January 1, 2010

Gauchos Open Big West Play on the Road at UC Irvine

Jan. 1, 2010

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• The Schedule
Saturday, January 2, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara at UC Irvine
at UCI's Bren Events Center (5,000)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com

Monday, January 4, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara at UC Riverside
at UCR's Student Recreation Center (2,754)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com

Legends To Be Unveiled
For years, the Gauchos have been exciting crowds in the Thunderdome. Through the years, legends were made in the `Dome. Now, five former UCSB standouts are being saluted as "Legends of the Dome." The first legendary women's volleyball star, Roberta Gehlke, was unveiled Oct. 19, 2009. The first men's basketball legend will be unveiled on Jan. 23 before a 7:00 p.m. game against Cal State Fullerton. Three other legends will be introduced this year. The second men's hoops legend will be unveiled prior to UCSB's 4:00 p.m. Feb. 13 game against Long Beach State. Women's basketball legends will be honored on Feb. 11 before a 7:00 p.m. game against UC Riverside, and on Feb. 27 before a 2:00 p.m. Blue-Green Rivalry Series game against Cal Poly.

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• The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters Big West play with a record of 5-5. The Gauchos split their two games at the Golden Bear Classic earlier this week, defeating Furman (72-60) in the first round and losing to Cal (87-66) in the championship game. UCSB has lost five of six games since beginning the year with a 4-0 record. The 4-0 start was their first since 2006-07 and it equaled the best start in the 12-year tenure of head coach Bob Williams.

• UCSB Opens Big West Campaign On The Road
UCSB will begin Big West play on the road with games at UC Irvine and UC Riverside. The road has become a familiar thing to the Gauchos. They have not played a home game since Dec. 5 and when they return home to host UC Davis on Jan. 8, it will have been 34 days since their last Thunderdome appearance.

• Gauchos Picked To Finish Second In Big West
In its preseason poll, a panel of media members picked UCSB to finish second in the Big West Conference in 2010. Long Beach State was tabbed as the league favorite. The Gauchos received six first-place votes and totaled 179 points while Long Beach received 17 first-place votes and 209 points. Defending league champion Cal State Northridge finished third in the poll with 130 points. UC Riverside and Pacific finished fourth and fifth respectively. Pacific earned one first-place vote.

• Date Changes: UC Davis, Pacific Games Moved
UCSB's home games against UC Davis and Pacific, originally scheduled for Jan. 7 and Jan. 9 respectively, have been moved to Jan. 8 and Jan. 10 to avoid a conflict with the Jan. 7 college football national championship game. The Jan. 8 game against Davis will tip-off at 8:00 p.m., while the game against Pacific will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10. The Friday night game against the Aggies will be televised by ESPNU.

• The Opponents
UCSB and UC Irvine have played 71 times in a series that dates back to 1971. The Gauchos hold an all-time edge of 43-28 and have won the last two. In 2008-09, they beat the Anteaters in Irvine (65-56) and in Santa Barbara (68-61). The first win over UCI last season ended a four-game Anteater winning streak in the series. The Gauchos and UC Riverside have played 25 times going back to 1955. Last year, the teams split a pair of games. The Highlanders won the game in Riverside, 71-69, while UCSB won its home game, 66-53.

• The Gauchos Away From Home
The Gauchos are 1-3 in true road games this season. On Nov. 28, UCSB posted an 89-84 win at Loyola Marymount, but have since lost three straight. On Tuesday, Dec. 29, the Gauchos lost at Cal, 87-66. Previously, they lost a 76-64 decision at Montana State on Dec. 18 and a 69-42 game at Arizona State on Dec. 21. UCSB has one neutral court win this season, a 72-60 win over Furman at the Golden Bear Classic in Berkeley. Last season, Santa Barbara was 3-10 in true road games. The wins came at Utah Valley, Cal Poly, and UC Irvine. The Gauchos were also 3-1 in neutral court games in 2008-09. Overall, they posted a 6-11 record in games away from the Thunderdome.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 4 Paul Roemer - Has started last two after coming off bench in first eight games.
G 20 Will Brew, Jr. - Tallied season-high nine points in Dec. 29 game at Cal.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Passed off career-high 10 assists on Dec. 29 at Cal.
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Missed all eight of his field goal attempts at Cal.
F 21 James Nunnally - Scored career-high 24 on Dec. 29 vs. Furman.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1 Chris Brew - Made 3-of-4 shots and had seven points at Cal.
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Has attempted 13 shots on the year, 11 three-pointers.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Has yet to score in 94 minutes this season.
F 15 Sam Phippen - Since scoring 14 on Nov. 28 at LMU, has 16 points in 6 games.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Had highs of seven points, five rebounds at Montana State.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Had season-high two assists on Dec. 28 vs. Furman.
G 42 James Powell - Now has 1,007 career points, 23rd Gaucho over 1,000.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Had 12 points, eight rebounds, three blocks vs. Cal.

• The Kids Are Alright
Through 10 games, UCSB's underclassmen - the freshmen and sophomores - have produced in a major way. As a group, they have scored 465 of the team's 689 points, 67.5%. In addition, the group of seven has 214 rebounds (62.2%), 88 assists (59.1%), 39 steals (54.9%), and 14 blocked shots (77.8%).

• Leading At Half? The Game Is As Good As Over
One thing has been ironclad for UCSB this season: if they are ahead at halftime, the Gauchos win the game. Actually, one other thing has been automatic: if behind at the half, they lose. UCSB has led at the half five times in 2009-10 and has won all five times. You can figure out the other half of the equation.

• Three-Point Turnaround
Last season, one of the UCSB's weakest areas was three-point shooting. As a team, the Gauchos made just 163 three-pointers in 31 games, 5.3 per game. In addition, they shot just 33.4% from outside the arc. In 2009-10, Santa Barbara has improved its three-point shooting significantly. Through 10 games, the Gauchos have made 71 three-pointers, 7.1 per game, and they enter league play shooting 39.0% from three-point territory. Leading the way for UCSB has been senior James Powell who has made a team-high 23 three-pointers in 44 attempts, 52.3%.

• Taking A Leadership Role
Through 10 games, four different players have led the team in scoring. Orlando Johnson has paced the way five times, James Nunnally and James Powell have each led the way twice, and Chris Brew has done so once. On the other hand, seven different players have either led or tied for the team-lead in rebounding. When Greg Somogyi had a team-high eight in the game at Cal, he became the seventh.

• The Turnover Myth
In its last game, at Cal on Dec. 29, UCSB tied its season-low with 10 turnovers. The Gauchos also had 10 turnovers at Montana State on Dec. 18 and on Nov. 23 against San Francisco.

• Some Free Throw Improvement
Prior to the tournament at Cal, the Gauchos had gone four straight games with free throw percentages below 70.0%. In the two games immediately before the trip to Berkeley, UCSB made just 13-of-31 shots from the line, 41.9%. Santa Barbara, however showed some improvement in the Golden Bear Classic, making 21-of-30, 70.0%, in the win over Furman, and then 8-of-11, 72.7%, in the game against Cal. Overall, the Gauchos are now shooting 66.1% from the free throw line.

• Dot, Dot, Dot...
UCSB had 20 assists in its loss at Cal, one short of a season-high...The Gauchos have had 20 or more assists three times this season...UCSB also had a season-highs six blocked shots in the game against the Golden Bears...The Gauchos had six blocked shots in the seven games prior to the Cal game...Of Santa Barbara `s 10 games this season, seven have been determined by double-digit margins...The last four Gaucho games have been decided by 12 points or more...The 49 points that Cal scored in the first half in the last game were the most points scored in a half by a UCSB opponent this season.

• Orlando's Forecast
Orlando Johnson is coming off of one of his best all-around games of the season. Johnson, who leads UCSB in scoring at 16.6 points per game and rebounding at 5.9 per game, made 6-of-14 shots, including 1-of-6 from three-point range, and scored 17 points in the Dec. 29 game at Cal. In addition to the 17 points, he added seven rebounds, three blocked shots and a career-high 10 assists. It was the second double-double of the season for Johnson, the first that included assists. He had 19 points and 10 rebounds on Nov. 17 against Weber State. On Dec. 28, in the first game of the Golden Bear Classic against Furman, he made 6-of-11 shots, including 1-of-3 from three-point range, and finished with 21 points. He was selected to the All-Tournament Team. Johnson is the only Gaucho player to score in double-figures in all 10 games this season. He had a season-high 25 points, to go along with nine rebounds, in a Nov. 23 win over San Francisco. Johnson is second on the team with 15 three-point baskets, making at least one in nine of 10 games, including the last six, and two or more five times. Finally, since making just 9-of-21 free throws to begin the season, he has hit 36 out of 54, 66.7%.

• Old Buddy, Old Powell
James Powell is third on the team in scoring at 9.7 points per game. He scored six points in both games at the Golden Bear Classic, making 2-of-3 three-point attempts in each of the games against Furman and Cal. Powell continues to shoot the ball well from beyond the three-point arc. He leads the team with 23 three-point buckets this season and he has made 23-of-44, 52.3%. In fact, he is actually shooting better from three-point territory than he is from inside the arc. The senior has hit 12-of-25 shots from two-point range, 48.0%. While he is averaging 9.7 points per game, he has scored just 26 in the last four games, 6.5 per game. Powell scored a season-high 21 points on Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount, making five three-point baskets in the process. On Dec. 5, he had 20 points against San Diego State. In the game against the Aztecs, Powell made six three-point baskets, equaling his second highest total ever. In last week's win over Furman, he became the 23rd player in UCSB history to score more than 1,000 points. Powell enters Big West play with 1,007 points, 22nd all-time. In the game against Cal, he passed B.J. Bunton to move from 23rd to 22nd. In addition, Powell has 183 career three-point baskets, fifth all-time, and needs 14 to move into second on the school's all-time list. He is also fifth all-time in three-point attempts with 473.

• Yes, Serna
Jaimé Serna is averaging 6.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, second on the team. He is coming off of a game to forget. On Tuesday against Cal, Serna went scoreless for the first time this season, missing all eight of his field goal attempts in 18 minutes. After averaging 11.3 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 63.2% from the field over a three-game stretch, Serna has cooled off in the last five games. In the last five, he has scored 24 points, 4.8 per game, while making 9-of-30 field goal attempts, 30.0%. Serna had a career-high nine rebounds on Dec. 18 at Montana State. He scored a season-high 13 points, making 6-of-7 shots, on Nov. 23 against San Francisco. In the next game, Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount, he had 12 points.

• The Flying Nunnally
James Nunnally was inserted into the starting lineup for the Dec. 28 game against Furman and he responded with a career-high 24 points. Nunnally made 6-of-11 field goal attempts, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, and he also hit 9-of-11 free throws. He followed his career-high 24-point performance with 10 points in the loss to Cal. Nunnally has scored in double-figures five times in his nine games this season, including three of the last four. His previous season-high of 20 points came in a Nov. 23 win over San Francisco. Nunnally is now averaging 12.0 points per game, second on the team. He is also at 4.0 rebounds per outing, third on the squad. His 12 three-point baskets also rank him third on the team.

• Where There's A Will, There's A Way
Will Brew leads the team in assists at 3.2 per game. He is also averaging 4.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per encounter. Brew scored a season-high nine points in the Dec. 29 game at Cal. In that game, the sophomore made 3-of-4 shots, all from three-point range. In his last two games, Brew has averaged 8.0 points and made 4-of-6 three-point attempts, 66.7%. Brew has started at the point guard spot in all 10 games. He is leading UCSB with 32 assists and has an outstanding 2.5-to-1.0 assist to turnover ratio.

• Never Roemer Alone
Paul Roemer has a torn tendon in the middle finger of his right hand, but he continues to play and,, in fact, he has started the last two games. Roemer is averaging 2.3 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. After playing just 22 minutes and scoring one point over a three game span, he logged 36 minutes in the two games at the Golden Bear Classic and had five points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals.

• Justin Time
After missing all of last season recovering from wrist surgery, Justin Joyner missed the first two games of this season with a sprained ankle and he has yet to get totally back on track. Joyner is second on the team in assist average at 2.0 per game, but he is playing just 11.8 minutes per game. He has averaged 14.2 minutes in the last four games. Joyner has had two or more assists in five of the last six games. He has yet to start a game after starting 58 of 60 games during his freshman and sophomore seasons. Finally, Joyner has yet to score in his 94 minutes of action this season, missing all seven of his shots.

• The Somogyi File
Sophomore Greg Somogyi had, by far, his best game of the season in the loss to Cal on Dec. 29. After playing a total of 16 minutes in five previous games, the 7-foot-3 native of Budapest played 21 against the Golden Bears. It was time well spent as Somogyi had season-highs of 12 points, three blocked shots, and one steal, and a career-high eight rebounds. He made 6-of-9 shots. In his other seven appearances in 2009-10, Somogyi had gone 1-for-8 from the field and scored four points. The 12 points were two shy of his career-high of 14. Also, after collecting four rebounds in the Nov. 14 season opener against Cal State Los Angeles, he had six total in his next six appearances.

• Devenny Developments
Freshman Lucas Devenny is averaging 2.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. In Tueday's loss to Cal, Devenny played just eight minutes, his shortest appearance since logging four minutes against San Francisco on Nov. 23. Despite going scoreless against the Golden Bears, Devenny had three rebounds, his highest total in three games. He also had a pair of assists, tying a season-high. Devenny had personal-bests of seven points and five rebounds on Dec. 18 at Montana State.

• Jordan Rules
Jordan Weiner is averaging 1.9 points per game. He was scoreless and did not attempt a field goal in three minutes of action on Dec. 29 at Cal. Weiner did not play on Dec. 28 against Furman. He scored his season-high of five points in games against Cal State Los Angeles and Santa Clara. Weiner has attempted 13 shots on the season, 11 of them from three-point range. He had career-highs of four assists and three steals on Nov. 14 vs. Cal State L.A.

• Sam He Is
Sam Phippen is averaging 4.8 points and 2,8 rebounds per game. He has been scoreless in each of the last two games. After playing at least 15 minutes in each of the first eight games of the season, Phippen has played a total of five in the last two. He has scored a career-high 14 points twice this season, in the season-opener against Cal State Los Angeles and on Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount, Phippen set a career-high with seven rebounds on Dec. 1 against Santa Clara.

• Hall Pass
Jon Pastorek scored two points in seven minutes at Cal on Dec. 29. Pastorek has now scored 11 points in the last three games. He had scored a total of seven points in the five previous games. In addition, Pastorek's 36 minutes in the last three games are 11 more than he played in the previous four contests. He is now averaging 3.5 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He scored a season-high 11 on Nov. 14 against Cal State Los Angeles and his 11 rebounds on Nov. 17 against Weber State are the most by a Gaucho this season.

• Brew Two
Chris Brew, the brother of Will Brew, was activated for the Nov. 28 game at Loyola Marymount. In his first six games, Brew has averaged 5.7 points and 1.5 rebounds, but if his one-minute debut is discounted, he has averaged 6.4 points. He had 12 on Dec. 1 against Santa Clara and 11 on Dec. 5 against San Diego State. In those two games, Brew made 9-of-11 shots, 81.8%. After going scoreless on Dec. 21 at Arizona State and then not playing on Dec. 28 against Furman, he made 3-of-4 shots and had seven points in Tuesday's game against Cal. Brew also had season-highs of two assists and three rebounds in his 14 minute appearance against the Golden Bears.

• The Bob Williams File
2009-10 is Bob Williams's12th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. In 2008-09, Williams guided the Gauchos to a 16-15 overall record and an 8-8 mark in the Big West Conference. The record, however, doesn't tell the entire story. UCSB was forced to overcome a myriad of injuries and at one point stood at 8-13 overall and 2-7 in league play.

In 2007-08, Williams guided the Gauchos to a 23-9 overall record. The 23 wins were a school record, and UCSB also won its second Big West regular season title with a 12-4 conference record. Following the campaign, the Gauchos were awarded a bid to the National Invitation Tournament. It was the third time that a Williams-coached UCSB team advanced to postseason play.

The 2002 Gauchos won the school's first Big West Tournament title, advancing to the NCAA Tournament, and in 2003, they won the league's regular season championship and played in the NIT. Williams has been selected Big West Coach of the Year twice, in 1998-99 and 2002-03.

In 1998-99, he took over a UCSB program that had not recorded a winning season in five years, and after seeing his team lose its first eight games that year - extending a two-season losing streak to 16 straight games - the Gauchos turned things around, winning 15 of their final 20 games and finishing on top in the Big West's Western Division.

Williams has a UCSB record of 184-151 He guided the program to nine winning seasons in his first 11 years - including the last four in a row - and a pair of 20 win seasons. He has a career record of 108-72 in Big West games.

Prior to his arrival at UCSB, Williams spent eight years at UC Davis and in those eight years, his teams recorded 20 or more wins five times and a 158-76 record. In Williams's final season, the Aggies went 31-2, won the NCAA Division II National Championship and he was named NABC Division II Coach of the Year. Including two seasons at Menlo College, Williams has an overall career record of 373-251 (.599) at four-year schools.

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