UCSB, 3-3, Travels to San Diego State in Search of First Road Win
Dec. 13, 2005
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
Game No. 8
Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Sonoma State Seawolves
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KTMS 990 AM
The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters its game at San Diego State on Saturday with an overall record of 3-3. The Gauchos ended a three-game losing streak on Wednesday, Dec. 7, with a 65-56 win at home over Pepperdine. The victory was UCSB's third without a loss at the Thunderdome this season. All three losses during the now-defunct losing streak came on the road. After opening the campaign with home wins over USF and the University of San Diego, the Gauchos dropped road games to North Carolina, Arizona State and Loyola Marymount.
The Week On Tap
UCSB plays three games prior to Christmas. On Saturday, Dec. 17, the Gauchos will come off of a 10-day layoff to play at San Diego State. The Aztecs will enter the game with a 4-4 record. On Tuesday, Dec. 20, Santa Barbara will host Sonoma State, an NCAA Division II program. The Seawolves will have had 10 days off prior to playing the Gauchos and they will enter the game with a 4-3 record. UCSB's final pre-Christmas game will be at Fresno State on Dec. 23. The Gauchos will play their final pre-Big West game on Wednesday, Dec. 28, when they host Portland.
Brown, Turner Have Career Nights, UCSB Tops Pepperdine
Senior guard Cecil Brown and junior forward Glenn Turner each had career-best scoring efforts to lead UCSB past Pepperdine on Dec. 7, 65-56. Brown made 11-of-17 shots from the field, including 3-of-6 from behind the three-point arc, to score 28 points, 11 more than his previous career-high. Brown's 28-points were the most scored by a UCSB player since the 2002-03 season. Turner, playing by far his best game of the season, had 13 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots in 18 minutes, also a season-high. The Gauchos struggled early, falling behind by as many as nine points twice in the first half, but Brown's three-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer tied the score at 27-27. After Pepperdine's Michael Gerrity made a lay-up to give his team a 36-33 lead with 15:17 remaining, UCSB went on a 24-6 run to assume a commanding 57-42 advantage with 4:09 to go in the game. The Waves would ultimately pull back to within five at 58-53 with 40 seconds left, but they could never get any closer. The Gauchos limited Pepperdine to 31.6% shooting from the field, the lowest by an opponent this season. UCSB made just 42.3% of its field goal attempts, but also produced a season-low seven turnovers in the win.
Possible Starters - Notes
G - Cecil Brown - Scored a career-high 28 points in the win over Pepperdine.
G - Josh Davis - Had season-highs of six rebounds and four assists vs. Pepperdine.
G - Alex Harris - Played a season-high 35 minutes vs. Pepperdine.
F - Chris Devine - Leads all starters in field goal percentage at 59.0%.
F - Cameron Goettsche - Was 6-of-13 from FT line in first five games, 5-of-6 vs. Pepperdine.
Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Lance Hurdle - Did not play vs. Pepperdine, his first DNP of the year.
G - Derek Rasp - Could return from back injury in game at San Diego State.
G - James Powell - Freshman guard will redshirt the 2005-06 season.
G - Joe See - Has gone 0-for-12 from the field in the last three games.
G - Michael Chambers - 11 of his 13 field goal attempts have been three-pointers.
F - Chidi Ajufo - Has gone scoreless in each of the last two games.
F - Tom Garlepp - Has attempted just 16 shots in 85 minutes this season.
F - Glenn Turner - Scored a career-high 13 points in the win over Pepperdine.
F - Chris Moore - Is eligible to play beginning with the game at San Diego State.
C - David Massey - At 7-foot-3 his the tallest player in program history. Will redshirt the year.
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 110-100 (.524) 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 299-200 (.599) at four-year schools.
Williams Approaches Milestones
Head coach Bob Williams will enter Saturday's game at San Diego State needing one more win to hit the 300 win plateau for his career. UCSB's 65-56 win over Pepperdine last week was the 110th win that a Williams-coached Gaucho team has posted and the 299th win that any Williams-led four-year program has recorded. In addition, this week's game against the Aztecs will also be the 500th game coached by Williams at a four-year school.
UCSB 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. UCSB and Sonona State have never met on the basketball court.
The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 3-0 at home this season. UCSB has won games against Pepperdine, 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 Pepperdine, USF and USD, UCSB is 68-26 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.
Free Throw Baby Steps
UCSB made a modest 69.2% of its free throws in the win over Pepperdine. In fact after making just 2-of-5 (40.0%), the Gauchos hit 16-of-21, 76.2%, in the second half. While the 69.2% for the game won't have anyone declaring a national holiday, it was a step in the right direction for a team that has really had its problems at the line. On the season, UCSB is now shooting 62.8% from the charity stripe. After opening the year by making 70.8% in a win over USF, the Gauchos made just 46-of-79, 58.2%, over the next four games. Over that span they shot below 60.0% three times.
In their season-opener, the Gauchos made 11-of-16 shots from three-point range, 68.8%. Through four games they were still making 43.6% of their threes. In the last two games UCSB's three-point assault has slowed considerably. In games at Loyola Marymount and against Pepperdine, the Gauchos made just 6-of-33 from beyond the arc, 18.2%.
Home Cooking Helps The Defense
You don't have to look too much further than won-loss record to realize how much better UCSB has been at home than on the road. You don't have to, but I do. Defensively, it has been like night and day. In the games at North Carolina, Arizona State and Loyola Marymount, the Gauchos allowed the opposition to score 77.7 points per game and shoot 46.4% from the field. In each of the three games, the opponent shot 43.9% or better. In its three home games, against USF, San Diego and Pepperdine, UCSB has limited the opposition to 60.0 points per game and a mere 34.3% shooting from the field. All of the Gauchos' home opponents have shot below 40.0%. In fact, the high-water mark for an opponent at the Thunderdome this season was the 37.1% mark that San Diego shot on Nov. 21. Pepperdine's 31.6% was the lowest percentage shot by an opponent this season.
Plenty Margin Of Error
Through six games this season UCSB has played just one nail-biter. 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 four margins have been at least 16 points and one, the win over Pepperdine, was a nine-pointer. UCSB opened the year with a 23-point win over San Francisco and on the 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 2.7 points per game.
UCSB has two players averaging 10 or more points per game. Cecil Brown leads the team at 13.3 points per game and Alex Harris is chipping-in 11.3 per outing. Chris Devine is in the ballpark at 9.5 per game. When Glenn Turner scored 13 points in Wednesday night's game against Pepperdine, he became the seventh UCSB player this season to score at least 10 points in a game, joining Harris, Brown, Devine, Josh Davis, Joe See and Tom Garlepp. The Gauchos have also shown balance in the rebounding category with four players averaging at least 4.2 rebounds per game.
Help, Cecil! Help!
Senior guard Cecil Brown had the best game of his career in UCSB's win over Pepperdine. Brown scored a career-high 28 points, making 11-of-17 shots from the field overall and 3-of-6 from three-point range. The 28 points were the most scored by a Gaucho player since Mark Hull went for 28 at San Diego State in the first round of the 2003 National Invitation Tournament. Brown has now improved his scoring average on the year to 13.3 points per game, taking over the team-lead in that category. Since struggling with just four points on 2-of-10 shooting in the season-opener against San Francisco, he has really turned things around. He has scored in double-figures in each of the last five games, averaging 15.2 per game over that span. In addition, in the last five he has made 30-of-60 shots overall, 50.0%, and 10-of-25 from three-point territory, 40.0%. In the last two games, Brown has made 15-of-23 field goal attempts, 65.2%, and in the last three games he has made 8-of-16 three-point attempts, 50.0%. On Nov. 28 at Arizona State, he made four three-point baskets, tying his career-high. He has also tied his career-highs in both rebounding and steals through the first six games. While he is averaging 4.2 rebounds per game, Brown has had five or more three times and he tied his career-high with six against USF and ASU. He also tied his career-high with three steals at North Carolina.
The Harris Poll
Sophomore guard Alex Harris is second on the teamin scoring at 11.3 points per game, but after averaging 13.7 per game through the first three games, he has averaged 9.0 per game in the last three. In last week's win over Pepperdine, Harris tied his season-low with six points. He was coming off of a season-high 15-point game at Loyola Marymount, one point short of his career-high. Also, since making 11-of-19 shots in the first two games, 57.9%, he has made just 13-of-43, 30.2%. Harris not only ranks second on the team in scoring, he ranks second in rebounding at 5.2 per game as well. He has had five or more rebounds four times in six games, including a career-high 10 on Nov. 21 against San Diego. In fact, Harris is the only UCSB player this year to record a double-double, having scored 14 points in the win over the Toreros. He is the first Gaucho guard to log a double-double since the 2002-03 season.
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 six 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' six games. Despite foul trouble, he not only leads UCSB in rebounding at 6.3 per game and assists at 2.5 per game, but he is third in scoring at 9.5 points per game. Devine scored in double-figures in the first two games of the season, including a high of 17 in the opener against USF, but he has done so just once in the last four. Last week against Pepperdine, he played a season-high 30 minutes but attempted just five shots, making three, and scored six points. Devine did lead the team with seven rebounds and he has now had six or more in a game five times this season. Finally, he leads all regulars in field goal percentage at 59.0%. He has made 50.0% or better in five of six games with the only exception coming at North Carolina.
Senior Josh Davis continues to struggle with his shooting, but the rest of his game is flourishing. After making 4-of-6 shots and scoring a season-high 13 points on Dec. 3 at Loyola Marymount, Davis made 1-of-7 shots and scored just three points in the win over Pepperdine. He is now shooting 25.6% overall and 18.2% (2-for-11) from three-point range. Davis did, however, tie his season-high with six rebounds against Pepperdine. He also had a season-high four assists and he had a pair of steals. He is now third on the team in rebounding at 4.3 per game, second in assists at 2.3 per game and tied for first in steals with nine. Davis, who has had two or more steals in four of six games this season, now has 91 steals in his career and needs just eight to move into UCSB's career top-ten.
Wait And See
After getting off to a sizzling start to the 2005-06 season, senior guard Joe See has hit a slump. In the last three games, See has gone scoreless, missing all 12 of his shots overall and all eight of his three-point attempts. In Wednesday's win over Pepperdine, he played 21 minutes and went 0-for-2 overall and 0-for-2 from three-point range. See's scoring average, which was at 11.0 points per game after three games, has drifted down to 5.5 per game. His shooting percentages, which were 52.6% overall and 64.3% from three-point range after three games, have gone down to 32.3% overall and 40.9% 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 nine.
As The World Turners
Junior forward Glenn Turner played arguably the best game of his career in Wednesday's win over Pepperdine. Turner logged a season-high 18 minutes, scored a career-high 13 points, had five rebounds and a season-high three blocked shots. He has now played in five games since returning from a knee injury that sidelined him for the exhibition games and the season-opener. In his first three games back, however, Turner looked tentative and rusty. On Dec. 3 at Loyola Marymount, he scored just two points, but played with more energy, collecting five rebounds and two blocked shots. Then, against the Waves, he made 3-of-5 shots from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line for his 13 points. Turner has claimed the team-lead with eight blocked shots this season and now has 57 for his career, eighth all-time. He needs just five more to move into sixth on UCSB's all-time list.
Cam He Is
Senior forward Cameron Goettsche had one of his best games this season in the win over Pepperdine. Goettsche, who has started all six games, scored a season-high nine points and tied his season-high with five rebounds against the Waves. Although he made just 2-of-8 field goal attempts, he did make 5-of-6 free throws, including several down the stretch to help ice the win. He also had a season-high three assists. Goettsche is now averaging 5.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. He and Turner combined for 22 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots against Pepperdine, by far the greatest production UCSB has received from its post players this season.
UCSB's foreign imports, freshman forward Tom Garlepp (Perth, Australia) and sophomore forward Chidi Ajufo (Lagos, Nigeria) have seen their playing time and production dip in recent games. Since scoring 16 points in the season-opener against USF, Garlepp has scored just 16 points in the last five games. Playing behind Chris Devine, he has seen his playing time dwindle from an average of 18 minutes in the first two games of the year to 11 minutes per game in the last four. Ajufo averaged 10 minutes per game in the first four games but in the last two games he has played a total of eight. After averaging 4.3 points per outing in the first four games, Ajufo was scoreless in the last two.