span. In doing so, he has lifted his percentage on the season to 82.1%. On Feb. 12, in a loss at UC Irvine, Johnson became the first UCSB player in recent years to play all 40 minutes. 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 1,428 as a collegiate player.

• The Flying Nunnally
Junior James Nunnally scored 27 points, grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds and had four assists in UCSB's win over Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday. It was easily Nunnally's best overall game, probably, since December. In addition to a career-high in rebounds, it was his highest scoring output since he poured in a career-high 34 on Dec. 4 at Santa Clara. Another important factor for Nunnally's success was his success in getting to the free throw line where he went 8-of-10. The 10 attempts equaled his total of the three previous games, a span in which he played 97 minutes. They were also his most attempts since he took 16 against Santa Clara. He is now averaging 17.2 points per game, third in the Big West. 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 14 wins, he is averaging 20.1 points while shooting 56.4% overall and 47.5% 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 1,082 points in his career the 21st most in school history. Nunnally has scored in double-figures in 20 of 24 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 the 34 at Santa Clara. The Stockton, Calif., native is also second on the Gauchos in rebounds at 5.4 per game. Nunnally has had six or more rebounds 11 times this season. He had 11 on Nov. 27 at Portland when he also had 18 points for his first double-double of the season. Including Wednesday's game against Fullerton, he now has four career double-doubles. Nunnally leads the Gauchos in three-point field goals with 51 and he has made a season-high four four times. He has 119 in his career and needs one to move into 10th all-time.

• Just In Time
Senior Justin Joyner attempted just one shot in UCSB's win over Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday, yet he played a major role in the result. Joyner passed off a career-high 12 assists and tied his season-high with four steals against the Titans. The 12 assists were the most by a UCSB players since Feb. 24, 1996, when Phillip Turner had 12 against Pacific. Overall, Joyner has re-emerged as a key part of the Gauchos' lineup. He has started the last seven games. On Feb. 12 against UC Irvine 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. He has had four or more assists in nine of the last 11 games. In those 11 games, Joyner has 53 assists and just 15 turnovers. He leads the team in assist-to-turnover ratio with 76 assists and just 31 turnovers, a 2.5-to-1.0 ratio, and he has taken over the team-lead at 3.5 assists per game overall. In fact, Joyner is averaging 4.1 assists per game in Big West games, second in the league. In his career, he now has 319 assists, the eighth most in school history. By comparison, he has just 162 career turnovers, a 1.96-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 17 games since he returned, he has scored 83 points, a modest 4.9 per game, while making 29-of-56 shots overall, 51.8%, and 22-of-43 from three-point range, 51.2%. Joyner made at least one three-point basket in nine of the last 10 games and 15 of 17 since returning. His 22 total three-point baskets are four more than his previous career-high of 18 set during his freshman season in 2006-07. Finally, he has 40 steals, an average of 1.8 per game. He has had at least one steal in 14 of the last 16 games and he had a season-high four in wins over UNLV, UC Davis, Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine. Joyner has 123 steals in his career, fifth in school history. With eight more he would move into third all-time and with 11 he would be second.

• 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. He seemed to take a step in the right direction in Wednesday's win over Cal State Fullerton when he made 4-of-7 shots and had eight points in 28 minutes. In three games prior to his absence due to injury, 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. Even with his solid game on Wednesday against the Titans, in eight games since his return Serna has yet to get to 100%. In the eight, he is averaging 5.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game while shooting 43.2%. Despite his recent shooting struggles, Serna remains third on the team in scoring at 6.8 per game and field goal percentage at 50.5% 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.

• Taking A Pass, A Pastorek That Is
Senior Jon Pastorek was scoreless in Wednesday's game against Cal State Fullerton. It was the first time that he has failed to score since Nov. 27 at Portland. On Feb. 12 at UC Irvine, Pastorek had seven points, five rebounds, one blocked shot and an assist. He made 3-of-4 from the field. Pastorek is now averaging 4.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Despite missing his only two field goal attempts in the last game, his percentage on the season is 54.2%, second on the team. In the last seven games, Pastorek has averaged 7.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while making 18-of-28 shots from the field 64.3%. He has made at least half of his field goal attempts in 11 of the last 12 games and 14 times in the last 15. 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. 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. The Anaheim, Calif., native has now been in double-figures three times in the last 13 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.

• Air Jordan
Senior Jordan Weiner scored 11 points and had three steals in 28 minutes in UCSB's last game on Feb. 16 against Cal State Fullerton. It was the fourth time this season that Weiner has scored in double-figures and it lifted his scoring average to 6.2 points per game, a figure at its highest since it was at 6.5 per game after the second game of the year. UC Irvine. 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 is third on the team with 33 three-point baskets and he has made two or more in each of the last two games and 10 times this season. The former walk-on is second on the team with 36 steals. He had a career-high five on Dec. 1 vs. Loyola Marymount and he has had two or more on nine occasions.

• 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. He was scoreless, but Somogyi bounced back with a solid 12 minute effort against Cal State Fullerton as he made 4-of-6 shots while scoring nine points, collecting two rebounds, blocking two shots and passing off for one assist. He now has 118 blocked shots, the third most in school history. Somogyi leads the team and Big West with 43 blocked shots in 2010-11, a figure that ranks eighth on UCSB's single-season list. He has had at least one blocked shot in 13 of the last 15 games and 21 times this season. He also leads UCSB in field goal percentage at 57.0% and he has made 34 of his last 54 shots, 62.4%.

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