December 3, 2009

Gauchos Tangle With San Diego State Saturday in Final Home Game of 2009

Dec. 3, 2009

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• The Schedule
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

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 6:05 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara at Montana State
at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse/Worthington Arena (6,000)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Livestats

• San Diego State Game Sponsored By Santa Barbara Airbus
UCSB Athletics would like to thank Santa Barbara Airbus for sponsoring Saturday's game between UCSB and San Diego State. Santa Barbara Airbus is the Official Bus of UCSB Athletics and proud supporter of the Gauchos. SantaBarbaraAirbus.com

• Single Game Tickets Now Available
Men's and women's basketball single game tickets are now on sale. You can purchase tickets by calling (805) 893-UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus or to buy online and print at home, click here.

• The Gauchos On The Radio
All men's basketball games will be broadcast live on AM 1490 again this year, and those games will also be available online, by clicking here.. And, UCSB Athletics is proud to announce that the baseball team will have over 20 games broadcast live on the air and through our website, UCSBgauchos.com.

• The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters Saturday's game against San Diego State with a 4-1 record. On Tuesday night, the Gauchos had their dreams of a perfect season shattered when they lost a 79-68 home decision to Santa Clara. UCSB opened the season with wins at home over Cal State Los Angeles (85-57), Weber State (66-57), and San Francisco (76-65). On Saturday, Nov. 28, they won 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.

• Quick Start
UCSB's 4-0 start to the season was its best since it also began 4-0 in 2006-07. It was the second time that a Bob Williams-coached Gaucho team opened with wins in its first four games. The last time Santa Barbara had a better start was in 1992-93 when it started with six straight wins.

• Gauchos Lose To Santa Clara, 79-68
UCSB lost its first game of the 2009-10 season on Tuesday, dropping a 79-68 decision to visiting Santa Clara. Kevin Foster scored 18 points to lead four players in double-figures for the Broncos. Raymond Cowels had 13 points, all in the decisive first half. Santa Clara had a 42-29 lead at the half and the Gauchos never got closer than nine. In fact, the margin did not drop below double-figures until there was just under 2:30 to play in the game. Santa Barbara shot 43.1% from the field, but made just 8-of-23 (34.8%) in the first half. The Gauchos also made just 31.8% of their three-pointers, but perhaps the most telling statistic was their 23 turnovers, including 15 in the first half. Freshman guard Chris Brew, playing in his second game, made all five of his field goal attempts and scored a team-high 12 points in just 10 minutes. Orlando Johnson was the only other UCSB player in double-figures with 11. Johnson and Sam Phippen each had seven rebounds. Justin Joyner, who played a season-high 17 minutes in his third game back, had five assists.

• See You Next Year
When UCSB hosts San Diego State on Saturday, Dec. 5, it will be the Gauchos final home game in 2009. Following the game against the Aztecs, UCSB will take a week off for finals and then another five or six days just because, returning to the court on Dec. 18 at Montana State. That will mark the first of six straight games away from home. The Gauchos will also play at Arizona State (Dec. 21), in the Golden Bear Classic at Berkeley, Calif. (Dec. 28-29), at UC Irvine (Jan. 2) and at UC Riverside (Jan. 4). They will not return home until Friday, Jan. 8 when they host UC Davis.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 20 Will Brew, Jr. - Has a 3-to-1 assist to turnover ratio with 18 assists and six turnovers.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Only Gaucho to score in double-figures in all five games.
G 42 James Powell - Needs 39 points to become 23rd Gaucho to hit 1,000 for career.
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Averaged 11.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in last three games.
F 15 Sam Phippen - Had career-high seven rebounds vs. Santa Clara.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1 Chris Brew - Made all five shots and had 10 points in 12 minutes vs. Santa Clara.
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Tied season-high with five points vs. Santa Clara.
G 4 Paul Roemer - Eight of his nine free throw attempts came in win over Weber State.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Played 17 minutes with five assists and three steals vs. Santa Clara.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Has played a combined 12 minutes in last two games.
G 21 James Nunnally - Has hit two or more three-pointers in each of last three games.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Averaged 15.5 minutes in last two games.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Played season-low five minutes against Santa Clara.

• The Opponents
UCSB 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. UCSB and Montana State have played nine times going back to 1972 and Santa Barbara has won all nine. Last year, in a Bracket Buster game at the Thunderdome, the Gauchos defeated the Bobcats in overtime, 78-72. The last time the teams played in Bozeman, Mont., was on Nov. 13, 2006. UCSB won that game, 88-56.

• Dome, Sweet Dome
UCSB is 3-1 at home in 2009-10. The loss to Santa Clara ended a seven-game home winning streak for the Gauchos. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, Santa Barbara has now won seven of its last eight games at the Thunderdome. The Gauchos 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 13-3 in non-conference home games. Two of the losses came last year and were against eventual NCAA champion North Carolina and Utah State, another team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

• The Underclass
On Nov. 23, when UCSB defeated San Francisco, the sophomore group of Orlando Johnson, James Nunnally, Jaimé Serna, Will Brew, and Greg Somogyi combined for 65 of the team's 76 points. Not every game has been that extreme, but the Gauchos are getting a great deal of production from their sophomores, and their underclassmen in general. UCSB's two top scorers are Johnson (18.0 ppg) and Nunnally (13.0 ppg). Through five games, the sophomores have scored 214 of the team's 384 points, 55.7%. If the team's two freshmen are included the underclassmen have scored 236 points, 61.5% of the total.

• On The Rebound
Since they were outrebounded in the season opener against Cal State Los Angeles, the Gauchos have outrebounded four straight opponents. UCSB won the battle of the boards against Santa Clara by a 36-33 margin. On Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount the margin was 39-26. Overall, through five games, Santa Barbara is rebounding its opposition by 3.8 rebounds per game.

• Seeing Double? Get Used To It
UCSB's coaching staff has decided not to redshirt freshman guard Chris Brew, brother of Will Brew, Jr. After three regular season games, the staff, along with Chris, made the decision. The product of St. Mary's High School in Berkeley, Calif., made his first appearance of the season, albeit a brief one, at Loyola Marymount on Nov. 28. On Tuesday, against Santa Clara, he played 10 minutes and made his presence felt. Chris Brew made all five of his field goal attempts and had 12 points, along with two rebounds, in 10 minutes of play.

• A Turn For The Worse
In its last two games, UCSB has played fast and loose. The Gauchos got away with turnover troubles in a Nov. 28 win at Loyola Marymount, but not a Dec. 1 loss to Santa Clara. In the win over LMU, they had 20. In the loss to the Broncos, they had 23. Of the 23 turnovers on Tuesday, just two were by the three players who shared the point guard spot. Will Brew did not have a turnover while Justin Joyner and Paul Roemer each had one. The point guard threesome had 11 assists to go with its two turnovers. The Gaucho frontcourt, on the other hand, really had its problems. Jaimé Serna, Sam Phippen, Jon Pastorek, Greg Somogyi, and Lucas Devenny, combined for 14 of the turnovers. UCSB is now averaging 16.6 turnovers per game. The Gauchos have averaged 21.5 per game in the last two after averaging 13.0 in the first three.

• Freebies
In 2008-09, UCSB averaged 20.6 free throws per game and shot 69.4% from the line. It's early, but through five games in 2009-10, the Gauchos are going to the free throw line with great regularity. In its first five contests, Santa Barbara has attempted 157 free throws, 31.4 per game. UCSB attempted 26 free throws in the loss to Santa Clara. In the first four games, the Gauchos attempted 31, 39, 30, and 31, marking the first time in program history that they attempted 30 or more in four straight games. Last year, the most charity shots attempted by UCSB in a game were 35 in a win over UC Davis. This year, the Gauchos 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.

Orlando Johnson
Orlando Johnson leads the Gauchos in scoring (18.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg)...He is the only player on the team to score in double-figures in all four games...While he has shot 50.9% from the field, he has made 15-of-37 in the last three games, 40.5%...Johnson led the team in scoring in each of his first three games, becoming the first player in school history to lead the team in his first three games...After struggling from the free throw line in his first two games (9-for-19), Johnson has made 18-of-24, 75.0%, in the last two games...Scored season-high 25 points vs. San Francisco...Had 19 points and 10 rebounds against Weber State, UCSB's only double-double of the season.

James Nunnally
After missing the opener and scoring just seven points against Weber State, James Nunnally has averaged 15.0 per agme in the last three games...Scored a season-high 20 on Nov. 23 against San Francisco, the third 20-point game of his career...Nunnally has made seven three-pointers on the year, all in the last three games...Tied his career-high with seven rebounds at LMU on Nov. 28...Has two or more assists in three straight games.

Jaimé Serna
Jaimé Serna is now averaging 9.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game...After averaging 5.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in the first two games, he has averaged 11.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in the last three games...Serna has five or more rebounds in each of the last three games...Scored 13 points on Nov. 23 against San Francisco and 12 on Nov. 28 at LMU. It was the second time in his career he was in double-figures in back-to-back games...Had career-high four assists at LMU.

James Powell
James Powell is third on the team at 10.2 points per game...With 51 points through five games, he now has 961 for his career and needs just 39 to become the 23rd player in school history over the 1,000 point mark...Powell has made nine three-pointers this year and now has 169, fifth most on UCSB's all-time list...Had season-highs of 21 points and six rebounds on Nov. 28 at LMU...Made five three-point baskets at LMU...Has made 10-of-16 shots overall and 6-of-9 from three-point range in the last two games.

Will Brew
Will Brew leads the team in assists with 18, 3.6 per game...He has had two or more assists in all five games and four or more three times...Brew had a season-high six assists on Nov. 23 against San Francisco...Overall, he has 18 assists and six turnovers, a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, but in home games he has 16 assists and just four turnovers, a 4-to-1 ratio...Averaging 4.6 points per game and had season-high seven on Nov. 17 vs. Weber State.

Sam Phippen
Sam Phippen is averaging 7.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game...Scored a season-high 14 on Nov. 14 vs. Cal State Los Angeles and Nov. 28 at LMU...Set career-high with seven rebounds on Dec. 1 vs. Santa Clara.

Justin Joyner
Justin Joyner missed the first two games of the season with a sprained ankle...Missed all of last year with wrist problems...Played season-high 17 minutes vs. Santa Clara and had five assists to go with three steals...Has yet to score a point this season.

Paul Roemer
Paul Roemer has had six assists and just two turnovers in the last two games...Averaging 2.2 assists per game...Scored season-high nine on Nov. 17 vs. Weber State...Made his second three-pointer of the year on Dec. 1 vs. Santa Clara...Eight of his nine free throw attempts came in Nov. 17 game against Weber State.

Jon Pastorek
Jon Pastorek, a transfer from San Diego State, is averaging 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game...Has played a total of 12 minutes in the last two games after averaging 19.0 per game in the first three...Started the first three games...Had season-high 11 points on Nov. 14 vs. Cal State Los Angeles...Pastorek's 11 rebounds on Nov. 17 vs. Weber State were most by a UCSB player this season.

• The Bob Williams File
2009-10 is Bob Williams's12th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. In 2008-09, Williams 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 183-147. 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 372-247 (.601) at four-year schools.