Gauchos Wrap-up Long Trip on Thursday at BYU

Orlando Johnson (Photo by Tony Mastres)

• The Schedule 
Game No. 10
Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at BYU Cougars
at BYU's J.W. Marriott Center
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
TV: BYU-TV
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com

Game No. 11
Monday, January 2, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal Poly Mustangs

at Cal Poly's Mott Gymnasium
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com

• 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 eighth 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.

• Tickets Available For All Home Games
UCSB will return home on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, for a 7:00 p.m. game against Cal State Fullerton.  The game against the Titans will be the Gauchos' first Big West home game of the season.  Tickets for all UCSB games can be purchased by visiting the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB(3272) or online by clicking here.  

• Williams Remains Tied With Pimm For All-Time Victory Record
On Tuesday Dec. 13, UC Santa Barbara held on to win at the University of San Diego, 65-61.  The victory in the Gauchos' first road game of 2011-12 was also the 222nd of head coach Bob Williams' tenure in Santa Barbara, tying him with Jerry Pimm for the most in school history.  Williams, who now has a 222-173 record, is in his 14th season in charge of the program.  Pimm achieved his wins over 15 campaigns.

• Johnson Becomes Ninth Gaucho To Score 1,400 Points
Orlando Johnson was held to nine points in Monday's 70-50 loss at Cal, but in the process the senior guard surpassed the 1,400 point mark for his Gaucho career.  Johnson is just the eighth player at UCSB to pass the 1,400 point mark and just the second to do so in fewer than four seasons.  Johnson played his freshman season at Loyola Marymount before transferring to Santa Barbara.  Doug Rex (1968-71) scored 1,434 in his three seasons.  Rex played during the era when freshmen were not eligible to compete on the varsity level.  Johnson, who currently ranks ninth all-time in scoring, needs just 33 points to pass Rex and move into fifth on the list.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB is 5-4 after Monday night's 70-50 loss at Cal.  The Gauchos opened the season with a 4-0 record before losing consecutive games to San Diego State (76-75 in overtime) and UNLV (94-88 in two overtimes).  They have now dropped four of the last five games.

• And Then There Was One...
Monday's game at Cal was UCSB's third road game in December and the third game of a five-game road stretch.  Thursday's game against BYU will be the fourth game of the five-game stretch, but the finale of an unprecedented four-game, 12-day trip to San Diego, Seattle, Berkeley and Provo.   The trip is the longest of the Bob Williams era.   After opening Big West play on Jan. 2 at Cal Poly, UCSB returns home for a Jan. 5 game against Cal State Fullerton, the first home game after a 35-day break. 

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Has eight blocked shots in the last three games.
G 1   Nate Garth Was scoreless in Gauchos loss at Cal on Monday. 
F 21 James Nunnally - Scored in double-figures in all nine games this season.
F 24 Christian Peterson Walk-on has just 17 field goal attempts in 153 minutes.
G 33 Orlando Johnson Became eighth Gaucho to score 1,400 points and has 1,402.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
F 5 Keegan Hornbuckle Has 16 points in last two games, 33 minutes.
G 10 Kyle Boswell Has made at least one three-pointer in eight of nine games.
G 11 T.J. TaylorRanks fourth on the team with seven three-point baskets.
F 12 Lewis Thomas Scored career-high six points on Monday at Cal.
F 15 Alan Williams - Collected six rebounds in just nine minutes at Cal.
G 43 Duke DaRe - Walk-on from De La Salle HS has yet to play in a game this season.
C 55  Greg Somogyi - Has 10 rebounds in last two games, a total of 20 minutes.

• Gauchos On The Wrong Side Of Blowout
UCSB won its first four games of the season and the smallest margin of the four was a 14-point victory over the University of Portland.  When the Gauchos suffered their first two losses, they were painful, but not ugly.  They dropped a 76-75 overtime decision to San Diego State and then a 94-88 double overtime affair to UNLV.  Their third defeat, an 87-80 game at Washington, was tied with 3:30 left.  On Monday at Cal, UCSB got a taste of the medicine that it prescribed to its first four opponents.  The Gauchos were handily beaten by the Golden Bears, 70-50.  The 20-point margin was seven points more than the combined total margin of their first three defeats.  If you toss out a loss to Florida in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, it was UCSB's worst defeat since a 90-64 loss at San Diego State on Dec. 18, 2010.

• The Three-Point Spectrum
While Cal undoubtedly had something to do with it, the Gauchos picked an inopportune time to suffer through their worst three-point shooting game of the season and, in fact, their worst since the 2009-10 season.  UCSB made just 2-of-13 shots from beyond the three-point arc, 15.4%.  The previous low was 29.4% (5-for-17) in a win over Westmont College.  On the other side of the coin, or in this case the court, the Golden Bears poured in 11 three-pointers while attempting just 20, 55.0%, the best mark by an opponent this season.  Additionally, if Cal hadn't missed its last three threes (that always looks funny), the differential would have been even more extreme.

• The Roaring 80s
The 50 points that UCSB scored in its loss at Cal were the fewest points scored this season.  By and large, the Gauchos have been very good offensively through the first third of the season.  In their previous game, a loss at Washington, they scored 80 points, marking the fifth time they have eclipsed the 80 point barrier this year.  Last season, in 34 games, the Gauchos hit or exceeded 80 points just four times.  The last time they scored 80 or more points in five or more games in one season was in 2009-10 when they did so exactly five times.  That season, the fifth time came in the season's 21st game.

• Half And Half
Prior to Monday's game at Cal, UCSB had not scored fewer than 28 points in a half all season.  In fact, through eight games, the Gauchos had scored 31 or more in 15 out of 16 halves.  Against the Golden Bears, they had their two lowest scoring halves of the season as they went for just 23 points in the first half and then 27 points in the second half.  Previously, UCSB lowest scoring half of 28 (in the first half) was in a double overtime loss to UNLV.  In that game, the Gauchos responded with a 43-point second half. 

• Johnson Makes His Points
Orlando Johnson struggled through his worst offensive game of the season in Monday's loss at Cal.  Johnson scored nine points, was 4-for-13 from the field and missed all three of his three-point attempts.  The game was a rarity for one of the best offensive players in the country.  Johnson, who is averaging 20.9 points per game, was ranked fourth in the nation in scoring at the outset of the week.  He had previously scored in double-figures in every game this year.  In his UCSB career, the Seaside, Calif., native has now scored 10 or more points 69 times in 71 games.  On Dec. 16 at Washington, Johnson had 24 points and 10 rebounds.  The double-double was his fourth of the season.  Johnson scored a season-high 36 points in the Gauchos' Nov. 30 game against UNLV.  The total was just three shy of his school record 39, scored against UC Davis last season.  In the game against the Runnin' Rebels, Johnson also had 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and a pair of blocked shots and a career-high 47 minutes.  He also had double-doubles against Portland (26 and 12) and Westmont (20 and 12).  Overall, his average of 20.9 points per game leads the Big West Conference.  The nine points that Johnson tallied against Cal pushed his UCSB career total to 1,402 ranking him eighth on the school's career scoring list.  He needs just 33 points to move into fifth all-time.  If the 383 points that Johnson scored as a freshman at Loyola Marymount are factored in, he has now tallied 1,785 in his collegiate career.   In addition to his scoring exploits, he leads the team in rebounds at 7.1 per game and assists at 2.9 per game.   

• Second To Nunnally
Senior James Nunnally has scored a season-low of 10 points in each of the last two games.  He had 10 on Dec. 16 at Washington and then again on Monday at Cal.  Against the Golden Bears, Nunnally was still the Gauchos' leading scorer.  In the game at Washington, he attempted a season-low 10 field goals.  Despite the consecutive 10-point games, the senior from Stockton, Calif., is averaging 16.2 points per game.  Last year, he averaged 16.3 points per game and teamed with Orlando Johnson to form the most potent scoring combinations 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.  His 14 points on Nov. 30 moved him past the 1,300 point plateau and he now has 1,336 and needs just 16 to move into UCSB's all-time top-10.  In the Nov. 15 win over Santa Clara, Nunnally scored a season-high 24 points.  Despite struggling with his shooting touch in the last six games, Nunnally has scored 10 or more points in all nine games this season.  After making 24-of-38 (63.2%) shots in the first three games, he has made 27-of-73 (37.0%) in the last six.  When Nunnally scored 20 and 24 in the first two games of the season, it marked the first time he has scored 20 in back-to-back games since mid-February of last season.  He also ranks second on the team in rebounding with an average of 5.8 per game.  Nunnally has had a season-high eight rebounds four times this season and he's had five or more seven times in nine games. 

• Making A DisSERNAble Difference
Jaimé Serna had one of the best games of his career when he scored a career-high 22 points and tied his career-high with five blocked shots, including one at the rim in the waning seconds to help the Gauchos protect a scant two-point lead, on Dec. 13 against the University of San Diego.  In the game against the Toreros, Serna made 9-of-12 shots from the field.  In the last two games, the senior from Laguna Beach, Calif., has not been as involved in things.  In losses to Washington and Cal, Serna played 44 minutes and attempted just 10 shots, making six.  After a two-game stretch when he averaged 17.5 points  and 8.5 field goal attempts in games against UNLV and San Diego, he has averaged 7.0 per game.  Serna is averaging 10.6 points per game and he has scored 10 or more in five of the last eight games.  He has attempted just 50 shots in nine games this season, 5.6 per game, and made 36 of them, 72.0%.  In the last seven games, he has hit 31 out of his 41 attempts, 75.6%. In three of the last seven games, Serna has been perfect from the field.  He went 4-for-4 vs. Westmont and then had 5-for-5 efforts against Portland and UNLV.  In a Nov. 22 win over Portland he tied his career-high with 10 rebounds and had 15 points to record his second career double-double.  Serna is also third on the team in rebounds at 4.2 per game and second in blocked shots with 13.  He has had at least one block in five straight games.

• Who's The Bos?
Guard Kyle Boswell is averaging 7.6 points per game.  He made 1-of-3 shots from the field and scored four points on Monday at Cal.  Boswell is third on the team with 14 three-point field goals, but he leads the team in three-point field goal percentage at 45.2%.  He has made at least one three in each of the last three games and eight times in nine games this season, making a season-high three in wins over Chapman and Westmont.  Boswell tied what was then his career-high with 11 points in the Nov. 11 opener against Chapman.  He then set new career-highs in the next two games, going for 12 on Nov. 15 vs. Santa Clara and 15 on Nov. 18 against Westmont.  While his scoring is down in the last six games – 5.0 per game – he has continued to shoot the ball well.  Overall, Boswell is shooting 51.1% from the field and he has made 10-for-20, 52.9%, in the last five.  He has not, however, been shooting as much in recent games.  After averaging 7.3 shots per game in the first three, he has averaged just 3.8 per game in the last six.   

Hornbuckle Gives A Glimpse
Sophomore Keegan Hornbuckle, a transfer from Colorado, battled injuries during his redshirt season in 2010-11.  He was injured during the spring and then again during the summer.  In September, Hornbuckle accompanied the team on its five-game tour of Canada, but did not play.  Including an exhibition, he missed six games this season.  When he did return, on Nov. 30 vs. UNLV, he struggled in nine minutes.  He also struggled in the opener of the current four-game road trip at San Diego.  In the last two games, however, Hornbuckle has started to evolve.  On Dec. 16 at Washington, he played 17 minutes, four more than his first two games combined, scored 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting, and added two rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals.  On Monday night at Cal, the Westlake Village, Calif., native had five points in 16 minutes, making 2-of-3 shots from the field.  He also had a pair of rebounds.  While the numbers are modest, they represent a major step forward for an important piece of the Gauchos' puzzle.

• Somogyi Nears No. 2 On Block List
Senior Greg Somogyi had one of his best performances in the Dec. 16 game at Washington when he scored a season-high seven points, had six rebounds and blocked a pair of shots.  The two blocked shots gave him 154 in his UCSB career, tying him with Doug Muse for second on the school's all-time career list.  Somogyi, who played eight minutes and did not have a blocked shot at Cal, is fourth on the team in rebounding at 4.0 per game and he leads the team and the Big West with 19 blocked shots.  He blocked a season-high six shots in just 15 minutes in UCSB's loss to San Diego State on Nov. 26.  On Nov. 15, he had five against Santa Clara and he now has five or more 10 times in his career, second in school history. Finally, the 7-foot-3 Hungarian holds UCSB's all-time record for blocks in a game with eight on Feb. 20, 2010 at Fresno State.

• Pointing The Way 
Junior Nate Garth, a transfer from New Mexico who redshirted in 2010-11, is one half of UCSB's point guard committee.  Garth has started all nine games and has played 196 minutes, 21.8 per game.  On Monday night at Cal, he had a pair of assists after going without one in the Dec. 16 at Washington.  Garth is tied for the team-lead at 2.9 assists per game.  He was scoreless on Monday night, but is averaging 3.9 points per game and had a season-high eight points at Washington. Garth had his best game on Nov. 15 against Santa Clara when he had seven points and five assists to go along with five rebounds.   In a Nov. 22 win over Portland, he had a career-high six assists.  Despite producing two assists and four turnovers in the last two games, Garth's 2.2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio remains the second best mark on the team.   

• Taylor Made 
T.J. Taylor is the other half of UCSB's point guard committee.  On Monday at Cal, he had three points, one assist and a rebound in just 14 minutes.  Taylor is averaging 4.1 points and 2.9 assists per game.  On Nov. 30, in UCSB's double overtime loss to UNLV, he scored a season-high 10 points, had three assists and collected a pair of rebounds in 29 minutes before fouling out. Taylor hit a big three-point basket late and finished with two for the game. He played a career-high 29 minutes in the game against the Runnin' Rebels and it was his second game with at least two three-point baskets.  He now has seven threes on the year, six of which have come in the last five games.  Also, perhaps most importantly, Taylor has 24 assists and just 10 turnovers, a team-best 2.4-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.   

• Mr. Productive
Freshman forward Alan Williams has been battling a bad cold during the current road odyssey.  After playing six minutes in the first two games of the trip, he logged nine at Cal.  In the game, Williams collected a team-high six rebounds and continued a trend.  He doesn't necessarily play a whole lot of minutes, but he makes the most of his time, especially when it comes to rebounding.  In just 57 minutes and eight appearances, he has 32 rebounds, an average of 22.5 per 40 minutes of action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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