Gauchos Travel to UC Riverside Monday for Big West Game

Jan. 3, 2010

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• The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters Monday's Big West game at UC Riverside with an overall record of 5-6 and a Big West record of 0-1. The Gauchos dropped a 57-55 decision at UC Irvine on Saturday night marking the second straight year that they have opened league play with a road loss. Last year, after dropping the opener at Long Beach State, UCSB lost a 71-69 decision at UC Riverside. Since opening the year with a 4-0 record, Santa Barbara has lost six of seven games.

• On The Radio
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• Possible Starters - Notes
G - Will Brew - Played a season-high 30 minutes at UC Irvine.
G - Orlando Johnson - Is the only Gaucho player to score in double-figures in all 11 games.
G - Paul Roemer - Scored five points in final 11 seconds on Saturday night at UC Irvine.
F - Jaimé Serna - Had nine points, seven rebounds, two blocked shots, and two steals at UC Irvine.
F - James Nunnally - Attempted just five shots in 36 minutes on Saturday night.

• Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Chris Brew - In four appearances since scoring in double-figures in back-to-back games, has 11 total points.
G - Jordan Weiner - Scored one point at UC Irvine, his first point in five games.
G - James Powell - Has now scored 1,009 career points, 22nd all-time at UCSB.
G - Justin Joyner - Is likely out for at least two weeks as he lets his injured ankle recover.
F - Jon Pastorek - Made his only field goal attempt in game at UC Irvine.
F - Sam Phippen - Tied his season-low with two minutes played on Saturday night.
F - Lucas Devenney - Played season-low two minutes at UC Irvine, making his only shot.
C - Greg Somogyi - After season-highs for points, rebounds and blocks on Dec. 29 at Cal, played three minutes vs. UCI.

• The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his 12th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. He enters the game against Cal with a Gaucho record of 184-152 (.549). Overall, Williams is in his 22nd season as a coach at four-year schools. He coached for two seasons at Menlo College (31-24) and for eight seasons at UC Davis (158-76). Overall he has posted a four-year coaching record of 373-252 (.596).

• The Gauchos, The Highlanders, The Road
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. Meanwhile, in true road games, UCSB has gone 1-4. Since opening the road schedule on Nov. 28 win a win over Loyola Marymount, the Gauchos have dropped four in a row (Montana State, Arizona State, Cal, and UC Irvine). Santa Barbara has one neutral court victory, over Furman at the Golden Bear Classic in Berkeley. In 2008-09, the Gauchos were 3-10 in true road games and 6-11 in all games played away from home.

• Joyner Shuts It Down For Now
Junior point guard Justin Joyner did not play in the loss at UC Irvine on Saturday night and is not expected to play for at least two weeks as he allows his injured right ankle to rest. Joyner, who missed all of the 2008-09 season while recovering from wrist surgery, sprained his ankle in practice before the Gauchos' exhibition opener against Sonoma State and did not return to action until Nov. 23 against San Francisco. The ankle, however, never completely recovered and Joyner re-injured it in the Dec. 29 game at Cal. He will not practice and will receive rest and treatment over the next couple of weeks.

• Johnson Continues To Double-Up
Sophomore Orlando Johnson had 19 points and eight rebounds in Saturday night's loss at UC Irvine. It was the 11th consecutive game in which Johnson has scored in double-figures and the eighth time he has scored 16 points or more. He has, in fact, scored 16 or more in four straight games, averaging 18.2 points over that span. Johnson leads the Gauchos in scoring at 16.8 points per game and rebounding at 6.1 per game. He had the team's only two double-doubles this season. On Nov. 17, in a win over Weber State, he had 19 points and 10 rebounds. On Dec. 29, in a loss at Cal, Johnson had a different type of double-double as he had 17 points and 10 assists. His 10 assists were not only the most by a UCSB player this season, but they equaled the highest total by a Big West Conference player this season. A transfer from Loyola Marymount, Johnson scored a career-high 25 points on Nov. 23 against San Francisco.

• Serna Rebounds From Sub-Par Performance
In Saturday night's loss at UC Irvine, sophomore forward Jaimé Serna rebounded from his poorest performance of the season with a solid effort against the Anteaters. On Dec. 29, Serna missed all eight of his shots and had just one rebound in 18 minutes as the Gauchos lost at Cal. On Saturday night, the Laguna Beach, Calif., native made 4-of-7 shots and finished with nine points. He also had seven rebounds, two blocked shots, two steals, and one assist. In addition, Serna played a season-high 34 minutes. He continues to rank second on the team in rebounding at 4.5 boards per game. Finally, despite playing a season-high 34 minutes against the Anteaters, Serna did not commit a personal foul. He has fouled out twice this season, has had four or more six times and three or more seven times.

• Nunnally Passes On Shooting
Despite playing a season-high 36 minutes on Saturday night, sophomore James Nunnally attempted only five field goals against UC Irvine. He made two of the field goal attempts and finished with eight points. The five attempts were his second fewest of the season. Nunnally is second on the team in scoring at 11.6 points per game. He scored a career-high 24 on Dec. 28 against Furman and followed that up with a 10-point performance on Dec. 29 at Cal. Nunnally's also scored 20 points on Nov. 23 against San Francisco.

• For Starters, Will Brew Is Alone
Will Brew stands alone for UCSB. Actually, Brew starts alone. The sophomore point guard is the only Gaucho to have started all 11 games. Two other players, Orlando Johnson and Jaimé Serna have each started 10 of the 11 games. Brew continues to lead the team in assists at 2.9 per game and he is now averaging 4.8 points per game. In three games since scoring a total of 21 points over a six game span, 3.5 per game, Brew has scored 22 points, 7.3 per game. He has made three shots in each of the last three games going 9-of-16, 56.2%, to improve his overall field goal percentage to 37.8%. Brew had a season-high nine points, on three three-point baskets, on Dec. 29 at Cal.

• The Kids Are Alright
Through 11 games, UCSB's underclassmen - the freshmen and sophomores - have been pretty productive. As a group, they have scored 509 of the team's 744 points, 68.4%. In addition, the group of seven has 177 rebounds (62.3%), 60 assists (55.9%), 33 steals (57.7%), and 19 blockes shots (90.5%).

• Taking The Lead And Not Giving It Back
During its four-game winning streak to open the season, UCSB trailed to just two teams, Cal State Los Angeles and Loyola Marymount. The only time the Gauchos were behind in the second half - albeit briefly - was to LMU. When they lost four in a row, they never led in the second half. In its win over Furman on Dec. 28 - repeat after me - Santa Barbara never trailed in the second half. The same, but opposite (Does that make sense?), was true for a Dec. 29 loss at Cal. On Saturday night, the Gauchos trailed by three at the half against the Anteaters, tied the score at 27-27, but then fell behind by 10 and never caught up again. Through 11 games, the team leading at the half in UCSB games has won.

• The Starters Stick Around
In Saturday's game at UC Irvine, UCSB's starters played 158 minutes. It was the most time logged by Gaucho starters in a game this season. Two players, Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally, each played a season-high 36 minutes, the most by a Santa Barbara player this season. Jaimé Serna (34) and Will Brew (30) also recorded 30 or more minutes. The offensive production reflected the time dominance of the starters. The Gaucho bench finished with a season-low eight points while the starters accounted for 47 in the game against the Anteaters.

• Around The Key: Notes
✔ 11 of the Gauchos 21 blocked shots have come in the last four games.
✔ Actually, after blocking a total of three shots in six games, UCSB has nine in the last two games.
✔ UCSB made two three-point baskets in Saturday's game at UC Irvine, a season-low. The previous low was five.
✔ After playing at least 15 minutes in each of the first eight games, Sam Phippen has totaled just seven in the last three.
✔ The Gauchos had a season-low six assists at UC Irvine on Saturday. For the first time this year, Will Brew had none.
✔ After outrebounding UC Irvine 9-2 early in the game Saturday, UCSB was outrebounded 32-20 the rest of the way.
✔ The two-point margin of defeat at Irvine was UCSB's smallest of the season. All other margins were double-digits.
Justin Joyner has yet to score in 54 minutes of play this season.

• Next Up
On Friday, Jan. 8, UCSB will return home for the first time in 34 days. The Gauchos host UC Davis in a game that will tip-off at 8:00 p.m. to accommodate ESPNU. UCSB will also host Pacific on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 3:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.