Nov. 26, 2005
Game No. 4
Monday, November 28, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. (MST)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Arizona State Sun Devils
Game No. 5
Saturday, December 7, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Loyola Marymount Lions
The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters its game against Arizona State with a record of 2-1. The Gauchos opened the season with home wins over the University of San Francisco (82-59) and the University of San Diego (67-65). On Friday night, at the start of the current seven-day, six-night, two-game road trip, UCSB dropped an 83-66 decision at defending National Champion North Carolina.
UCSB Loses At North Carolina, 83-66
UCSB played a strong first half in its loss on Friday night at North Carolina. The Gauchos trailed at the break by a score of 43-34. Santa Barbara then scored the first five points of the second half to narrow the Tar Heel lead to 43-39. After the team's traded baskets, UNC led 45-41 five minutes into the second half. That was as close as it got as the Tar Heels went on a devastating 20-2 run to take a commanding 65-45 lead and they coasted from that point. UCSB was led by sophomore guard Alex Harris who had team-high totals of 13 points and seven rebounds. Senior guards Joe See and Cecil Brown added 11 and 10 points respectively.
The Gauchos And Sun Devils
UCSB and Arizona State have played seven times with the Sun Devils holding a 5-2 advantage. The last time the teams met was in the first round of the 1992 National Invitation Tournament when ASU posted a 71-65 win in Santa Barbara. The last time the Gauchos recorded a win in the series was in the championship game of the 1988 Kactus Klassic in Tempe when they won 88-78.
Possible Starters - Notes
G - Cecil Brown - Has scored in double-figures in each of the last two games (12.0 ppg)
G - Josh Davis - Played 22 minutes at UNC, his lowest total in two seasons.
G - Alex Harris - Leads UCSB in scoring (13.7 ppg) and rebounds (7.3 rpg).
F - Chris Devine - Has led the Gauchos in assists in all three games (4.0 per game).
F - Cameron Goettsche - Has blocked four shots in the last two games.
Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Lance Hurdle - Played a personal-high 12 minutes at North Carolina.
G - Joe See - Has made 9-of-14 shots from three-point range, 64.3%.
G - Michael Chambers - Played season-high 11 minutes at UNC, made two three-pointers.
F - Chid Ajufo - Has made 5-of-6 field goal attempts, including 3-for-3 at UNC.
F - Tom Garlepp - Has made all four of his three-point attempts.
F - Glenn Turner - Has played 19 minutes in two games since returning from knee injury.
UCSB On The Road
The Gauchos dropped their road opener on Friday night at North Carolina, 83-66. The road was a scary place for UCSB in 2004-05. The Gauchos were 2-13 in true road games last season and 1-1 in neutral site games. After opening the 2004-05 regular season with an overtime win at San Diego State, UCSB rattled-off 11 straight losses away from home. The 11 consecutive road losses was the longest streak since the final two games of the 1995-96 season and the first 10 of the 1996-97 season. The Gauchos' only other road win last season came at Cal Poly.
The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his eighth season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Last year his team struggled with injuries and finished 11-18 overall and 7-11 in the Big West Conference. It marked the first time that a Williams-coached UCSB team finished below the .500 mark in league play. Prior to last season, he had guided the Gauchos to three straight winning seasons, the first time the program accomplished the feat since 1987-88 through 1989-90. 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 postseason trip to the 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 109-98 (.527) overall. Prior to his arrival at UCSB, he spent eight years at UC Davis. 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 298-198 (.602) at four-year schools.
Three For All
UCSB stayed in its game at North Carolina for about 25 minutes on Friday night and primarily, it was because of three-pointers. The Gauchos made eight three-pointers in the first half and 10 for the game. In three games, UCSB has now made 26 three-pointers, an average of 8.7 per game, 2.4 more per game than it averaged in 2004-05. UCSB has hit 48.1% of its three-point attempts and 46.0% of its shots overall, including 44.9% of its two-point attempts. Last year, the Gauchos made a season-high 13 three-pointers in a loss at Utah State, but they hit 10 or more just three times in 29 games. This year, they have hit 10 or more twice in three games. UCSB is shooting well from three-point range despite missing its best three-point shooter from last season, Derek Rasp, because of a back injury.
While the Gauchos are shooting well from outside the curved stripe, they are having their problems from the free throw line. UCSB made just 8-of-14 free throws at North Carolina, 57.1% and it is now making just 62.1% for the year. In the game prior to the match-up with the Tar Heels, the Gauchos were 16-of-28 from the line, also 57.1%. Alex Harris, who led the team in free throw percentage as a freshman at 76.5%, is struggling worse than anyone this season at 33.3% (2-for-6).
Through three games last season, Joe See was 0-for-16 from three-point range. Through three games this season, he has gone 9-of-14, 64.3%...Tom Garlepp's 16-point performance in the season-opener against San Francisco was the highest scoring game by a UCSB freshman ever...When Alex Harris had 14 points and 10 rebounds in last week's win over San Diego, it marked the first time since the 2002-03 season that a Gaucho guard had recorded a double-double...Harris is the only UCSB player to score in double-figures in all three games this season...The 22 minutes that Josh Davis played at North Carolina, due partially because of foul trouble, were the fewest minutes he has played in a game since the 2003-04 season...The Gauchos had a season-high 11 steals at North Carolina, including a career-high four by Joe See and a career-high three by Cecil Brown...UCSB's three-headed monster in the post, Cameron Goettsche, Glenn Turner and Chidi Ajufo, has combined to average 10 points and eight rebounds per game. The trio has also made 12-of-16 shots from the floor, 75.0%...Six different UCSB players have had at least five rebounds in a game through three games...Freshmen and sophomores are combining to score 37.7 points per game for UCSB, 52.6% of the team's total...The Gauchos have limited two of their three opponents to less than 40.0% shooting from the field. Guess which opponent made more than 40.0%? North Carolina. In fact, the Tar Heels became the first opponent to make better than 50.0% at 50.8%...Freshman Tom Garlepp has made 7-of-9 shots from the field, including all four of his three-point attempts...Since going 2-for-10 and scoring just four points in the opener against USF, Cecil Brown has made 10-of-22 shots (45.%) and averaged 12.0 points per game.