Gauchos Return Home Friday to Play UC Davis on ESPNU

Gauchos Return Home Friday to Play UC Davis on ESPNU

Jan. 6, 2010

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• The Schedule
Game No. 13
Friday, January 8 2010 at 8:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara vs. UC Davis
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio:
Game available on Gametracker

Game No. 14
Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara vs. Pacific
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio:
Game available on Gametracker

• Single Game Tickets For All Games Are Available
Men's and women's basketball single game tickets are now on sale. You can purchase tickets by calling (805) 893-UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus or to buy online and print at home, click here. 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.

• Legends Of The Dome
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 womens 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.

• Faculty Free Friday
All members of the UCSB faculty and staff will be admitted free to Friday's game against UC Davis as part of the Faculty Free Fridays program. Just show faculty or staff ID at the door and get in. It's that simple.

• UCSB-UC Davis On ESPNU Friday
UC Santa Barbara's home game against UC Davis on Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, will be televised live on ESPNU. The play-by-play announcer will be Steve Physioc with former UCLA star Tyus Edney (4.8 seconds left, coast-to-coast drive vs. Missouri in 1995 NCAA Tournament) handling the color. Locally, on Cox Cable, ESPNU is channel 258. On Dish Network it is 148 and on Direct TV it is channel 609.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters Friday's game with an overall record of 6-6 and a Big West mark of 1-1. After opening league play on Jan. 2 with a 57-55 loss at UC Irvine, the Gauchos bounced back in a big way with a 57-53 win on Monday night at UC Riverside. Santa Barbara started the year with a 4-0 record, its first such start since 2006-07 and the second in the 12-year tenure of head coach Bob Williams.

• UCSB Bounces Back With Key Road Win At UC Riverside
After opening Big West Conference play with a tough road loss at UC Irvine, UCSB responded with an equally tough win at UC Riverside. After scoring only 14 points in the first half and trailing by three with less than two minutes to play, the Gauchos rallied for a 57-53 win over the Highlanders. Santa Barbara opened the second half with a 21-4 surge to get back in the game. James Nunnally had his first double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Gauchos and he made a short jumper that started a 7-0 game-ending run. Orlando Johnson, who had 17 points, made a three-pointer with 22 seconds left to give UCSB a 55-53 lead. Johnson then had a steal with 10 seconds left, was intentionally fouled, and made both free throws to wrap things up.

• Roemer Sidelined With Foot Injury
Senior guard Paul Roemer, who has started the last four games, will be sidelined indefinitely with a foot injury. The extent of the injury is yet to be determined but he will definitely be out for the next two weeks and, most likely, longer. One of just two seniors on the roster, Roemer joins his UCSB and De La Salle High School teammate, Justin Joyner, on the sidelines. Joyner is out with a sprained right ankle.

• Joyner Remains Sidelined
Junior point guard Justin Joyner remains sidelined with a sprained right ankle. Joyner, who missed all of the 2008-09 season while recovering from wrist surgery, was expected to return as the starting point guard this season. A sprained ankle prior to the Gauchos' first preseason game, however, put his return on hold. Joyner did come back on Nov. 23 against San Francisco, the third game of the season, but he played just two minutes. While his time increased, there was still pain in the right ankle and after a Dec. 29 game at Cal, it was decided to shut him down until there is some improvement. In his first two seasons at UCSB, Joyner played in 60 of 61 games, starting 58. In fact, as a sophomore, he started all 32 games for a Gaucho team that won 23 games.

• The Opponents
UCSB and UC Davis have played 18 times in a series that began in 1939. The Gauchos hold an all-time advantage of 14-4 over the Aggies. Last year, the teams split two games with each winning on its own court. The Aggies won 89-75 in Davis and the Gauchos won 66-64 in Santa Barbara. UCSB and Pacific have played 99 times in a series that dates back to 1946. The Tigers hold a 51-48 all-time advantage over the Gauchos. Last year, each team won on its home court. Pacific defeated UCSB in Stockton, 58-36, while Santa Barbara won at the Thunderdome, 67-57.

• Dome, Sweet Dome
UCSB is 3-2 at home in 2009-10. The Gauchos have lost two straight home games after beginning the year 3-0. The loss to Santa Clara on Dec. 1 ended a seven-game home winning streak. UCSB also dropped a 69-61 decision to San Diego State on Dec. 5. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, Santa Barbara has now won seven of its last nine games at the Thunderdome. The Gauchos won their final six home games last season finishing at 10-4.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G - 3 - Jordan Weiner - Could start in place of injured Paul Roemer.
G - 20 - Will Brew, Jr. - Played season-high 33 minutes in win at UC Riverside.
G - 33 - Orlando Johnson - Only Gaucho to score 10 or more in all 12 games.
F - 0 - Jaimé Serna - Has gone scoreless in two of his last three games.
F - 21 - James Nunnally - First career double-double at UCR with 19 points, 10 rebounds.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G - 1 - Chris Brew - Had career-high three rebounds twice in last three games.
G - 4 - Paul Roemer - Injured foot has him sidelined indefinitely.
G - 11 - Justin Joyner - Sidelined with right ankle sprain.
F - 15 - Sam Phippen - Played just 10 minutes total in last four games.
F - 25 - Lucas Devenny - Has two or more rebounds seven times this season.
F - 32 - Jon Pastorek - Equaled season-low with five minutes at UC Riverside.
G - 42 - James Powell - 186 three-pointers ranks him fifth in school history.
C - 55 - Greg Somogyi - Tied career-high with five blocked shots at UC Riverside.

• A Nice Way To End A Trend
One thing has been ironclad for UCSB this season: if they are ahead at halftime, the Gauchos win the game. Prior to Monday night's win at UC Riverside, one other thing was automatic for Santa Barbara this season: if they were behind at half, they lost. In the win over the Highlanders, the Gauchos trailed 23-14 after the first 20 minutes before rallying for a 57-53 win.

• Dr. Jekyll, Meet Mr. Hyde
There were actually three teams that played in Monday night's UCSB-UC Riverside match-up. Naturally the Highlanders were there, it was their home game afterall, and then there were two Gaucho teams. One of the teams played the first 20 minutes and scored just 14 points. That team made 5-of-28 shots overall (17.9%), 2-of-13 from three-point range (15.4%), and 2-of-6 from the free throw line (33.3%). The first team trailed 23-14 at the half. The other Gaucho team, which played the second half, scored 43 points, including a 21-4 outburst to start things, made 16-of-30 shots overall (53.3%), 6-of-9 from three-point territory (66.7%), and 5-of-7 from the free throw line (71.4%). The team that showed-up for the second half outscored UCR 43-30 and was the reason that UCSB as a whole was able to salvage a split on the first weekend of the Big West season.

• Blockheads
Through nine games, UCSB had 12 total blocked shots. Nine of the first 12 blocks came in the first three games of the season. After those first three, the Gauchos had just three blocks over a six game stretch. In the last three games UCSB as turned that trend around with 18 blocked shots, 6.0 per game. The Gauchos had nine, equaling the fifth most in school history. Greg Somogyi tied his career-high with six blocks at UC Riverside on Monday night.

• The Kids Are Alright
Through 12 games, UCSB's underclassmen - the freshmen and sophomores - have produced in a major way. As a group, they have scored 555 of the team's 801 points, 69.3%. The chart to the right indicates just how productive the seven underclassmen have been.

• Percentage Of Production By Class

Class	        Pts.	Rebs.	Asts.	Stls.	BS
Senior	        17.3%	10.3%	13.9%	19.5%	0.0%
Junior	        13.5%	18.1%	19.4%	22.0%	13.3%
Sophomore	61.5%	61.1%	53.3%	51.2%	83.3%
Freshman	7.7%	10.5%	13.4%	7.3%	3.4%

• Turnover Turnaround
UCSB had just nine turnovers in the win at UC Riverside, the fewest in any game this season. Previously, the Gauchos low was 10 turnovers, which the produced three times. In all, they are averaging 14.8 turnovers per game and have had 12 or fewer five times.

• Orlando's Forecast
Orlando Johnson continues to lead the Gauchos in scoring (16.8 points per game) and rebounding (5.9 per game). He ranks second in the Big West in scoring average. Johnson had 17 points, four rebounds, two steals, one block, and one assist at UC Riverside on Monday night. He scored five of his points and had one of his steals in the final 22 seconds. In fact, his three-point basket with 22 seconds remaining gave UCSB the lead for good. Johnson then sealed the game when he made a pair of free throws after coming up with a steal with just under 10 seconds left. He has now scored in double-figures in all 12 games this season and has scored 15 or more nine times, including the last five in a row. Johnson had a season-high 25 on Nov. 23 against San Francisco. His other 20 point game came on Dec. 28 when he had 21 against Furman at the Golden Bear Classic in Berkeley. Johnson has a pair of double-doubles this season. His first one came on Nov. 17 against Weber State when he had 19 points and 10 rebounds. His second came on Dec. 29 when he had 17 points and a career-high 10 assists. The 10 assists were the most by a UCSB players since Justin Joyner had 10 in a late-December game in 2006. Finally, when Johnson led the Gauchos in scoring in the first three games this season, he became the first newcomer ever to do so.

• Old Buddy, Old Powell
James Powell is third on the team in scoring at 9.2 points per game. He scored 11 points in the win at UC Riverside, making 3-of-7 shots from three-point range. Powell leads the team with 26 three-point buckets this season and he has made 26-of-55, 47.3%. In fact, he is actually shooting better from three-point territory than he is from inside the arc. The senior has hit 14-of-32 shots from two-point range, 43.7%. 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 a Dec. 28 win over Furman, he became the 23rd player in UCSB history to score more than 1,000 points. Powell enters the weekend with 1,020 points, 22nd all-time. In addition, he has 186 career three-point baskets, fifth all-time, and needs 11 to move into second on the school's all-time list. He is also fourth all-time in three-point attempts with 484.

• 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. On Monday at UC Riverside, Nunnally made 7-of-13 field goal attempts, including 3-of-6 from three-point range, and scored 19 points. He also had a career-best 10 rebounds for the first double-double of his career. Nunnally has now started four games in a row and averaged 15.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game over that stretch. In all, he has been in double-figures six times in his 11 games. In addition to his career-high game against Furman, Nunnally scored 20 on Nov. 23 against San Francisco. He has also had five or more rebounds six times, including five of the last six games. Finally, for the first time in his career, Nunnally has played 30 or more minutes in four consecutive games, including a career-high 36 on Jan. 2 at UC Irvine.

• Yes, Serna
Jaimé Serna is averaging 6.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, second on the team. He has been on a rollercoaster ride in the last several games. On Dec. 29 at Cal, Serna went scoreless for the first time this season, missing all eight of his field goal attempts in 18 minutes. On Jan. 2 at UC Irvine, he made 4-of-7 shots and had nine points to go along with seven rebounds, two blocked shots, and two steals. On Monday at Riverside, he missed his only two field goal attempts and was scoreless in 18 minutes, collecting just one rebound. In seven games since averaging 11.3 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 63.2% from the field over a three-game stretch, Serna has averaged 4.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. He has scored in double-figures twice, going for 13 on Nov. 23 against San Francisco and 12 on Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount. Serna had a career-high nine rebounds on Dec. 18 at Montana State.

• Where There's A Will, There's A Way
Will Brew leads the team in assists at 2.9 per game. He is also averaging 4.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per encounter. In the win at UC Riverside, Brew had three points, three rebounds, and three assists. His three points came on a three-point play at a key juncture of the second half. He had just one turnover in his season-high 33 minutes and continues to have an outstanding assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.1-to-1.0. Brew has had more turnovers than assists in just two games this season. He has had three or more assists seven times, including a career-high six on Nov. 23 against San Francisco. Brew scored a season-high nine points on Dec. 29 at Cal and in the last four games he has averaged 6.2 points per game while making 10-of-21 shots, 47.6%.

• Somogyi's Emergence
Sophomore Greg Somogyi is beginning to emerge for the Gauchos. On Dec. 29 at Cal, while UCSB didn't win, he had his best statistical game of the season with 12 points (6-of-9 from the field), eight rebounds, three blocked shots, and one steal in 21 minutes. After playing just three minutes on Jan. 2 at UC Irvine, Somogyi bounced back and was a decisive force in the win at UC Riverside. Against the Highlanders, the 7-foot-3 center had six points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal, and five blocked shots in 17 minutes. Of the five blocked shots, which tied a career-high, four came in the decisive second half as UCSB overcame an 11-point deficit. While the numbers he did put up were outstanding, it was a number that he didn't put up that was a major positive as well. Somogyi did not have a turnover in his 17 minutes at Riverside.

• Never Roemer Alone
Paul Roemer has an injured foot and will be sidelined indefinitely. He also has a torn tendon in the middle finger of his right hand, but he continued to play and, in fact, started the last four games. Roemer is averaging 2.3 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game. He averaged 16.7 minutes per game in the last four.

• Devenny Developments
Freshman Lucas Devenny has played in all 12 games this season, but after playing 10 or more minutes in seven of the first nine games, he has totaled just 19 in the last three. Devenny is averaging 2.3 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. He set season-highs for scoring and rebounding when he had seven points and five boards on Dec. 18 at Montana State. Devenny has had two or more rebounds seven times this season, including three times in the last four.

• The Jordan Rules
Jordan Weiner is averaging 1.6 points per game. He was scoreless and missed his only field goal attempt at UC Riverside. Weiner has played in 10 of 12 games this season. He scored a season-high five on two occasions. Of his 14 field goal attempts, 11 have been three-pointers. He has made three three-pointers.

• Sam He Is
Sam Phippen is averaging 4.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game, but in the last four games he has played just 10 minutes with no points and one rebound. He has not played more than three minutes in any of the last four games. In the first eight games, Phippen played at least 15 in each. He had a career-high 14 points on Nov. 14 against Cal State Los Angeles and Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount.

• Hall Pass
Jon Pastorek was scoreless in five minutes at UC Riverside on Monday. He attempted just one field goal and had a blocked shot. Since playing 57 minutes through the season's first three games (19.0 per game), Pastorek has played just 72 in the last nine games, 8.0 per game. He is averaging 3.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. His 11 rebounds on Nov. 17 against Weber State were a career-high and them most by a Gaucho this season. Pastorek had a season-high 11 points on Nov. 14 vs. Cal Stae Los Angeles.

• Brew Two
Freshman Chris Brew, the brother of Will Brew, was activated for the Nov. 28 game at Loyola Marymount. If you toss out the game at LMU - in which he played less than 30 seconds - Brew averaged 6.8 points in his first five real games. In the last two games, he totaled one point and missed all five of his field goal attempts. Brew did tie his season-high with three rebounds in just seven minutes on Monday night at UC Riverside. He scored a personal best 12 points on Dec. 1 vs. Santa Clara and followed that up with an 11-point game on Dec. 5 vs. San Diego State.

• 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 185-152 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 109-73 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 374-252 (.599) at four-year schools.