Gauchos Continue Homestand, Host Santa Clara Tuesday

Gauchos Continue Homestand, Host Santa Clara Tuesday

• The Schedule 
Game No. 2
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Santa Clara University Broncos

at UCSB's Thunderdome
Note: First 500 fans will receive a free Gaucho Zipper Wristband
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio:
Livestats available on

Game No. 3
Friday, November 18, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Westmont College Warriors

at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio:
Livestats available on

• Big West +1 Plan, Tickets Available
Season tickets and single game tickets for all UCSB games are available.  In addition, the Big West +1 Plan is also available.  With the Big West +1, fans can purchase tickets for all eight Gaucho Big West games, plus one for either the Nov. 26 showdown against San Diego State or the Nov. 30 game against rival UNLV.  The cost of the plan is just $99.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, please stop by the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, call 805-893-UCSB (8272) or online by clicking here

• Coach Pimm Introduced As Legend Nov. 30
A banner honoring former UCSB head coach Jerry Pimm as a Legend of the 'Dome will be unveiled at halftime of the Gauchos Nov. 30 game against UNLV.  Pimm, who built UCSB into a top-25 program, experienced many of his greatest moments in wins over the rival Runnin' Rebels.  He will become the fourth men's basketball honoree as he joins three of his greatest Gaucho players - Brian Shaw, Carrick DeHart and Eric McArthur - to earn the honor.  Overall, Coach Pimm is the 10th honoree.  Former women's basketball great Erin Alexander (Brown) will have her banner unfurled on Feb. 4 against Cal Poly.  Tickets for both of the legends games are available by clickinghere

• 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 and 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.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB opened the regular season with a 74-48 win over visiting Chapman on Nov. 11.  The Gauchos are 1-0 on the season.  In 2010-11, UCSB finished with an 18-14 overall record and an 8-8 league mark.  The Gauchos did go 3-0 in the Big West Tournament to win their second straight league crown and advance to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament.

• UCSB Defeats Chapman In Opener
James Nunnally scored 20 points and added five rebounds and Orlando Johnson scored 14 as UCSB opened the 2011-12 season with a 74-48 win over visiting Chapman on Nov. 11.  Nunnally scored 14 of is 20 points in the second half as the Gauchos blew open a game that they led 36-24 at halftime.  The senior from Stockton made 9-of-12 shots overall and 1-of-2 from three-point range.  Johnson, who returned to action last week after sitting out a couple weeks of practice and an exhibition game, was a little rusty but still made 6-of-13 shots and 2-of-3 three-pointers.  Sophomore guard Kyle Boswell was also outstanding as made 4-of-5 shots overall and 3-of-4 from outside the three-point arc to tie his career-high with 11 points.  As a team, UCSB shot 58.0% overall and 53.3% from three-point range.  

• Gauchos Continue Lengthy Homestand With Two Games This Week
The Gauchos continue their season-opening six-game homestand with two games this week.  On Tuesday, UCSB hosts Santa Clara in a 7:00 p.m. game at the Thunderdome.  On Friday night, Westmont College will make the trek from the hills of Montecito for another 7:00 p.m. game.  The Gauchos will also play Portland, San Diego State and UNLV at home this month.  They won't play a road game until Dec. 13 when they travel to the University of San Diego.  At that point, things go in a completely different direction.  The game at USD will start what is more a road odyssey than road trip.  Following the game against the Toreros, the Gauchos will play at Washington on Dec. 16, at Cal on Dec. 19 and at BYU on Dec. 22.  When all is said and done, they will have spent 12 days on the road.  After taking Christmas off, UCSB opens league play at Cal Poly on Jan. 2.  They will host Cal State Fullerton at the Thunderdome on Jan. 5, their first home game in 37 days.  

• Johnson's List Of Preseason Accolades Grows...Again
Orlando Johnson's list of preseason honors has continued to grow.  In early October, he became the first Gaucho ever named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top-50 list.  On Nov. 1, Johnson was named to the Lute Olson Preseason All-America Team.  He is one of just 21 players across the nation to be recognized on the team.  Two weeks ago, Johnson was introduced as one of 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.  He is the first UCSB player ever to make his way onto the list.  Finally, last, but not least, he has been named to the Naismith Player of the Year Preseason Watch List.  Once again, he is the first Gaucho ever to make the list.

• Gauchos Ranked 23rd In Mid-Major Poll
UCSB opens the season ranked 23rd in the Mid-Major Top-20 poll.  Gonzaga and Butler are ranked 1-2.

• The Gauchos And Broncos
UCSB and Santa Clara have met 25 times and the Broncos hold a 15-10 edge.  Last season, on Dec. 4, 2010, UCSB won at Santa Clara by an 80-69 score.  James Nunnally scored a career-high 34 in the Gaucho win.

• Home, Sweet Home 
UCSB is 1-0 at home this season and while the Gauchos had a relatively modest 9-4 record at home in 2010-11, they have found great success at the Thunderdome over the years.  In the last four seasons, UCSB has gone 41-13 in home games.  In 2009-10, an 11-2 home record equaled the second best single-season home winning percentage in school history at 84.6%.  In Bob Williams' 13 seasons in Santa Barbara, the Gauchos have posted a 123-48 home record, 71.9%.  In his last 10 seasons, they have gone 97-32, 75.2%.  Finally, in 2009-10, for the first time in school history, they were unbeaten at home in Big West Conference games going a perfect 8-0.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Had six points and one rebound in 18 minutes vs. Chapman.
G 1   Nate Garth - Had four assists and no turnovers in his Gaucho debut.
F 21 James Nunnally - Scored a game-high 20 points vs. Chapman.
F 24 Christian Peterson - Made first career start and finished with three points, four boards.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Although a bit rusty, had 14 points in win over Chapman.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
F 5 Keegan Hornbuckle - Remains sidelined with a sore back.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Tied his career-high with 11 points in win over Chapman.
G 11 T.J. Taylor - Had six assists and no turnovers in season opener.
F 12 Lewis Thomas -Played 10 minutes in his first game as a Gaucho.
F 15 Alan Williams - Had five points and five rebounds in just seven minutes vs. Chapman.
F 20 Shawn Moore - Walk-on from Butte College was a DNP in win over Chapman.
F 32 John Green - Injury to left foot could sideline him for most, if not all, season.
F 35 Taran Brown - Coaches are leaning towards redshirting him.
C 55  Greg Somogyi - Has 136 career blocked shots ranking him third in school history.

• A Win That Felt A Little Like A Loss
As mentioned earlier, the Gauchos won their season opener over Chapman, which was a good thing.  On the other hand, it was a win that felt a little like a loss because of the loss of freshman John Green.  Midway through the second half, the 6-foot-5 Green turned and started running toward the offensive end of the floor when he fell to the court with a left foot injury.  Earlier in the year, the Oakland, Calif., native was in a cast and a walking boot for nearly three months as his right foot mended.  The new injury could keep Green out for most, if not all, of the season.

• Nunnally Eclipses 1,200 Point Mark
Senior James Nunnally has been one of the most dependable scorers in UCSB history since late in his freshman season.  Last year, he averaged 16.3 points per game and teamed with Orlando Johnson to form the most potent scoring combination in the Big West.  In the season-opener against Chapman, Nunnally scored a game-high 20 points and in doing so, moved past the 1,200 point mark for his career.  He enters Tuesday's game against Santa Clara with 1,210 points.  Last year against the Broncos, Nunnally scored a career-high 34 points in a UCSB win. 

• Williams Creeps Closer To UCSB Wins Record
Bob Williams is in his 14th season at the helm of the UCSB basketball program and his 23rd overall.  Including the season opening win over Chapman,  Williams has led three schools to a 407-270 overall record. His Gaucho teams have gone 218-170.  He has the second highest win total in school history and needs just five to move into first all-time.  Jerry Pimm, who guided the Gauchos for 15 seasons, is the current record holder with 222 career wins.

• Gauchos Picked To Finish Second In Big West
UCSB has been picked to finish second in the Big West Conference's regular season standings in a poll of the league's media.  The Gauchos received four first-place votes and totaled 196 points.  Long Beach State, the 2011 regular season champion, earned 20 first-place votes and tallied 212 points.  Cal Poly (158 points), Cal State Fullerton (131 points) and UC Riverside (114 points) rounded out the top-five.

• Pointing The Way 
UCSB's new point guard tandem of junior Nate Garth and freshman T.J. Taylor had an outstanding debut against Chapman.  Garth made the start and although he scored just two points, he had four assists, one steal and no turnovers.  Taylor had five points, a game-high six assists, three rebounds, one steal and also no turnovers.  Both players logged 21 minutes.  Combined, Garth and Taylor had seven points, 10 assists, four rebounds, two steals and no turnovers. 

• Boswell Gets Sixth-Man Tag
Sophomore guard Kyle Boswell seems to have found his niche in the UCSB lineup.  In the Gauchos' exhibition game and then again in the season opener against Chapman, Boswell was the first player off the bench and in both games he seemed to spark the team.  On Friday, in the regular season opener, he played 21 minutes and made 4-of-5 shots overall and 3-of-4 from three-point range.  Boswell finished with 11 points, equaling a career-high he set last season against Cal Baptist.  The Huntington Beach, Calif., native also had three assists and a pair of steals in the win over the Panthers. 

• Johnson Moves Past 1,600
Orlando Johnson tallied 14 points in UCSB's win over Chapman.  He has now scored 1,228 in his career as a Gaucho.  The 14 points also pushed Johnson past the 1,600 point mark for his career overall.  He scored 383 points as a freshman at Loyola Marymount and now has 1,611 total points.

• Gaucho Duo Named Preseason All-Big West
In a poll of the media, senior guards Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally were named to the Big West's Preseason All-Conference Team.  Johnson is a two-time First Team All-Big West selection.  He has also been named the Big West Tournament Most Valuable Player twice and in 2010, he was chosen Big West Player of the Year.  Nunnally was an honorable mention All-Big West selection in 2011 and a second team all-league choice in 2010.

• UCSB Tries To Extend Winning Ways
With an 18-14 record in 2010-11, UCSB recorded its sixth consecutive winning season. The streak of consecutive winning seasons is the longest during the tenure of head coach Bob Williams and it is the longest since Ralph Barkey guided the program to six straight winning seasons from 1970-76.  A seventh straight winning season would be the longest in school history.

• TV Time 
UCSB will get its opportunity to shine on television in 2011-12.  The Gauchos will be on TV a minimum of six times and as many as seven during the regular season.  The first broadcast will be when they travel to Washington on Dec. 16.  That game will be on ROOT Sports.  On Dec. 22, UCSB's game at BYU will be carried by BYU-TV.  The Gauchos will be on ESPNU when they host Long Beach State on Jan. 21 and Cal Poly on Feb. 25 and their Feb. 22 game at Long Beach State will be on ESPN2.  On Feb. 11, the UCSB-UC Riverside game from the Thunderdome will be on Prime Ticket.  Finally, the Feb. 18 BracketBuster game could be on of the ESPN networks.