Nov. 12, 2003
Game No. 2
Wednesday, November 12, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Ratiopharm Ulm
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Jones Suspended For Eight Games
Senior guard Nick Jones has been suspended for UCSB's first eight games against NCAA competition after playing the same number of games in an uncertified summer league in Mexico. Jones, who averaged 12.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game as a junior, will miss games against Hawaii, Montana, Pepperdine, San Diego, UCLA, Kansas, Alabama State and either St. Mary's or Southeastern Missouri. He will play in the Gauchos' second exhibition game of the year, but it is not determined yet whether he will be allowed to play in the team's December 10 game against Westmont College, an NAIA opponent.
UCSB Hosts Ratiopharm Ulm
UC Santa Barbara hosts Ratiopharm Ulm, a German club team on Wednesday night in the final of its two exhibition games. Players for Ratiopharm Ulm hail from several different countries including Germany, Ireland, Nigeria, and Thailand. Ratiopharm played its first game in the United States last week, losing at Pacific, 74-57. They were led by Emeka Erege who scored 20 points while Kai-Uwe Kranz added 13. Ed Williams paced the team with five rebounds and Michael Bree dished out nine assists. Former Pacific player Peter Heizer, who now plays with Ratiopharm, scored two points against the Tigers.
Brown Out, Jones In For Exhibition
Cecil Brown is nursing an injured foot and he will sit-out the team's final exhibition game against Ratiopharm Ulm. Nick Jones, who will be suspended for eight regular season games, will be allowed to play in the final tune-up since it is an exhibition game and not a regular season game.
Last Wednesday, UCSB opened its exhibition season with a resounding 91-62 victory over the EA Sports West All-Stars. Five Gauchos scored in double figures with sophomore Cecil Brown leading the way with 15 points. Sophomore Cameron Goettsche, junior Casey Cook and senior Branduinn Fullove each chipped in with 11 while senior Bryan Whitehead scored ten. Leading the way on the boards was Goettsche who pulled down seven rebounds, while Cook and Whitehead each grabbed six. Sophomore Joe See dished out six assists and was one of four Gauchos to grab two steals. As a team, UCSB shot 53.1% from the floor and 44.0% from behind the three-point line.
The Williams File
Bob Williams enters his sixth season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Last year, he guided the Gauchos to an 18-14 overall record and a 14-4 mark in Big West Conference play. The Big West mark earned Santa Barbara its first ever regular season championship along with a post season trip to the NIT. In addition, the success earned Williams his second Big West Coach of the Year award, his first coming after an impressive 1999 campain. During the 2001-02 season, Williams led UCSB to its first Big West Conference Tournament Championship ever and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 years. In his five seasons in Santa Barbara, Williams' teams have posted a 80-67 overall record and a 56-28 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 269-167 at four-year schools.
The Road Ahead
Wednesday's game against Ratiopharm Ulm will be the Gauchos' final exhibition game of the year. UCSB will open the 2003-04 regular season on Friday, November 21 at Hawaii. The game against the Rainbow Warriors is a return game for Santa Barbara's home appearance in last year's Bracket Buster event against Detroit. The Gauchos will go from the frying pan into the freezer, so to speak, when they follow-up their opener at Hawaii with a trip to the Montana Holiday Classic. UCSB will play the host University of Montana in the opener of the tournament on Saturday, November 29 and then either St. Mary's or Southeastern Missouri in the second round. The Gauchos will make their home debut on Wednesday, December 3 when they host Pepperdine in a 7:00 p.m. game at the Thunderome.