Gauchos Resume Big West Play This Week, Travel to Northridge Thursday
Feb. 21, 2011
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
Saturday, February 26 , 2011 at 5:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Long Beach State
at LBSU's Walter Pyramid
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Gametracker
On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on AM 1290 KZSB and will stream live online at UCSBgauchos.com and NewsPress.com. Gerry Fall is in his seventh year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB star Don Ford and Santa Barbara News-Press legend Mark Patton handle the color commentary.
Tune in to UCSB Athletics' weekly radio show Talk'n Gauchos, which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1290 KZSB. The show is broadcast live from the Beachside Bar & Café on Goleta Beach. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways and can even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click here to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online.
UC Santa Barbara-Long Beach State Game Moved To 5:05 P.M. For TV
The UC Santa Barbara-Long Beach State game, originally slated for 4:05 p.m.on Saturday, Feb. 26, has been moved to 5:05 p.m. to accommodate an ESPN2 broadcast. The game was one of three Big West games picked for television that day.
The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters Thursday's game at Cal State Northridge with an overall record of 14-11 and a Big West mark of 7-6. The Gauchos have dropped two of their last three games overall, including a 78-76 overtime decision to Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 19, but they have won three of their last four Big West games. Santa Barbara won its last league game, an 86-71 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Feb.16.
The Last Time Out: UCSB Drops OT Thriller To Boise State
La'Shard Anderson's put-back as time ran out gave visiting Boise State a 78-76 overtime win over UCSB on Saturday night. Anderson's put-back came just 8.5 seconds after UCSB tied the score on a long three-point basket by Orlando Johnson. The Broncos' Westley Perryman missed a three-pointer from the left corner to set-up the follow by Anderson. Johnson, who finished with a game-high 25 points, tied the score with 6.5 seconds to play in regulation with a pair of free throws, sending the game into overtime. While Anderson made just 4-of-13 shots from the field, he was a thorn in UCSB's side all night. The point guard had 18 points, nine assists, five rebounds, four steals and a pair of blocked shots. His defensive pressure was also a key. After Boise State scored the first two points of the overtime, the Gauchos the next five to take a 69-66 lead with 3:22 to play. Following a lay-up by Anderson to shave the lead to 69-68, Will Brew made a three-pointer from the right corner to give his team a 72-68 lead. The Broncos' Paul Noonan, who finished with a team-high 20 points, made a pair of free throws to make it 72-70 and then after a UCSB turnover, Anderson made two more to tie the score at 72 with 1:21 remaining. Johnson was fouled driving to the basket but could make just one out of two free throws to put the Gauchos on top, 73-72 with 1:10 left. Another driving lay-up by Anderson put Boise State back up 74-73 with 53 seconds to play. Johnson drove to basket again for Santa Barbara, but missed a tough lay-up. James Nunnally, who scored 21 points, collected the rebound and was fouled on the follow. However, he missed a pair of free throws with 36 seconds to play and the Broncos got the rebound. Noonan was fouled by Brew with 18 seconds to play. He made two free throws to push The Broncos' lead to 76-73 and set the stage for the dramatic finish. While Boise State made just 21-63 shots, 33.3%, they spent a good portion of the night at the free throw line as they went 31-of-39. UCSB had its share of free throws as well going 26-of-33. Johnson added nine rebounds and three blocked shots for the Gauchos while Nunnally had six rebounds. Jaimé Serna had his best game since returning from a groin injury as he had 10 points, seven rebounds, three blocked shots and three assists.
Probable Starters - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Boise St was his best game since returning from injury: 10 pts., 7 rebs., 3 bs, 3 ast.
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Has at least one three-pointer in last three and 18 times this season. .
G 11 Justin Joyner - Averaging 7.7 assists in the last three games. Had career-high 12 vs. CSUF. .
F 21 James Nunnally - Has scored 20+ in back-to-back games for first time since mid-December. .
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Has scored in double-figures in all 55 games as a Gaucho. .
Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Has made 10-of-17 three-pointers, 58.8%, and 5-of-15 two-pointers, 33.3%..
G 20 Will Brew - Tied season-high with two three-point baskets vs. Boise State. .
G 24 Christian Peterson - Has nine rebounds in 27 minutes over his last four appearances. .
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Recorded DNPs in the last six games. .
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Has made 27 of his last 43 field goal attempts, 62.8%..
G 43 Troy Leaf - Had four points vs. Boise State, his highest total in 12 games. .
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Has 120 career blocked shots rank him third in school history. .
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. According to our records, the Gauchos have played Long Beach State more than any other opponent,109 times. Also, according to our files, the 49ers hold a 55-54 all-time edge. The teams played on Dec. 28 with Long Beach posting a 71-55 win at the Thunderdome.
The Gauchos On The Road
UCSB has a 6-7 record in games away from home. The Gauchos are 5-6 in true road games and 1-1 in neutral site contests. In their last road outing they lost at UC Irvine, 66-63, ending a two-game road winning streak. Still, they have won five of their last nine road games. The five came at UC Riverside, Cal Poly, UC Davis, UNLV and Santa Clara.
Where's The Justice?
A pair of UCSB's best defensive efforts this year came in games at Pacific and at home against Boise State. In the Gauchos' game at Stockton on Jan. 8, they limited the Tigers to 36.7 shooting overall and 31.6% from three-point range. The result? A 57-54 loss when Pacific made a three-point basket at the buzzer. On Feb. 19, UCSB limited Boise State to 33.3% shooting overall and 26.3% from outside the arc. The result? A 78-76 defeat when the Broncos made a buzzer-beating put-back at the end of overtime.
In its Feb. 19 overtime loss to Boise State, UCSB had a season-high nine blocked shots. The Gauchos' previous high of eight blocked shots came in games at Portland on Nov. 27 and at Santa Clara on Dec. 4. The nine blocks gives UCSB 102 on the season, an average of 4.08 per game. The 102 swats are the seventh most in school history and the nine blocks against the Broncos were the most by a Gaucho team since they blocked the same total at Fresno State on Feb. 20, 2010, also in a BracketBuster game. In the game against the Bulldogs, Greg Somogyi set a school record with eight blocks. On Feb. 19, the wealth was spread around as Somogyi had two, Jaimé Serna and Orlando Johnson had three apiece and James Nunnally had one.
A Passing Fancy
The Gauchos' Feb. 16 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 tied for the eighth most ever and they were the most since Santa Barbara had 26 in a Jan. 4, 1997 game vs. Loyola Marymount.
Dynamic Duo About 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 21.2 points per game while Nunnally is now second at 17.3 per game. As a duo, Johnson and Nunnally have combined for 962 points, an average of 38.5 points per game. In Saturday's loss to Boise State, they moved into fifth-place on UCSB's all-time one-two punch list. They are actually just four 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 equaled the highest two-player combined output 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 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 first 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 at the Thunderdome and, for that matter, at home, breaking the record of 37 set by Don Ford on Mar. 1, 1975, in a game against Portland at Robertson Gymnasium.
Johnson's Double-Figure Streak Continues
Orlando Johnson has scored in double-figures 55 times in his 55 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.
Close Encounters Of The Gaucho Kind
The Gauchos have had their problems in close games this season. While they are 5-7 in games decided by 10 points or less, the record slips to 1-6 in games decided by five points or less. UCSB has actually had eight games that either came down to the last possession or, at the very least, the last possession of regulation to send the game into overtime. The only game that Santa Barbara has won this season that was decided by five points or less was on Jan. 27 when James Nunnally's bank-shot at the buzzer gave them a 71-70 win over Cal Poly. The Gauchos have actually lost two games on buzzer-beaters this season. On Jan. 8, Pacific used a three-pointer at the buzzer to win in Stockton 57-54, and on Feb. 19, a put-back as the overtime ended gave Boise State a 78-76 win at the Thunderdome.
UCSB players have received four Big West Player of the Week honors in 2010-11. Juniors Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally have each been honored twice. Johnson was selected Player of the Week on Nov. 29 and Jan. 17 and Nunnally was chosen on Dec. 6 and Dec. 20.
Let Free Throws Ring!
If there is one aspect of the Gauchos game has been rock-solid this season it has been free throws. UCSB enters the week as the best team in the Big West at 76.7% from the free throw line, a figure that ranks 13th in the nation. Three out of five Santa Barbara starters are shooting 82.7% or better. The Gauchos, who shot better than 80.0% in a game just three times last season, have done so 12 times in 25 games in 2010-11.
Orlando Johnson is the only Gaucho to score in double-figures in every game this season. James Nunnally has done so 21 times in 25 games. Jaimé Serna, who missed six games with a groin injury, has scored 10 or more five times in his 19 appearances. In all, eight different UCSB players have scored in double-figures.
Player GP 10+ Orlando Johnson 25 25 James Nunnally 25 21 Jaimé Serna 19 5 Jordan Weiner 25 4 Jon Pastorek 25 3 Justin Joyner 23 2 Greg Somogyi 25 1 Kyle Boswell 15 1
UCSB's list of double-doubles this season is not a lengthy one. Orlando Johnson, James Nunnally and Jaimé Serna are the only players to hit double-figures in two statistical categories in the same game this season. Johnson has a trio of double-doubles while Nunnally has two. Last year Johnson and Nunnally were the only Gauchos who achieved the feat.
Player Opp. Stats Orlando Johnson vs. Fresno St. 35 pts, 11 rebs Orlando Johnson at UNLV 12 pts, 15 rebs Orlando Johnson at CSUF 17 pts, 12 rebs James Nunnally at Portland 22 pts, 11 rebs James Nunnally vs. CSUF 27 pts, 13 rebs Jaimé Serna at Santa Clara 11 pts, 10 rebs
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 his 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. He has now scored 1,069 in his career, 22nd all-time, and 529 on the season, seventh all-time. In Saturday's loss to Boise State, Johnson scored 25 points on 7-of-17 from the field, 1-of-4 from three-point range and 10-of-11 from the free throw line. Two of his free throws came at the end of regulation to force the overtime and his only three-pointer tied the game with 8.5 seconds to play in the OT. Johnson continues to lead UCSB and the Big West in scoring at 21.2 points per game. With 25 points in the last game, he has extended his streak of double-figure scoring to a school record 55 games. He also had nine rebounds and continues to pace the team in that category as well at 6.5 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 10 of the last 13 games and 13 times this season. He has scored 316 points in his last 13 games, 24.4 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 twice this year. In the last eight games, Johnson has attempted 10 or more free throws six times, going 74-of-85, 87.1%, over that span. In doing so, he has lifted his percentage on the season to 82.7%. 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 1,453 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. He followed his 27-point game up with a 21 point effort against Boise State on Feb. 19. It marked the first time since mid-December that he has scored 20 or more in consecutive games. An important factor for Nunnally's success the last two games was his success in getting to the free throw line as he attempted 10 and 11 respectively. It marks the first time this season that Nunnally has had 10 or more attempts in two straight games. He was 16-of-21 in the two games, 76.2%. The 21 attempts in the last two games equals his previous total over a seven game span. He is now averaging 17.3 points per game, second 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 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, in a game against Cal State Northridge, he became the 24th Gaucho over the 1,000 point mark. He now has 1,102 points in his career the 21st most in school history. He needs 15 to move into 20th and 29 to move into 19th. Nunnally has scored in double-figures in 21 of 25 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 12 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. Nunnally leads the Gauchos in three-point field goals with 52 and he has made a season-high four four times. He has 120 in his career and is tied for 10th in school history.
Just In Time
Senior Justin Joyner attempted just one shot in UCSB's Feb. 16 win over Cal State Fullerton, 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. On Saturday, he had six assists in the loss to Boise State. Overall, Joyner has re-emerged as a key part of the Gauchos' lineup. He has started the last eight 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 10 of the last 12 games. In those 12 games, Joyner has 59 assists and just 19 turnovers. He leads the team in assist-to-turnover ratio with 82 assists and just 35 turnovers, a 2.3-to-1.0 ratio (34th in the nation), and he has taken over the team-lead at 3.6 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 325 assists, the eighth most in school history. By comparison, he has just 166 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 18 games since he returned, he has scored 86 points, a modest 4.8 per game, while making 30-of-59 shots overall, 50.8%, and 23-of-45 from three-point range, 51.1%. Joyner made at least one three-point basket in 10 of the last 11 games and 16 of 18 since returning. His 23 total three-point baskets are five more than his previous career-high of 18 set during his freshman season in 2006-07. Finally, he has 40 steals, an average of 1.7 per game. He has had at least one steal in 14 of the last 17 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 had not been a smooth ride for junior Jaimé Serna since he missed six of seven games with a strained groin, but on Saturday, he had his best game since returning and he has now had two straight solid games. In the loss to Boise State, Serna made both of his field goal attempts and 6-of-8 free throws to finish with 10 points, his highest total since he had 10 on Dec. 18 at San Diego State. He also had seven rebounds, his second highest total of the season, three blocked shots, a season-high three assists and one steal. In the last two games, Serna has made 6-of-9 field goals, 66.7%, and averaged 9.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots and 2.0 assists. He has played 28 minutes in each of the last two games and the 56 minutes equals the most he has played in consecutive games this season. In three games prior to the 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. He remains third on the team in scoring at 6.9 points per game and field goal percentage at 51.6%. On Dec. 4, in a win at Santa Clara, he recorded the first double-double of his career when he had 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Serna also had a career-high five blocked shots in the win over the Broncos. He ranks second on the team 19 blocked shots and has had two or more five times.
Senior Jordan Weiner attempted just two shots and scored three points in UCSB's Feb. 19 loss to Boise State. Weiner's only basket was a three-pointer as he battled foul trouble all night. In the Gauchos' previous game he had 11 points and made a trio of three-point baskets. Weiner has scored in double-figures four times this season, including a career-high 18 on Feb. 3 vs. Pacific. In the same game, he had his career-high in rebounds (6) and blocked shots (2), as well as tying his high with four three-point baskets. A former walk-on, he is now averaging 6.1 points per game, fourth on the team. He is second on the team in steals with 37 and third in three-pointers with 34. Weiner needs two three-point baskets to reach 100 in his career. He had a career-high five steals on Dec. 1 vs. Loyola Marymount and has had two or more nine times.
Taking A Pass, A Pastorek That Is
Senior Jon Pastorek has seen his minutes go down and, thus his production, in the last two games. After playing 20 or more minutes in 10 of 12 games, Pastorek has played just 15 and 19 in the last two, averaging 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds while making just 1-of-5 from the field. Overall, he is at 4.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game and he continues to rank second on the team at 53.5% shooting from the field. In fact, despite his two-game shooting respite, Pastorek has made 27 out of 43 shots over the last 13 games, 62.8%. After scoring in double-figures just once last season, he has done so three times this year, all in the last 14 games, including a career-high 12 on Feb. 3 vs. Pacific. Pastorek is also one of four Gauchos this season to have 10 or more rebounds in a game as he had 10 on Jan. 13 against UC Irvine.
Brew Tries To Bounce Back
Junior Will Brew has had a difficult season. While he has started 16 of the 23 games in which he has played (he's missed two due to injury or illness), he has come off the bench in his past seven appearances. In UCSB's last game, a defeat to Boise State, Brew made two three-point baskets, including a key one in overtime, to finish with six points. It was his highest point total since he had nine on Jan. 6 at UC Davis. He has now made four of his last eight three attempts. On the downside, Brew fouled out vs. Boise State and, in the last two games, has nine fouls in 27 minutes.
The Big Fella
Junior Greg Somogyi was scoreless in 16 minutes on Feb. 19 against Boise State, but he had five rebounds and two blocked shots. It was Somogyi's highest rebound total since he had seven on Jan. 13 against UC Irvine. In the previous game, a Feb. 16 win over Cal State Fullerton, he made 4-of-6 shots and had nine points, his highest total in 13 Big West games. He now has 120 blocked shots, the third most in school history. Somogyi leads the team and Big West with 45 blocked shots in 2010-11, a figure that ranks seventh on UCSB's single-season list. He has had at least one blocked shot in 14 of the last 16 games and 22 times this season. Last year, he set a school record with eight blocked shots in a game at Fresno State. He also leads UCSB in field goal percentage at 55.7% and he has made 34 of his last 56 shots, 60.7%. Somogyi scored a career-high16 on Jan. 31 vs. Fresno Pacific.
Williams Wins 400th Career Game
UCSB'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 is now 402-267 overall after the Gauchos' loss to Boise State on Feb. 13. When the Gauchos opened the season with a win over Denver, 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. Jerry Pimm (1983-98) went 222-202 in 15 seasons at the helm of the Gauchos.
The Bob Williams File
2010-11 is Bob Williams' 13th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. On Feb. 5, he recorded his 400th career win when his team defeated UC Davis in overtime, 93-86. In 2009-10, he guided the Gauchos to a 20-10 overall record, their second Big West Tournament title, and fourth NCAA Tournament berth ever. It was the program's second NCAA Tournament bid and its fifth regular season title in his 12 seasons. Following the season, Williams was named Big West Coach of the Year for the third time.
Last year also marked the third Williams coached Gaucho team to win 20 or more games and the 10th overall in program history. It was the second time in the three seasons that the UCSB won 20 or more.
In 2008-09, Williams coached the Gauchos to a 16-15 overall record and an 8-8 mark in the Big West Conference. The record, however, doesn't tell the entire story. UCSB was forced to overcome a myriad of injuries and at one point stood at 8-13 overall and 2-7 in league play.
In 2007-08, Williams led the Gauchos to a 23-9 overall record. The 23 wins were a school record, and UCSB also won its second Big West regular season title with a 12-4 conference record. Following the campaign, the Gauchos were awarded a bid to the National Invitation Tournament. It was the third time that a Williams-coached UCSB team advanced to postseason play.
The 2002 Gauchos won the school's first Big West Tournament title, advancing to the NCAA Tournament, and in 2003, they won the league's regular season title and played in the NIT.
In 1998-99, he took over a UCSB program that had not recorded a winning season in five years, and after seeing his team lose its first eight games that year - extending a two-season losing streak to 16 straight games - the Gauchos turned things around, winning 15 of their final 20 games and finishing on top in the Big West's Western Division.
Williams has a UCSB record of 213-167. He guided the program to 10 winning seasons in his first 12 years - including the last five in a row - and three 20 win seasons. He has a career record of 126-82 in Big West games and his .608 winning percentage in league games is tops among the league's active coaches.
Prior to his arrival at UCSB, Williams spent eight years at UC Davis and in those eight years, his teams recorded 20 or more wins five times and a 158-76 record. In Williams' final season, the Aggies went 31-2, won the NCAA Division II National Championship and he was named NABC Division II Coach of the Year. Including two seasons at Menlo College, Williams has an overall career record of 402-266 (.601) at four-year schools.
On The Horizon
Following the game at Long Beach State on Feb. 26, UCSB will return home for its final regular season game, a Mar. 5 game against Blue-Green Rivalry series foe Cal Poly. The game, originally slated to tip-off at 7:00 p.m., has been moved to 7:20 p.m. to accommodate CBS 12 KCOY, which will carry the game live on the Central Coast.