Gauchos Close Out Season-Opening Road Trip at Pepperdine Wednesday

Gauchos Close Out Season-Opening Road Trip at Pepperdine Wednesday

Dec. 1, 2004

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The Schedule
Game No. 4
Wednesday, November 27, 2004 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Pepperdine University Waves
at Wisconsin's Kohl Center
Radio: KTMS 990 AM

Game No. 5
Saturday, December 4, 2004 at 3:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. San Diego State Aztecs
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KTLK 1340 AM

Home Opener Switched From 7:30 P.M. To 3:00 P.M.
UC Santa Barbara's home opener against San Diego State, originally slated for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night, has been moved to 3:00 p.m. to avoid a conflict with the NCAA men's soccer quaterfinal playoff match between UCSB and Virginia Commonwealth, slated for 7:00 p.m. at Harder Stadium.

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters Wednesday's game at Pepperdine with a record of 1-2. Since opening the season with an overtime win on November 19 at San Diego State, the Gauchos have lost consecutive road games at Wisconsin (72-61) and at the University of San Francisco (72-56). In its last game, UCSB dropped the decision at USF. In 2003-04, Santa Barbara posted an overall record of 16-12 and a Big West mark of 10-8. The Gauchos finished third in the league's regular season standings and lost to Cal State Northridge in the second round of the Big West Tournament.

Season-Opening Road Trip Winds Down
UCSB's season-opening four game road trip to San Diego State, Wisconsin, San Francisco and Pepperdine is almost finished. The game at Pepperdine on Wednesday will end one of the most difficult season-opening stretches in recent Gaucho history. While it technically wasn't one trip, it sure felt like it. After opening the season with an overtime win at San Diego State on Friday, November 19, UCSB boarded a bus and headed straight home. After arriving in Santa Barbara at just before 3:00 a.m., the Gauchos had about 27 hours to recuperate before getting on an airplane that would ultimately take them to Madison, Wisconsin, for a Tuesday night game against the University of Wisconsin. The UCSB team, and contingent, then spent the majority of Wednesday stranded in the Madison airport as its flight to San Francisco, and here was the catch, going through Chicago's O'Hare Airport, was delayed. The team finally arrived in The City by the Bay at about 2:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. After waiting another hour or so for rental cars, the group finally got to its hotel for a couple moments of slumber. Ultimately the Gauchos got a couple of practices in prior to their Saturday afternoon game at USF. On Sunday, the wake-up call was for 5:00 a.m. The good news about the wake-up call? It meant an early-morning flight home to Santa Barbara. Now, the short trip to Malibu is all that stands between UCSB and its first home game of the 2004-05 season on Saturday against San Diego State.

UCSB Goes Flat In Loss At USF
Playing as if they had been on the road for a week, and they had, the Gauchos lost a 72-56 decision at the University of San Francisco on Saturday afternoon. The Dons jumped out to a 7-0 lead and UCSB could never recover. At one point with just over five minutes left in the contest, the Gauchos cut USF's lead to seven, but they could get no closer. Santa Barbara had a season-high 20 turnovers and shot a season-low 39.2% in the loss. The only Gaucho to score in double-figures was junior guard Josh Davis who made 8-of-13 shots overall, including 2-of-2 from the free throw line, and finished with a team-high 20 points. While the Dons shot 47.1% overall from the field, they made 20-of-34 shots from inside the three-point arc, an outstanding 58.8%. USF made 20-of-25 free throws as compared to the Gauchos 11-of-14. In addition to the outstanding performance of Davis, another bright spot for UCSB was the return of junior forward Cameron Goettsche who saw his first action of the year after sitting out both exhibitions and the first two regular season games with a strained groin. Goettsche played 19 minutes and scored five points.

On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara radio games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara by ClearChannel Santa Barbara. Most of the games are broadcast on KTLK 1340-AM, but three will be carried on KTMS 990-AM. While his picture in the media guide may be a bit fuzzy, KEYT-TV Sports Director Gerry Fall is in his first season as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos and he is as clear as can be. Former Los Angeles Lakers' Superstar Don Ford will again be mikeside for the color commentary. Much to the disgust, chagrin and revulsion of the Santa Barbara radio-listening community, UCSB Assistant Athletics Director for Media Relations Bill Mahoney will handle the color commentary for selected road games.

The Bob Williams Show
The Bob Williams show will be aired each Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on KTMS 990 AM in Santa Barbara. Coach Williams will talk about past and upcoming games, interview Gaucho players and welcome guests from the Santa Barbara sports community.

The Injury Update
Junior forward Cameron Goettsche made his first appearance of the season in the loss at USF. Goettsche missed four weeks, including all practices, two exhibition games and the first two regular season games, with a severely strained groin. He played 19 minutes against the Dons, going 2-for-3 from the field with five points and two rebounds. Goettsche should be available in a limited role again on Wednesday night. The addition of Goettsche gives UCSB ten healthy players. Starting junior guard Cecil Brown remains sidelined until late-December or early-January with a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Reserve sophomore forward David Kennedy has a stress fracture in his right leg, and is expected to remain on the sidelines until some point in late December. Redshirt freshman forward Chris Devine had surgery on his right knee prior to the opening of practice in October and he will be sidelined until mid-January. Sophomore forward Glenn Turner has now played thrree games since returning from a severely sprained ankle.

Possible Starters - Notes
G - Chrismen Oliver - Leads the Gauchos with 12 assists in first three games.
G - Alex Harris - Leads UCSB in free throw attempts with ten.
G - Josh Davis - Scored a career-high 20 points in the loss at USF.
F - Glenn Turner - Is a perfect 5-for-5 from the FT line after going 3-for-13 last season.
F - Casey Cook - Scored a season-low eight points in the loss at San Francisco.

Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Joe See - Has yet to make a three-point basket this year, going 0-for-16 in first three games.
G - Michael Chambers - Made the first two three-pointers of his UCSB career at USF.
G - Derek Rasp - A walk-on, he has played in all three games for a total of 24 minutes.
F - Cameron Goettsche - Logged 19 minutes in his first appearance of the season.
F - Chris Moore - Had a career-high of two blocked shots at USF.

The Infirmary - Notes
G - Cecil Brown - Knee injury has sidelined him until late December or early-January.
F - Chris Devine - Knee injury him out until mid-January.
F - David Kennedy - Stress fracture in right leg has him sidelined until December.
F - Todd Follmer - Expected to redshirt the 2004-05 season.

The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his seventh season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Last year, he guided the Gauchos to a 16-12 overall record and a 10-8 mark in Big West Conference play. He has also guided UCSB to three straight winning seasons, the first time the program has 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. In addition, 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 steered 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 97-81 (.546) overall record and a 66-36 (.647) 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 286-181 (.613) at four-year schools.

Straight Shooters
In 2003-04, particularly early in the season, UCSB had its problems with shooting. This year, through three games, the Gauchos have shot the ball quite well. Despite shooting just 39.2% in the loss at San Francisco, Santa Barbara is shooting a respectable 46.3% through three games. The Gauchos top four scorers, Josh Davis, Casey Cook, Chrismen Oliver and Alex Harris, are each shooting 52.2% or better and they have combined to go 59-of-110 overall, 53.6%, and 15-of-27 from three-point range, 55.6%. The only Gaucho really struggling with his shooting is guard Joe See. The team's top outside scoring threat last season with 44 three-point baskets, See has gone 2-of-20 overall, 10.0%, and he has missed all 16 of his three-point attempts.

Turning Over A New Leaf
UCSB recorded a season-high 20 turnovers in the loss at San Francisco. In three games, the Gauchos have now recorded 48 turnovers an average of 16.0 per game. Last season, when the team averaged 14.7 turnovers, the statistic was considered a problem for Santa Barbara. UCSB's assist to turnover ratio is a poor 0.8-to-1.0.

The Opponents
The Gauchos and Pepperdine have played 64 times in a series that dates back to 1940. The Waves hold a 34-30 edge in the series. UCSB won the match-up between the schools last season, 63-60 at the Thunderdome. In last year's Gaucho win, Casey Cook hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to create the final margin. UCSB and San Diego State, former Pacific Coast Athletic Association rivals, will be playing for ther second time this season. On November 19, in the season-opener for both teams, the Gauchos defeated the Aztecs in overtime, 80-72. If our records are accurate, the teams have played 76 times in a series dating back to 1937. The Aztecs hold a 40-36 edge over the Gauchos. SDSU's last win in the series came in the first round of the 2003 National Invitation Tournament at Cox Arena, when the Aztecs posted a 67-62 overtime win over the Gauchos.

The Gauchos On The Road
UCSB is 1-2 in road games this season. The overtime victory at San Diego State in the opener marked the second straight season in which the Gauchos have won their first road game of the season. The Gauchos, however, have now lost back-to-back road games. Last season, Santa Barbara opened the season with a 57-51 win at Hawaii. In 2003-04, UCSB posted a 6-10 record in games away from the Thunderdome. The Gauchos were 5-6 in true road games during the 2003-04 season, and, in addition to the win at Hawaii, they posted a December win at UCLA.

UCSB At Home
The Gauchos are unbeaten at home during the 2004-05 season. Actually, they have yet to play a regular season home game, but they did go 2-0 in the exhibition season. UCSB was 10-2 at the Thunderdome last season. In fact, the Gauchos have gone 10-2 at home in each of the last three seasons. Santa Barbara has won 11 of its last 12 non-conference home games, losing only to Detroit Mercy over that span. UCSB is 56-22 at home under head coach Bob Williams.

What's Cooking?
After consecutive outstanding outings, senior forward Casey Cook struggled in the loss at San Francisco. Cook made just 4-of-15 shots from the field and scored a season-low eight points. He did have a season-high eight rebounds against the Dons. His eight-point game came on the heels of his career-high game of 21 in the game at Wisconsin. Cook, who is now averaging 14.7 points per game, ranks second on the team in scoring. His 15 shots were the most he had ever attempted in one game, and for the first time in his career, he has attempted ten or more field goals in three straight games. Cook attempted was 7-of-10 at San Diego State, 8-of-11 at Wisconsin and then 4-of-15 at USF. Through three games, the senior from Sacramento, Calif., is averaging 35.0 minutes per game. Prior to this season, Cook had never played more than 31 minutes in any game, but he has logged 33 or more in each of the first three games this year, including a career-high 37 at Wisconsin. was expected to be one of UCSB's workhorses in 2004-05, and that status solidified. With 21 points in the loss at Wisconsin, Cook continued a pattern of stepping-up against some of UCSB's top opponents. Last year, Cook scored a season-high 16 points twice, once each against Kansas and Hawaii. He also had a 15-point outing in a road win at UCLA. Finally, in the game at Wisconsin, Cook nailed three three-point baskets tying his single-season high of three Cook made a total of three three-point baskets as a junior in 2003-04, and he drained three during his freshman season of 2000-01.

No Joshing, Davis Is Pretty Good
Junior guard Josh Davis is emerging as one of the Gauchos' best players. In the defeat at USF, Davis scored a career-high 20 points, making 8-of-13 shots overall and both of his three-point attempts. He also had five rebounds, tying his season-high and one short of his career-high. Entering the 2004-05 season, Davis had scored in double-figures four times in two seasons. Now, for the first time in his career, he has scored in double-figures in three straight games. In addition to his 20-point game at USF, Davis tallied 18 in the season-opener at San Diego State and ten at Wisconsin. Also, for the first time in his career, he has made at leat one three-point basket in three straight games. In making both of his attempts against the Dons, Davis is now a team-leading 6-of-9 on the year, 66.7%. He made a career-high three three-point baskets at San Diego State. Davis is also proving to be somewhat of a Gaucho ironman. He has played 32 or more minutes in each of the first three games, including an average of 37 at USF. Finally, while it is early in the season, it seems that Davis is the most improved shooter on the team, in all respects. In his first two seasons, he made 41.9% of his shots overall. This year he is at 54.3%. In his first two years, Davis made 35.1% from three-point range, this year he is at 66.7%, and in his first two seasons he made 60.3% from the free throw line, including 44.1% last season, and this year he has made all four attempts.

Oliver's Twist
Senior point guard Chrismen Oliver is off to a solid start in 2004-05. He is third on the team in scoring, 10.7 points per game, first in assists at 4.0 per game, and second in steals at 2.0 per game. In the loss at USF, he made 3-of-5 shots from the floor, had eight points, three assists and he tied his career-high with three steals. In the season-opener at San Diego State, Oliver scored a career-high 17 points and logged a career-high 41 minutes. At Wisconsin, he tied his career-high with five assists. The only negative is his nine turnovers in three games, seven of which have come in the last two games. Oliver began his career as a recruited walk-on in 2000-01. Entering the campaign, he had never played more than 24 minutes in any game and this year he has played 28 or more in each of the first three. His total of 100 minutes are just seven fewer than the total he played in 15 games as a freshman in 2001-02.

Alex The Really Solid
It is too early to refer to freshman guard Alex Harris as Alex the Great, so for now, he is Alex the Really Solid. Either way, playing in front of numerous family and friends, Harris had seven points in the loss at USF. He enters the week averaging 9.7 points per game, fourth on the team. Harris has attempted just 16 shots in the three games, tied for fifth on the team, but he is the only Gaucho to have attempted ten or more free throws. In the season-opener at San Diego State, the 6-foot-6 native of Alameda, Calif., had 15 points, including eight in the all-important overtime. The 15 points that Harris registered against the Aztecs was the most ever scored by a UCSB freshman in his first game or in a season-opener.

Cam I Am
Junior forward Cameron Goettsche, UCSB's top returning rebounder and second-best returning scorer, made his first appearance of the season at San Francisco. Goettsche, who had been out for a month with a severely strained groin, played 19 minutes against the Dons. He made 2-of-3 shots from the field, his only free throw, had two rebounds, a steal and five points. He was sore the next day and there is some question about his status for Wednesday, but he remains probable. Last year, Goettsche averaged 8.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He also led the Gauchos in blocked shots with 14 and he was second in steals with 27. In fact, Goettsche was one of just four players to see action in all 28 games in 2003-04, making the second highest total of starts, 20, on the team. He did paced the team in minutes played with 637.

Just Wait And See
Junior guard Joe See is struggling. Boy, that was a genius statement. In three games, See has gone 2-for-20 from the floor overall and 0-for-16 from three-point range. Since going 2-for-10 from the floor in the opener at San Diego State, See has gone 0-for-10. He has gotten off to a slow start in each of his three collegiate seasons, one at Oregon State and two at UCSB, but this one is his worst. See expected to split time with Chrismen Oliver at the point as the season began, but becuase of injuries, he has split his time between the point and the wing spot. Despite the slow starts in each of his first two seasons, See finished the year as his team's leader in threes both times. In 2001-02, he finished with a team-leading 43 three-pointers and last year, his first at UCSB, he paced the way with 44. On the bright side, See has passed off for six assists in the two games, the second-highest total on the team.

Around The Key: Notes
Sophomore forward Glenn Turner has grabbed 17 rebounds in 55 minutes of action, an average of 12.4 per 40 minutes of action...Turner has also committed 13 fouls in his 55 minutes, an average of one every 4.2 minutes...After missing his first six three-point attempts, junior guard Michael Chambers made his final two at USF on Saturday...UCSB has blocked five shots on the season, three by freshman Chris Moore...Moore, in fact, has three blocked shots anf four points in the first three games...The Gauhos are averaging 8.7 steals per game as comapred to just 6.8 per game in 2003-04...If you subtract Joe See's 2-for-20 from the field, UCSB has hit 73-of-142 shots from the field, 51.4%...Six different Gauchos have made two or more three-point baskets in the first three games...Josh Davis, Casey Cook, Joe See, and Chrismen Oliver have each had two or more steals in a game this season.

After Saturday, Some Time Off
Following Saturday's home opener against San Diego State, UCSB will get some much-needed time off. The Gauchos will have final exams next week, then get another few days off, before returning to the court for a December 18 home game against Montana.