December 2, 2010

UCSB Travels to Santa Clara for Saturday Game

Dec. 2, 2010

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• The Schedule

Game 7
Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Santa Clara
at Santa Clara's Leavey Center
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Live Stats

Game 8
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at No. 23 UNLV
at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Gametracker

• On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on AM 1290 KZSB and will stream live online at UCSBgauchos.com and NewsPress.com. Gerry Fall is in his seventh year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB star Don Ford and Santa Barbara News-Press legend Mark Patton handle the color commentary.

• Locos Live!
"Locos Live," an interactive post-game show that will be broadcast live from Chino's Rock & Tacos at 6530 Pardall Road in Isla Vista, will debut following Wednesday night's between UCSB and Loyola Marymount. Locos Live will air on AM 1290 immediately following the regular Gauchos' post-game. The show will feature a rundown of that night's game as well as interviews with UCSB players. Gaucho Locos present at the broadcast will also be able to ask questions and win prizes.

• Tickets Available For All Gaucho Games
To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online and print at home by clicking here. The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the Ticket Office, are also available during weekday hours, which are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Follow Gaucho Basketball On Twitter
Don't forget, fans can follow UCSB Athletics on twitter by going to twitter.com/UCSBgauchos and the men's basketball program at twitter.com/UCSBbasketball.

• UCSB Hits The Road For Next Three
Following a brief one-game home stand, if that's what you want to call it, UC Santa Barbara will embark on a difficult three-game road stretch beginning at Santa Clara on Saturday, Dec. 4. After an 11-day break for final examinations, the Gauchos will go on their most difficult non-conference road trip of the season. On Wednesday, Dec. 15, the Gauchos will play at 23rd-ranked UNLV and on Saturday, Dec. 18 they travel to 19th-ranked San Diego State. At that point, UCSB will have played seven of its first nine games away from home.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its Saturday night game at Santa Clara with a 3-3 record. The Gauchos got back on track Wednesday night with a 77-67 home victory over Loyola Marymount. They have now won two of their last three games.

• The Last Time Out: Nunnally's Career High Leads Gauchos Past Loyola Marymount
James Nunnally scored a career-high 29 points, including 13 during a decisive 18-0 second half run, and UC Santa Barbara shot 61.7% from the field en route to a 77-67 win over visiting Loyola Marymount on Wednesday night. UCSB led by four at halftime and stretch the advantage to 46-38 just over five minutes into the second half. The Lions, however, pulled within one point, 53-52, with 9:56 to play, but an 18-0 run by the Gauchos gave them a 71-52 lead with 5:07 to play. Nunnally scored 13 of the 18 points, including the first seven. Jordan Weiner, who finished with a season-high eight points and a career-high five steals, had a three-point basket during the stretch. Nunnally made 11-of-14 shots overall and 4-of-5 from three-point territory. The 29 points were one more that the 28 he scored at Oregon on Nov. 14. Guard Larry Davis did his best to keep LMU in the game scoring 27 points, including 14 in the first half. The senior made 6-of-7 shots from three-point range, including one with 11:31 left in the first half that gave the Lions their final lead of the night, 16-15. A Nunnally three-pointer sparked a 12-0 run that was capped by a three-pointer from Orlando Johnson to give UCSB a 27-16 lead that it never fully relinquished. Johnson, who began his collegiate career at LMU, was the only other Gaucho in double-figures with 11. He attempted just seven shots, making four.

• Williams Posts 200th Win As UCSB Coach
Head coach Bob Williams recorded his 200th win in the opener against Denver. Williams, who is now 202-159 at UCSB, became just the third coach in school history to record 200 or more victories. He joined Jerry Pimm (222-202) and Willie Wilton (205-163) in the exclusive club.

• The Gauchos And Broncos
UCSB and Santa Clara have played 24 times since the series started in 1964. The Broncos hold a 15-9 all-time edge and they won last year's meeting between the schools, 79-68, in Santa Barbara.

• Away From Home
UCSB has opened the season with a 1-3 record in games away from home. The Gauchos are 0-2 in true road games and 1-1 in neutral site contests. In 2009-10, UCSB went 6-7 in true away games and 3-1 in neutral court games.

• Home Sweet Home
UCSB can't be happy about going on the road for the next three games. There are the obvious reasons: hotel rooms, buses, airports, etc. Then there are the MOST obvious reasons: 10 straight home wins and wins in 19 of the last 21 games at the Thunderdome.

• Freebies
It's still early in the season, but UCSB remains hot at the free throw line. There is no getting past the fact that free throws were an issue for the Gauchos in 2009-10. As a team, they hit just 68.1% for the season and only twice, including the Big West Tournament championship game against Long Beach State, did they make 80-percent or better. Through six games this year, UCSB is shooting a sparkling 79.8% from the charity stripe. In addition, the Gauchos have made 80.0% or better in five of the six games. In Wednesday night's win over Loyola Marymount, they hit 12-of-15, 80.0%. In the previous game at Portland, Santa Barbara was a perfect 12-for-12. In the last two games, the Gauchos have made 24 out of 27 free throw attempts, 88.9%

• Second To Nunnally
In Wednesday's win over Loyola Marymount, junior James Nunnally recorded a new career-high in scoring with 29 points. It was the second time in the last four games that Nunnally set a new career-best for points. On Nov. 14, he tallied 28 at Oregon. Against LMU, Nunnally had the best overall shooting game of his career as he made 11-of-14 field goal attempts, 78.6%. His four three-point baskets equaled his career-high and his 4-of-5 shooting performance from outside the arc was just off of his 4-for-4 effort at UC Davis last season. Nunnally is now averaging 19.8 points per game, second on the team and in the Big West Conference. In the last two games, he has averaged 25.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while shooting 62.1% overall and 50.0% from three-point range. He has also made all nine of his free throw attempts in the last two games and is shooting 90.9% for the season.

• Johnson Continues Double-Figure Streak...Barely
Orlando Johnson made a pair of free throws with just over a minute to play in Wednesday's game against Loyola Marymount and finished with 11 points. Johnson has scored in double-figures in all six UCSB games this season and all 36 since becoming a Gaucho. His streak is the longest that the program has seen since Raymond Tutt scored 10 or more in 36 straight games during the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons. In addition, when Johnson scored a career-high 35 in a Nov. 20 win over Fresno State, he surpassed the 1,000 point mark for his collegiate career. As a Gaucho, he has scored 674 points, but he also had 383 as a freshman at Loyola Marymount and thus has 1,057 overall.

• A Fresh Start For Boswell
Guard Kyle Boswell (Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison HS) started the game against Loyola Marymount and in the process became the first freshman to start for the Gauchos since, well, just last year when Lucas Devenny made two starts. Boswell played a career-high 22 minutes in the win and made all three of his shots scoring seven points. On the season, Boswell has played in five of six games and is averaging 3.6 points. He has hit 7-of-11 shots, but has gone 7-for-9 (77.8%) since missing his first two.

• Men Of Steal
Through six games, UCSB is averaging 10.7 steals. The Gauchos have had six or more steals in all six games and have had nine or more five times. In the season opener against Denver at the Basketball Traveler's Invitational, Santa Barbara produced 17 steals, the third most in school history. The Gauchos also had 13 steals on Nov. 20 against Fresno State and 10 on Wednesday against Loyola Marymount. In the win over the Lions, Jordan Weiner had a career-high five steals and now has a team-high 13 on the year.

• Playing The Percentages
After making just 64-of-161 (39.8%) shots over the first three games of the season, UCSB's shooting has started to heat up. The Gauchos hit 29-of-47 from the floor on Wednesday, a season-best 61.7%. They made 17-of-25 shots in the second half, 68.0%. In the last three games, Santa Barbara has made 78-of-150 field goal attempts, 52.0% and are now shooting 43.5% overall.

• Balancing Act
With Orlando Johnson averaging 22.3 points per game and James Nunnally at 19.8, UCSB has the top two scorers in the Big West Conference. Combined, the duo is averaging 42.1 of the Gauchos' 67.3 points per game, 62.6%. Johnson and Nunnally have each scored in double-figures in all six games this season and only one other player - Jaimé Serna with 12 on Nov. 12 against Denver - has scored in double-figures even once. On Wednesday against LMU, Johnson and Nunnally combined for 40 of the Gauchos' 77 points, but the balance was actually better as the rest of the team scored 37, five more than their previous high of 32 against Denver.

• Road Block
Center Greg Somogyi had two more blocked shots on Wednesday against LMU. Somogyi now has two or more blocks in five of six games and 15 overall, 2.5 per game. He had a season-high five on Nov. 27 at Portland, three shy of his school record of eight set in a win over Fresno State last year. In his career, Somogyi has 90 blocked shots, fifth in school history.

• Williams Approaches Three Other Milestones
Head coach Bob Williams, who is his 13th season at UCSB, reached one milestone in the season opener - he became the third coach in school history to hit the 200 win mark - and he is continuing to pursue three others. With 202 career wins, Williams needs four to move past Willie Wilton (205) and into second on UCSB's all-time list. He needs nine wins to hit the 400 victory plateau for his overall career. Finally, he needs 21 victories to move past Jerry Pimm (222) and become UCSB's all-time leader in coaching wins.

• TV Time
UCSB will be televised a minimum of four times and possibly as many as six in 2010-11. Gaucho home games on Dec. 28 against Long Beach State (ESPNU), Feb. 3 against Pacific (ESPNU) and Feb. 5 against UC Davis (Prime Ticket), as well as a Feb. 12 game at UC Irvine (Fox Sports West) are set in stone. Three of four Big West games scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 26 will also be selected for television and with UCSB scheduled to play at Long Beach State, it is likely that game will be on as well. Finally, the Gauchos' ESPNU BracketBusters game slated for Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Thunderdome, could be televised. If ESPN does choose the game, it could be moved to either Friday, Feb. 18 or Sunday, Feb. 20. The BracketBusters announcement is scheduled for Jan. 31.

• The Bob Williams File
2010-11 is Bob Williams's 13th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. In 2009-10, he guided the Gauchos to a 20-10 overall record, their second Big West Tournament title, and fourth NCAA Tournament berth ever. It was the program's second NCAA Tournament bid and its fifth regular season title in his 12 seasons. Following the season, Williams was named Big West Coach of the Year for the third time.

Last year also marked the third Williams coached Gaucho team to win 20 or more games and the 10th overall in program history. It was the second time in the three seasons that the UCSB won 20 or more.

In 2008-09, Williams coached 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 led 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.

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 202-159. He guided the program to 10 winning seasons in his first 12 years - including the last five in a row - and three 20 win seasons. He has a career record of 120-76 in Big West games and his .612 winning percentage in league games is tops among the league's active coaches.

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 391-259 (.602) at four-year schools.

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