February 22, 2010

Johnson Named Big West Player of the Week for Second Time

Feb. 22, 2010

IRVINE, Calif. - Sophomore Orlando Johnson, who lifted UC Santa Barbara to a pair of road victories last week, has been named Big West Conference Player of the Week it was announced Monday. It was the second time in three weeks that Johnson has earned the honor.

The 6-5 guard averaged 20.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game as the Gauchos knocked off Cal State Fullerton (73-65) and Fresno State (64-60) to extend their road winning streak to four. UCSB has also have won five games in a row overall.

Johnson, a transfer from Loyola Marymount, shot 53.6% (15 of 28) from the field, 57.1% (4 of 7) from three-point territory and 87.5% (7 of 8) at the free throw line to pace UCSB.

Against the Titans, Johnson scored 18 points to go along with eight rebounds and a blocked shot as the win put UCSB in sole possession of first place. He made 6 of 12 shots against CSF, including 2 of 4 from three-point land.

Johnson produced 23 points and four rebounds on 9 of 16 shooting as UCSB won at Fresno State on Saturday as part of the ESPN BracketBusters event. He canned 9 of 16 shots overall, including a pair of three-pointers.

Johnson leads UCSB in scoring at 17.8 points per game and has scored in double figures in all 24 games this season, the longest streak by a Gaucho player since the 1996-97 season.

The first-place Gauchos will host Cal State Northridge at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday night at the Thunderdome.

To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.

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