Gauchos Play Final Three Regular Season Games at Home, Host UC Davis Saturday

Gauchos Play Final Three Regular Season Games at Home, Host UC Davis Saturday

Feb. 27, 2009

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• The Schedule
Game No. 27
Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Davis Aggies
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KIST 1490-AM in Santa Barbara
Game available on Gametracker

Game No. 28
Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Riverside Highlanders
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KIST 1490-AM in Santa Barbara
Game available on Gametracker

• On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on KIST 1490-AM. KEYT-TV Sports Director Gerry Fall is in his fifth year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB st Steve Wendt, the voice of the UCSB women's basketball team, will handle the play-by-play for a handful of men's games.

• Massari On The Radio Tuesday
UC Santa Barbara Director of Athletics Mark Massari will join Steve Wendt on Tuesday, Mar. 3 from 7-8 p.m. at The Paradise Café to discuss the state of Gaucho Athletics. The show will air live on KIST 1490-AM in Santa Barbara and will replace the Bob Williams Show, which normally airs at that time. In addition to discussing Gaucho Athletics with Wendt, Massari will answer the emailed questions of UCSB fans. To send a question, click here. It will be the final show of the year.

• Gauchos Return Home For Final Three Regular Season Games
Wednesday night's game at Cal State Northridge was UC Santa Barbara's final road game of the regular season. The Gauchos will play their final three games of the 2008-09 campaign at the Thunderdome, hosting UC Davis (Feb. 28), UC Riverside (Mar. 5), and Long Beach State (Mar. 7). Tickets for all Gaucho games and for the Big West Tournament, which will run from March 11-14 at the Anaheim Convention Center, can be purchased from the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB, or online by clicking here.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB had its season-best four-game winning streak ended on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Cal State Northridge. The Gauchos lost a 62-57 decision to the Matadors, dropping to 12-14 overall and 5-8 in the Big West Conference. Santa Barbara's four wins during the streak came against Montana State (78-71 in overtime), Pacific (67-57), Cal Poly (68-66) and UC Irvine. The game against Irvine was the only road contest of the four. UCSB finishes the season with a 3-10 record in true road games and a 5-10 overall record away from home. They will enter the three-game stretch-run with a 7-4 record at the Thunderdome.

• Devine Named Big West Player Of The Week For The Second Straight Week
Senior forward Chris Devine was named Big West Player of the Week for the second straight week after leading the Gauchos to wins over Pacific and Montana State last week. Devine averaged 23.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. In the win over Pacific, he became the fourth Gaucho in history to eclipse the 1,500 mark and in the win over Montana State, he scored seven of his 20 points in overtime.

• The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his 11th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. In 2007-08, Williams guided 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 championship and played in the NIT. Williams has been selected Big West Coach of the Year twice, in 1998-99 and 2002-03. 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 175-145. He guided the program to eight winning seasons in his first 10 years, and a pair of 20 win seasons. He has a career record of 105-72 in Big West games. 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's 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 364-245 (.598) at four-year schools.

• Possible Starters - Notes
G - 1 - D.J. Posley - Has three or more assists in seven of the last 10 games.
G - 4 - Paul Roemer - Set career-high with five steals at CSUN on Wednesday.
G - 20 - Will Brew, Jr. - Made at least one three-pointer in five straight games.
F - 0 - Jaimé Serna - Had four fouls in 10 minutes at CSUN on Wednesday.
F - 10 - Chris Devine - Has been named Big West Player of the Week the last two weeks.

• Possible Reserves - Notes
G - 2 - Nick Quick - Played a career-high seven minutes on Jan. 24 at Pacific.
G - 3 - Jordan Weiner - Averaged 7.0 points per game in the last two.
G - 21 - James Nunnally - Has shot 47.8% in the last five games.
G - 42 - James Powell - Averaging 13.4 points per game at home.
F - 15 - Sam Phippen - Has made 7-of-13 three-point attempts this season, 53.8%.
F - 44 - Jesse Byrd - Scored 11 vs. CSUN, his high since returning from injury seven games ago.
C - 55 - Greg Somogyi - His 37 blocked shots are second most ever by a Gaucho freshman.

• The Opponents
The Gauchos and UC Davis have played 17 times dating back to 1939. UCSB holds a 13-4 edge all-time, but the Aggies won the first meeting this season, 89-75 in Davis on Jan. 22. The Gauchos and UC Riverside have played 24 times in a series that goes back to 1955. Santa Barbara holds a sizeable 19-5 advantage all-time, but the Highlanders overcame a 13-point deficit to win the first game between the schools this season, 71-69 on Jan. 4. UCSB swept the season-series in 2007-08, including a 73-55 win at home that ended the regular season.

• Then There Was One: The Injury Report
Junior point guard Justin Joyner is the only UCSB player remaining on the injured list. Joyner had surgery on his right wrist prior to the season and will not play in 2008-09. He will apply to the NCAA for a redshirt year and should return as a junior in 2009-10. Jesse Byrd, who missed eight games with a knee injury, has played in the last six games. In Saturday's win over Montana State, he played 25 minutes - his highest total since returning. Junior guard Paul Roemer missed three games with a shoulder injury, but has also been back for the last six games.

• Four-Game Winning Streak: It Had Been A While
UCSB's just-ended four-game winning streak was the longest winning streak that the they have put together during the 2008-09 season. In fact, it was the longest winning streak that the Gauchos have had since winning eight in a row near the beginning of the 2007-08 season. Prior to the four-game streak, UCSB had not won more than two in a row at any point this season, a feat which was accomplished just twice.

• Streaky Numbers: They Were Pretty Good
The Gauchos was solid during their four-game winning streak that ended on Wednesday night at Cal State Northridge. They are outscored their opponents 69.5 to 62.5, a margin of 7.0 points per game. In addition, they won all four rebounding battles and had a +6.0 average rebounding edge in the four games. Perhaps the most impressive areas during the streak were shooting and turnovers. In the four games, UCSB made 46.7% of its shots overall and 38.2% from three-point range. That compared to 44.2% and 32.7% on the season. The opponents are shot 41.1% overall and 35.1% from three-point range during the four games as opposed to 44.1% and 36.6% overall. Finally, in the area of turnovers, the Gauchos had just 44 turnovers in the four games, an average of 11.0 per game. On the season, they average 15.6 turnovers per outing after collecting a season-high 26 at CSUN.

• Rebounding Revival
After being outrebounded in four straight games, UCSB has regained its rebounding edge, outrebounding five of their last six opponents. On Feb. 5 at Cal State Fullerton, the Gauchos crushed the Titans on the boards, 49-32. Since then, the Gauchos have outrebounded UC Irvine (34-26), Cal Poly (40-38), Pacific (28-22), and Montana State (37-29). The five-game rebounding victory streak ended at Cal State Northridge when the Matadors won the battle of the boards, 34-28. On the season, UCSB is now outrebounding its opponents by 1.6 per game. The Gauchos have outrebounded 15 of their 26 opponents.

• All Good Things Must End
In four games prior to Wednesday's game at Northridge, the Gauchos had just 44 turnovers, an average of 11.0 per game. Against the Matadors, UCSB took a step back as they turned the ball over 26 times, a season-high. It was the first time in 10 games that the Gauchos had 20 or more turnovers and the seventh time this season. They have, however, only done so twice in the last 15 gmes. On the other side of the court, UCSB forced Northridge into 24 turnovers, the most by an opponent in 2008-09.

• Men Of Steal
UCSB had 14 steals on Wednesday night at Northridge, a season-high. In fact, the total was three better than the previous season-high and it equaled the eighth highest total in school history. Leading the way was junior guard Paul Roemer who had a career-high five. Four different players had two or more in the game.

• Devine Intervention
Chris Devine had his streak of streak of 20+ scoring efforts ended at three in Wednesday's loss at Cal State Northridge. In fact, by scoring nine points, Devine had a streak of six-straight double-figure games ended. He attempted just five shots, making three, in the game against the Matadors. It was his second lowest shot total of the season. Devine has been named Big West Player of the Week two straight weeks. In UCSB's Feb. 21 win over Montana State, he scored 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds, had three assists, and a pair of blocked shots. Seven of his points came in the overtime. He had 26 points and eight rebounds in a Feb. 18 win over Pacific and on Feb. 14, he scored a career-high 29 points in a win over Cal Poly. The senior from Eagle River, Alaska, is now averaging 16.0 points per game In six games prior to Wednesday, he averaged 21.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.0 steals per game. Also over that span, Devine had a pair of double-doubles, going for 16 points and 12 boards on Jan. 29 against Cal State Northridge, and 20 points and 12 rebounds on Feb. 5 at Cal State Fullerton. He now has four double-doubles on the year and 13 in his career. In addition, including the game against Northridge, he has made 49-of-86 field goal attempts, 57.0%, in the last seven games, hitting at least half his shots in all seven. On Feb. 18 against Pacific, Devine was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line. When he missed one in the overtime against Montana State, it ended a streak of 19 in a row. Devine and has gone 25-of-28, 89.3%, in the last five games. His overall field goal percentage is at 53.8%, tops in the Big West. On the season, in addition to averaging 16.0 points per game, Devine is averaging 6.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.0 steals per game. When he scored 20 points on Feb. 5 at Cal State Fullerton, Devine jumped from sixth-place on UCSB's all-time scoring list to fourth, where he still resides with 1,543 career points. He needs 38 to move past Mark Hull and into third all-time. On Feb. 14 against Cal Poly, he had five rebounds, moving him past Scott Fisher and into fifth all-time. He remains in fifth with 688 boards and he has joined Doug Rex (1968-71) as the only players in school history to rank in the top-five in points and rebounds. While he is averaging 16.0 points per game overall, Devine has tallied 312 in the last 18 games, 17.3 per game. Over that span he scored in double-figures 15 times, including a stretch of eight straight games. He has also scored 20 or more eight times this season, including seven times in the last 14 games. Prior to scoring a career-high 29 on Feb. 14 against Cal Poly, Devine had a season-high 27 points on Jan. 22 at UC Davis. He has had seven or more rebounds in 11 of the last 14 games, averaging 7.6 per game over that span.

• Old Buddy, Old Powell
Nobody could be happier to play the final three games at home than James Powell. In Wednesday's game at Cal State Northridge, Powell continued to have his problems offensively in road games. In 18 minutes, he made just 1-of-9 shots, including 1-of-6 from three-point range, and finished with three points. The junior from Pomona was coming off of back-to-back double-figure scoring games in which he averaged 13.5 points and made 9-of-17 shots overall, 52.9%, and 5-of-10 from three-point range, 50.0%. Powell had 16 points in a key Feb. 14 win over Pacific, his highest total since he had 19 on Jan. 10 against Cal State Fullerton. He also had scored in double-figures in two straight for the first time since doing so on Jan. 8 and Jan. 10. Powell is now averaging 9.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.0 steals per game. He has been significantly better in home games than on the road. In home games, Powell is averaging 13.4 points per game while shooting 39.4% overall and 34.4% from three-point range. In 13 true road games, he is averaging 6.3 points per game while shooting 26.4% overall and 23.5% from beyond the three-point arc. Ironically, Powell scored his season high - 22 points - on the road in San Francisco. He has been in double-figures 13 times, including nine times in 11 home games and once on a neutral court. In addition to his 22-point effort at USF, he had back-to-back 19-point games on Jan. 8 and Jan. 10 against UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton. On the year, he continues to lead the Gauchos in three-point baskets with 43 and he has made at least one in 21 of 26 games. Powell has 160 career three-point baskets, seventh most in school history. He needs four to move into fifth all-time. Powell made a season-best six on Nov. 24 at San Francisco. He had a season-high five assists on Jan. 2 at Long Beach State and a career-high seven rebounds on Nov. 14 against Cal State Los Angeles.

• Byrd Watching
Junior forward Jesse Byrd scored 11 points, had four rebounds and a pair of steals on Wednesday at Cal State Northrdge. It was the most points he has scored since returning from a knee injury on Jan. 29. Byrd injured his knee in the Dec. 20 game at San Diego State and missed eight games. Overall, he is now averaging 7.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He ranks second on the team in rebounds. In seven games since his return, he is at 5.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Prior to his injury, Byrd had five or more rebounds in every game in which he played and has now done so in 14 of 18 appearances. The transfer from San Francisco still leads UCSB in field goal percentage at 57.3%. He has a pair of double-doubles this season. In the Dec. 17 game at Weber State he had 10 points and 14 rebounds. The 14 rebounds were the most by a Gaucho in five seasons. He also had 13 points and 12 rebounds on Dec. 4 at Utah Valley. In five games before his injury, Byrd averaged 10.4 points and 9.8 rebounds.

• Yes, Serna
Freshman forward Jaimé Serna was limited to a season-low 10 minutes in the loss at Northridge on Wednesday night. He picked-up two fouls in the first two minutes and did not return the rest of the first half. Serna finished with four points and three rebounds. He is averaging 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, but in the last seven games, he has averaged 7.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. On Feb. 5 at Cal State Fullerton, he made 8-of-12 shots from the field and scored a career-high 20 points. Serna also had a career-best eight rebounds against the Titans. The native of Laguna Beach has had five or more rebounds 10 times this season.

• The Hungary Hunter
Freshman Greg Somogyi played just eight minutes against Cal State Northridge. In the previous game against Montana State he played seven minutes - his lowest total since Nov. 24. Somogyi had two points, three rebounds and a pair of blocked shots against Northridge. He now has 37 blocked shots on the season, second on UCSB's all-time freshman list. The Budapest native needs three to pass Doug Muse and move into first all-time. In addition, he is one blocked shot away from entering the single-season top-10. He had a career-high five blocks on Dec. 20 at San Diego State, and he has blocked at least one shot in six straight, 15 of the last 16 and 22 of 26 overall. Somogyi scored his a career-high 14 points on Jan. 22 at UC Davis. His other double-figure scoring effort came on Feb. 14 when he had 10, to go along with a career-high six rebounds, against Cal Poly.

• The Flying Nunnally
Freshman James Nunnally had four points and one rebound in 21 minutes at Cal State Northridge. In the previous game, Feb. 21 against Montana State, he came off the bench and had one of his best all-around outings of the season. Nunnally had 14 points, five rebounds, and four assists in the victory. He hit 4-of-8 shots overall and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. The four assists tied his career-high, set previously on Feb. 14 against Cal Poly. In addition, it was Nunnally's spectacular tip-in with less than 30 seconds to play in regulation that tied the game and sent it to overtime. He is now averaging 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game. Nunnally has averaged 7.5 points in the last six games. He has averaged 2.9 assists in the last four games. In those four, he has 11 assists and just three turnovers. Nunnally has scored nine or more eight times, including four times in the last eight games. He set career-highs of 22 points and seven rebounds on Nov. 21 against North Carolina. While he is shooting 41.5% for the season, he has made 11-of-23 in the last five games, all wins. Also, while he is shooting 73.3% from the free throw line, Nunnally has made 30 of his last 37, 81.1%. Incidentally, 49 of his 63 free throw attempts have come in the last 15 games. Nunnally has had three or more rebounds in eight of the last 12 games and five or more six times.

• Where There's A Will, There's A Way
Freshman guard Will Brew, Jr., scored 10 points, had two assists, two rebounds, and one steal in the game at Northridge. He is now averaging 4.6 points per game, a figure that is its highest all year. In the last five games, Brew has averaged 8.4 points per game and made 12-of-25 shots, 48.0%. He has scored in double-figures four times this season, including twice during the current five game stretch. On Feb. 7 at UC Irvine, he scored 14 points, on 4-of-6 shooting overall and 2-of-3 from three-point range. Brew scored a personal-best 18 - making 6-of-7 three-point attempts - on Jan. 8 against UC Irvine. His other double-figure scoring game came on Dec. 4 at Utah Valley when he had 11. While he is shooting 42.6% overall, Brew has made 25-of-49 shots in 13 Big West games, 51.0%. He has made 52.0% of his three-point attempts in league games, ranking him second in the league. Overall, he's made 41.9% from beyond the three-point arc, the best on the team among players with at least 20 attempts. His 18 three-pointers rank third on the team. Brew also has 24 steals, the 10th most by a freshman in school history.

• Strike A Posley
Senior guard D.J. Posley scored two points, had four assists, two rebounds, and a steal at Northridge. On Feb. 21, he played a career-high 33 minutes and had seven points, one rebound, three assists, and two steals vs. Montana State. He is averaging 5.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and a team-leading 2.7 assists per game. Posley scored a career-high 17 points on Jan. 17 at Cal Poly, making 6-of-9 shots from the field. He also had a career-high seven rebounds against the Mustangs. In nine games since, he has averaged 4.5 per game. He's had a season-high five assists three times this year, the last time on Dec. 13 vs. Loyola Marymount.

• Roemer Wasn't Built In A Day
Junior guard Paul Roemer returned to the lineup on Jan. 29. He had missed three games with a shoulder injury. Roemer has been back for seven games and he has started six of those. On Wednesday, he had three points, five rebounds, and five assists. The five rebounds tied a career-high and the five steals were a new career-high for Roemer. He has the best assist-to-turnover ratio on the team at 1.5-to-1.0 Roemer scored a season-high 11 on Nov. 28 against Winston-Salem State. He has passed off for a career-high five assists twice - at Illinois State and vs. Loyola Marymount - and had his other career-high five rebounds on Feb. 5 at Cal State Fullerton.

• Jordan Rules
Sophomore guard Jordan Weiner had six points, on a pair of three-pointers, at Northridge. In the last two games, he has averaged 7.0 points and made 4-of-9 from three-point range, 44.4%. Weiner has made 27 baskets on the year, 23 from three-point range. Of Weiner's last 17 baskets, 16 are three-pointers. He scored a career-high 14 on Jan. 17 at Cal Poly, making four three-pointers.

• Sam He Is
Sam Phippen played nine minutes on Wednesday and hit his only field goal attempt, a three-pointer. He also had a blocked shot against Northridge. Phippen is averaging 2.2 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. Phippen had a career-high five rebounds on Feb. 7 at UC Irvine. He has had a career-high six points twice this year.

• The Gaucho Way
As a championship-caliber program, UCSB Athletics recognizes the responsibility that goes with it. This simply means all student-athletes, staff, and fans will behave with a champion's approach, creating a safe environment at games and events. All of those who attend, compete, or work at Gaucho events are caretakers of the passionate, exciting, and great experience UCSB is known for. This is "The Gaucho Way."