Gauchos Hope to Get On-Track at Home, Host Pepperdine Wednesday

Gauchos Hope to Get On-Track at Home, Host Pepperdine Wednesday

Dec. 5, 2005

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The Schedule
Game No. 6
Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Pepperdine University Waves
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KTMS 990 AM

Game No. 7
Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at San Diego State Aztecs
at SDSU's Cox Arena
Radio: KIST 1340 AM

On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara radio games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara by Clear Channel Santa Barbara. The games are carried either on KIST 1340-AM or KTMS 990-AM. Note the schedule above for the station breakdown. KEYT-TV Sports Director Gerry Fall, not to be confused with Niagra Fall, is in his second season as the play-by-play voice of UCSB basketball. He is assisted by Color Announcer Supreme Don Ford, the former UCSB and Cleveland Cavalier superstar. Much to the horror of the entire Central Coast, UCSB Assistant Athletics Director Bill Mahoney handles the color at selected road games. Mostly when Ford is not available.

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 Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters the week with a record of 2-3. After opening the 2005-06 season with home wins over the University of San Francisco (82-59) and the University of San Diego (67-65), the Gauchos went on the road for an extended trip to North Carolina and Arizona State. The day after Thanksgiving, UCSB lost its games at Carolina by a score of 83-66 and then three days later, on Monday night, it lost at ASU by a 73-57 count. On Saturday night, the Gauchos concluded their three-game road stretch with a 77-66 loss at Loyola Marymount.

The Week On Tap
The Gauchos will play just one game during final exams week. UCSB will renew a traditional rivalry on Wednesday night when it hosts Pepperdine. The Waves have opened the season with a 1-4 record, posting a win over UC Irvine and losses to Connecticut, Cal State Fullerton, Dayton and Wisconsin. The two schools have played 65 games in their long-running series. Following the Wednesday night's game, the Gauchos will be off until December 17 when they travel to San Diego State.

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. During the 2004-05 season, however, Williams became the fifth UCSB coach to record 100 wins. 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 109-100 (.526) overall record and a 73-47 (.608) 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 298-200 (.601) at four-year schools.

Three-Game Road Trip Ends With Loss At Loyola Marymount
After games at North Carolina and Arizona State, UCSB returned to Southern California for a game at Loyola Marymount on Saturday. The change of scenery didn't make any difference as the Gauchos continued their cold-shooting ways in a 77-60 loss to the Lions. UCSB jumped-out to an early 18-11 lead over LMU, but then went ice-cold and was outscored 27-6 the rest of the first half. The Gauchos missed 17 of their last 18 shots in the first half, finishing with a 26.7% mark from the field. Santa Barbara scored the first four points of the second half to close to within 10 points at 38-28, but never got closer as LMU went on a 16-4 to take a commanding 54-32 lead. UCSB heated-up late in the game and the Gauchos actually shot 50.0%, 13-of-26, in the second half. For the game, UCSB made just 37.5%. It was the second straight game in which the team shot below the 40.0% mark. The Gauchos were paced by Alex Harris who had 15 points. Chris Devine and Josh Davis each added 13 and Cecil Brown had 10. In fact, Devine, Davis and Brown combined to make 14-of-20 shots from the field, 70.0%, but the rest of the team made just 7-of-36, 19.4%. Devine also added a team-high six rebounds for the Gauchos.

Possible Starters - Notes
G - Cecil Brown - Has scored in double-figures in four straight games, 12.0 ppg over that span.
G - Josh Davis - Scored a season-high 13 points in the loss at Loyola Marymount.
G - Alex Harris - Has tallied in double-figures four times in five games.
F - Chris Devine - Leads all starters in field goal percentage at 58.8%.
F - Cameron Goettsche - Played season-high 22 minutes at Loyola Marymount.

Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Lance Hurdle - Has averaged 11.0 minutes per game in the last three.
G - Derek Rasp - Missed exhibition season and first five games with back injury.
G - James Powell - Freshman guard will redshirt the 2005-06 season.
G - Joe See - Was 0-for-10 from the field in the final two games of the road trip.
G - Michael Chambers - 11 of his 13 field goal attempts have been three-pointers.
F - Chidi Ajufo - Was scoreless for the first time this season in loss at Loyola Marymount.
F - Tom Garlepp - Has attempted just 15 shots in 75 minutes this season.
F - Glenn Turner - Had season-high five rebounds and two blocked shots at Loyola Marymount.
F - Chris Moore - Ineligible until the end of the fall quarter at UCSB.
C - David Massey - At 7-foot-3 his the tallest player in program history. Will redshirt the year.

The Opponents
UCSB and Pepperdine have played 65 times in a series that dates to 1940. The Waves hold a 35-30 advantage over the Gauchos. Last season UCSB and Pepperdine played in Malibu and the host Waves recorded a 62-56 victory. The Gauchos have won the last two games played in Santa Barbara. In December of 2003, UCSB used a three-pointer at the buzzer to post a narrow 65-62 win. Santa Barbara and San Diego State have played 77 times with the Aztecs holding a 41-36 advantage. Last season the teams played a home-and-home series with each school winning on the other school's home court. The Gauchos opened the 2004-05 season with an 80-72 overtime win at Cox Arena. The Aztecs avenged the season-opening loss by beating Santa Barbara 73-55 a few weeks later.

Injury Update
With the exception of sophomore swingman Derek Rasp, UCSB is fairly healthy at the present. Rasp, who set a Gaucho freshman record in 2004-05 by shooting 40.5% from three-point range, remains sidelined with a strained lower back. He has not played in any of UCSB's five regular season or two exhibition games and, in fact, has been out since a week before the first exhibition game on Nov. 3. Rasp did show some improvement late last week and could return to active duty for the Dec. 17 game at San Diego State. Last year, Gaucho players missed a total of 125 games due to a vast array of injuries.

The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 2-0 at home this season. UCSB has won games against San Francisco and San Diego. Although Santa Barbara struggled through the 2004-05 season, things were not that bad at home. The Gauchos went 8-4 at the Thunderdome, including 2-1 in non-conference games and 6-3 in league games. In three seasons prior to last year, Santa Barbara posted home records of 10-2 and the Gauchos have never won fewer than eight home games in a season under Bob Williams. Including its wins over USF and USD, UCSB is 67-26 at home since Bob Williams arrived for the 1998-99 season.

The Gauchos On The Road
The road was a scary place for UCSB in 2004-05 and the trend has continued into the 2005-06 campaign. With losses at North Carolina, Arizona State and Loyola Marymount, the Gauchos are 0-3 on the road this season. UCSB was 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. Including the first three road games this season and the final road game of the 2003-04 season, UCSB has lost 17 of its last 19 true road games and 15 of 16.

The Road Was Cruel In Many Ways
After averaging 74.5 points and shooting 48.5% in its first two games of the regular season, UCSB's offense had its problems in road games at North Carolina, Arizona State and Loyola Marymount. In the three games the Gauchos scored a total of 183 points, 61.0 per game, and made just 66-of-174 field goal attempts, 37.9%. By contrast, in the first two games UCSB limited it opposition to 62.0 points per game and 35.6% shooting from the field. In the last three games, Gaucho opponents averaged 77.7 points per game and made 83-of-179 shots, 46.4%. Also, in the first two games opponents made 36.8% from three-point range but in the most recent three games they have hit 43.2%.

Plenty Margin Of Error
Through five games this season UCSB has played just one close game. In their second game of the season, on Nov. 21 against the University of San Diego, the Gauchos posted a narrow 67-65 win, otherwise the margins have been at least 16 points. UCSB opened the year with a 23-point win over San Francisco and on the recently concluded road trip to North Carolina, Arizona State and Loyola Marymount, the Gauchos lost by margins of 17, 16 and 17 points respectively. Overall, Santa Barbara is being outscored on the season by an average of 5.0 points per game.

Balancing Act
UCSB has three players averaging 10 or more points per game. Alex Harris leads the Gauchos at 12.4 points per game while Cecil Brown and Chris Devine are chipping-in 10.4 and 10.2 per game respectively. When Josh Davis scored 13 points in Saturday night's game at Loyola Marymount, he became the sixth UCSB player this season to score at least 10 points in a game, joining Harris, Brown, Devine, Joe See and Tom Garlepp. The Gauchos have also shown balance in the rebounding category with five players averaging at least 4.0 rebounds per game.

Not Much In Reserve
In UCSB's season-opening win over San Francisco, the Gaucho bench scored 49 of the team's 82 points. In Saturday's loss at Loyola Marymount UCSB's reserves were barely heard from as they scored just six of 60 points. The six players who came off the bench in the loss to the Lions made just 2-of-21 shots from the field overall and 0-for-9 from three-point range. In fact, in four games since scoring 49 points against USF, the Gaucho reserves have scored a total of 73 points, 18.2 per game. Finally, while the UCSB bench was quiet on Saturday, the LMU bench was even quieter scoring just four of 77 points, less than six percent of the total.

The Harris Poll
Although he made just 4-of-12 shots, including 1-of-5 from three-point range, sophomore guard Alex Harris led UCSB in scoring Saturday at Loyola Marymount. Harris scored a season-high 15 points against the Lions, just one short of tying his career-high. He has now scored in double-figures in four of the Gauchos' five games and is leading the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game. Harris also collected five rebounds at LMU and is now averaging 5.6 rebounds per game, second on the team. He has had five or more rebounds in four of five games. With his three-point basket on Saturday night, Harris has also claimed the team-lead in three-pointers with 10. He is actually shooting better from three-point range (41.7%) than he is overall (40.0%) and he is the only player on the team to make at least one three-point bucket in all five games this season. Finally, Harris is the only UCSB player to log a double-double this season. He had 14 points and 10 rebounds on Nov. 21 against San Diego. In fact, he is the first Gaucho guard since 2002-03 to post a double-double.

Help, Cecil! Help!
After struggling with just four points on 2-of-10 shooting in the season-opener against San Francisco, senior guard Cecil Brown has started to come alive for UCSB. In Saturday's loss to Loyola Marymount, Brown made 4-of-6 shots from the field, including 1-of-2 from three-point range, to finish with 10 points. It marked the fourth straight game in which he had scored in double-figures and he is now second on the team in scoring at 10.4 points per game. In the last four games, however, Brown is averaging 12.0 points per game and since making just 2-of-10 shots against USF, he has hit 19-of-43, 44.2%. He has made at least one three-pointer in the last four games and in the last two games, at Arizona State and LMU, he made 5-of-10 shots from beyond the arc. On Nov. 28 at ASU, Brown made four three-point baskets to tie his career-high. He has also tied his career-highs in both rebounding and steals through the first five games. While he is averaging 4.0 rebounds per game, Brown has tied his career-high with six on two occasions this year, against USF and ASU. He also tied his career-high with three steals at North Carolina. Brown has six steals this year, all in the last three games.

Devine Intervention
Despite missing two full seasons with a variety of leg and hand injuries, sophomore forward Chris Devine has become UCSB's workhorse on the front line. Through five games, the Eagle River, Alaska native has played 132 minutes, fourth on the team but first among front court players. Devine would have played even more minutes if he had not fouled out of two of the Gauchos' five games. Despite foul trouble, he not only leads UCSB in rebounding at 6.2 per game and assists at 2.8 per game, but he is third in scoring at 10.2 points per game. Devine scored in double-figures in the first two games, but totaled just 10 points in the games at North Carolina and Arizona State. On Saturday at Loyola Marymount, however, he bounced-back by scoring 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting. His 6-of-8 shooting performance improves his percentage on the season to 58.8%, the highest among players with at least 20 field goal attempts. Devine has made 9-of-12 shots in the last two games, 75.0%. Also, with six rebounds at LMU, he has now had six or more rebounds four times in five games.

Davis Makes Some Progress
Senior Josh Davis scored a season-high 13 points in Saturday's game at Loyola Marymount. Davis was a bright spot in an otherwise dim game for the Gauchos. Entering the game, he was shooting just 19.2%, but against the Lions he made a solid 4-of-6 shots from the field, including his second three-pointer of the season, and he hit all four of his free throw attempts. In the previous game, a loss at Arizona State, Davis missed all six of his field goal attempts. Despite his shooting problems, he is still one of the team's defensive stalwarts and ironmen. Although he tied his season-low with 22 minutes played at LMU, he is still averaging 28.8 minutes per game, second on the team. With a pair of steals on Saturday, Davis has also moved into a tie for the team-lead in that category with seven. In his career, he has now produced 89 steals and needs just 10 more to move into the school's top-ten all-time. In fact, if he can even come close to his steal total of 42 last year, he would move into the school's top-five all-time.

After getting off to a sizzling start to the 2005-06 season, senior guard Joe See has hit a slump. In the last two games, See has gone scoreless, missing all 10 of his shots overall and all six of his three-point attempts. In Saturday's loss at Loyola Marymount, he played 21 minutes and went 0-for-7 overall and 0-for-5 from three-point range. See's scoring average, which was at 11.0 points per game after three games, has drifted down to 6.6 per game. His shooting percentages, which were 52.6% overall and 64.3% from three-point range after three games, have gone down to 34.5% overall and 45.0% from three-point territory. See scored 17 points, making 5-of-6 shots from three-point range, in the season-opener against San Francisco. He also had 11 points, including 3-of-6 from three-point territory at North Carolina, but things have gone down hill since. See does, however, remain tied for the team-lead in steals with seven.

Post Committee
In the words of UCSB head coach Bob Williams, the Gauchos are using a three-headed monster in the post. The three-heads are senior Cameron Goettsche, junior Glenn Turner and sophomore Chidi Ajufo. While Turner continues to battle his way back after missing three weeks, two exhibition games and the regular season opener with a knee injury, the trio is making progress. Combined, Goettsche, Turner and Ajufo are averaging 10.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game. They have made 20-of-36 shots from the field, 55.6%. While the trio had its problems on Saturday at Loyola Marymount (five points on 2-for-9 shooting), there was one positive sign. Turner had a season-high five rebounds and two blocked shots in just 11 minutes. His total of five rebounds equaled the total he produced in his first three appearances this season.

Garlepp Passes On Shooting
Freshman forward Tom Garlepp scored a season-high 16 points in the Gauchos' opener against San Francisco. In that game, the native of Perth, Australia, made 5-of-7 shots from the floor and both of his three-point attempts. Since the USF game, however, Garlepp has not really looked for his shot. In the last four games, over which he has played 63 minutes, he has attempted just eight shots, making four, and he has scored 16 points, 4.0 per game. In fact, in UCSB's two victories this year, Garlepp averaged 11.5 points per game, scoring 16 and seven, but in the three losses he averaged just 3.0 per game.