November 30, 2009

UCSB Looks to Stay Unbeaten, Hosts Santa Clara Tuesday Night

Nov. 30, 2009

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• The Schedule
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Santa Clara University
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker

Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. San Diego State
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker

• Season Tickets Still Available
Men's and women's basketball season tickets are still available, giving fans an opportunity to catch the Gauchos all season long.

Season tickets are only $125 for men's basketball and $100 for women's basketball (35% lower than last year). Similar to the successful men's soccer family plan, a new Family Plan season ticket is now available for both men's and women's basketball. Family plans, which include five season tickets (two adults and three youth season tickets), are $300 for men's basketball, $225 for women's basketball or get the combo plan (both men's and women's) for just $400. That's just $2.66 per game! UCSB faculty/staff will also receive 50% off pricing on all season tickets.

Click here to learn more about season ticket packages or to buy today!

To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.

The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• The Gauchos On The Radio
All men's basketball games are broadcast live on AM 1490 KIST and available for free online via audio streaming. Fans from all over the world can also hear the Gauchos' online by clicking here.

• The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters Tuesday's game against Santa Clara with a 4-0 record. The Gauchos have recorded wins at home over Cal State Los Angeles (85-57), Weber State (66-57), and San Francisco (76-65). On Saturday, UCSB won its first road game of the 2009-10 season, winning at Loyola Marymount, 89-84. Santa Barbara finished the 2008-09 season with a 16-15 overall record and an 8-8 record in Big West Conference play. At one point last season, the Gauchos had records of 8-13 overall and 2-7 in the Big West before ending with eight wins in 10 games. Dating back to last year, UCSB has now won 12 of its last 14.

• 4-0 For The First Time Since...
UCSB has a 4-0 record for the first time since the 2006-07 season.. This 4-0 start is the second in the 12-year tenure of head coach Bob Williams. The last time the Gauchos began a season 5-0 was in 1992-93. That season, the Gauchos started the year 6-0.

• Gauchos Move To 4-0 With First Road Win Of Season
James Powell made 5-of-7 three-point attempts and scored a team-high 21 points to lead UCSB to an 89-84 win at Loyola Marymount on Saturday. Powell was one of five Gauchos to score in double-figures. He was joined by James Nunnally and Orlando Johnson who each had 16, while Sam Phippen and Jaimé Serna added 14 and 12 respectively. The Gauchos jumped to an 8-2 lead early, but the Liions used a 14-3 run to take a 16-11 edge. The five-point lead was the biggest that LMU would have all night, the last time coming at 21-16. Santa Barbara ended the half with 19-10 run and a 35-31 lead. The second half was an offensive explosion for both teams. UCSB and LMU traded baskets for the first six minutes, but a 7-0 Lion run tied the score at 56-56 with 11:26 to go. The Gauchos responded with a 14-4 spurt to take a 70-60 lead with 6:51 to play. Loyola Marymount would pull to within three, 85-82, with 48 seconds to play, but could get no closer. Santa Barbara made four straight free throws in the final 18 seconds to ice the game. Fittingly, Powell made the final two with 13 seconds remaining. As a team, UCSB shot 56.0% for the game, its highest mark since the 2007-08 season. The Gauchos also made 10-of-16 three-pointers, 62.5%, and outrebounded LMU, 39-26.

• A Nice Start On The Road
While a 1-0 start on the road is no reason to declare a national, or even state, holiday, it is a step in the right direction. Last year, UCSB was 3-10 in true road games. The wins came at Utah Valley, Cal Poly, and UC Irvine. The Gauchos were also 3-1 in neutral court games in 2008-09 so overall, they posted a 6-11 record in games away from the Thunderdome.

• Brew Times Two
The UCSB coaching staff has made its decision. Freshman guard Chris Brew did not play in the first three games of the year, giving the staff time to make a decision regarding a possible redshirt year. On Saturday, the decision was made. Brew played the final minute of the first half, eliminating the possibility of redshirting. The talented 6-foot-4 Brew is the most athletic player on the Gauchos' roster and his development could be vital to the team's success. He joins his brother, Will, on the team's active roster, and he gives UCSB a roster that includes two freshmen and five sophomores.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 20 Will Brew, Jr. - Leads team with 14 assists, 3.5 per game.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Has made 17 of last 22 free throws, 77.3%.
G 42 James Powell - Needs 46 points to become 23rd Gaucho to hit 1,000 for career.
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Averaged 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in last two games.
F 15 Sam Phippen - Tied career-high with 14 points in win at LMU.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1 Chris Brew - Played one minute at LMU and will not redshirt 2009-10 season.
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Seven of his eight field goal attempts have been three-pointers.
G 4 Paul Roemer - Tied season-high with four assists at LMU.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Logged seven minutes at LMU as he returns from ankle injury.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Has made two of his three three-point attempts this season.
G 21 James Nunnally - Has averaged 18.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in last two games.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Played career-high 20 minutes in win at LMU.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Has had two or more rebounds three times in four games.

• The Opponents
UCSB and Santa Clara have played 23 times in a series that goes back to 1964. The Broncos hold an all-time advantage of 14-9 over the Gauchos. The teams have not played since Dec. 29, 2001, when Santa Clara defeated UCSB in the championship game of the Cable Car Classic, 61-59. The Broncos have won the last three games in the series. Santa Barbara and San Diego State have played 79 times in a series that goes back to 1937. The Aztecs hold a 43-36 all-time advantage and they have won the last four in a row overall and the last three at the Thunderdome. Last year, SDSU defeated the Gauchos in San Diego by a score of 68-51.

• I Love The 80's
UCSB scored 89 points in its win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday. The 89 points were the most scored by the Gauchos since Nov. 9, 2007, when they scored 91 in a win over Northwestern State at a Tournament in Palo Alto. It is the most points scored in a true road game since Nov. 21, 2006, when they had 89 in a double overtime game at Pepperdine. It is the most in a regulation road game since Mar. 5, 1992, when they scored 92 at San Jose State. Last season, the most points they scored were 81 in a home victory over Loyola Marymount and it was the only time they scored more than 80 all year.

• Dome, Sweet Dome
UCSB is a perfect 3-0 at home in 2009-10. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, the Gauchos have won seven straight games at the Thunderdome. They won their final six home games of last season and finished with a 10-4 home record. Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Santa Barbara has gone 13-2 in non-conference home games. The two losses, which came last year, were against eventual NCAA champion North Carolina and Utah State, another team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

• Playing The Percentages
In its win at Loyola Marymount, UCSB had its best shooting performance since 2007-08. The Gauchos made 28-of-50 shots from the field, 56.0%. From three-point range, they were even better making 10-for-16, 62.5%. On the season, Santa Barbara is shooting 48.3% and has been at 47.1% or better in three of four games. The only game in which the Gauchos shot below 47.1% was against Weber State when they made 35.4%. They have been over 50.0% twice. UCSB is also shooting a solid 42.4% from beyond the three-point line. The 62.5% mark that was recorded against Loyola Marymount was the best in two seasons.

• The Other Side Of The Court
Whether it has been outstanding perimeter defense or just lousy shooting by its opponents, UCSB's three-point field goal defense has been sterling through four games. On Saturday, Loyola Marymount made 5-of-20 three-point attempts, 25.0%. That was the best percentage by an opponent against the Gauchos through four games this season. In the opener, Cal State Los Angeles made 4-of-17 shots from outside the three-point arc, 23.5%. Weber State hit 7-of-38, 18.4%, and then San Francisco made just 2-of-11, 18.2%. Weber State's' 31 missed three-point attempts were the most by a UCSB opponent in school history. Overall, opponents are shooting 20.9% from outside the three-point arc. Inside the arc, however, is a different story. The Gauchos' four opponents have made 70-of-135 two-point attempts, 51.9%. The last three opponents - Weber State, San Francisco, and LMU - have made 53.8% of their two-pointers.

• Freebies
In 2008-09, UCSB averaged 20.6 free throws per game and shot 69.4% from the line. It's early, but through three games in 2009-10, the Gauchos are going to the free throw line with great regularity. In its first four contests, Santa Barbara has attempted 131 free throws - the most in the nation - making 92, 70.2%. The number that jumps out, however, are the 32.7 free throw attempts per game with an average of 21.5 of those attempts coming in the second half. Last year, the most charity shots attempted by UCSB in a game were 35 in a win over UC Davis. This year, the Gauchos have been at or over 30 in each game and they attempted a high of 39 in the win over Weber State. In that one, they made 27, the most since they hit 32 in an overtime game at Cal State Northridge on Mar. 4, 2006.

• Depth Charges
Through four games UCSB has used 15 players. Ten players have played in all four games and 11 players have played in three or more games. James Nunnally sat out the opener and Justin Joyner missed the first two games, if that were not the case, the Gauchos could have had 12 players play in each of the first four. On Saturday at LMU, UCSB used 13 players in the first half alone.

• Old Buddy, Old Powell
James Powell is one of the two elder statesmen on the UCSB roster. The fifth-year senior who struggled through the 2008-09 season, had his best game in two years on Saturday at LMU. Powell scored 21 points, grabbed six rebounds, had four assists and two steals. He made 7-of-10 shots overall, including 5-of-7 from three-point range. He is now averaging 11.0 points per game. With 21 points, Powell has now scored 954 in his career and needs 46 to hit the 1,000 point mark. Also, the five three-point baskets give him 168 and moves him into fifth on UCSB's all-time list.

• Sophomoric
In last week's win over San Francisco, UCSB scored 76 points, winning 76-65. Of the 76 points, 65 were scored by sophomores Orlando Johnson (25), James Nunnally (20), Jaimé Serna (13), Will Brew, Jr., (5), and Greg Somogyi (2). In Saturday's win at LMU, the sophomores combined for 47 of the team's 89. Through four games in 2009-10, the five have scored 180 of the Gauchos' 316 total points, 57.0% of the total.

• Balancing Act
UCSB had five players score in double-figures at LMU. It was the first time since 2007-08 that the Gauchos had achieved the feat.

• On The Rebound
Since being outrebounded in the season opener against Cal State Los Angeles, UCSB has outrebounded its last three opponents. On Saturday at LMU, the Gauchos had their best rebounding performance of the season as they outrebounded the Lions 39-26. For the year, Santa Barbara now has an average rebound margin of +4.0 per game.

• Johnson Continues His Fast Start, Sets Newcomer Standard
Orlando Johnson's fast start to the 2009-10 season continues. Despite a slow start in the win at LMU - two points in the first half - he had 16 points and eight rebounds. In the Gauchos' win over San Francisco, the sophomore transfer scored 25 points and had nine rebounds. The 25 points were one shy of his career-high of 26 set during his freshman year at LMU. Johnson is leading UCSB in scoring at 19.8 points per game and rebounding at 8.0 per game. He is shooting 58.5% from the field and was a perfect 7-for-7 in the opener against Cal State Los Angeles. Also, Johnson led UCSB in scoring in each of his first three games, the first time a newcomer has done that in program history. Finally, the Seaside, Calif., native had 19 points and 10 rebounds on Nov. 17 against Weber State, the Gauchos' only double-double of the season.

• Second To Nunnally
After missing the opener and struggling in the Nov. 17 game against Weber State, sophomore James Nunnally has had consecutive outstanding games. He received his first start of the season on Nov. 23 against San Francisco and responded with 20 points, four rebounds, and two assists. He made 3-of-4 three-point attempts in the game. On Saturday, Nunnally came off the bench to score 16 points and tie his career-high with seven rebounds. He is now averaging 14.3 points per game. In the last two, he has averaged 18.0 points and 5.5 rebounds while making 11-of-20 shots overall (55.0%) and 5-of-8 (62.5%) from thee-point range.

• Yes, Serna!
He wears zero on his jersey, but Jaimé Serna has been anything but for UCSB. After missing several practices with an arm injury and not playing in the exhibition game against Sonoma State, Serna has started to get back in a groove. For the second time in his career, he has scored 10 or more points in consecutive games. In the last two, Serna has averaged 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. In the wins over USF and LMU, he made 9-of-14 shots, 64.3%. Despite fouling out of Saturday's game, he also had a career-high four assists and was 6-for-8 from the free throw line.

• Arond The Key - Notes
Junior Sam Phippen tied his career-high with 14 points in the win at LMU...Justin Joyner saw his minutes increase from two in the game against USF to seven vs. LMU...Will Brew, Jr., has had two or more assists in all four games and he leads the team on the year at 3.5 per game...After starting the first three games of the season, Jon Pastorek came off the bench in Saturday's win over LMU. The transfer from San Diego State made his second three-point basket of the season in the win over the Lions...UCSB had 21 turnovers in the win at LMU, a season-high...The Gauchos have had five or more steals in all four games this year. They had nine in the win at LMU...Jaimé Serna is the only UCSB player to foul out of a game this season and he has done so twice...The Gauchos have scored 80 or more points twice this season. In 2008-09, they scored 81 points in a win over LMU, their only game over 80 points on the season.

• The Bob Williams File
2009-10 is Bob Williams's12th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. In 2008-09, Wiliams guided the Gauchos to a 16-15 overall record and an 8-8 mark in the Big West Conference. The record, however, doesn't tell the entire story. UCSB was forced to overcome a myriad of injuries and at one point stood at 8-13 overall and 2-7 in league play.

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 183-146. He guided the program to nine winning seasons in his first 11 years - including the last four in a row - and a pair of 20 win seasons. He has a career record of 108-72 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 372-246 (.602) at four-year schools.

• Talk'n Gauchos
UCSB Athletics has a new weekly radio show called Talk'n Gauchos which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1490 KIST. The show is broadcast live from State & A Bar and Grill, located on the corner of State Street and Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways or to even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click here to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online.

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