UCSB Hosts Rival Long Beach State on ESPNU in Big West Opener Tuesday

UCSB Hosts Rival Long Beach State on ESPNU in Big West Opener Tuesday

Dec. 27, 2010

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• The Schedule
Game 11
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Long Beach State
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Gametracker

Game 12
Friday, December 31, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Fresno Pacific
at UCSB's Thunderdome

Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Gametracker

Tickets Available For All Home 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.

Big West +1 Ticket Plan
For just $99, fans get two tickets to all eight of UCSB's Big West home games plus two to either the Dec. 31 game against Fresno Pacific or the Feb. 19 ESPNU Bracketbuster game. That's an average of $5.50 per game! For more information click here.

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• 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.

• Rematch Of 2010 Big West Tournament Title Game Opens League Play
UCSB opens Big West play on Tuesday, Dec. 28 against Long Beach State in a rematch of the 2010 Big West Conference Tournament championship game. In last year's title game, the Gauchos defeated the 49ers by a score of 69-64 to win their first crown in eight years. Santa Barbara and Long Beach were picked to finish 1-2 in the Big West's annual preseason media poll, as well as most major publications. Following the league opener, UCSB will remain at home to host Fresno Pacific on New Year's Eve at 2:00 p.m.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its game against Long Beach State with a 6-4 record. The Gauchos won their last game, a 76-52 non-conference decision over visiting Cal Baptist on Dec. 21. Since opening the season with a 2-3 record, they have won four out of five. The only loss over the most recent five games came at San Diego State on Dec. 21. The Aztecs are ranked seventh in the most recent ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and the Associated Press poll.

• Gauchos-49ers Slated For ESPNU
In addition to tipping-off the Big West Conference schedule on Dec. 28, UCSB and Long Beach State will open the league's television schedule on ESPNU. The telecast will be the first of at least and, most likely four, for the Gauchos this season. They will also be televised on Feb. 3 vs. Pacific (ESPNU), Feb. 5 vs. UC Davis (Prime Ticket) and Feb. 12 at UC Irvine (Fox Sports West). It is likely that UCSB's Feb. 26 game at Long Beach will also be broadcast since three of the four league games that night are guaranteed to be on one network or another. Finally, Santa Barbara's ESPNU BracketBuster game against an as-yet unknown foe, on Feb. 18, 19 or 20 could be carried by one of ESPN's outlets.

• Serna Questionable As Gauchos Open Big West Play
Junior forward Jaimé Serna missed UCSB's Dec. 21 win over Cal Baptist with a strained groin and he is questionable for the Big West opener against Long Beach State. In three games prior to injuring his groin, Serna averaged 11.0 points and 6.3 rebounds while hitting 14-of-21 shots from the field, 66.7%.

• The Last Time Out: UCSB 76, Cal Baptist 52
Led by Jordan Weiner, who scored a career-high 16 points, the UCSB bench scored a season-high 38 points in a 76-62 win over visiting Cal Baptist on Dec. 21. In the win over the Lancers, the Gaucho reserves played 112 minutes as compared to 88 by the starters. In addition, the game marked the first time this season that UCSB had four players score in double-figures in the same game. Joining Weiner were James Nunnally and Kyle Boswell, who each had 11, and Orlando Johnson who had 10. The 11 points were a career-high for Boswell. Santa Barbara made a season-high 13 three-pointers while shooting a season-best 61.9% from beyond the three-point arc. In the game, seven different players made at least one three-point basket with Weiner's four leading the way. Overall, the Gauchos made 58.0% from the field and committed a season-low eight turnovers.

• Gauchos Win Over UNLV Was First Over Ranked Opponent Since 1993
On Dec. 15, UCSB defeated UNLV by a 68-62 score. At the time, the Rebels were ranked 22nd in the nation. The win was the program's first over a ranked opponent since the Gauchos defeated UNLV on Feb. 22, 1993. The game, which was played at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, was UCSB's first road win over a ranked opponent since Jan. 7, 1988 when it also defeated UNLV. In its next game, the Gauchos played 10th-ranked (now 7th) San Diego State, their highest ranked opponent since Nov. 21, 2008 when they hosted top-ranked North Carolina at the Thunderdome.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 20 Will Brew - Since playing season-high 36 minutes Dec. 4 at Santa Clara, has averaged 18.3.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Had career-highs of 11 points and three three-pointers vs. Cal Baptist.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Played season-low 17 minutes vs. Cal Baptist but had 10 points.
F 21 James Nunnally - Played a season-low 17 minutes on Dec. 21 vs. Cal Baptist.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Has at least two blocked shots in seven out of 10 games.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Questionable with a strained groin. Missed Dec. 21 game vs. Cal Baptist.
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Scored a career-high 16 points in Dec. 21 win over Cal Baptist.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Has made at least one three-point basket in three straight games.
G 24 Christian Peterson - Made his first basket of the season on Dec. 21 vs. Cal Baptist.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Totaled 32 minutes in last two games after playing 31 in previous four.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Scored season-high seven and had season-high three assists vs. Cal Baptist.
G 43 Troy Leaf - After making two field goals in first eight games, has five in the last two.

• The Opponents
UCSB has played Long Beach State more than any other opponent in the history of the program. The Gauchos and 49ers have met 108 times in a series that began in 1952. According to our records, Santa Barbara and Long Beach have each won 54 games. Last season, the 49ers won on their home court by 67-47 count. The Gauchos won the game at the Thunderdome, 64-62, and then again at the Anaheim Convention Center in the Big West Tournament, 69-64. In all, UCSB has won three of the last four meetings between the teams. The game against Fresno Pacific will be the first ever.

• The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 3-0 at home this season and have an 11-game home winning streak. UCSB went 11-2 at home in 2009-10, including a perfect 8-0 against Big West opponents. It marked the first time ever that the Gauchos were unbeaten at home in league play. Santa Barbara won eight consecutive home games to close out the season. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, the Gauchos have won 20 of their last 22 home games.

• Williams Posts 200th Win As UCSB Coach
Head coach Bob Williams recorded his 200th win in the opener against Denver. Williams, who is now 205-160 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. One more win and he moves into second on the school's all-time victory list.

• 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 205 career wins, Williams is tied with Willie Wilton for second on UCSB's all-time list. He needs six wins to hit the 400 victory plateau for his overall career. Finally, he needs 18 victories to move past Jerry Pimm (222) and become UCSB's all-time leader in coaching wins.

• Freeloading
UCSB has been outstanding at the free throw line in 2010-11. 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 on just two occasions they made 80.0% or better in a game. Fortunately for last year's Gauchos, one of the two times they made 80-percent or better was in the Big West Tournament championship game against Long Beach State. Through 10 games this year, UCSB is shooting a sparkling 79.2% from the charity stripe. In addition, the Gauchos have made 80.0% or better in seven of the 10 games and only twice have they been below 78.1%. In fact, Santa Barbara not only leads the Big West in free throw percentage but, as of Monday, ranked eighth out of 336 schools on the national level. James Nunnally has been the Gauchos' best free throw shooter this season. He has made 57-of-62, 91.9%.

• Nunnally/Johnson Rank 1-2
James Nunnally and Orlando Johnson continue to rank 1-2 in the Big West scoring race. Nunnally enters league play with a scoring average of 20.2 points per game while Johnson is at 18.7. Nunnally trailed Johnson through the first six games of the year, but a surge that was highlighted by a career-high 34-point performance on Dec. 4 at Santa Clara, allowed him to overtake his teammate and assume control. Last year, Johnson averaged 18.0 points per game and won the league's scoring crown.

• Nerves Of Steal
Through 10 games, UCSB is averaging 8.8 steals. The Gauchos have had six or more steals in nine of 10 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 Dec. 1 against Loyola Marymount. UCSB leads the Big West in steals by a margin of 1.53 per game.

• Three For All
Actually, it was a three-for-most. Led by Jordan Weiner, who tied his career-high with four three-pointers, UCSB had a season-high 13 threes in the Dec. 21 win over Cal Baptist. Even more impressively, the Gauchos had seven different player make three-pointers in the win over the Lancers. In 2009-10, they never had more than five players make three-pointers in the same game.

• Thirtysomethings
On Nov. 20, Orlando Johnson scored 35 points in a home win over Fresno State. James Nunnally scored 34 points in UCSB's Dec. 4 win at Santa Clara and when he did so, it marked the first time since the 2001-02 season that two Gauchos have scored 30 or more points in a game in the same season. In 2001-02, Adama Ndiaye had a 31-point game in a win an Cal Poly and Mark Hull poured in 32 in UCSB's NCAA Tournament game against Arizona.

• Playing The Percentages
Since making just 64-of-161 (39.8%) shots over the first three games of the season, UCSB's shooting has improved. The Gauchos made an outstanding 29-of-50 from the floor against Cal Baptist, 58.0%. In the last seven games, they have made 178-of-362, 49.2%. UCSB, which has made 50.0% or better four times in 10 games, made 29-of-47 for a season best 61.7% on Dec. 1 against Loyola Marymount.

• Turning Over A New Leaf
Despite turning the ball over a season-high 25 times, UCSB won at nationally-ranked UNLV on Dec. 15. In two games since, the Gauchos have just 21 total turnovers, 10.5 per game. They had just 13 at San Diego State and a season-low eight in the Dec. 21 win over Cal Baptist. On the year, Santa Barbara is averaging 15.0 turnovers per game. In 10 games, however, they have been below the 15-turnover mark five times.

• The Defensive Pendulum
In UCSB's games against nationally-ranked opponents, the defensive pendulum made a huge swing. In the win over then-No. 22 UNLV, the Gauchos stifled the Runnin' Rebels, holding one of the nation's best shooting teams to just 29.0% overall and 20.7% from three-point range. In a Dec. 18 loss at now No. 7 San Diego State, UCSB was riddled by the Aztecs to the tune of 56.1% overall and 50.0% from three-point. The swing of 27.1% from one game to the next was extreme. In the last game, the pendulum went the other direction as Cal Baptist made 20 out of its 40 field goal attempts, 40.0%. In all, Gaucho opponents are shooting 42.0% from the field. Of 10 opponents, just two - North Dakota State is the other - have shot over 50-percent and eight have been 44.1% or below.

• Marginal Wins
UCSB has six wins this season and five of them have come by double-digit margins. The Gauchos have beaten Denver (16 points), Fresno State (15 points), Loyola Marymount (10 points), Santa Clara (11 points) and Cal Baptist (22) by margins of 10 or more. In all, Santa Barbara outscores its opponents by an average of 3.4 points per game, the highest figure in the Big West. On the other hand, of UCSB's four losses only the Nov. 27 defeat at Portland (12 points) and the Dec. 18 game at San Diego State were by double-figures.

• Double-Dipping
James Nunnally and Orlando Johnson are the only two Gauchos to score in double-figures in every game this season. In fact, until the Dec. 21 game against Cal Baptist, the only other player to score 10 or more in a game was Jaimé Serna.

Player	         GP	10+
Orlando Johnson	 10	10
James Nunnally	 10	10
Jaimé Serna	 9	4
Jordan Weiner	 10	1
Kyle Boswell	 9	1

• Double-Double Dipping
UCSB's list of double-doubles this season is not a lengthy one. James Nunnally, Orlando Johnson and Jaimé Serna are the only players to hit double-figures in two statistical categories in the same game this season. Johnson has posted a pair of double-doubles. Last year Johnson and Nunnally were the only ones who achieved the feat.

Player	        Opp.	        Stats
Orlando Johnson	vs. Fresno St.	35 pts, 11 rebs
Orlando Johnson	at UNLV	        12 pts, 15 rebs
James Nunnally	at Portland	22 pts, 11 rebs
Jaimé Serna	at Santa Clara	11 pts, 10 rebs

• UCSB Among The Big West Ranks

Category                Stat            Rank
Scoring	                69.2 ppg	5th
Scoring Defense	        65.8 ppg	4th
Scoring Margin	        +3.4 ppg	2nd
FG%	                   46.3%	1st
FT%	                   79.2%	1st
3-FG%	                   40.1%	1st
FG% Defense	           42.0%	3rd
3-FG% Defense	           37.2%	9th
3-Pt. Field Goals	 7.10 pg	4th
Reb. Margin	         -1.5 pg	5th
Blocked Shots	        4.20 bpg	1st
Assists	               13.90 apg	3rd
Steals	                 8.8 spg	1st
Turnover Margin	        +0.80 pg	2nd
Assist/TO Ratio	        0.80:1.0	5th

• The Flying Nunnally
James Nunnally is UCSB's leading scorer at 20.2 points per game. He played a season-low 17 minutes and tied his season-low with 11 points on Dec. 21 against Cal Baptist. He had 23 points and seven rebounds in the Gauchos' Dec. 15 win at nationally-ranked UNLV. Nunnally followed-up that game with 15 points in a game at San Diego State and was named Big West Player of the Week for the second time this season. On Dec. 6, after setting a pair of career-highs and averaging 31.5 points per game in a pair of Gaucho wins., he was also honored by the league. Nunnally scored 29 in a Dec. 1 win over Loyola Marymount, making 11-of-14 shots overall and 4-of-5 from three-point range. He also added six rebounds. One game later, in a Dec. 4 win at Santa Clara, he poured in 34 points on 8-of-11 from the field, 4-of-6 from three-point territory and 14-of-16 from the free throw line. The 63 points were the most that a UCSB player has scored over a two-game span since Raymond Tutt went for 37 and 35 in consecutive games during the latter portion of the 1996-97 season. Since averaging 17.0 points per game through four games, Nunnally has averaged 22.3 points per game while shooting 60.3% overall (41-of-63), 53.3% from three-point range (16-of-30) and 94.7% (36-of-38) from the free throw line. He has lifted his field goal percentage for the season to 51.7% and his three-point percentage to 39.6%. He has been in double-figures in all 10 games and has scored 20 or more five times. In fact, Nunnally has set a new career-high three times this season. In addition to scoring 29 against Loyola Marymount and 34 at Santa Clara, he had 28 on Nov. 14 at Oregon. Nunnally is also second on the Gauchos in rebounds at 5.4 per game, although he had just four in the last two games. He had a career-high 11 rebounds on Nov. 27 at Portland while also scoring 22 points. It was his first double-double of the year and third of his career. Nunnally has also been outstanding from the free throw line for UCSB. He has made 62-of-67 on the year, 91.9%, the ninth best mark in the nation as of Monday. In the last six games, he has gone 36-of-38, 94.7%. Finally, in his career, the Stockton, Calif., native has scored 872 points.

• O.J. Points The Way
While Orlando Johnson is averaging 18.7 points per game his scoring numbers are down in recent games. After averaging 24.6 points per game through the first five games of the season, he has scored 64 in the last five games, 12.8 per game. The Seaside, Calif., native has scored in double-figures in all 10 games this season and all 40 since he arrived at UCSB after transferring from Loyola Marymount. Johnson's streak is the longest on record. The previous mark of 36 straight double-figure scoring efforts were set by Raymond Tutt during the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons. Johnson has set a new career-high twice this season. On Nov. 13 he poured in 30 points against North Dakota State and then, on Nov. 20 he had 35 points against Fresno State, the most points scored by a Gaucho since Alex Harris tallied 37 in late-February of 2007. In scoring 30 or more twice this season, he is the first Gaucho to do so since Harris in 2006-07. In the game against Fresno State, Johnson made 13-of-19 field goal attempts, 4-of-5 three-point attempts and also added 11 rebounds. For his effort, Johnson was named Big West Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career. In addition to his offensive exploits, Johnson has claimed the team-lead in rebound average at 6.3 per game and he leads the team at 2.7 assists per outing. In UCSB's Dec. 15 win at UNLV, he had a career-high 15 rebounds, including 10 in the second half. He has had five or more rebounds six times and three or more assists six times, all in the last seven games. He had a season-high six assists on Dec. 18 at San Diego State. In his 40 games at UCSB, Johnson has scored 727 points, an average of 18.2 per game, a figure that would rank him third on the school's all-time list. Finally, if you include his one season at Loyola Marymount when he set a Lions' freshman record with 383 points, Johnson now has 1,110 points as a collegiate player.

• Serna Becomes The Third Wheel
Being the third wheel on a date isn't a good thing. Being the third wheel in UCSB's offensive attack isn't a bad thing at all. Junior forward Jaimé Serna has become the Gauchos third option. After scoring 12 points in the season-opener against Denver, Serna averaged just 5.4 per game over the next five games. In his three games prior to sitting-out the Dec. 21 game against Cal Baptist with a strained groin, he turned things around. Prior to injuring himself, Serna scored 10 in just 12 minutes at San Diego State on Dec. 18. It marked the third straight game in which he scored in double-figures. In his last three games, Serna has averaged 11.0 points while making 14-of-21 shots from the field, 66.7%. Overall, despite an 0-for-7 performance in the second game of the season, Serna is shooting a team-leading 55.8%. In his last seven appearances he made 26-of-40 field goal attempts, 65.0%. Finally, in a Dec. 4 win at Santa Clara, he became the first Gaucho in the last two season without the last name Johnson or Nunnally to post a double-double as he had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

• Air Weiner
Senior Jordan Weiner has become a valuable asset off the Gauchos' bench. On Dec. 21 against Cal Baptist, Weiner scored a career-high 16 points and, in the process, tied his career-high with four three-point buckets. Overall, he hit 6-of-9 shots from the field against the Lancers. On the season, Weiner is averaging 5.5 points per game, fourth on the team, but in the last five games, four of which were UCSB wins, he averaged 7.8 points while making 12-of-23 shots overall, 52.2%, 9-of-19 from three-point territory, 47.4%, and 6-of-7 from the free throw line, 85.7%. With a pair of steals in his last game, Weiner is now tied for the team-lead in that category with 15.

• Justin Joins In The Fun
Senior guard Justin Joyner missed UCSB's first two December games against Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara with a hip injury. He returned in the Dec. 15 at UNLV and the Gauchos were glad he did. Joyner easily had his best game of the season against the Runnin' Rebels as he went for eight points, six assists, four steals, one blocked shot and a rebounds. He made all three of his field goal attempts, including both of his three-point attempts. In fact, entering the game at Las Vegas, Joyner was 1-for-7 from the floor on the season and in the three games since, San Diego State and Cal Baptist in addition to UNLV, he has gone 5-of-7 overall and 4-of-5 from outside the three-point arc. The four steals that Joyner compiled against the Rebels as a career-high and he has six in the last three games. Finally, since returning from the injured hip, he has produced 10 assists, 3.3 per game. He is now second on the team at 2.4 per game and he has 262 in his career, the 10th most in school history. Joyner needs just 11 to pass Branduinn Fullove and move into ninth all-time. Impressively, he has just 142 career turnovers. In his last three seasons of activity (Joyner missed the 2008-09 campaign following wrist surgery) he has 181 assists and just 88 turnovers, a 2.1-to-1.0 ratio.

• Somogyi's Block Party
After failing to collect a blocked shot in UCSB's Dec. 18 game at San Diego State, center Greg Somogyi bounced back with three rejections in 18 minutes against Cal Baptist. Somogyi has now collected 21 blocked shots in 10 games this season, an average of 2.1 per game. He has had two or more seven times this season and went for a season-high five in just 19 minutes at Portland. Somogyi now has 96 blocks in his career, fifth all-time. He needs four to hit the 100 mark.

• Waiting In The Wings
UCSB has two key transfers sitting out the 2010-11 season. Forward Keegan Hornbuckle and point guard Nate Garth will sit out the 2010-11 season as redshirts after transferring from Colorado and New Mexico, respectively. The 6-foot-7 Hornbuckle will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2011-12 season while the 6-foot-2 Garth will have two.

• 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 205-160. 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 394-260 (.602) at four-year schools.

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