Gauchos Travel North in Search of First Big West Win
Jan. 4, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at UC Davis
at UCD's Pavilion
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Gametracker
Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Pacific
at Pacific's A.G. Spanos Center
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Gametracker
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 seventh 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.
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UC Santa Barbara will play it first two road games of the Big West Conference season when it travels north to play at UC Davis and at the University of the Pacific. The Gauchos opened the league schedule on Dec. 28 with a 71-55 home loss to Long Beach State in a rematch of the 2010 Big West Tournament championship game.
The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its Jan. 6 game at UC Davis with an overall record of 7-5 and a Big West mark of 0-1. The Gauchos struggled but won their last game in overtime, a 75-67 non-conference decision over visiting Fresno Pacific on Dec. 31. Since opening the season with a 2-3 record, they have won five out of seven.
Gauchos Home Streak Ended By Long Beach State
The Gauchos' Thunderdome loss to Long Beach State on Dec. 28 ended a pair of streaks. The defeat was UCSB's first at home overall in 12 games dating back to a Dec. 5, 2009 loss to San Diego State. The loss was also the team's first at home against a Big West opponent since Jan. 29, 2008 when it lost to Cal State Northridge, 72-70. The Gauchos were 8-0 at home against Big West opponents in 2009-10 and had put together a 13-game two-season winning streak.
Serna, Boswell Questionable As Gauchos Hit The Road
Junior forward Jaimé Serna has missed two of the Gauchos' last three games with a strained groin and is questionable for the Jan. 6 game at UC Davis. In addition, freshman guard Kyle Boswell, a regular starter over the past several games, sat out the Dec. 31 game against Fresno Pacific with a sprained ankle and is also questionable for the game against the Aggies.
The Last Time Out: UCSB 75, Fresno Pacific 67
Jordan Weiner's put-back as the buzzer sounded to end regulation sent the game into overtime and UCSB outscored Fresno Pacific 13-5 in the extra period to escape with a 75-67 non-conference win on Dec. 31 at the Thunderdome. James Nunnally scored 19 points, including 17 in the second half and overtime, to lead the Gauchos. Greg Somogyi played a career-high 30 minutes and scored a career-high 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field. He also had seven rebounds, two blocks, two assists and two steals. Orlando Johnson, who attempted just eight shots, had 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Jon Pastorek had a season-high 10 points, including a key three-pointer at the start of the overtime, to go along with four rebounds, four assists and a steal. Pastorek's steal came at the end of regulation and started the sequence that ultimately resulted in Weiner's game-tying put-back. On the strength of three-point baskets, the Sunbirds led by as many as nine points in the first half. They finished the game with 12 three-pointers, equaling the most by a UCSB opponent this season. Fresno Pacific, however, did need 38 three-point attempts and it did miss its last nine in a row, including all seven in the overtime period. The Gauchos played the game without forward Jaimé Serna (groin) and guard Kyle Boswell (ankle) who were injured. They also lost guard Will Brew in the second half when he too left with an injury.
Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Scored a career-high 16 points in Dec. 21 win over Cal Baptist.
G 20 Will Brew - Since playing season-high 36 minutes Dec. 4 at Santa Clara, has averaged 16.5.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Scored in double-figures in 42 straight games, a school record.
F 21 James Nunnally - Scored team-high 19 points in win over Fresno Pacific.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Made 7-of-9 shots and scored career-high 16 on Dec. 31 vs. Fresno Pacific.
Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Has missed two of the last three games with a groin strain.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Missed Dec. 21 game against Fresno Pacific with a sprained ankle.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Has made at least one three-point basket in five straight games.
G 24 Christian Peterson - Tied career-high when he played nine minutes vs. Fresno Pacific.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Has played 50 of his 97 total minutes in the last four games.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Scored season-high 10 in win over Fresno Pacific.
G 43 Troy Leaf - Has totaled just eight minutes in last two games.
UCSB and UC Davis have played 21 times in a series that began in 1939. The Gauchos hold a 17-4 all-time edge and went 3-0 against the Aggies in 2009-10. UCSB not only won both regular season games against UC Davis, but also a semifinal game in the Big West Tournament. The Gauchos won 81-77 at Davis on Feb. 6, 2010. Santa Barbara and Pacific have played 101 times dating back to 1946. The Tigers have won 51 of the decisions. Last year, the Gauchos swept the season series, winning in Stockton on Feb. 4, 61-48. In all, UCSB has won three straight and four of the last five against Pacific.
Away From Home
UCSB has opened the season with a 3-4 record in games away from home. The Gauchos are 2-3 in true road games and 1-1 in neutral site contests. They have won two of their last three road games, winning 80-69 at Santa Clara on Dec. 4 and 68-62 at UNLV on Dec. 15. On Dec. 18 in their last road game, they dropped a 90-64 decision at nationally-ranked San Diego State. In 2009-10, UCSB went 6-7 in true away games and 3-1 in neutral court games.
Williams Hits Second Victory Milestone
When UCSB defeated Denver to open the season, head coach Bob Williams became the third coach in school history to record 200 or more wins. On Dec. 31, when the Gauchos defeated Fresno Pacific, it was his 206th win and it moved him past Willie Wilton (205-163) and into second on the school's all-time victory list. Williams' next milestone should be the 400th overall win of his career. He is currently 395-261 and needs just five more wins to hit the 400 mark. His next Gaucho target is Jerry Pimm, the school's all-time coaching victory leader with a record of 222-202.
Nunnally/Johnson Continue To Rank 1-2
James Nunnally and Orlando Johnson continue to rank 1-2 in the Big West scoring race. Nunnally enters Thursday's game at UC Davis averaging 19.0 points per game while Johnson is at 17.8. Nunnally trailed Johnson through the first six games of the year, but a surge that was highlighted by a career-high 34-point performance on Dec. 4 at Santa Clara, allowed him to overtake his teammate and assume control. Last year, Johnson averaged 18.0 points per game and won the league's scoring crown.
A Simple Formula
Obviously there are several keys to winning basketball games. Every coach on the planet would default to a discussion about rebounding and defense. For the Gauchos, the one constant in all seven of their wins is that they have outshot their opponents. UCSB enters the week with a perfect 7-0 record in games in which they have a higher field goal percentage than their opponent and, on the flipside, they are an equally perfect 0-5 when outshot by an opponent. The only other statistical sure-thing for the Gauchos this year has been outscoring their opponent. They are 7-0 when scoring more points than their opponent.
Turning Over A New Leaf
Despite turning the ball over a season-high 25 times, UCSB won at nationally-ranked UNLV on Dec. 15. In four games since, the Gauchos have just 49 total turnovers, 12.2 per game. They had a season-low eight in the Dec. 21 win over Cal Baptist. On the year, Santa Barbara is averaging 14.8 turnovers per game. In 12 games, however, they have been below the 15 turnover mark seven times, including three of the last four games.
UCSB continues to lead the Big West in steals with an average of 8.7 per game. The Gauchos have 104 steals in their 12 games. If they continue to average 8.7 per game and play 29 games this season, they would finish with about 250 steals, a figure that would rank second all-time. Santa Barbara had a season-high 17 steals, the third most in school history, in the Nov. 12 opener against Denver. The Gauchos have collected 10 or more steals three times and eight or more eight times. Will Brew and Jordan Weiner lead the way with 17 steals apiece, but six different UCSB players have at least 10 steals this season and five have had at least three steals in a game. Weiner had five steals against Loyola Marymount on Dec. 1, the most by a Gaucho this season.
The Flying Nunnally
James Nunnally bounced back from a rare bad game in a loss to Long Beach State with a solid effort in a win over Fresno Pacific. Nunnally made 6-of-13 shots overall, including 3-of-9 from three-point range, to score 19 points in the Gauchos' Dec. 31 win over the Sunbirds. In the previous game against Long Beach, he suffered through a rare poor shooting game when he was just 1-of-11 overall and 1-for-8 from three-point range and scored just seven points. It was the only time this season that Nunnally scored in single-digits. The junior still leads UCSB and the Big West in scoring at 19.0 points per game. During a six-game stretch that began with the Nov. 14 game at Oregon and ended with the Dec. 15 win at UNLV, Nunnally averaged 24.7 points per game and scored 20 or more five times. Twice during that span - Dec. 6 and Dec. 20 - he was named Big West Player of the Week and three times he set a new career-high in scoring. His first career-high came when he poured in 28 points at Oregon on Nov. 14. On Dec. 1, he went one better when he scored 29 in a win over Loyola Marymount and then on Dec. 4, the next game, he went for 34 at Santa Clara. The 63 points that Nunnally scored in consecutive wins over Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara were the most that a UCSB player has scored over a two-game span since Raymond Tutt went for 37 and 35 in consecutive games during the latter portion of the 1996-97 season. Nunnally is also second on the Gauchos in rebounds at 4.8 per game, although he has totaled just eight in the last four games. He had a career-high 11 rebounds on Nov. 27 at Portland while also scoring 22 points. It was his first double-double of the year and third of his career. Nunnally has also been outstanding from the free throw line for UCSB. He has made 65-of-72 on the year, 90.3%. In un-Nunnally fashion, he missed two of his six attempts in the win over Fresno Pacific. When he missed the first of the two, it ended a streak of 28 in a row. Finally, in his career, the Stockton, Calif., native has scored 898 points.
O.J. Points The Way
While Orlando Johnson is averaging 17.8 points per game his scoring numbers are down in recent games. After averaging 24.6 points per game through the first five games of the season, he has scored 90 in the last seven games, 12.9 per game. The Seaside, Calif., native has scored in double-figures in all 12 games this season and all 42 since he arrived at UCSB after transferring from Loyola Marymount. Johnson's streak is the longest on record. The previous mark of 36 straight double-figure scoring efforts were set by Raymond Tutt during the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons. Johnson has set a new career-high twice this season. On Nov. 13 he poured in 30 points against North Dakota State and then, on Nov. 20 he had 35 points against Fresno State, the most points scored by a Gaucho since Alex Harris tallied 37 in late-February of 2007. In scoring 30 or more twice this season, he is the first Gaucho to do so since Harris in 2006-07. In the game against Fresno State, Johnson made 13-of-19 field goal attempts, 4-of-5 three-point attempts and also added 11 rebounds. For his effort, Johnson was named Big West Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career. In addition to his offensive exploits, Johnson has claimed the team-lead in rebound average at 6.7 per game and he leads the team at 3.0 assists per outing. In fact, he is the only player in the Big West Conference to rank among the top-10 in scoring, rebounding and assists. In UCSB's Dec. 15 win at UNLV, he had a career-high 15 rebounds, including 10 in the second half. He has had five or more rebounds eight times and three or more assists seven times, all in the last nine games. He had a season-high seven assists on Dec. 31 against Fresno Pacific. In his 42 games at UCSB, Johnson has scored 753 points, an average of 17.9 per game, a figure that would rank him third on the school's all-time list. Finally, if you include his one season at Loyola Marymount when he set a Lions' freshman record with 383 points, Johnson now has 1,136 points as a collegiate player.
Serna Becomes The Third Option
Jaimé Serna missed the Dec. 31 game against Fresno Pacific with a strained groin. He played with the injury on Dec. 28 against Long Beach State and had eight points in 18 minutes. He had also missed the Dec. 21 game against Cal Baptist. Despite his recent injury troubles, Serna is now third on the team at 8.0 points per game. In his last four appearances, he has averaged 10.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while making 16-of-25 shots from the field, 64.0%. Over that same span he has gone 9-of-11 from the free throw line, 81.8%. Serna leads the team in field goal percentage at 55.4% and since he missed all seven of his shots in a Nov. 13 game against North Dakota State, he has gone 28-of-44, 63.6%. On Dec. 4, in a win at Santa Clara, he recorded the first double-double of his career when he had 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Serna also had a career-high five blocked shots in the win over the Broncos.
Junior Greg Somogyi had one of his best games ever in the Dec. 31 win over Fresno Pacific. Somogyi made 7-of-9 shots to finish 16 points. In addition, he had seven rebounds, two blocks, two steals and two assists. While the stats were good, perhaps the most impressive part of his performance were his career-high 30 minutes played. This year, Somogyi had not played more than 19 minutes in any game. In his last two games, the 7-foot-3 native of Budapest has averaged 12.5 points and 6.0 rebounds while making 11-of-17 shots from the field, 64.7%. In fact, in the last four games, Somogyi has averaged 9.0 points and 6.2 rebounds. He had a season-high eight rebounds on Dec. 18 at San Diego State. He continues to lead the Big West in blocked shots with 24. He has had at least one block in 10 of 12 games and two or more eight times. Somogyi rejected a season-high five shots on Nov. 27 at Portland.
Senior Jordan Weiner is averaging 5.3 points per game. He scored a career-high 16 in a Dec. 21 win over Cal Baptist. In the Big West opener against Long Beach State, Weiner missed all three of his shots and had just one point. In the Gauchos' last game, he scored seven on 2-of-6 shooting from the field, but it was his second basket that saved UCSB's bacon. Weiner's second bucket of the contest came when he caught an airballed three-pointer on the fly and made a reverse scoop-shot as the buzzer sounded to end regulation sending the game against Fresno Pacific into overtime and giving his team the opportunity to escape with the 75-67 win. The two-point basket was just his fifth of the season. Weiner is third on the team with 14 three-pointers. He made a career-high four threes in the win over Cal Baptist. In addition to his three-point exploits, he has moved into a tie with Will Brew for the team-lead in steals with 17. He has had at least one steal in each of the last three games and nine times this season. He had a career-high five on Dec. 1 against Loyola Marymount.
Pastorek Takes A Pass
Jon Pastorek's name is an apt one based on his recent performances. Get it? While the senior from Anaheim is averaging 1.5 assists per game, he has passed off for 13 of his 18 assists in the last four games, 3.2 per game. Pastorek dished out a season-high four assists in each of the last two games. In the Dec. 31 win over Fresno Pacific, he also scored a season-high 10 points and while he is averaging 4.2 points per game overall, he has gone for 7.3 per game in the last three games. Pastorek has also made a three-point basket in three straight games and four of the last five. In each instance he was a perfect 1-for-1 from beyond the three-point arc and has now made 5-of-7 on the year.
Justin Joins In The Fun
Senior guard Justin Joyner has re-emerged as a key part of UCSB's lineup. He missed the Gauchos' first two December games against Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara with a hip injury. He returned in the Dec. 15 at UNLV and the Gauchos were glad he did. Joyner easily had his best game of the season against the Runnin' Rebels as he went for eight points, six assists, four steals, one blocked shot and a rebound. He made all three of his field goal attempts, including both of his three-point attempts. In fact, entering the game at Las Vegas, Joyner was 1-for-7 from the floor on the season and in the five games since he has gone 10-of-17 (58.8%) overall and 6-of-11 (54.5%) from outside the three-point arc. He has made at least one three-point basket in five straight games. On Dec. 28 against Long Beach State, Joyner scored nine points on 4-of-6 shooting. It was his highest scoring game since the 2007-08 season. He has also had three or more assists three times in the last five games and at least one steal in four of the five. The four steals he had in the win over the Runnin Rebels was a career-high. Finally, last year, Joyner had 12 total points in 22 games, a span of 328 minutes. This year, he has scored 29 in 226 minutes overall and 26 points in 121 minutes over the last five contests.
The Bob Williams File
2010-11 is Bob Williams's 13th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. In 2009-10, he guided the Gauchos to a 20-10 overall record, their second Big West Tournament title, and fourth NCAA Tournament berth ever. It was the program's second NCAA Tournament bid and its fifth regular season title in his 12 seasons. Following the season, Williams was named Big West Coach of the Year for the third time.
Last year also marked the third Williams coached Gaucho team to win 20 or more games and the 10th overall in program history. It was the second time in the three seasons that the UCSB won 20 or more.
In 2008-09, Williams coached 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 led 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.
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 206-161. He guided the program to 10 winning seasons in his first 12 years - including the last five in a row - and three 20 win seasons. He has a career record of 120-76 in Big West games and his .612 winning percentage in league games is tops among the league's active coaches.
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 395-261 (.602) at four-year schools.
On The Horizon
When they have completed the annual trek to the Davis and Stockton this week, the Gauchos will have played nine of 14 games away from home. UCSB will return home, however, for five of eight beginning with a Thursday, Jan. 13 game against UC Irvine and a Saturday, Jan. 15 game against UC Riverside. Both games will tipoff at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome.