Jan. 7, 2005
UC Santa Barbara takes on the University of Idaho in the final game of a difficult five-game in 12-day stretch to open Big West Conference play. On Thursday night, the Gauchos, playing with just seven players, one of which was over 6-foot-5, lost at Utah State, 80-70.
UCSB and Idaho have played 16 times, meeting for the first time in 1963. The Gauchos hold a 10-6 edge in the all-time series. Last season, each team won on its home floor. UCSB won in Santa Barbara, 59-47, and Idaho won in Moscow, 57-45. The last time UCSB won in Moscow was during the 2002-03 season when it posted a 62-53 victory.
The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters Saturday's game at Idaho with an overall record of 4-7 and a Big West mark of 2-2. The Gauchos have dropped back-to-back road games, losing on at Cal State Northridge (70-50) and at Utah State (80-70).
Loss Of Goettsche Leaves UCSB With Seven Players
UCSB has had an injury-run to end all injury-runs. When the Gauchos left Santa Barbara on Wednesday morning, they did so with eight players. When they took the floor for Thursday night's game at Utah State, they did so with seven, that's right SEVEN, players. Junior forward Cameron Goettsche, was held out of practice on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, because of soreness in his groin, an injury that sidelined him for all of the early practices this season, both exhibition games and the first two games of the regular season. After missing the three practices following Sunday's loss at Cal State Northridge, it was decided that it would be too much of a risk to play him on Thursday, thus UCSB was down to seven.
Gaucho Seven Plays Aggies Tough
Although playing with just seven players at one of the most difficult road venues in the Big West Conference, UCSB actually trailed by just seven points, with possession, with 1:26 remaining. The Gauchos ultimately lost by ten, 80-70, but they played one of their most inspired games of the year. The Aggies led by as many as 19 points at 66-47, but led by a Joe See three-point barrage, UCSB outscored Utah State 23-11 to cut the gap to 77-70 with 1:26 to go. The Gauchos never got any closer, losing by ten. See finished with a career-high 26 points, drilling a career-high eight three-point baskets (8-for-12). Chrismen Oliver had 12 points, four assists and four steals, and Josh Davis added ten points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Forward Glenn Turner, the only UCSB player over 6-foot-5, had eight points, seven rebounds, and a career-high five blocked shots. Utah State was paced by freshman guard Jaycee Carroll, who matched See's eight three-pointers with eight of his own, and had 28 points.
Goettsche Remains Doubtful For Idaho
Junior forward Cameron Goettsche, who, as mentioned above, missed the game at Utah State, is doubtful for the game against Idaho. Goettsche is suffering from a strained groin, the same injury that sidelined him for four weeks, including two exhibition games and two regular season games, earlier in the year. Goettsche's injury brings to five the number of UCSB player sidelined with injury. Senior forward Casey Cook, the team's leading scorer at 10.8 points per game, fractured a bone in his right foot on Sunday at Cal State Northridge, and he will miss at least six week. Junior guard Cecil Brown, who came back from a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee only to suffer a stress fracture in his left ankle. He will miss the remainder of the season. Sophomore forward David Kennedy has a recurring stress fracture in his right leg, and he is likely sidelined for the remainder of the year. Freshman forward Chris Devine had knee surgery before the season, and while it is healing, it is not healing fast enough to expect him back this year. Finally, freshman forward Chris Moore is academically ineligible, and freshman forward Todd Follmer is redshirting.
Possible Starters - Notes
G - Chrismen Oliver - He has been in double-figures six times this year, the most on the team.
G - Alex Harris - Had career-highs of four assists and two steals at Utah State.
G - Josh Davis - Scored ten at Utah State, his first double-digit performance in seven games.
F - Derek Rasp - Played a career-high 32 minutes at Utah State.
F - Glenn Turner - Blocked a career-high five shots at Utah State.
Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Joe See - Had career-highs with eight three-point baskets and 26 points at Utah State.
G - Michael Chambers - Was scoreless in 11 minutes against the Aggies.
F - Cameron Goettsche - Missed the game at Utah State and is doubtful for the game at Idaho.
The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his seventh season as the head coach at UCSB. On December 30, when the Gauchos defeated UC Irvine, he became the fifth coach UCSB coach to record 100 wins. Last year, he guided the Gauchos to a 16-12 overall record and a 10-8 mark in Big West Conference play. He has also guided UCSB to three straight winning seasons, the first time the program has accomplished the feat since 1987-88 through 1989-90. In 2002-03, Williams' Gauchos went 18-14 overall and 14-4 in league. The 2002-03 Big West mark earned Santa Barbara its first-ever regular season title, along with a trip to the National Invitation Tournament. In addition, the success earned Williams his second Big West Coach of the Year award, his first coming after the 1998-99 campaign. In 2001-02, Williams guided UCSB to its first Big West Conference Tournament Championship ever and first NCAA Tournament bid in 12 years. Including this season, Williams has recorded a 100-86 record at Santa Barbara, and a 289-186 overall mark.
Gauchos Use Seven For 70
UCSB scored 70 points at Utah State on Thursday and it was just the second time this year that the Gauchos have scored 70 or more. Santa Barbara tallied 80 points in an overtime win at San Diego State on November 19 an had not scored more than 63 points until the 70 point effort against the Aggies.
See's Three-Point Barrage Ties Second Most Ever
Junior guard Joe See has struggled at times this season. Thursday night was not one of those times. See scored a career-high 26 points, making 8-of-12 shots from three-point range. The eight three-point baskets tied for the second-highest total in school history. Guard Brian Johnson made nine three-pointers at New Mexico State in 1988, the all-time record. See made five three-point baskets twice last season, once each against Utah State and Cal State Fullerton. This season his previous high was three, against San Diego State on December 4. In three-games prior to Thursday night, See made just 2-of-14 from beyond the three-point arc. On the year, he has now made 18-of-60, 30.0%, and he is averaging a season-high 7.8 points per game. He had scored a total of 16 points in the three games prior to Utah State and the 26 point effort was his second double-figure game of the year.
Turner Hosts Block Party
Sophomore forward Glenn Turner was a pretty lonely guy on Thursday. He was the only active Gaucho over 6-foot-5, and he had one of the best games of his career. For the second game in a row, Turner scored eight points, a career-high. In addition, his five blocked shots were a career-high and the second-highest total in school history. Turner, in fact, has blocked 12 shots in the last four games and has 15 for the year, one more than the team's leader, Cameron Goettsche, last season. After making just 3-of-13 from the free throw line last season, he is now 18-of-26, 69.2%, after going 4-for-4 on Thursday. Finally, after never playing more than 22 minutes in a game, Turner has played 31 and 29 in the last two, an average of 30.0 per game.
Senior guard Chrismen Oliver scored 12 points at Utah State on Thursday and it was the sixth time this season that he had scored in double-figures, a team-high. Oliver entered the game as the team's leader in three-point baskets and assists, but after See went for eight threes against the Aggies, Oliver now leads in just assists with 34, an average of 3.1 per game. Oliver also had a team-high four steals on Thursday, giving him 23 for the season, tying him with Josh Davis for the team-lead. He has had at least one steal in nine of 11 games, and two or more seven times. Finally, after making just 20-of-36 total free throws over the past two seasons, Oliver's 2-for-2 on Thursday night gives him an outstanding 16-of-19 for the season, 84.2%.
Davis Shakes Slump
Junior swingman Josh Davis had ten points at Utah State, his fifth double-figure effort of the year but first in seven games. He also made 5-of-10 shots from the field, his best effort since going 8-for-13 at San Francisco on November 27. Davis also added three steals, marking the fifth time this season he has had at least three in a game. He is tied for the team-lead with 23. He is one of two Gauchos, including the disabled Casey Cook, averaging in double-figures at 10.0 per game. Davis also tied his season-high with three assists against the Aggies.
Harris Continues To Make Strides
Freshman guard Alex Harris scored nine points and had a career-high four assists and two steals in the loss to Utah State on Thursday. Harris made 2-of-4 shots from three-point range. In the last two games, he has averaged 11.0 points per game. In his last three games, Harris has made 4-of-6 shots from beyond the three-point arc, 66.7%. He also made his only free throw attempt at Utah State and has now gone 24-of-29, 82.7%. Finally, he played 33 minutes at Utah State, a new career-high.
Around The Key
UCSB was battered on the boards at Utah State, 44-21...The Gauchos had 12 steals on Thursday night and it was the fourth time they have had ten or more steals in a game...UCSB tied its season-low with just eight turnovers in the game against the Aggies...The Gauchos were 13-of-31 from three-point range on Thursday...The 13 three-pointers were a season-high...UCSB shot 40.4% from the field on Thursday night and it was just the fifth time it has shot over 40.0% this season.