UCSB Hits Road for Next Six, Travels to Montana State Friday

UCSB Hits Road for Next Six, Travels to Montana State Friday

Dec. 14, 2009

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• The Schedule
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

Monday, December 21, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara at Arizona State
at Wells Fargo Arena (14,198)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker

• The Gauchos On The Air
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..

• Gaucho Single-Game Tickets 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.

• Talk'n Gauchos
UCSB Athletics has a new weekly radio show called Talk'n Gauchos which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1490 KIST. The show is broadcast live from State & A Bar and Grill, located on the corner of State Street and Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways or to even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click here to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online.

• The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters its Dec. 18 game at Montana State with a record of 4-2. In their last game on Dec. 5, the Gauchos dropped a 69-61 decision at home to San Diego State. It was their second consecutive loss. UCSB also lost at home on Dec. 1 to Santa Clara, 79-68.

• Quick Start Then A Slowdown
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. The current two-game losing streak is the team's first such streak since it lost back-to-back games on Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, 2009.

• Gauchos Lose To Santa Clara, 79-68
Tryone Shelley scored 17 points, Malcolm Thomas added 15 and visiting San Diego State took advantage of ice-cold first half shooting by UCSB en route to a 69-61 win on Dec. 5. The Aztecs locked down the Gauchos defensively early in the game and it showed. UCSB fell behind by as many as 12 points at 21-9 with 7:40 to play as it missed 12 of its first 13 shots and finished at 7-of-27 (25.7%) for the first half. UCSB's two leading scorers on the season - Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally - combined for just 14 points in the game. The duo made just 3-of-13 shots from the field. Despite its shooting problems, UCSB used a 10-1 run to close the half, pulling within 28-26 at the break. James Powell made the first of his six three-point baskets and lay-up to spark the run. Shelley got SDSU back on track at the start of the second half making his only three-point basket of the game just 21 seconds in. His three-pointer started an 8-0 surge over the first 2:16 and his old-fashioned three-point play completed the run to give to push the Aztec lead back to 10, 36-26. Once again it was Powell who led a Gaucho comeback. He followed Shelley's three-point play with a three-pointer to start an 18-11 UCSB spurt. Powell had three more three-point baskets during the run, which was capped by a steal and slam dunk by Chris Brew, narrowing SDSU's lead to 47-44. The Gauchos got within 53-52 on a three-pointer by Powell with 9:46 to play, but the Aztecs never relinquished the edge. UCSB shot 50.0% in the second half to finish at 37.3% for the game. SDSU made 27-of-53 from the field, 50.9%. In addition to Shelley and Thomas, Leonard and Gay were also in double-figures with 13 points apiece.

• Game At Montana State Begins A Long Road Run
The Dec. 18 game at Montana State will begin a long road run for UCSB. The game against the Bobcats 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. When UCSB does return home, it will have gone 33 days without a home game.

• The Opponents
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. The Gauchos and Arizona State have played eight times since the first game of the series in 1957. The Sun Devils hold a 6-2 advantage all-time and they have won the last two games between the schools. The last time the teams met was on Nov. 28, 2005 and ASU won that game by a score of 73-57.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 20 Will Brew, Jr. - Has just eight turnovers in 132 minutes this season.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Only Gaucho to score in double-figures in all six games.
G 42 James Powell - Needs 19 points to become 23rd Gaucho to hit 1,000 for career.
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Has had at least one steal in each of the last four games.
F 15 Sam Phippen - Scored a career-high 14 points twice this season.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1 Chris Brew - Has made 9-of-11 shots and averaged 10.5 ppg in the last two games.
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Made his first two-point basket of the season against San Diego State.
G 4 Paul Roemer - Played a season-low four minutes in loss to San Diego State.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Averaged 18.0 minutes and 4.0 assists in the last two games.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Has played a combined 12 minutes in last two games.
G 21 James Nunnally - Made just 3-of-16 shots in the last two games, 18.7%.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Has played 11 or more minutes in three straight games.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Played season-low five minutes in each of the last two games.

• 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.

• Playing The Percentages
On Dec. 5, San Diego State became the first opponent in 2009-10 to make more than half of its shots against UCSB. The Aztecs hit 27 of their 53 shots against the Gauchos, 50.9. The previous high-water mark for an opponent was the 47.9% that San Francisco shot. Since allowing its first two opponents to make just 36-of-110 shots, 32.7%, UCSB has not been as stingy on the defensive end. Each of the last four Gaucho opponents has made 45.3% or better from the field and they have combined to make 103 out of 217 field goal attempts, 47.5%.

• Freebies
In 2008-09, UCSB averaged 20.6 free throws per game and shot 69.4% from the line. It's early, but through six games in 2009-10, the Gauchos are going to the free throw line with great regularity. In its first six contests, Santa Barbara has attempted 179 free throws, 29.8 per game. UCSB attempted 22 free throws in the loss to San Diego State, its lowest total of the season. In their 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.

• On The Road Again
The Gauchos are 1-0 on the road this season. On Nov. 28, UCSB posted an 89-84 win at Loyola Marymount. Last year, Santa Barbara was 3-10 in true road games. The wins came at Utah Valley, Cal Poly, and UC Irvine. The Gauchos were also 3-1 in neutral court games in 2008-09. Overall, they posted a 6-11 record in games away from the Thunderdome.

• The Underclass
Through six games, UCSB's underclassmen - the freshmen and sophomores - have produced in a major way. As a group, they have scored 282 of the team's 445 points, 63.4%. In addition, the group of seven has 130 rebounds (60.5%), 46 assists (51.1%), and 27 steals (50.9%). Perhaps the most extreme example of the groups contributions came on Nov. 23, when UCSB defeated San Francisco, 76-65. In that game, sophomores Orlando Johnson, James Nunnally, Jaimé Serna, Will Brew, and Greg Somogyi combined for 65 of the team's 76 points., 85.5%

• Rebound Run Ends
After being outrebounded in their season opener against Cal State Los Angeles, the Gauchos rattled off consecutive rebound victories over Weber State (+1), San Francisco (+3), Loyola Marymount (+13), and Santa Clara (+3). That streak ended in the last game when San Diego State outrebounded UCSB 35-34. On the season, the Gauchos are in the black in rebounding by an average margin of +3.0.

• First Half Blues
UCSB has scored 193 points in first halves this season and 252 in second halves. In the last two games, they combined to score just 55 in first halves and 74 in second halves.

• Forecast: Orlando Hopes To Get Hot...Again Orlando Johnson continues to lead UCSB in scoring at 16.7 points per game and rebounding at 7.0 per game, but he has been in a bit of a lull over the last three games. Three games into the year, Johnson was averaging 21.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while shooting 60.6% overall and 55.6% from three-point range. In the last three games, he has averaged 12.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per outing while shooting 35.7% overall and 30.0% from three-point territory. While Johnson is still the only Gaucho to score 10 or more in each game this season, he had a season-low 10 against San Diego State. He led UCSB in scoring in each of the first three games, but has not done so since. In fact, when he did lead the team in scoring in the first three games he became the first newcomer in program history to accomplish the feat.

• Old Buddy, Old Powell
James Powell had one of his finest performances as a Gaucho in the loss to San Diego State. Powell played 23 minutes and scored 20 points, making six out of his nine three-point attempts. The six three-pointers were one shy of his career-high. In fact, he and Chris Brew just about kept UCSB in the game against the Aztecs. Powell is now averaging 11.8 points per game with much of the damage coming in the last three games. In the first three contests, he averaged 7.7 points per game while shooting 47.4% overall and 30.0% from beyond the three-point stripe. In the last three games, Powell has averaged 16.0 points while making 58.6% of his shots overall and 12-of-18 three-pointers, 66.7%. On Nov. 28, he scored a season-high 21 points in a win at Loyola Marymount, making 7-of-10 shots overall and 5-of-7 from three-point range.

• Yes, Serna
Jaimé Serna is averaging 8.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He is second on the team in steals with seven. After averaging 11.3 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 63.2% from the field over a three-game stretch, Serna struggled in the Dec. 5 loss to San Diego State, making just 1-of-4 shots while finishing with four points and three rebounds. He scored a season-high 13 on Nov. 23 against San Francisco and followed that up with a 12 point effort on Nov. 28 at LMU. It was the second time in his career that Serna scored in double-figures in consecutive games.

• The Flying Nunnally
James Nunnally is still averaging 11.2 points per game, but after averaging 18.0 per game and making 52.3% of his shots overall and 62.5% from three-point range, he has struggled. In the last two games, Nunnally has averaged 6.5 points, making 3-of-16 shots from the field, 18.7%, and 2-for-8 from three-point territory, 25.0%. In a Nov. 23 win over San Francisco, he scored a season-high 20 points.

• Where There's A Will, There's A Way
Will Brew not only leads UCSB in assists with 21, but he is tied for the team-lead with 10 steals. His assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.6-to-1.0, and, in fact, he has more steals (10) than he does turnovers (8). On Nov. 23 against San Francisco, Brew had a career-high six assists and he has had three or more four times this season.

• Sam He Is
Sam Phippen is averaging 6.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. He had just three points and three rebounds in 19 minutes against San Diego State. Phippen scored a career-high 14 in games against Cal State Los Angeles and Loyola Marymount and he had a career-high seven rebounds on Dec. 1 against Santa Clara.

• Justin Time
After missing all of last season recovering from wrist surgery, Justin Joyner missed the first two games of this season with a sprained ankle. In his first two appearances this year, he played a total of eight minutes, but in the last two he played 36. In the last two, he has eight assists, three turnovers, and three steals. Joyner does, however, have yet to score in 2009-10.

• Never Roemer Alone
Paul Roemer has a torn tendon in the middle finger of his right hand, but he continues to play. Averaging 2.8 points and 1.8 assists per game, but he played a season-low four minutes on Dec. 5 vs. San Diego State, going scoreless and without an assist.

• Hall Pass
Jon Pastorek averaged 19 minutes in the first three games of the season. In the last three, he has played a total of 17, 5.7 per game. Pastorek had a season-high 11 points in the opener against Cal State Los Angeles and 11 rebounds on Nov. 17 vs. Weber State. In the last three combined, he has scored five points and had two rebounds.

• Brew Two
Chris Brew played one minute in his first game as a Gaucho at LMU on Nov. 28. In the last two, he played a far more significant role. Brew had a team-high 12 points, making all five of his field goal attempts, on Dec. 1 vs. Santa Clara. On Dec. 5 vs. San Diego State, he was 4-for-6 and had 11 points. In all, Brew has gone 9-of-11 (81.8%) and scored 23 points in just 29 minutes in the last two games.

• 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 183-148. 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 372-248 (.600) at four-year schools.

• Not Just A Kid, A GKid
UCSB Athletics is proud to introduce GKids - its new official kids club! GKids members will receive a free GKids t-shirt, free admittance to tons of Gaucho games, opportunities to be ball boys and girls at games, a special birthday greeting from Olie (the new GKids mascot) and much, much more! For more information on GKids, or to become a member, please click here.