Gauchos Travel to Cal State Northridge for Important Big West Basketball Showdown Thursday, Harris Named All-District 15
March 4, 2008
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
Game No. 30
Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 4:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Long Beach State 49ers
at LBSU's Pyramid
Radio: KTMS 990/1490-AM
On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on KTMS, 990 and 1490 AM. KEYT-TV Sports Director Gerry Fall is in his fourth year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB star Don Ford handles the color commentary for the majority of games, home and road. When Ford is not available for road games, Bill Mahoney, yours truly, will handle the task. Steve Wendt, the voice of the UCSB women's basketball team, will handle the play-by-play for a handful of men's games this season.
Final Regular Season Weekend Will Be A Big One
The final weekend of the 2007-08 Big West season will be an important one. UC Santa Barbara is in third-place in the league standings, one game back of Cal State Northridge, one-half game behind Cal State Fullerton, and one-half game ahead of Pacific. The Gauchos will play at the first-place Matadors on Thursday night and then at Long Beach State on Saturday afternoon. As it enters the showdown with Northridge, UCSB could finish anywhere from first to fifth in the Big West. The first and second-place teams earn byes into the semifinal round of the league tournament, the third and fourth-place teams get byes into the quarterfinals, while fifth through eighth play on the first day.
On The Record
UCSB enters the week with an overall record of 21-7 and a Big West mark of 10-4. On Saturday night, the Gauchos won their home finale, a 73-55 decision over UC Riverside. The victory was their fourth in a row in Big West play. In fact, since opening league play with a 1-2 record, UCSB has gone 9-2 with five of the eight wins coming on the road and both losses coming at home.
Gauchos Get To 20 For Eighth Time, Equal Second Highest Win Total Ever
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 has joined Jerry Pimm as the only coaches in school history to lead more than one team to 20 wins. The 21 wins also equals the second highest total in school history. The 1988-89 and 1989-90 Gaucho teams each won 21 games. The 1987-88 team set a school record with 22, going 22-8.
Harris Becomes Second Gaucho To Score 1,600 Points
Senior guard Alex Harris scored 18 points in UCSB's Mar. 1 win over UC Riverside, and in doing so he became the second UCSB player to score 1,600 career points. Harris, who is averaging 20.1 points per game this season, has now scored 1,613 career points, second only to Carrick DeHart, who completed his Gaucho career with 1,687 points.
Harris Named Second Team All-District 15
Alex Harris was named Second Team All-District 15 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, it was announced Tuesday. Harris, a preseason Mid-Major All-American, was joined by Cal State Fullerton's Josh Akognon on the Second Team. It was the second such honor for Harris.
Gauchos Complete Home Schedule With 73-55 Win Over UC Riverside
James Powell made a career-high seven 3-pointers in just eight attempts and scored 24 points to lead UCSB to a 73-55 win over UC Riverside Saturday night. Alex Harris and Ivan Elliott, playing their final home games, scored 18 and 16 points respectively. Powell got three of his 3-pointers plus a three-point play in the first eight minutes to put UCSB ahead 21-8. The Gauchos still led by 13, 25-12, with 6:55 to play in the first half, but a 14-3 run pulled the Highlanders within two, 28-26. Harris hit a pair of free throws to stretch the advantage back to four, 30-26, with 33 seconds left. UCR guard Sean Cunningham was fouled with seven seconds remaining in the first half, but after making the first of two free throws, he missed the second. Justin Joyner rebounded for UCSB, raced up court and banked in a three-pointer as the half ended to give the Gauchos a 33-27 lead. Santa Barbara held Riverside scoreless for the first 4:09 of the second half, taking a commanding 42-27 edge when Harris made lay-up off of a perfect feed from Powell. The Highlanders never pulled closer than 13 the rest of the way, and the Gauchos led by a game-high 20 on three occasions. UCSB outshot Riverside 53.1 percent to 41.5 and was 11-for-19 from the 3-point line.
Probable Starters - Notes
G - Justin Joyner - Has just 14 turnovers in last 10 games, a span of 269 minutes.
G - Alex Harris - Second Gaucho to score more than 1,600 points. Now has 1,613.
G - James Powell - Made 13-of-18 shots from three-point range in last two games.
F - Chris Devine - 22nd Gaucho to hit 1,000 career points. Has 1,094 in career, 19th all-time.
F - Ivan Elliott - Ended three-point shooting slump by making 2-for-2 vs. UC Rivreside.
Probable Reserves - Notes
G - Nick Quick - Has attempted eight shots in just 16 minutes of action.
G - Jordan Weiner - 15 out of his 17 field goals are from three-point range.
G - Paul Roemer - Has six blocked shots in the last seven games. Tied high of two vs. UCR.
G - D.J. Posley - Returned after missing four games. Played 10 minutes vs. UCR.
F - Nedim Pajevic - Tied his season-high with two blocked shots vs. UCR.
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.
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 161-129 (.555) overall record and an 98-65 (.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 350-229 (.604) at four-year schools. Finally, dating back to the conclusion of the 2005-06 season, Williams' Gauchos have posted a 47-21 (.691) overall record.
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. UCSB and Long Beach State opened Big West play a thousand years ago. Actually, it just seems like it was a thousand years ago. The Gauchos defeated the 49ers on Jan. 3 in Santa Barbara by a score of 79-64. Long Beach still leads the all-time series between the schools with a 52-50 edge. Last season, the 49ers swept the series, including the game at the Pyramid, 101-65. The 36-point margin was the largest for either team in the all-time series.
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.
The Gauchos At Home
UCSB completed its home season on Mar. 1 with a 73-55 win over UC Riverside, giving it an 11-3 record at the Thunderdome in 2007-08. The Gauchos opened the season by winning their first seven home games, stretching a two-season home winning streak to nine, but they went 4-3 to end the campaign. On Jan. 5, Cal State Northridge defeated UCSB 88-84, ending the nine-game home winning streak. The Gauchos also dropped games to Pacific (71-58 on Jan. 24) and UC Irvine (65-59 on Feb. 9). This season, Santa Barbara logged home wins over Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly, UC Davis, Long Beach State, UC RIverside, UNLV, San Francisco, Montana State, Utah Valley, Pepperdine and Cal Poly Pomona. The nine game home winning streak that was ended by 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 did end on a two-game home winning streak.
Plenty Of Turnover
UCSB opponents are averaging 18.1 turnovers per game in 2007-08, an increase of 4.7 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 28 games, and only three opponents have had fewer than 15. On Mar. 1, the Gauchos forced UC Riverside into 15 turnovers. 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.
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.
The Steal Curtain
UCSB had nine steals in its Mar. 1 win over UC Riverside. In the last five games, the Gauchos have had 52 steals, an average of 10.4 per game. In a Feb. 14 win over Cal Poly, they tied their season-high with 16, equaling the third highest total in school history. They also had 16 on Dec. 5 against Pepperdine. UCSB has had 10 or more steals six times this season, including twice int he last five games. On the year, the Gauchos now have 233 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.
Dialing Long Distance
UCSB made 11 three-point baskets on Saturday against UC Riverside. The 11 three-pointers equaled the Gauchos' highest total in Big West play, and it was the most since they produced 11 in a Jan. 30 win over the Highlanders. On the season, UCSB has now made 217 three-point baskets, two short of the school record of 219 set in 2002-03. In the win over UCR, the Gauchos made 57.9% of their three-point attempts, their highest mark since making 60.0% in a Jan. 12 win at Cal State Fullerton. It was also the 10th time this season that they have made at least 50.0% of their three-point attempts. For the season, Santa Barbara is shooting 41.9% from three-point range, the top mark in the Big West Conference, and well above the school record of 40.3% set during the 2001-02 season.
A Magic Number
In Saturday's win over UC Riverside, the Gauchos limited the Highlanders to 55 points. It was the third time in the last five games that UCSB has held an opponent under 60 points, and all three times have resulted in victories. In fact, the 60-point mark is a magic number of sorts for the Gauchos this season. UCSB has held teams below 60 points 10 times in 2007-08 and has gone a perfect 10-0 in those games. In fact, Santa Barbara has held two other opponents to 60 points and three to 61, going undefeated in those games as well. Thus, when the Gauchos have limit the opposition to 61 points or less, they have gone 15-0.
A Game Of Percentages
UCSB has won its last four Big West Conference games, and in the last three one of the main reasons has been outstanding shooting. In victories over UC Davis, Pacific, and UC Riverside, the Gauchos made 76 out of 148 field goal attempts, 51.4%. On the season, UCSB has made 50.0% or better from the floor 11 times.
Top One-Two Punches
Alex Harris and Chris Devine set a school record last year for most points by two players. This year, Harris and Devine have combined for 875 points, a figure that would rank 10th all-time, if not for the fact that Harris and James Powell have combined for 892, the seventh most by a one-two punch in school history.
# Players Season Points 1. A. Harris/C. Devine 2006-07 1,019 2. L. Davis/I. Jones 1991-92 1,014 3. C. DeHart/M. Doyle 1988-89 957 4. C. DeHart/E. McArthur 1989-90 929 5. L. Davis/G. Gray 1990-91 928 6. M. Hull/B. Fullove 2001-02 893 7. A. Harris/J. Powell 2007-08 892 8. R. Tutt/J. Merrill 1996-97 882 9. C. Henry/S. Fisher 1985-86 878 10. B. Fullove/M. Hull 2002-03 869 Note: The leading scorer is listed first
Out Of The Red, Into The Black
The Gauchos have had more assists than turnovers in two straight games and six of the last seven. Over that span, they have had 106 assists and just 82 turnovers and have gone into the black in the assist-to-turnover ratio category. Entering Thursday's game at Cal State Northridge, UCSB has totaled 417 assists as compared to a 'mere` 403 turnovers. On Feb. 22 at Utah State, the Gauchos had 14 assists and just eight turnovers. The ratio will be put the test on Thursday night. UCSB had a season-high 20 turnovers in its first meeting with Northridge.
UCSB is on a record pace in a number of statistical categories. UCSB is on pace to break school records for steals and three-point baskets. The Gauchos are averaging 8.32 steals per game and, if they play 31 games, the minimum possible at this point, that pace would put them at about 257 steals, 21 more than the current school record of 236. They are also averaging 7.75 three-pointers per game and, if they could average that the rest of the way, they would finish with right around 237, 18 more than the current record of 219 set in 2002-03.
The Harris Poll
Senior guard Alex Harris was named Second Team All-District 15 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Tuesday. He continues to lead the Gauchos in scoring at 20.1 points per game, a figure that ranks second in the Big West Conference. In Saturday's game against UC Riverside, Harris scored 18 points. He was 7-for-14 from the field overall and 1-for-6 from three-point range. By scoring 18 against the Highlanders, the senior from Alameda, Calif., has now scored 1,613 points in his career, second on UCSB's all-time career scoring list. The program's all-time leader, Carrick DeHart, finished his career with 1,687 points. Harris joined DeHart as one of just two players in school history to score 1,600 or more. In addition, Harris has now scored 544 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 27 of his appearances this season and he has scored in double-figures in 34 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 second on the team in three-point baskets. By making 1-of-6 on Mar. 1, he has now made 66 out of his 148 attempts, 44.6%. Harris has made at least one three-point basket in 26 of 27 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 186 out of 456, 40.9%, 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 176 times, the most in the Big West. He is tied for third on the team in rebounding at 3.7 per game, and he has had five in each of the last three games. He had a season-high eight on Nov. 24 against Montana State.
Harris On UCSB's Career Lists
Category Stat. Rank Points 1,613 2nd Average 14.1 ppg 6th Field Goals 494 10th Field Goal Attempts 1,149 5th Free Throws 439 1st Free Throw Attempts 559 1st Free Throw Pct. 78.5% 10th 3-Pt. Field Goals 186 4th 3-Pt. Field Goal Att. 456 4th 3-Pt. Field Goal Pct. 40.9% 4th Steals 99 11th
The Devine File
Junior forward Chris Devine has struggled offensively in the last three games. In Saturday's win over UC Riverside, Devine made 3-for-7 from the field, all three of his free throws, and scored nine points. He also had a team-high six rebounds and two steals. In the last three games, he has averaged just 6.0 points, making 6-of-20 shots from the field, 30.0%. This marks the first time this season that Devine has scored fewer than 10 points in three consecutive games, and the stretch comes on the heels of a stretch in which he had 15 or more in three straight, his longest such streak in league play this year. Despite his recent troubles, Devine is averaging 12.3 points per game, third on the team. Devine has scored 10 or more points 18 times in his 27 appearances this year, but just eight times in the last 17 games. He scored in double-figures in the first 10 games of the season. 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 Thursday's game with a career total of 1,094, a figure that ranks 19th all-time. He needs 23 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 13 games. Devine is second on the team in field goal percentage at 50.2%. A Preseason All-Big West selection, Devine paces the team in steals with 34. He has had two or more steals 11 times and four in a Dec. 22 game at North Carolina.
Old Buddy, Old Powell
Sophomore guard James Powell continued to sizzle offensively in Saturday's win over UC Riverside. After nearly shooting the Gauchos back into their Feb. 22 game at Utah State by making 6-of-10 three-pointers, Powell went one better in the win over the Highlanders, making a career-best seven three-point baskets in just eight attempts, and finishing with a game-high 24 points, one short of a career-high. In his last two games, Powell has gone 13-of-18 from three-point range, 72.2%, and he has averaged 22.0 points per game over that span. In fact, in the last three games, the Pomona, Calif., native has gone 15-of-20 from outside the three-point arc, 75.0%. His recent three-point binge has pushed Powell past Alex Harris and into the team-lead with 68 three-pointers and he is second in three-point field goal percentage of 46.6%. His 68 three-point baskets rank in a tie for sixth on UCSB's all-time single-season list and his 46.6% success rate would tie for the all-time record. 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 four consecutive games in double-figures and he is now averaging 12.4 points per game, second on the team and a figure that is at its highest point all season. He scored a career-high 25 on Jan. 30 at UC Riverside, going 6-of-9 from three-point territory. In all, he has been in double-figures 18 times this season, all in the last 25 games, and he has scored 20 or more six times, including five times in the last 12 games. Since scoring a total of 17 points through the first three games, Powell has averaged 13.3 points per game. Since opening the year by going 2-for-12 from three-point range, Powell has made 66 out of his last 134 attempts, 49.3%. Powell has made at least one three-point basket in 15 straight games and 25 times in 28 games this season. He has made two or more in eight straight and 20 times, and three or more 10 times. Powell is averaging 2.3 assists per game, second on the team, and he has had two or more in 10 of the last 12 games. He tied a career-high with six on Jan. 5 against Cal State Northridge. He is also second on the team with 33 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 2.20-to-1.00. Joyner had three points, four assists, one steal, two rebounds and just two turnovers in the game at Utah State. He is now averaging 3.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. 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 21 games, he has 80 assists and just 32 turnovers. He has had just 14 turnovers in the last 10 games, a span of 269 minutes. Joyner has had a season-high seven assists twice, against Utah Valley and UC Irvine. In the game against Irvine, Joyner also had a career-high 16 points, making 4-of-6 three-point attempts. In all, he has produced four or more 16 times this season and UCSB has gone 12-4 in those games. In addition to his pair of seven assist games, he has had two games with six assists and three games with five assists. Also, after going 0-for-5 from the field over a five game span, he has gone 14-of-25 in the last five games, 56.0%. He has improved his overall field goal percentage to 40.2%. In fact, since opening the year by making just 10 of his first 37 shots in the first nine games, he has hit 29-of-60, 48.3%, in the last 19. Joyner has made 15 out of 46 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 on Feb. 9 against UC Irvine. Since opening the year by making just two out of 12 three-point attempts over the first six games, Joyner has gone 13-of-34, 38.2%. 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 29 steals, including nine in the last five games. He has tied his career-high with three steals on three occasions this season.
Ivan The Good
Senior forward Ivan Elliott bounced back from a pair of subpar offensive performances with one of his best in the Mar. 1 win over UC Riverside. Elliott had just four points and five rebounds on Feb. 22 at Utah State, fouling out in just 20 minutes. In the game prior to that, a win at Pacific, he had just six points in 25 minutes. On Saturday against the Highlanders, Elliott made 6-of-7 shots from the field, including both of his three-point attempts, finishing with 16 points, his fourth highest total of the season. He also grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Despite his six-point performance at Pacific, he has scored 40 points in his last three Big West games, an average of 13.3 per game. Over that span, Elliott has made 16-of-21 shots from the field, 76.2%. He has improved his overall field goal percentage to 56.3%. In the first game of the current three-game Big West run, he had 18 points, making 8-of-9 shots, in a Feb. 16 win at UC Davis. Elliott scored a career-high 22 points in a Feb. 7 win over Cal State Fullerton. Elliott is now averaging 9.4 points and a team-leading 5.8 rebounds per game. He has scored 10 or more points 13 times this season. He has reclaimed the Gaucho lead in three-point field goal percentage at 48.0%. He had slumped from three-point range in recent games, making just one out of 11 attempts in the eight games prior to Riverside. Elliott made a career-high three three-pointers on Nov. 24 against Montana State, and he has made two on six other occasions. In 2006-07, the native San Franciscan made just 5-of-13 shots from outside the arc, but this year he has drilled 24 out of his 50 attempts. Overall, in the last eight games, Elliott has gone 34 out of 51 from the field, 66.7%. In the last nine games, he has made 34 out of his 45 two-point attempts, 75.5%. Elliott also leads the team in blocked shots with 26. He now has 45 career blocks and needs four to enter UCSB's career top-10 in the category. He has emerged in the steal category as well. While he has 27 steals on the season, 12 came in the five games prior to the last two. He had career-highs of 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 18 times in 28 games.
A Piece Of The Pajevic (Pronounced Pie-uh-vich)
Senior forward Nedim Pajevic is averaging 5.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He had two points, making 1-of-4 field goals, in the win over UC Riverside. Pajevic did have four rebounds against the Highlanders. Although he has totaled just four points in the last three games, he has been solid on the boards, averaging 4.3 per game over that span and collecting at least four in all three games. Through 28 games, Pajevic has had four or more rebounds 14 times. 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 is the only double-figure rebounding game by a Gaucho. He scored his season-high 16 points in the second game of the year, a win over Harvard, and he has had 10 or more six times, the last time coming when he went for 12 in a Dec. 22 loss at North Carolina. Pajevic has struggled with his shooting lately. While he is making 45.7% from the field overall, he has hit just 6-of-21, 28.6%, in the last five games, and 14-for-40, 35.0%, in the last 11 games.
Sophomore guard Paul Roemer continues to give the Gauchos valuable minutes as a reserve in the backcourt. In the win over UC Riverside, Roemer played 15 minutes, and while he had just one point, he did had a steal, an assist and a pair of blocked shots. He is averaging 2.5 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game overall, but in the last four games, he has averaged 4.2 points, 2.2 assists, and 1.3 rebounds. In the last four games, he has also made 6-of-11 shots from the field, 54.5%. Roemer had a career-high 12 points, on four three-pointers, on Jan. 10 at UC Irvine. In addition to his 12-point game at UC Irvine, Roemer went for 10 in the season-opener against Northwestern State, his only other double-figure game this season. He had a career-high five assists on Feb. 7 against Cal State Fullerton, and a career-high three steals on Dec. 22 at North Carolina. In recent games, Roemer has also become one of the team's top shot blockers. He had a pair on Mar. 1 against UC Riverside, giving him six in the last seven games. He also had two on Feb. 7 against Fullerton. In 2006-07, Roemer played 132 minutes in 16 games. This year, he has played in 28 games, logging 441 minutes.
Strike A Posley
Junior guard D.J. Posley returned to action against UC Riverside after missing four games with the flu. In his return, Posley was scoreless, missing his only shot, but he had a pair of rebounds. He played a season-low 10 minutes in the game against the Highlanders. Posley has gone scoreless in each of his last four appearances, missing his only five field goal attempts. He is averaging 2.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game. He tallied a season-high seven points 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. Although he was scoreless in 10 minutes against UC Riverside, he has scored 15 points in the last four games, 3.7 per game. Despite playing just 117 minutes in 19 games this season, Weiner is tied for fourth on the team with 15 three-point baskets. He made a career-high four three-pointers and scored a career-high 12 points on Dec. 19 at Ball State.