Nov. 7, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara put on quite an offensive exhibition in its exhibition opener.
The 2009-10 version of UCSB basketball debuted on Saturday afternoon and showed why there is so much optimism entering the new season with a 101-64 win over visiting Sonoma State.
Tied at 11 with 14 minutes left in the first half, the Gauchos blew the game open with a 25-2 run over the next eight minutes. Senior Paul Roemer's three-point basket with 6:22 to play capped the rally and gave UCSB a 36-13 lead.
Santa Barbara led at the half by a score of 53-28. Sophomore transfer Orlando Johnson, who finished with a game-high 21, had 14 in the first 20 minutes, making 4-of-5 shots overall, including all three of his three-point attempts. Junior Sam Phippen had eight points for the game, all in the first half.
"We were missing a couple of guys, but one of the strengths of this team is great depth and we showed that today," said head coach Bob Williams. "We shot the ball really well today and that's a good sign for us. Last year we weren't a great shooting team."
UCSB made 38-of-60 shots overall, 63.3%. After shooting 64.5% in the first half, the Gauchos made 62.1% in the second half. They were also outstanding from three-point range, making 10-of-17, 58.8%.
Johnson, who came to UCSB after one season at Loyola Marymount and sat out the 2008-09 season, showed little rust while seeing his first game-action in about 19 months. He made 7-of-9 shots, including all three of his three-point attempts. The Seaside, Calif., native also added three rebounds, three blocked shots, two steals, and two assists.
"It felt great to play in a game again," Johnson said. "I really missed playing in games, but I worked hard last year and I think I'm a better player."
The Gauchos led by as many as 40 points (100-60) before settling for the 37-point final margin.
Sophomore James Nunnally added 13 points to Johnson's game-high 21. Senior James Powell, junior Jon Pastorek, and freshman Lucas Devenny were also in double-figures with 10 points apiece. Pastorek made all five of his shots. Powell and Devenny also had a game-high six rebounds.
The Gauchos, who were playing without starting point guard Justin Joyner (ankle) and starting post player Jaimé Serna (arm), had 17 steals against a Sonoma team that dropped an 81-62 game to Stanford on Friday. Will Brew, Jr., had five of the steals for UCSB. Junior Jordan Weiner led UCSB with six assists. Will Brew, Jr., added five.
The Seawolves were led by Sterling Arterberry and Mike Nelson who each had eight points.
UCSB will open the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 14 when it hosts Cal State Los Angeles in a game scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Thunderdome. There is a possibility that the game time will be changed to accommodate Gaucho fans who may also want to attend a possible Big West men's soccer title match that night at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.
Men's and women's basketball season tickets are now available, giving fans an opportunity to catch the Gauchos all season long.
Season tickets are only $125 for men's basketball and $100 for women's basketball (35% lower than last year). Similar to the successful men's soccer family plan, a new Family Plan season ticket is now available for both men's and women's basketball. Family plans, which include five season tickets (two adults and three youth season tickets), are $300 for men's basketball, $225 for women's basketball or get the combo plan (both men's and women's) for just $400. That's just $2.66 per game! UCSB faculty/staff will also receive 50% off pricing on all season tickets.
And, purchase tickets before Nov. 1 to receive a complimentary Olé bobblehead doll! Click here to learn more about season ticket packages or to buy today!
Refer Your Friends, Get Free Gear!
For every new season ticket buyer referred by a current season ticket holder, the referrer will receive a free t-shirt. If a current season ticket holder refers five new buyers, they would receive five t-shirts courtesy of the UCSB Gaucho Shop - you can outfit your whole family! Hurry though ... the free t-shirt offer will end on Tuesday, Nov. 17 when the Gaucho men's team plays Weber State in a 7:00 p.m. game at the Thunderdome.
Saturday Hours Now Available
The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.