UCSB Returns to Big West Play, Hosts UC Riverside in Home Finale Saturday
Feb. 26, 2008
Game No. 28
Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Riverside Highlanders
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KTMS 990/1490-AM
Game No. 29
Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal State Northridge Matadors
at CSUN's Matadome
Radio: KTMS 990/1490-AM
Senior Foursome Play Final Home Game Saturday
UCSB will honor its four seniors prior to Saturday's final home game against UC Riverside. Alex Harris, Ivan Elliott, Nedim Pajevic, and Beau Gibb will each be saluted. Although listed as a junior, Gibb will graduate in June and will be honored on Saturday.
On The Record
UC Santa Barbara enters Saturday's game against UC Riverside with an overall record of 20-7 and a Big West mark of 9-4. The Gauchos had their three-game winning streak ended at Utah State on Feb. 22, 72-59. In Big West Conference play, they have won three straight and six out of their last seven, including a Feb. 20 road victory at Pacific. Since opening league play with a 1-2 record, UCSB has gone 8-2 with five of the eight wins coming on the road and both losses coming at home.
Gauchos Get To 20 For Eighth Time
The Feb. 20 win at Pacific gave UCSB its 20th victory of the 2007-08 season. This marks the ninth time in school history that the Gauchos have won 20 games in a season, the eighth in the modern era, and the first since the 2001-02 campaign. For head coach Bob Williams, it is the second time that he has led the program to 20 wins, the first being in 2001-02. Santa Barbara also hit the 20 victory plateau in 1991-92, 1989-90, 1988-89, 1987-88, 1970-71, 1960-61 and 1940-41. Williams joins Jerry Pimm as the only coaches in school history to lead more than one team to 20 wins. The all-time UCSB record for wins in a season came in 1987-88 when the Gauchos won 22.
Harris Moves Into Second On All-Time Scoring List
Senior guard Alex Harris scored 20 points in UCSB's Feb. 22 game at Utah State and in doing so, he moved into second-place on the school's all-time scoring list. Harris, who is averaging 20.2 points per game this season, has now scored 1,595 career points, 15 more than Mark Hull ended his career with. Harris' next target is Carrick DeHart, who completed his Gaucho career with 1,687 points.
UCSB Runs Out Of Gas, Drops BracketBuster Game At Utah State, 72-59
When James Powell made the fifth of his career-high tying six three-point baskets in UCSB's game at Utah State on Feb. 22, it pulled the Gauchos to within three, 51-48, with just over six minutes to play. That would be Santa Barbara's last gasp as the Aggies would go on a decisive 12-0 run over the next four minutes, taking a commanding 63-48 lead with less than three minutes to play. The Gauchos, who had played 48 hours earlier at Pacific, seemed to hit a wall in the closing minutes and Utah State, which improved to 15-0 at home, coasted to a 72-59 victory. Powell and Alex Harris each finished with a team-high 20 points, but the Aggies limited UCSB to 33.9% shooting from the field. Powell made 6-of-10 shots from three-point range, equaling his career-high for three-pointers in a game. Utah State was led by freshman forward Tai Wesley, who finished the night with a game-high 24 points and nine rebounds. Senior guard Jaycee Carroll, who entered the game averaging 22 points per game and making better than 52-percent of his three-point attempts, was held to 15 points and made just 1-of-3 from three-point range. The Gauchos, who had just eight turnovers in the game, took a 12-10 lead when freshman guard Jorda Weiner made a three-pointer from the top of the key with 9:58 to play in the first half. It was the only lead of the game for Santa Barbara, which had its three-game winning streak ended with the defeat. The game was part of the O'Reilly-ESPNU BracketBusters series and was aired on ESPNU.
Probable Starters - Notes
G - Justin Joyner - Has just 12 turnovers in last nine games, a span of 244 minutes.
G - Alex Harris - Is the first Gaucho ever to have two seasons with 500 or more points.
G - James Powell - Tied his career-high with six three-pointers at Utah State.
F - Chris Devine - 22nd Gaucho to hit 1,000 career points. Has 1,085 in career, 19th all-time.
F - Ivan Elliott - Fouled out in just 20 minutes at Utah State.
Probable Reserves - Notes
G - Nick Quick - Has attempted eight shots in just 13 minutes of action.
G - Jordan Weiner - 15 out of his 17 field goals are from three-point range.
G - Paul Roemer - Has played 20 or more minutes in consecutive games for first time ever.
G - D.J. Posley - Missed the last four games with the flu. Could play against UC Riverside.
F - Nedim Pajevic - Has averaged 4.5 rebounds in the last two games.
F - Sam Phippen - Scored two points at Utah State, his first points since Dec. 1 at LMU.
F - Beau Gibb - Had three rebounds at Utah State, his highest total since Dec. 1 at LMU.
F - Peter Jordan - Walk-on freshman has played in two games this season.
Posley Could Return Against UC Riverside
Reserve guard D.J. Posley, who has missed the last four games with a severe case of the flu, could return for Saturday's game against UC Riverside. He did not accompany the team on the recently completed road trip to Pacific and Utah State. Posley, a transfer from John A. Logan College, had played in all 23 Gaucho games prior to being struck with the flu. He is averaging 2.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals in an average of 17.0 minutes per game.
The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his 10th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Last year his team recorded an overall record of 18-11 and a Big West mark of 9-5. The 18 wins were the most regular season wins by a Gaucho team since 1991-92 and it equaled the second most wins a Williams-coached UCSB team has ever had. Williams has led Santa Barbara to winning records in five of the last six seasons, the only exception being a 2004-05 team that was ravaged by injuries. He has guided UCSB to a pair of postseason appearances. In 2002-03, the 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 title ever and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 years. Including this season, Williams' UCSB teams have posted a 160-129 (.554) overall record and an 95-63 (.601) 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 349-229 (.604) at four-year schools. Finally, dating back to the conclusion of the 2005-06 season, Williams' Gauchos have posted a 46-21 (.687) overall record.
Eight-Game Streak Was Longest In A Long Time
First of all, get used to this note. It's not going anywhere. UCSB's eight-game winning streak, which was ended at North Carolina on Dec. 22, was the longest that a Gaucho team has put together since Bob Williams became head coach in 1998-99. It was also the longest winning streak since the 1988-89 team opened the year by winning 11 consecutive games and it equaled the second longest streak in school history. Santa Barbara also won eight games in a row in 1971-72, 1960-61 and 1940-41.
UCSB and UC Riverside have played 22 games in a series that dates back to 1955. The Gauchos hold an all-time edge of 18-4 and they have won the last five consecutive meetings. UCSB defeated the Highlanders in the first game between the schools this season, 64-53 on Jan. 30 in Riverside. The Gauchos and Cal State Northridge have played 35 times in a series that began in 1960. While UCSB holds a 26-9 lead all-time, the Matadors won the first game between the schools this season, 88-84 on Jan. 5 in Santa Barbara. In that game, Northridge overcame a 13-point second half deficit to record the win. The victory by the Matadors ended a three-game UCSB winning streak in the series. The Gauchos have won the last two games played at the Matadome, including a 67-57 win on Jan. 25, 2007.
The Gauchos At Home
UCSB enters its final home game of the season with a Thunderdome record of 10-3. The Gauchos opened the season by winning their first seven home games, stretching a two-season home winning streak to nine, but since then, they have gone just 3-3 on their home court. On Jan. 5, Cal State Northridge defeated UCSB 88-84, ending the nine-game home winning streak. The Gauchos have also dropped games to Pacific (71-58 on Jan. 24) and UC Irvine (65-59 on Feb. 9). This season, Santa Barbara has logged home wins over Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly, UC Davis, Long Beach State, UNLV, San Francisco, Montana State, Utah Valley, Pepperdine and Cal Poly Pomona. The nine game home winning streak that was ended by Cal State Northridge was the longest the program has had since it won 15 in a row bridging the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons.
The Gauchos On The Road
The Gauchos are 8-4 in true road games this season. They had a five-game road winning streak ended at Utah State on Feb. 22. Still, UCSB has won its last five Big West road games. Most recently, on Feb. 20, the Gauchos registered a 60-53 victory over the University of the Pacific in Stockton. Prior to the win over the Tigers, the Gauchos won at UC Davis, UC Riverside, Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton. They also have victories at Eastern Washington, Ball State, and Loyola Marymount. In addition to Utah State, Santa Barbara has dropped road games at North Carolina, Stanford and UC Irvine. UCSB has also gone a perfect 2-0 in neutral court games with wins over Northwestern State and Harvard at the Basketball Travelers Classic in Palo Alto, Calif. In 2006-07, the Gauchos recorded an all-time best 10-4 record on the road. Dating to the 2005-06 season, UCSB has gone 22-10 in its last 32 true road games.
Plenty Of Turnover
UCSB opponents are averaging 18.2 turnovers per game in 2007-08, an increase of 4.8 per game over the 13.4 they averaged in 2006-07. Last year, a Gaucho opponent had 20 or more turnovers just once, 21 by Pepperdine in a double overtime game. In 2007-08, UCSB has forced 20 or more turnovers nine times in 27 games, and only three opponents have had fewer than 16. On Feb. 22, the Gauchos forced Utah State into 16 turnovers, four more than its season average. On Feb. 14, they forced Cal Poly into 24, the most by an opponent since Pepperdine had 25 on Dec. 5. The highest total of turnovers by a UCSB opponent this season was 28, in the opener against Northwestern State.
The Steal Curtain
UCSB had eight steals in its Feb. 22 loss at Utah State. In the last four games, the Gauchos have had 43 steals, an average of 10.7 per game. On Feb. 16 a UC Davis, they had 12, and in the game prior to that, a Feb. 14 win over Cal Poly, they tied their season-high with 16, equaling the third highest total in school history. The Gauchos also had 16 steals on Dec. 5 against Pepperdine. They have had 10 or more steals six times in 2007-08. On the year, UCSB now has 224 steals, the second-highest total in school history. Last year, in 29 games, UCSB had a total of 180 steals. The school record of 236 steals was set in 1998-99, Bob Williams' first year as head coach of the Gauchos.
UCSB has gone 9-4 in Big West games this season. Three of the four losses in conference action have come by six points or less. The only double-figure margin of defeat came at the hands of Pacific on Jan. 24, 71-58. Of the nine wins in league play, six came by way of double-digit margins. Four of the wins (Long Beach State, the first Cal State Fullerton game, the first Cal Poly game, and UC Davis) came by 15 points and the other, UC Riverside, was an 11-point decision. UCSB's 83-80 win over Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 7, 77-73 win at UC Davis on Feb. 16, and 60-53 win at Pacific on Feb. 20, were the only close league victories that the team has had this season. In all, 17 of 27 Gaucho games have been decided by 10 or more points this year and UCSB has gone 13-4 in those games.
UCSB continues to struggle with rebounding. The Gauchos have been outrebounded in their last two games, four out of five, and 15 times in 27 games this season. Utah State won the battle of the boards by 13 on Feb. 22. It marked the fifth time this season that an opponent has outrebounded Santa Barbara by a double-figure margin. On average the Gauchos are outrebounded by 3.5 rebounds per contest.
On The Bright Side...
While UCSB has had its struggles rebounding, the Gauchos have done a good job taking care of the ball in recent games. In the defeat at Utah State, they committed just eight turnovers, one more than their season-low. Although they had 15 in the win at Pacific, several came in the final minutes as the Tigers desperately tried to claw their way back into the game. In the last six games, UCSB has averaged 11.5 turnovers per game, nearly three fewer than its season average of 14.4 per game. The Gauchos had a season-low seven turnovers on Jan. 24 against Pacific. They have had 10 or fewer turnovers four times this season. UCSB opponents, on the other hand, had a season-low 11 turnovers (Feb. 7 by Cal State Fullerton) and they have had fewer than 15 just three times.
Out Of The Red, Into The Black
With 92 assists and just 69 turnovers in the last six games, UCSB has gone into the black in the assist-to-turnover ratio. Entering Saturday's game against UC Riverside, the Gauchos have totaled 403 assists as compared to a 'mere` 390 turnovers. The Gauchos have had fewer turnovers than assists in five of their last six games. On Feb. 22 at Utah State, they had 14 assists and just eight turnovers. By contrast, UCSB opponents have committed 161 more turnovers than they have assists and they have had more assists than turnovers just five times.
Assuming the Gauchos make the Big West Tournament and play a 31st game, they are on a record pace in a couple of statistical categories. UCSB is on pace to break school records for steals and three-point baskets. The Gauchos are averaging 8.30 steals per game and, if they play 31 games, that pace would put them at about 257 steals, 21 more than the current school record of 236. They are also averaging 7.63 three-pointers per game and, if they could average that the rest of the way, they would finish with right around 236, 17 more than the current record of 219 set in 2002-03.
The Harris Poll
Senior guard Alex Harris continues to lead the Gauchos in scoring at 20.2 points per game, a figure that ranks second in the Big West Conference. In Friday's game at Utah State, Harris scored 21 points. He was 8-for-23 from the field overall and 2-for-8 from three-point range. By scoring 20 against the Aggies, the senior from Alameda, Calif., has now scored 1,595 points in his career, moving past Mark Hull (1,580) and into second on UCSB's all-time career scoring list. The program's all-time leader, Carrick DeHart, finished his career with 1,687 points. In addition, Harris has now scored 526 points on the season. It marks the sixth time in UCSB history that a player has scored 500 or more points in a season and Harris is the only player to have accomplished the feat twice. He had 611 last season. Harris has scored 13 or more points in all 26 of his appearances this season and he has scored in double-figures in 33 straight dating back to the 2006-07 season. He has led or tied for the team-lead in scoring 20 times this year, going for 20 or more 13 times and 25 or more six times. He scored a season-high 31 points on Jan. 19 at Cal Poly. In addition to scoring, Harris is leading the team in three-point baskets. By making 2-of-8 on Feb. 22, he has now made 65 out of his 142 attempts, 45.8%. Harris has made at least one three-point basket in 25 of 26 games. In addition, he has hit two or more 21 times, and three or more nine times. Harris made a career-high six three-point baskets, in eight attempts, on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley. In his career, he has now hit 185 out of 450, 41.1%. the fourth most makes and the fourth highest percentage in UCSB history. Prior to his 31-point game at Cal Poly, Harris' season-high was 29 points on Nov. 24 against Montana State. In that game, he had career-highs for free throws, 15, and free throw attempts, 18. On the year, Harris has gone to the free throw line 173 times, the most in the Big West. He is fourth on the team in rebounding at 3.7 per game, he had a team-high five in each of the last two games. He had a season-high eight on Nov. 24 against Montana State. Finally, Harris was a Preseason All-Big West and Mid-Major All-America selection.
Harris On UCSB's Career Lists
Category Statistic Rank Points 1,595 2nd Average 14.0 ppg 6th Field Goals 487 10th Field Goal Attempts 1,135 5th Free Throws 436 1st Free Throw Attempts 556 1st Free Throw Pct. 78.4% 10th 3-Pt. Field Goals 185 4th 3-Pt. Field Goal Att. 450 4th 3-Pt. Field Goal Pct. 41.1% 4th Steals 98 11th
The Devine File
Junior forward Chris Devine played just 19 minutes and had his worst offensive game of the season in the defeat at Utah State. Devine, who slightly tweaked his back against the Aggies, made just 1-of-8 shots from the field and scored two points. He also had just one rebound. In all, the recently concluded trip to Pacific and Utah State was not a good one for Devine. In the two games, he averaged just 4.5 points and 1.5 rebounds while hitting 3-for-13 from he field, 23.1%. Prior to the last two games, he was coming off of three consecutive solid offensive outings. In the Feb. 16 win at UC Davis, Devine made 5-of-9 shots from the field, 5-of-8 from the free throw line, and finished with 15 points. He also contributed seven rebounds. While he is averaging 12.4 points per game, he averaged 15.3 per game in the three games prior to the trip to Pacific and Uttah State. He had 16, making 5-of-9 shots, on Feb. 14 against Cal Poly. The 16 points were the most he has scored since going for 18 on Jan. 12 against Cal State Fullerton. Devine's streak of three straight double-digit scoring games was his longest streak since he opened the year by scoring 10 or more in his first 10 appearances. His current average of 12.4 points per game ranks second on the team. Devine has scored 10 or more points 18 times in his 26 appearances this year, but just eight times in the last 16 games. He scored a season-high 24 on Jan. 5 against Cal State Northridge, and his other 20 point game came at Ball State on Dec. 19 when he had 22. On Jan. 24 against Pacific, Devine became the 22nd player in UCSB history to move past the 1,000 point mark. He enters Saturday's game with a career total of 1,085, a figure that ranks 19th all-time. He needs 32 to move into 18th-place. Devine is second on the team in rebounding at 5.1 per game. He has had seven or more 10 times and he had a season-high nine on Dec. 1 at Loyola Marymount. He had eight on Feb. 7 against Cal State Fullerton, his highest total in the last 12 games. Devine is second on the team in field goal percentage at 50.4%. A Preseason All-Big West selection, Devine paces the team in steals with 32. He has had two or more steals 10 times and he had a season-high four in a Dec. 22 game at North Carolina.
Old Buddy, Old Powell
Sophomore guard James Powell almost shot the Gauchos back into their game at Utah State. Powell made tied his career-high with six three-point baskets, in a career-high 10 attempts, and finished with 20 points, tying for team-high honors. It was his fifth game of 20 or more points this season and it improved his scoring average to 12.0 points per game, third on the team. Powell's point total of 324 actually ranks second on the team to Alex Harris. After scoring fewer than 10 points in consecutive games for the first time since the first three games of the year, Powell has bounced back with three consecutive games in double-figures. He had 13 points, making 4-of-7 shots overall and 2-of-2 from three-point range, in the Feb. 20 win at Pacific, and he had 12 on Feb. 16 at UC Davis. He scored a career-high 25 on Jan. 30 at UC Riverside, gong 6-of-9 from three-point territory. In all, he has been in double-figures 17 times this season, all in the last 24 games, and he has scored 20 or more fie times, including four times in the last 11 games. Since scoring a total of 17 points through the first three games, Powell has averaged 12.8 points per game. He is now shooting 44.2% from outside the three-point line, but since opening the year by going 2-for-12, Powell has made 59 out of his last 126 attempts, 46.8%. Prior to draining six three-pointers for the first time, at Riverside on Jan. 30, his career-high was five, set on Nov. 27 against UNLV. He made all five three-pointers in the second half against the Runnin' Rebels, including one with less than a second remaining to give the Gauchos the win. Powell has made at least one three-point basket in 14 straight games and 24 times in 27 games this season. He has made two or more in seven straight and 19 times. Powell is averaging 2.3 assists per game, second on the team, and he has had two or more in nine of the last 11 games. He tied a career-high with six on Jan. 5 against Cal State Northridge. He is also second on the team with 31 steals and he tied his career-high with three on Feb. 14 against Cal Poly.
Justin Joins In
Sophomore guard Justin Joyner continues to lead UCSB in assists, at 3.7 per game, and the Big West in assist-to-turnover ratio, at 2.17-to-1.00. Joyner had two points, four assists, two steals, two rebounds and just one turnover in the game at Utah State. He is now averaging 3.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. In the previous game, a win at Pacific, Joyner had seven points, two assists, five rebounds and a pair of steals. He had one of the best overall games of his career in UCSB's loss to UC Irvine on Feb. 9. Joyner scored a career-high 16 points, making 6-of-10 shots overall and a career-best 4-of-6 from three-point territory. In addition, he tied his season-high with seven assists and had just one turnover. He followed up that effort by scoring eight points, grabbing three rebounds, passing off for two assists and producing three steals in the Feb. 14 win over Cal Poly. He has had more turnovers than assists in just one game this season (Four turnovers and two assists on Nov. 11 at Stanford), and in his last 20 games, he has 76 assists and just 30 turnovers. He has had just 12 turnovers in the last nine games, a span of 244 minutes. Joyner also achieved his season-high seven assists on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley. In addition to his pair of seven assist games, he has had two games with six assists and three games with five assists. In all, Joyner has produced four or more 15 times this season and UCSB has gone 11-4 in those games. Also, after going 0-for-5 from the field over a five game span, he has gone 13-of-24 in the last five games, 54.2%. He has improved his overall field goal percentage to 39.6%. In fact, since opening the year by making just 10 of his first 37 shots in the first nine games, he has hit 28-of-59, 47.5%, in the last 18. Joyner has made 14 out of 45 three-pointers this season, but 11 have come in four games, two apiece against UNLV and Ball State, three at Fullerton and his career-high four against UC Irvine. He is averaging 2.8 rebounds per game and tied his season-high with five on Feb. 20 at Pacific. Joyner is third on the team with 28 steals, including eight in the last four games.
Ivan The Good
Senior forward Ivan Elliott had just four points and five rebounds at Utah State, fouling out in just 20 minutes. Like his fellow frontcourt player Chris Devine, Elliott struggled overall in the last two games. In the win at Pacific, he had six points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist. In the last two, he is averaging 5.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, making 4-of-11 shots overall, 36.4%, and missing both of his three-point attempts. In his previous game, a win at UC Davis, Elliott had one of the finest games of his career. Against the Aggies, he had 18 points, making 8-of-9 shots from the field, had eight rebounds and three steals. The 18 point performance was the second-highest total of his career. Elliott scored a career-high 22 points in a Feb. 7 win over Cal State Fullerton. Elliott is now averaging 9.1 points and a team-leading 5.8 rebounds per game. He has scored 10 or more points 12 times this season. He is tied for second on the Gauchos in three-point field goal percentage at 45.8%, and he leads in field goal percentage at 55.2%. He has slumped from three-point range in recent games, making just one out of 11 attempts in the last eight. Elliott made a career-high three three-pointers on Nov. 24 against Montana State, and he has made two on five other occasions. In 2006-07, the San Franciscan made just 5-of-13 shots from outside the arc, but this year he has drilled 22 out of his 48 attempts. Overall, in the last seven games, Elliott has gone 28 out of 44 from the field, 63.6%. In the last eight games, he has made 30 out of his 40 two-point attempts, 75.0%. Elliott also leads the team in blocked shots with 25, and in recent games he has emerged in the steal category as well. While he has 27 steals on the season, 12 have come in the last six games He had career-highs four steals and four assists on Feb. 14 against Cal Poly. Elliott has had a season-high nine rebounds twice this year, on Dec. 29 at Eastern Washington and then again on Jan. 24 against Pacific. He has had six or more 17 times in 27 games.
A Piece Of The Pajevic (Pronounced Pie-uh-vich)
Senior forward Nedim Pajevic is averaging 5.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. He was scoreless, missing both of his field goal attempts, in the game at Utah State. He did have four rebounds against the Aggies. Pajevic had two points, five rebounds, two assists, and one steal in the Feb. 20 win at Pacific. The five rebounds were two short of his high in Big West play. In the previous game at UC Davis, Pajevic had eight points. On Feb. 7 against Cal State Fullerton, Pajevic had one of his best all-around games of the year. He had nine points, seven rebounds and he tied his career-high with five assists. The nine points were the most he has scored since he went for 12 on Dec. 22 at North Carolina, and the seven rebounds were his highest total since he had a season-high 10 on Nov. 20 against San Francisco. Pajevic has scored 10 or more points six times this season, but he has not done so since the North Carolina game. He went for a season-high 16 points on Nov. 10 against Harvard. He had a personal-best 10 rebounds on Nov. 20 against San Francisco, recording a double-double in the process as he also scored 10 points. Pajevic's double-double against the Dons is the only one recorded by a UCSB player this season and, in fact, it was the only double-figure rebounding game by a Gaucho.
Sophomore guard Paul Roemer continues to give the Gauchos valuable minutes as a reserve in the backcourt. In the game at Utah State, Roemer played 20 minutes and had four points, three rebounds, and four assists. He played 22 minutes in the previous game at Pacific and has played 20 or more in consecutive games for the first time in his career. While he is averaging 2.6 points and 1.7 rebounds overall, Roemer is averaging 5.3 points, 2.7 assists, and 1.0 steals per game in the last three games. Over that span, he has also shot 54.5%. He had a career-high 12 points, on four three-pointers, on Jan. 10 at UC Irvine. On Feb. 7, in a win over Cal State Fullerton, he had one of his best all-around games. Roemer played 13 minutes in the win over the Titans, and while he scored just two points, making his only field goal attempt, he had a career-high five assists, a career-high two blocked shots, and two steals. In addition to his 12-point gsame at UC Irvine, Roemer went for 10 in the season-opener against Northwestern State, his only other double-figure game this season. In 2006-07, Roemer played 132 minutes in 16 games. This year, he has played in 27 games, logging 426 minutes.
Strike A Posley
Junior guard D.J. Posley missed the last four games with the flu. He could return against UC Riverside. Posley has gone scoreless in each of his last three appearances, missing his only four field goal attempts. He is averaging 2.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. He tallied a season-high seven on Dec. 5 against Pepperdine. He has also had six points three times, including Jan. 26 against UC Davis, the last time he scored.
Freshman Jordan Weiner has made the most of his increased playing time in recent games. In the last two games he averaged 5.0 points per game, making all three of his field goal attempts, including two three-pointers. He enters the week as the team-leader in three-point percentage at 48.4%. Weiner scored a career-high 12 on Dec. 19 at Ball State, hitting 4-of-5 form beyond the three-point arc. While he is averaging 5.9 minutes per game, he has averaged 10.0 per game in the last four.