January 10, 2012

2-0 Gauchos Travel to UC Riverside Thursday, Host UC Irvine Saturday

• The Schedule 
Game No. 13
Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at UC Riverside Highlanders

at UCR's Student Recreation Center
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
On-Line Video: BigWest.org

Game No. 14
Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Irvine Anteaters

at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
On-Line Video: BigWest.org
Live Stats: UCSBgauchos.com

Talk'n Gauchos
UCSB Athletics' weekly radio show, Talk'n Gauchos, airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1290 KZSB. The show is broadcast live from The Beachside Café, located on Goleta Beach and it features UCSB coaches and athletes.  Hosted by Gerry Fall, THE Voice of the Gauchos,  and Matt Hurst.

• Tickets Available For All Gaucho Games
Plenty of great tickets remain available for every UCSB men's and women's basketball game the rest of the season.  To purchase or for more information, please visit the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, call 805-893-UCSB(8272) or click here

• Serna Day-To-Day After Injuring Right Hand/Wrist
UC Santa Barbara senior forward Jaimé Serna is listed as day-to-day after injuring his right hand and wrist with about 12 minutes to go in the Gauchos' Jan. 5 win over Cal State Fullerton.  The day-to-day prognosis was good news for UCSB.  When Serna hit the floor after making a driving lay-up against the Titans, he landed on his right hand.  Initially, it was feared that the injury was more severe.  In the Gauchos' NCAA Tournament game against Florida last March, Serna broke his right wrist and was sidelined for three months.  However, x-rays taken the morning after the game revealed no break, but rather a bruise on the hand and a sprained wrist.  Serna's availability will be determined by his range of motion and pain tolerance. 

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB is 7-5 overall and 2-0 in the Big West Conference.  After losing consecutive road games to Washington, Cal and BYU, the Gauchos have won back-to-back league games.  They started Big West play on Monday, Jan. 2 with a tight 58-57 win at Cal Poly.  In their last game, on Jan. 5, they recorded a 77-64 home victory over Cal State Fullerton, ending the Titans seven-game winning streak.    

• Williams Passes Pimm For All-Time Victory Lead
UCSB's 58-57 win at Cal Poly on Jan. 2 pushed head coach Bob Williams to the top of the school's all-time list for coaching wins with 223.  Williams tied Pimm's mark on Dec. 13 at the University of San Diego.  He now has 224 victories in his 13-plus seasons.

• Williams Coaches 400th Game At UCSB
The Jan. 12 game at UC Riverside will the 400th game in Bob Williams' career at UCSB, second most in school history.  Jerry Pimm, who guided the program from 1983-98, coached the Gauchos in 424 games.

• Gauchos Get Defensive To Defeat Cal State Fullerton, 77-64
UCSB parlayed a stingy defense and a strong run at the end of the first half en route to a 77-63 win over Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 5.  The Gauchos held the high-scoring Titans to their lowest point total and field goal percentage of the season.  Fullerton made just 34.3% of its shots, including a paltry 22.9% in the pivotal first half.  After falling behind by as many as five points early, UCSB started making shots and finished the first half on a 24-7 run to take a decisive 35-21 lead at the break.  The Titans never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.  Despite making just 5-of-18 shots from the field, Orlando Johnson led the way with 23 points.  He made three three-point baskets and his final 10 free throws in the game.  James Nunnally was 7-of-12 overall and 3-of-6 from three-point range to finish with 18 points.  He also added eight rebounds.  Keegan Hornbuckle had his best overall game as a Gaucho, finishing with nine points, five rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.  Jaimé Serna, who injured his right hand and wrist in the second half and left the game, had eight points and eight rebounds.  Alan Williams scored just four points, but he also had eight boards.  Nate Garth led UCSB with five assists off the bench. 

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 10 Kyle Boswell- Made at least one three-pointer in six straight and 11 of 12.
F 15 Alan Williams - In the last two games he has played 46 minutes and had 18 rebounds.
F 21 James Nunnally - The only Gaucho to score in double-figures in all 12 games.
F 24 Christian Peterson - Had two points vs. Fullerton, his first since Dec. 16 at Washington. 
G 33 Orlando Johnson- Tops Gauchos in scoring (20.4), rebounds (6.9) and assists (2.9).

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Is day-to-day with an injured right hand.  
G 1   Nate Garth - Had five assists vs. Fullerton, one short of his season-high. 
F 5 Keegan Hornbuckle- Best overall performance vs. Fullerton with 9 pts., 5 rebs., 2 bs.
G 11 T.J. Taylor - Logged just six total minutes in the last two games.
F 12 Lewis Thomas - After DNP at Cal Poly, played just two minutes vs. Fullerton on Jan. 5.
G 43 Duke DaRe - Walk-on from De La Salle HS has yet to play in a game this season.
C 55  Greg Somogyi - His 164 blocked shots rank second in school history.

• UCSB Opens 2-0 In League Play For The First Time Since...
UCSB is 2-0 in Big West Conference play for the first time since the 2006-07 season.  The Gauchos started the league season 1-1 in 2010-11.  Also, despite winning regular season titles in 2009-10 and 2007-08, they were 1-1 after two games in each season.  In 2008-09, UCSB opened at 0-2.  The last time Santa Barbara was 3-0 in conference action was in 2001-02 when it opened with wins against UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton and Idaho.  That's right, Idaho. 

• Johnson, Nunnally Closing In On Milestones
Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally are each approaching scoring milestones.  Johnson enters this week's games with 1,459 points and needs 41 to become just the fifth player in school history to go over the 1,500 mark.  Once he's done that, he will take aim at Chris Devine, the fourth leading scorer in school history with 1,580 points.  Nunnally enters the week with 1,388 points and needs just 12 to become the ninth player to hit the 1,400 mark and 47 to move into sixth-place all-time.

• Playing The Percentages
UCSB limited Cal State Fullerton to 34.3% shooting from the field, the lowest mark the Titans have recorded this season and the second lowest that the Gauchos have allowed.  One game earlier, at Cal Poly, the Gauchos held the Mustangs to 37.7% shooting.  In 12 games overall, opponents are shooting 40.7% and in the two Big West games, they have made just 43-of-120 shots, 35.8%.  Santa Barbara has held its opponents below 40.0% from the field seven times this season, including five times in seven home games.  The highest field goal percentage by an opponent this season was the 48.3% that BYU shot on Dec. 22.  On the other side of the coin, UCSB is shooting 46.3% as a team and has been over 40.0% 11 times in 12 games and over 50.0% three times.

• Blockheads  
Through 12 games, UCSB has 73 blocked shots, an average of 6.1 per game, first in the Big West and 12th in the nation.  Senior Greg Somogyi, who has moved into the No. 2 spot on the school's all-time career list, leads the way with 27, 2.3 per game.  In fact, Somogyi has 27 in just 142 minutes this season.  After four games, the Gauchos had 17 blocked shots, 4.2 per game, but in the last eight games they have turned away 56 opponent attempts, 7.0 per game.  They recorded a season-high 11 blocked shots in two games this season, Nov. 26 vs. San Diego State and Dec. 13 at the University of San Diego.  The 11 blocks rank as the sixth most in UCSB history.  In 2010-11, The Gauchos set a school record with 133 swats, an average of 4.1 per game. 

• Johnson Makes His Points
Despite struggling with his shooting, Orlando Johnson has been instrumental in UCSB's two wins to open the Big West season.  In the opener at Cal Poly, he went 4-for-14 from the field, but it was his three-point basket from deep in the right corner with just over five seconds left in the game that gave the Gauchos a 58-57 win over the Mustangs.  He finished that game with 12 points.  In the last game, a win over Cal State Fullerton, Johnson made just 5-of-18 field goal attempts, but he led the team with 23 points.  A major positive from the game against the Titans was that the Seaside, Calif., native made 10-of-11 free throws, including his last 10 in a row to help seal the win.  In the four previous games, he was a mere 7-of-17 from the free throw line, 41.2%.  Johnson continues to lead the Gauchos in scoring at 20.4 points per game, a figure that puts him at the top of the Big West and 12th in the nation.  He has scored in double-figures 11 times in 12 games and 72 times in 74 games during his career.  With 23 points scored against Fullerton, he has now been at or over 20 eight times this season.  Johnson scored a season-high 36 points while adding 10 rebounds , four assists, three steals and a pair of blocked shots in UCSB's double-overtime loss to UNLV on Nov. 30.  The 36 points were his second highest total ever and the double-double was one of four that Johnson has recorded this season.  In addition to UNLV, he had double-doubles against Washington (24 points and 10 rebounds), Portland (26 points and 12 rebounds) and Westmont College (20 points and 12 rebounds).  Not only does Johnson lead the team in scoring, he also leads the Gauchos rebounds (6.8 per game) and assists (2.9 per game).  Since collecting a total of five rebounds through the first two games, he has had 78 in the last 10 games, 7.8 per game.  The 23 points that Johnson tallied against Fullerton pushed his UCSB career total to 1,459 ranking him fifth on the school's career scoring list.  He needs 122 points to move into fourth all-time.  If the 383 points that Johnson scored as a freshman at Loyola Marymount are factored in, he has now tallied 1,842 in his collegiate career.  

• Second To Nunnally
Senior James Nunnally had 18 points, eight rebounds and three assists in the win over Cal State Fullerton.  He made 7-of-12 shots overall and 3-of-6 from three-point range.  Nunnally is second on the team in scoring at 16.5 per game and he is shooting 48.6% from the field.  In the last three games, however, he is averaging 17.3 points per game and has made 20 of his 35 field goal attempts, 57.1%.  He remains the only Gaucho to score in double-figures in every game this season and, dating back to last season, he has done so in 16 straight, the longest stretch of his career.  Nunnally has scored 20 or more points four times this season, including a 22-point performance at BYU on Dec. 22.  Also, by scoring 18 in the last game, he closed in on the number nine spot on UCSB list for career points with 1,388.  Nunnally needs just 12 more to become the ninth player in school history to move past the 1,400 point mark and when he does so, he will be in ninth.  If/when Nunnally does achieve 1,400 points, it will be the first time in school history that two players have exceeded 1,400 career points in the same season.  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 has had a season-high eight rebounds five times this season and he's had five or more 10 times in 12 games.

• Making A DisSERNAble Difference
Jaimé Serna was probably on his way to a third career double-double when he went down with a wrist injury just over seven minutes into the second half of UCSB's win over Cal State Fullerton last week.  Serna, whose status for this weekend's games remains day-to-day, scored eight points and had eight rebounds in 21 minutes against the Titans.  He was coming off a game against Cal Poly that saw him score a season-low two points.  Still, Serna is third on the team at 9.8 points per game and he ranks fourth in rebounding at 4.5 per outing.  In his last game, Serna made 3-of-4 shots from the field and is now shooting a glossy 69.2% for the season.  In his last 10 games, he has hit 40 out of his 56 attempts, 71.4%.  Serna has been perfect from the field in three games this season.  He went 4-for-4 vs. Westmont and then had 5-for-5 efforts against Portland and UNLV.  In his career,  the Laguna Beach, Calif., native has now made 280 of his 499 field goal attempts, 56.1%, the third highest mark in school history.  In a Nov. 22 win over Portland Serna tied his career-high with 10 rebounds and had 15 points to record his second career double-double.  He also ranks among the Big West leaders in blocked shots with 16 and he tied his career-high with five at San Diego on Dec. 13. 

• Who's The Bos?
Guard Kyle Boswell is fourth on the team in scoring at 7.3 points per game.  He had seven points on Jan. 5 against Cal State Fullerton and has scored in double-figures just once in his last nine games, a 10-point performance on Dec. 22 at BYU.  Boswell, who made his first start of the season at Provo and has now started the last three games, added a career-high four assists against the Cougars.  He continues to lead UCSB in three-point field goal percentage at 42.9%.  Boswell is tied for second on the team with 18 threes and has made at least one in six straight and 11 times in 12 games.  He has two or more five times and 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.  

• The Other Williams
It was fitting that freshman Alan Williams had his biggest game of the year in a win that pushed head coach Bob Williams to the top of the school's all-time coaching victory list.  Playing a season-high 29 minutes off the bench, Williams scored 13 points, collected 10 rebounds, had two assists, one blocked shot and a steal in the Gauchos' Jan. 2 win at Cal Poly.  The point, rebounds and assist totals were all season-highs. In UCSB's last game, vs. Cal State Fullerton, Williams made his first career start and had four points, eight rebounds and one steal in 17 minutes.  He now has 43 points and 53 rebounds in just 117 minutes of play.  He is averaging a team-high 18.1 rebounds per 40 minutes played and, despite playing more than 10 minutes just five times, has five or more rebound six times.  Williams ranks fourth on the team in rebounds at 4.8 per game despite ranking ninth in minutes played.

• Somogyi Makes Most Of His Minutes 
Senior Greg Somogyi hasn't played a lot of minutes in recent games, but by and large he's made the most of the minutes he has played.  In the last six games, Somogyi has totaled 63 minutes and although he scored just 16 points in those 63 minutes, he has also collected 22 rebounds and blocked 14 shots.  On Dec. 16 at Washington, he played 12 minutes and scored a season-high seven points while collecting six rebounds and blocking a pair of shots.  Somogyi has, in fact, had four or more rebounds in five of the last seven games, never having played more than 14 minutes in any.  Also, with three blocks in each of the last two games, he now has 27 on the season and 164 in his career, second on UCSB's all-time list.  Somogyi blocked a season-high six shots in just 15 minutes on Nov. 26 against San Diego State.  He also had five on Nov. 15 against Santa Clara and now has five or more 10 times in his career, also 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.

• Garth Comes Alive
Junior Nate Garth, a transfer from New Mexico, has come off the bench in the last three games.  His first non-starting role didn't pan out too well.  On Dec. 22 at BYU, he played 10 minutes, was scoreless and had four turnovers.  In his second appearance off the bench, things went much better.  On Jan. 2 at Cal Poly, Garth logged 17 minutes and scored a career-high 12 points.  He had by far his best shooting night of the season as he was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field, including 3-for-3 from three-point range.  In the last game, a win over Cal State Fullerton, Garth had four points in 16 minutes, but he also led the team with five assists, equaling his second-highest total of the season.  It marked the third time this year that he has had at least five assists in a game and he now ranks second on the team at 2.7 assists per game.  Finally, in two games since he had a season-high four turnovers at BYU, Garth has six assists and nary a turnover.  

• Taylor Made
With Orlando Johnson playing some minutes at the point and Nate Garth starting to play well, freshman T.J. Taylor has seen his playing time dwindle.  Taylor played a season-low two minutes on Jan. 5 against Fullerton and that was after playing just four minutes on Jan. 2 at Cal Poly.  Prior to the last two games, the fewest minutes he had played was 14.  Taylor is averaging 3.3 points and 2.2 assists per game.  He scored a season-high 10 points in 29 minutes on Nov. 30 vs. UNLV, but since then he has scored just nine points and made 3-of-13 shots from the field, 23.1%

• One, Two Hornbuckle My Shoe
Sophomore Keegan Hornbuckle had arguably, his best overall game in the Jan. 5 win over Fullerton.  Making his seventh appearance, he logged a career-high 19 minutes, made 3-of-4 shots to finish with nine points, added five rebounds, two blocked shots a steal and an assist. Hornbuckle had 11 points on Dec. 16 at Washington, his Gaucho high.  Since going scoreless in his first two games, he has averaged 5.8 points in his last five.

 

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