Gauchos Play Final Road Game of 2006-07; Harris Moves to Fourth on School's Single-Season Scoring List
Feb. 23, 2007
Game No. 26
Saturday, February 24, 2007 at 5:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at UC Riverside Highlanders
at UCR's Student Recreation Center
Game No. 27
Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. the University of the Pacific Tigers
at UCSB's Thunderdome
The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters its final road game of the regular season with an overall record of 15-10 and a Big West record of 6-5. The Gauchos and Cal Poly are in a tie for third-place entering Saturday's action. UCSB has lost four consecutive games for the first time this season. On Thursday night, the Gauchos battled back from 13 down to take a second half lead, but could not hold on in a 79-73 loss at Cal State Fullerton. On Saturday, Feb. 17, UCSB dropped a tough 71-70 decision at home to Eastern Washington. Santa Barbara has lost its last three Big West games as well, dropping an 86-79 contest at Cal Poly on Feb. 14 and a heartbreaking 68-67 home decision to Long Beach State on Feb. 10. Prior to the current four-game losing streak, the Gauchos had not lost more than two games in a row this season.
March 3 Home Finale Moved To 4:00 PM For FSN West
UCSB's regular season finale against Cal State Northridge, scheduled for Saturday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome, has been moved to 4:00 p.m. to accommodate Fox Sports Network West, which will televise the game live. 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.
Harris Has Career-High 35 But It Isn't Enough In 79-73 Loss To Titans
Alex Harris the Big West Conference's scoring leader, scored 35 points on Thursday night, but UCSB dropped a 79-73 decision to Cal State Fullerton. Harris didn't make his first field goal until there was just 5:30 remaining in the first half. He scored 34 of his 35 points in the final 25:40 of the game and he had 27 in the second half. Still, the junior's offensive exploits were not enough. The Gauchos did overcome a 13-point first half deficit to take a pair of four-point leads in the second half, the final coming at 44-40 with 14:23 to play, but the Titans fought back. When Harris made a lay-up on a follow with 8:55 remaining, the game was tied at 56-56. At that point, however, Fullerton held the Gauchos scoreless for more than three minutes and went on a decisive 10-0 run to take a 66-56 lead with 5:51 to go. Marcus Crenshaw capped the run with a three-pointer, his second of the rally. Crenshaw came off the bench to finish with six three-point baskets and 23 points. UCSB never got closer than five the rest of the way. Guard Bobby Brown, who is in a race with Harris for the Big West scoring lead, had a team-high 29 points, including four three-point baskets. Brown, who also finished with nine rebounds and eight assists, had 13 of his points in the first five minutes of the game. In addition to his 35 points, Harris had eight rebounds for the Gauchos. Chris Devine had 14 points, ,seven rebounds and a team-high four assists for UCSB. Point guard Justin Joyner, who missed the previous game with a hamstring pull, started and played 21 minutes. He had seven points. Junior forward Ivan Elliott scored just three points but he paced the Gauchos in rebounds with nine. As a team, UCSB shots just 38.2% from the field and 60.0% from the line. Fullerton finished with 13 three-pointers.
Probable Starters - Notes
G - Cecil Brown - Has made just 2-of-16 shots in the last two games.
G - Alex Harris - Now has 517 points on the season, the fourth most in school history.
G - Justin Joyner - His 31 steals ranks him second all-time among Gaucho freshmen.
F - Chris Devine - Has scored 10 or more points in 23 of 25 games this season.
F - Glenn Turner - Averaged 5.1 rebounds in the last eight games.
Probable Reserves - Notes
G - James Powell - His 31 three-point baskets ties him for second all-time among freshmen.
G - Paul Roemer - Had a basket at Cal State Fullerton, his first since Jan. 20.
G - Trevor Bing - Has now played in the last two games.
F - Ivan Elliott - Has had five or more rebounds in nine of the last 11 games.
F - Tom Garlepp - Has logged just 37 minutes in 11 Big West games.
F - Emmanuel Bidias a Mouté - Had five points and four boards in 11 minutes at Fullerton.
F - Beau Gibb - Has played in just one of the last 13 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.
UCSB and UC Riverside have played 20 times since the first meeting between the schools in 1955. The Gauchos hold a decisive 16-4 lead in the all-time series, including two straight wins. On Dec. 28, the teams opened Big West play and UCSB registered a 73-65 win. While the Gauchos hold the all-time lead in the series, the Highlanders have won the last two games played in Riverside, including an 81-78 win to open the 2005-06 Big West season. UCSB and Pacific have played 94 times in a series that dates back to 1947. The Tigers hold the all-time edge with a record of 49-45. On Jan. 27, the Gauchos posted a 70-62 win at the Spanos Center in Stockton. The victory by UCSB ended the Tigers' six-game winning streak in the series.
On The Road Again
UCSB is 9-4 in road games this season. The Gauchos had a four-game road winning streak ended on Feb. 14 at Cal Poly and then they lost their second straight road game on Thursday night at Cal State Fullerton. Still, 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 have logged road wins at Montana State, UNLV, Pepperdine, Portland, San Francisco, UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge and Pacific this season. They began the year with five straight true road wins for the first time since the 1987-88 campaign. The five straight road wins to open the year extended the Gauchos' road streak over two seasons to six in a row, tying a school record also set during the 1987-88 season. 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 won four consecutive road games before the Valentine's Day loss at Cal Poly. Finally, dating back to the 2005-06 season when they won four of their last five true road games, the Gauchos have gone 13-5 on the road in their last 18 games.
The Gauchos At Home
UCSB has not experienced the same success at home this season as it has on the road. The Gauchos are 6-6 at the Thunderdome in 2006-07. Since winning four straight home games, including its first two Big West games on Dec. 28 and Dec. 30 against UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton respectively, Santa Barbara has lost four of its last five home appearances, including two in a row. The last two losses, to Long Beach State and Eastern Washing, came by a combined two points and overall the Gauchos have lost their six home games by a total of 23 points, 3.8 points per defeat. On Jan. 20, Cal Poly beat Santa Barbara by 10, but the other five losses came by a combined 13 points, 2.6 points per defeat. UCSB went 9-4 in home games during the 2005-06 season. Since Bob Williams became head coach prior to the 1998-99 season, the Gauchos have gone 79-34 in home contests. The six losses this season are the most home defeats by a Williams-led Santa Barbara team.
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 137-121 (.535) overall record and an 83-59 (.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 325-221 (.598) at four-year schools.
UCSB has been a pretty good shooting team this season. The Gauchos enter their road finale at UC Riverside with a decent field goal percentage of 47.1%. In the last two games, however, Santa Barbara has had its problems shooting. On Feb. 17, in a one-point loss to Eastern Washington, the Gauchos made just 25-of-67 shots, 37.3%. On Thursday night at Cal State Fullerton, they hit 26-of-68, 38.2%. This marks just the second time this season that UCSB has made fewer than 40.0% of its shots in back-to-back games. In the two contests combined, the Gauchos made 51-of-135 shots, 37.7%. In fact, in the last two, Santa Barbara has been better from three-point range, 38.1%, than it has been overall and from two-point range, 37.6%.
A Disturbing Trend On The Perimeter
Cal State Fullerton drained 13 three-point baskets in its Thursday night win over the Gauchos. The Titans hit 13-of-27 from beyond the arc, 48.1%. In its last two Big West games, UCSB has allowed Cal Poly and Fullerton to make 28-of-57 from beyond the three-point line, 49.1%. The Gauchos have now lowed their opponents to make 10 or more three-pointers in a game seven times this season. The 15 that Cal Poly made on Feb. 14 were the second most by an opponent in school history. The most? On Jan. 4, Long Beach State made 17-of-33 from outside the arc, 51.5%.
What's The Point?
UCSB's last three opponents have averaged 78.7 points per game, a significant jump over the 68.4 per game that the Gauchos allow for the season. Cal Poly started the run by scoring 86 points on Feb. 14. It was the second highest point total allowed by Santa Barbara this season. Also, for the first time in 2006-07, the Gauchos have allowed 70 points or more in three consecutive games.
Free Throws: Good News, Bad News
In three games prior to Thursday night's defeat at Cal State Fullerton, UCSB attempted a total of just 40 free throws, 13.3 per game. Against the Titans, the Gauchos were back to the same form that saw them attempt 162 in a six-game stretch the came before the current four-game losing streak. UCSB attempted 25 free throws at Fullerton. That was the good news. The bad ne was that they made just 15 of them, 60.0%. In fact, Alex Harris, arguably the best free throw shooter on the team, made just 6-of-12, 50.0%. If he had made his normal percentage, about 75.0% or so, he would have made a legitimate run at the school scoring record of 39. As it was, he was able to pour in 35 points even with his sub-par free throw shooting performance.
Juniors Alex Harris and Chris Devine have proven to be one of the best one-two scoring punches in UCSB history. Currently, the duo ranks 11th all-time on the Gauchos' one-two punch list. Harris and Devine combined for 888 points in the first 25 games, an average of 35.5 per game, slightly higher than the 34.9 per game that Lucius Davis and Idris Jones combined for in 1991-92. In UCSB's November 21 double-overtime victory over Pepperdine, Harris and Devine each eclipsed the 25-point mark, the first Santa Barbara pair to do so since Mike Doyle tallied 31 and Brian Shaw added 26 in a Feb. 25, 1988 game at Long Beach State. Three times this season the duo has scored 20 or more in the same game. The last time that happened was in 1990-91 when Davis and Gary Gray also did it three times.
Top One-Two Punches
# Players Season Points 1. L. Davis/I. Jones 1991-92 1,014 2. C. DeHart/M. Doyle 1988-89 957 3. C. DeHart/E. McArthur 1989-90 929 4. L. Davis/G. Gray 1990-91 928 5. M. Hull/B. Fullove 2001-02 893 6. A. Harris/C. Devine 2006-07 888 7. R. Tutt/J. Merrill 1996-97 882 8. C. Henry/S. Fisher 1985-86 878 9. B. Fullove/M. Hull 2002-03 869 10. B.J. Bunton/J. Merrill 1998-99 867 11. Y. Gross/M. Russell 1982-83 860 Note: The leading scorer is listed first.
Active Scoring Leaders
Player Points Games Avg. Alex Harris 975 83 11.7 Cecil Brown 923 107 8.6 Chris Devine 726 54 13.4
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 24 of 25 games and Devine has done so 23 times. James Powell, has done so in 11, including the last four, after doing so just once in the previous 13 games. Here is a list of all Gaucho players and the number of times they have hit double-digits this season.
The Gauchos have produced six statistical double-doubles this season. Chris Devine has five of them and Ivan Elliott has the the other. Devine now has nine in his career, seven of which have come on the road.
Player Opponent Digits (figure out the r and the p) 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
Junior guard Alex Harris reclaimed the Big West Conference scoring lead with a 27-point performance in Saturday's game against Eastern Washington and on Thursday night at Cal State Fullerton he increased his advantage by scoring a career-high 35 points. Harris made 12-of-28 shots overall and 5-of-7 from three-point range in the game against the Titans. It was the second straight game that he had tied his career-high with five three-point buckets. In the last two contests, Harris has averaged 31.0 points per agme and made 10-of-17 three-point attempts, 58.8%. Overall, he is now averaging 20.7 points per game. On Thursday, Harris also jumped from 10th on the school's all-time single-season scoring list to fourth. Among the players he passed on the list were Carrick DeHart, B.J. Bunto and current Gaucho color announcer, Don Ford. The next target for Harris is York Gross who scored 564 points in 1982-83. In addition, Harris closed in on the 1,000 point mark on Thursday. His 35-point game gives him 975 points, putting him 25 points away from becoming the 21sth UCSB player to hit that plateau. Harris has actually re-emerged offensively in the last three games, scoring 81 points, 27.0 per game. In three games prior to the current run, he scored a total of 34 points, 11.3 per game. Harris has now tallied 20 or more points 14 times this season and 25 or more eight times. He scored 20 or more points in each of the first seven games this season, the longest streak of 20 or more points by a UCSB player since 1996 and the longest ever to open a season. He has also scored in double-figures in 24 of the 25 games. His 35 points on Feb. 22 against Fullerton were not only a career-high, but the most points scored by a Gaucho since Raymond Tutt had 37 in a Feb. 21, 1997 game against UC Irvine. The 517 points he has scored this season are 59 more than he scored in 58 games during his first two seasons. The five three-pointers that he made on Thursday tied his career-high. He also had five on Feb. 17 against Eastern Washington and on Nov. 10 against San Jose State In all this season, the Alameda, Calif., native has nailed 58 three-point baskets, moving him into a tie for seventh on the all-time single-season list. Harris has not only made five three-point baskets three times, he has made four three times and three five times. He has made at least one three-pointer in 23 of 25 games and two or more 15 times, including the last four games. In his career he has now hit 107 three-pointers, ninth all-time. Harris is also moving up on the single-season free throw list for UCSB. His 133 made free throws are tied for fifth all-time and his 172 attempts are tied for sixth. Harris has attempted 10 or more free throws eight times, including one stretch of five straight games. He attempted a career-high 16 on Dec. 28 against UC Riverside. A two-time Big West Player of the Week, Harris has been more than a scorer this season. He had eight rebounds on Thursday to improve his average on the season to 4.9 per gam, third on the team. In the last 22 games he has averaged 5.4 boards per outing and had five or more 14 times, including the last four in a row. He is also averaging 2.2 assists per game and has had two or more in five of the last six games. Finally, Harris has been Santa Barbara's workhorse this season. He is averaging 35.3 minutes per game and has played 30 or more in 23 of 25, including the last 14. He logged a career-high 48 minutes (out of 50) in a double-overtime win over Pepperdine on Nov. 21.
The Devine File
Junior forward Chris Devine is second on the team in scoring at 14.8 points per game and he leads the team in rebounding at 6.6 per game. In Thursday's game at Cal State Fullerton, he had 14 points, seven rebounds and a team-high four assists. He made just 5-of-12 field goals against the Titans and in his last two games Devine has now made just 11-of-27, 40.7%. Devine has scored in double-figures in 23 of the Gauchos' 25 games, including the last 13 in a row. He leads the team with five double-doubles and now has nine for his career. Of his double-doubles, four have come on the road this season and seven of nine in his two-year career have come away from the Thunderdome. This season, when Devine has produced a double-double, UCSB has gone 5-0. He had 28 points and 13 rebounds on Nov. 21 at Pepperdine, helping the Gauchos to a double-overtime win. The 28 points were a career-high. He has scored 20 or more five times this season, but he has not done so since he went for 25 in a Dec. 30 home win over Cal State Fullerton. While Devine is averaging 6.6 rebounds per game, he has had five or more 18 times in 25 games. He had five or more in each of the first 10 this year but has had five or more just eight times in the last 15 games. 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. Finally, he and Alex Harris are the only two players on the roster to start all 25 games this season and Devine is the sole player to start all 54 the last two seasons.
Help Cecil! Help!
Senior guard Cecil Brown has struggled in UCSB's last two games. In losses to Eastern Washington and Cal State Fullerton, Brown has scored just six points and made just 2-of-16 field goal attempts. In three games prior to the current slump, Brown averaged 18.0 points per game and made 17-of-29 shots, 58.6%. He tallied 23 points in UCSB's last win, a Feb. 8 victory over UC Irvine. It equaled the second highest scoring total of his career. On the year, Brown is now averaging 8.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and a team-leading 3.1 assists per game. He has started the last nine games and in the last 17 games he has averaged 10.0 points per game and scored 10 or more 10 times. He has now scored 923 points in his career and needs 77 to hit the 1,000 point mark. Brown has led the team in assists seven times in the last 10 games and has averaged 4.0 per game over that stretch. 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. He has also moved into third on the team in three-point baskets with 25, 11 of which have come in the last five games. In the last five, he has gone 11-of-27 from beyond the three-point arc, 41.0%. He now has 113 career three-pointers, eighth all-time. Finally, since averaging 18.3 minutes per game in his first three games this season, Brown has averaged 29.7 in his last 17. In his last nine, all starts, he has played 30 or more eight times and averaged 33.3 per game.
Justin Joins In
Freshman guard Justin Joyner returned to the Gaucho lineup on Thursday after missing one game with a pulled hamstring. In his return, Joyner played 21 minutes and had seven points, one assist, on steal and one rebounds. In his previous appearance, Feb. 14 at Cal Poly, Joyner scored six points, but he also had six assists, five rebounds and a steal. The six assists were the most he has had in his last 11 games. He now has 71 on the year, the most on the team and a figure that ranks sixth on UCSB's all-time freshman list. If Joyner could pass off for 13 more assists this season, he would move into second on the all-time list. On Dec. 30, in a win over Cal State Fullerton, he had a career-high 10 assists, the most by a Gaucho since the 1998-99 season. He has had four or more assists nine times. Joyner is averaging 5.4 points per game and has scored 10 or more four times, including three straight late in January and early in February. He tallied a career-high 15 points in a Jan. 25 win at Cal State Northridge and in his last seven games, Joyner has averaged 8.2 points per game. He has recently become a legitimate three-point threat as well. On the year, he has made 17 three-point baskets, 11 of which have come in his last nine appearances. The 17 threes are the 11th most by a freshman in school history. Overall, he is shooting 39.2%, but in his last seven games, he has made 19 out of 39 shots, 48.7%. Finally, Joyner has become a defensive stalwart for the Gauchos. There is more to it than steals, but he has a team-leading 31 steals in his 24 games, 1.3 per game. He has had a career-high three steals five times this season and he has had two or more 11 times, including six of the last nine games. In his last nine, Joyner has produced 18 steals, including three in four games. His 31 steals rank second on the all-time freshman list.
Ivan The Good
Junior forward Ivan Elliott had just three points in 19 minutes at Cal State Fullerton on Thursday night. He did, however, have a game-high nine rebounds. On Feb. 17 against Eastern Washington he had just two points, but also contributed seven rebounds. Elliott is now averaging 5.9 points per game. On the other hand, he is now averaging 5.8 per game, second on the team. He has had five or more rebounds 15 times this year, including five straight and seven of the last nine. In the last 14 games, Elliott is averaging 6.9 rebounds per game and three of his four double-figure rebounding efforts have come during that span. He had a career-high 12 rebounds on Feb. 1 at UC Davis and on Dec. 28 against UC Riverside, he registered the first double-double of his career with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He is the only Gaucho, besides Chris Devine, to have a double-double this season. Elliott has scored 10 or more points six times, but just once in the last 12 games. He had 10 points on Feb. 10 against Long Beach State. His career-high of 14 points came on Nov. 13 at Montana State. Elliott came off the bench for the first seven games this season but the stated 17 in a row before returning to a reserve role at Fullerton. After playing more than 20 minutes twice in the first seven games, he has played 20 or more in 17 of the last 18.
Old Buddy, Old Powell
Although he had just three points in Thursday's game at Cal State Fullerton, freshman guard James Powell has started to reassert himself offensively for the Gauchos. He is averaging 8.9 points per game, but after scoring in double-figures just once over a period of 13 games, he has tallied 10 or more in four of the last five games. In the Feb. 17 game against Eastern Washington, Powell returned to the starting lineup for the first time since a Jan. 13 game against UC Davis. He finished with 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting overall, including 3-of-7 from three-point territory. Powell has averaged 10.0 points per game in the last five games. Interestingly, in the last four games, he scored 40 points, 32 of which came in the second halves. He has now scored 224 points on the season, moving him into a tie with Rob Ramaker for ninth on the all-time freshman scoring list. He needs 30 points to move into seventh. Also, while he is shooting 40.0% from the field, Powell has gotten back on track with his shooting in recent games. Since making just 24.1% of his field goal attempts over an 11 game span, he has hit 23 out of his last 49 in the last seven games, 46.9%. Also, while he is making 33.0% of his three-point attempts, he has drilled 10-of-21 in the last five games, 47.6%. On the year, Powell now has 31 three-point baskets, second on the team and a figure that is second on UCSB's all-time freshman list. His 94 attempts also rank second. Additionally, Powell has assumed the team-lead in free throw percentage at 83.1% and he has made his last 18 in a row. Finally, the Glendora, Calif., native has entered two other all-time freshman lists. With 57 assists on the year, including four in each of the last two games, Powell is tied for ninth all-time, and with six steals in the last four games, including a career-high three on Feb. 17 against Eastern Washington, he now has 25, tied for fourth all-time.
Turning The Corner
Senior forward Glenn Turner ha truly started to turn the corner in recent games. On Thursday he made his first start of the season. He played 20 minutes and had four points and four rebounds. On Feb. 17, against Eastern Washington, he scored seven points, had eight rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in a season-high 26 minutes. He has averaged 20.0 minutes per game in the last five games, a significant increase over his season average of 13.8 per game. Statistically, he has been better too. While Turner is averaging 3.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game for the season, he has averaged 5.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shot in the last five games. He has also displayed more of a willingness to play a role offensively in recent games. While Turner has attempted 33 field goals on the year, 20 have come in the last five contests. He has gone 11-of-20, 55.5% over that time. Turner had his best all-around game of the year on Dec. 28 against UC Riverside when he had eight points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots. He has had five or more rebonds six times, including four times in the last eight games. Finally, despite missing nine games, he has taken over the team-lead with 20 blocked shots. Turner now has 101 blocked shots in his career. He is the fourth UCSB player to hit the 100 blocked shot mark.
Freshman Emmanuel Bidias a Mouté had one of his best games of the year on Thursday night. he played 11 minutes, his second highest total of the year, and he had five points and four rebounds. the five points were his third most this year and the four rebounds rank second. Bidias a Mouté has become Chris Devine's regular back-up and has now played in 12 straight games.