November 21, 2011

Gauchos Host Portland Tuesday, San Diego State Saturday

• The Schedule 
Game No. 4
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. University of Portland Pilots
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Livestats available on UCSBgauchos.com

Game No. 5
Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. San Diego State Aztecs

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

• 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 clicking here

• Gaucho Basketball Is Free For The Holidays
Watching Gauchos basketball at the Thunderdome is exciting, fun and great entertainment for families and groups. Through it's community outreach efforts  "Gauchos Give Tickets" UCSB Athletics will be giving free tickets to groups this holiday season. If you are part of a school, church, non-profit, or any organization and would enjoy a free Gaucho basketball game, please contact UCSB Athletics Ticket Office at 805-893-UCSB (8272) or tickets@athletics.ucsb.edu.

General admission tickets come in blocks of 25 – 200 and are available for the following games:
*Tues, Nov. 22, 7 p.m. MBB vs Portland
*Wed, Nov. 23, 7  p.m. WBB vs Washington
*Sat, Nov. 26, 7 p.m. MBB vs San Diego St
*Wed, Nov. 30, 7 p.m. MBB vs UNLV
*Fri, Dec 2, 7 p.m. WBB vs San Francisco
*Sat, Dec. 10, 4 p.m. WBB vs UNLV
*Fri, Dec. 16, 7 p.m. WBB vs. Pepperdine

Kids Go Free Too –all season long any youth wearing a 2011-12 G-Kids t-shirt, the official kids club of the Gauchos, will get into basketball games for free. G Kids are available at UCSB Athletics Ticket Office (805) 893-UCSB (8272), online through the Gaucho Shop or at the game inside the Thunderdome.

• The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara is 3-0 after defeating Westmont College 82-61 on Friday, Nov. 18.  The Gauchos are 3-0 for the first time since the 2009-10 season when they started the year at 4-0.  Last season UCSB went 18-14 overall and 8-8 in the Big West before winning the Big West Tournament and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row.

• Gauchos Use Hot Second Half To Defeat Westmont, 82-61
UCSB overcame an ice-cold first half and a six-point second half deficit to defeat Westmont College on Friday, 82-61.  The Gauchos made just 11-of-30 shots in the first half, and then missed their first two of the second half, falling behind 39-33 in the process.  But that's when they started to heat up.  Over the final 18 minutes of the game, UCSB made 18 out of 29 shots, 62.3%, to win going away.  Orlando Johnson finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, James Nunnally added 16 points and eight rebounds, and Kyle Boswell scored a career-high 15, all in the second half, to lead the comeback win.  After falling behind 39-33 early in the second half, the Gauchos went on a 9-0 run to take the lead for good.  The 9-0 run helped UCSB outscore the Warriors 49-22 over the game's final 18 minutes en route to the win.  Jordan Sachs had 25 points and seven rebounds to lead Westmont.

• Williams One Step 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 wins in the first three games this season,  Williams has led three schools to a 409-270 overall record.  His Gaucho teams have gone 220-170 and he has the second highest win total in school history, needing just three to move into first all-time.  Williams is also 50 games over the .500 mark for the first time.  Jerry Pimm, who guided the Gauchos for 15 seasons, is the current record holder with 222 career wins.

• Two Down, Four To Go
The Gauchos continue their season-opening six-game homestand with Tuesday's game against Portland.  UCSB will also play San Diego State and UNLV at home this month and won't play a road game until Dec. 13 when they travel to the University of San Diego.  The game at USD will open a five-game road stretch.  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. 

• Gauchos Ranked 12th In Mid-Major Poll
UCSB opened the season ranked 23rd in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-20 poll and remained there in week two. This week, however, the Gauchos jumped to No. 12. Gonzaga and Creighton are ranked 1-2 and Long Beach State is eighth.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Scored season-high 10 points in each of the last two games.
G 1   Nate Garth - Had game-high five assists vs. Santa Clara. 
F 21 James Nunnally - Has eight rebounds in each of the last two games.
F 24 Christian Peterson - Has attempted eight free throws and just four field goals.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Had first double-double of season with 20 and 12 vs. Westmont.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
F 5 Keegan Hornbuckle - Remains sidelined with a sore back.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Scored career-high 15 points in win over Westmont.
G 11 T.J. Taylor - Tallied a career-high eight points vs. Westmont.
F 12 Lewis Thomas - Logged a season-low six minutes vs. Westmont.
F 15 Alan Williams - Has attempted 10 free throws in just 18 minutes.
F 20 Shawn Moore - Walk-on from Butte College has yet to play.
F 32 John Green - Injury to left foot could sideline him for most, if not all, season.
F 35 Taran Brown - Is expected to redshirt the 2011-12 season.
C 55  Greg Somogyi - Tied his career-high with eight rebounds vs. Westmont. 

• The Opponents
The Gauchos and Portland have played 10 times with each team winning five.  The teams played in Portland last season with the Pilots posting a 75-63 win.  The last time UCSB and Portland played at the Thunderdome was in 2005 when the Gauchos won 76-53.  The Gauchos and San Diego State have played 81 games in a series that goes back to 1937.  The Aztecs own a 45-36 edge all-time.  Last year, on Dec. 18, 2010, SDSU handed Santa Barbara its worst defeat of the regular season, 90-64, in San Diego.  The last time the teams met in Santa Barbara was on Dec. 5, 2009 and the Aztecs won that game too, 69-61. 

• Home, Sweet Home 
UCSB is 3-0 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-plus seasons, UCSB has gone 44-13 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-plus seasons in Santa Barbara, the Gauchos have posted a 125-48 home record, 72.3%.  In his last 10 seasons-plus, they have gone 99-32, 75.6%.  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.

• Historically Marginalized
UCSB has won its first three games by an average margin of 26.7 points per game.  The 21-point margin of victory over Westmont was the smallest of the three.  The largest Gaucho margin through the first three games was 33 and came in an 89-56 win over Santa Clara.  The current three-game run marks the third time in school history that UCSB has won three consecutive games by 20 or more points.  The last time was in December and January of 1989-90 and the wins were over Boston University (89-68), San Jose State (82-61) and Utah State (91-66).  In December of 1971, the Gauchos won four straight games by 20 more and those victories came against Montana State (80-48), Montana (86-43), Arizona (97-63) and Chicago State (108-56).

• A Williams Era Marginal Record
UCSB's 89-56 win over Santa Clara on Dec. 15 set a standard for a Bob Williams-coached Gaucho team.  The 33-point margin was the biggest in Williams' tenure in Santa Barbara.  Prior to the win over the Broncos, the largest margin was 32 in an 88-56 win at Montana State on Nov. 13, 2006.  The last time any UCSB team had a margin as large as 33 was on Feb. 11, 1993 when the Gauchos beat Nevada, 93-60.  That same season, on Dec. 19, 1992, they blasted St. Mary's on the road, 79-37. 

• On The Rebound
UCSB was not a good rebounding team in 2010-11.  The Gauchos were outrebounded by an average of just under one rebound game last season.  Again, while the sampling size is small, the 2011-12 Gauchos seem to have shored-up that part of their game.  Through three games, Santa Barbara is a plus-34 in the rebounding category, an advantage of 11.3 rebounds per game.  On Nov. 15, UCSB outrebounded Santa Clara by 16 and on Nov. 18 they outrebounded Westmont by 11.  Last season, the Gauchos had their largest rebound edge of eight in a win over Fresno Pacific.  They had three games in which they outrebounded opponents by seven.  Another notable rebounding feat through three games has been the balance.  Against Santa Clara, James Nunnally led the way with eight, but nine different players had at least four rebounds.  In the win over Westmont, Orlando Johnson had a game-high 12, but three players had eight or more and a fourth had seven. 

• Gauchos Win All Six Halves 
The Gauchos are outscoring their opponents by an average of 26.7 points per game, so they are obviously doing something right.  But not only has UCSB won all three of its games, it has done so from start to finish, outscoring opponents in all six halves.  In fact, the Gauchos have outscored their opponents by double-figures in five of the six halves.  The lone exception was the first half against Westmont College when the score was 33-31.  Finally, when the Warriors went on an 8-0 run to start the second half, taking a 39-33 lead, it was the only time the Gauchos have trailed in the second half this season. 

• That 80s Show
Through three games in 2011-12, UCSB is averaging 81.7 points per game and has already achieved something that it did not last season.  The Gauchos scored 89 points against Santa Clara and 82 against Westmont.  It is the first time since the middle of the 2009-10 season that they have scored 80 or more points in consecutive games.  Also, it is the first time they have done so, without the benefit of an overtime, since December and January of the 2000-01 season.

• The Honorable Orlando Johnson
Orlando Johnson has accumulated a laundry list of preseason honors. In early October, he became the first Gaucho ever named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top-50 list.  In November, Johnson has earned three more accolades.  He was one of 21 players in the nation named to the Lute Olson Preseason All-America Team, one of 30 candidates announced for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and he was named to the Naismith Player of the Year Preseason Watch List.  As is the case with the Wooden Award, Johnson is the first UCSB player in history to earn his way on to any of the latter three lists.

• Johnson Moves Into Top-10 In Scoring
Orlando Johnson scored 20 points in Friday's win over Westmont and now has 1,269 in his career at UCSB.  One game earlier, in a win over Santa Clara, Johnson moved past Richard Anderson (1978-82) and into 10th on the Gauchos all-time scoring list.  His next target is Scott Fisher (1982-86) who is ninth all-time with 1,351 points.  If the 383 points that Johnson scored as a freshman at Loyola Marymount are factored in, he has now tallied 1,652 in his collegiate career. 

• A Few More Notes On Johnson
Orlando Johnson has scored in double-figures in all three games this season and has now done so 64 times in his 65 games at UCSB.  In addition to his scoring exploits, the double-double he recorded in the game against Westmont was the eighth of his career, one of which was comprised of points and assists.  Finally, the four steals Johnson had in the game against Westmont were a career high.

• Nunnally Also Approaches Top-10
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.  In the Nov. 15 win over Santa Clara, he scored 24 points, the most by a Gaucho this season, and then he had 16 in the win over Westmont.  Nunnally enters the week with 1,250 points in his career.  He needs 102 to move past Scott Fisher and into the all-time top-10.  Orlando Johnson is a moving target, so we will assume that he'll most likely remain ahead of Nunnally.  When he scored 20 and 24 in the first two games of the season, it marked the first time Nunnally has scored 20 in back-to-back games since mid-February of last season.  Finally, the senior from Stockton, Calif., is the only Gaucho player to collect at least five rebound in all three games this year.  He has had eight boards twice.

• Serna Rounds Into Form
Jaimé Serna battled a groin injury for much of the 2010-11 season, but when he was relatively healthy at the Big West Tournament, it was obvious just how important he was to UCSB's success.  With Serna making the All-Tournament team, the Gauchos won three in a row and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.  Despite banging knees with a Santa Clara player in the second game of the season, Serna not only played, but had his best game of the year in the win over Westmont, scoring 10 points and collecting a season-high seven rebounds.  Serna made all four of his field goal attempts and both of his free throws in the win over the Warriors.  He also played a season-high 24 minutes.  Through three games, the senior from Laguna Beach is averaging 8.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game while shooting 69.2% overall and 80.0% from the free throw line.

• Who's The Bos?  He's The Bos
Guard Kyle Boswell is already proving to be a key contributor for UCSB.  The sophomore from Huntington Beach tied his career-high with 11 points in the season-opening win over Chapman.  In game two, against Santa Clara, Boswell went one better, scoring 12.  On Friday, in the win over Westmont, he went scoreless in the first half and it seemed as though his career-high streak might end.  Not so fast.  Boswell helped spark a big second half for the Gauchos with 15 points as he made 5-of-7 shots in the half, including 3-of-5 from three-point range.  He is now averaging 12.7 points per game, third on the team, and he has claimed the team-lead with seven three-point baskets.  Boswell has hit 7-of-13 shots from outside the three-point arc, 53.8%.  By scoring in double-figures in three straight games, he joins Orlando Johnson, James Nunnally and Jaimé Serna as the only UCSB players to do so in the last two seasons.  If he could extend the streak by one, Boswell would join Johnson and Nunnally as the only Gauchos to do so in four consecutive games in the last two campaigns.  Finally, while he averaged just a bit over 11 minutes per game as a freshman, Boswell has become more of a workhorse early in his sophomore season.  In each of the first three games, he has played at least 21 minutes and in two of the three he has played 25.  In all, he has logged 71 minutes, third on the team, and an average of 23.7 per game. 

• Somogyi Nears No. 2 On Block List
Senior Greg Somogyi did not have a blocked shot in the win over Westmont, but he did block five shots in UCSB's Nov. 15 win over Santa Clara and now has 141 swats in his career, third all-time.  Somogyi needs just 14 to pass Doug Muse and move into second all-time.  Also, it was the ninth time in his career that Somogyi has blocked at least five shots in a game. While he didn't have a blocked shot against Westmont, he did have his best game of the season.  Against the Warriors, Somogyi tied his career-high with eight rebounds and he had a season-high six points, all in just 13 minutes of action.

• A Committee Of Two 
The Gauchos are going with a tag-team effort at the point guard position.  Junior Nate Garth, a transfer from New Mexico who redshirted in 2010-11, and freshman T.J. Taylor, have split time at the position.  Garth has started all three games and has played 68 minutes, 22.7 per game.  Taylor has come off the bench in all three games and has played 58 minutes, 19.3 per game.  Both players have made major contributions to wins.  Garth had his best game against Santa Clara when he had season-highs of seven points, five rebounds and five assists.  Taylor was right in the middle of things as UCSB bounced back from an early second half deficit and defeated Westmont.  He finished the game with a season-high eight points as well as two assists.  He had a personal-best six assists in the opener against Chapman, the most by a Gaucho player through three games.  Combined, the Garth-Taylor tandem has produced 20 assists and just four turnovers, a 4-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. 

 

 

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