Jan. 7, 2011
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 enters its Jan. 8 game at Pacific with an overall record of 8-5 and a Big West mark of 1-1. On Thursday night the Gauchos won their first Big West game of the season as they defeated UC Davis on the road, 77-65. The victory was their second in a row and sixth in the last eight games UCSB opened the season with a 2-3 record before the current 6-of-8 run.
Shorthanded UCSB Tops UC Davis For First League Win
Orlando Johnson scored 21 points, including nine in a row during one critical second half stretch, and James Nunnally chipped-in 17 points and nine rebounds as UC Santa Barbara won at UC Davis on Thursday night, 77-65. The Gauchos trailed 14-7 early but rallied to take a 41-37 lead over the Aggies at halftime. Nunnally scored 11 of his 17 points in the first 20 minutes. Johnson made just 2-of-6 shots and had five points in the first half but tallied 16 in the second half. With 4:13 left in the game and UCSB leading 62-55, Davis forward Mike Kurtz scored on a lay-up to pare the deficit to five, 62-57. Johnson responded with a pair of power lay-ups, a 15-foot jumper and three free throws to personally outscore the Aggies 9-4 and give the Gauchos a 71-61 lead with 1:06 to play. UCSB made eight straight free throws over the final 1:06 to clinch the win. In the first half, the Gauchos made 7-of-10 shots from three-point range. Two of the three-pointers in the first half were made by junior Will Brew who entered the game without a three-pointer on the season. He added a traditional three-point play in the second half to finish with a season-high nine points. Brew also had a pair of steals while Jordan Weiner and Justin Joyner had four apiece. The Gauchos had 12 steals as a team, eight in the second half. Santa Barbara played without injured starters Jaimé Serna (groin) and Kyle Boswell (calf), but got solid contributions from Greg Somogyi (eight points and five rebounds) and Weiner (eight points, four rebounds, two assists and four steals) in their place.
Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Made 5-of-5 free throws at UC Davis, career-highs for makes and attempts.
G 20 Will Brew - Hit his first two three-pointers of the season at UC Davis and had season-high nine points.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Has scored 10 or more points in 43 straight games, a school record.
F 21 James Nunnally - Collected nine rebounds at UC Davis, his second highest total of the year.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Averaged 11.0 points and 5.7 rebounds in the last three games.
Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Has missed three of the last four games with a strained groin injury. Not expected to play at Pacific.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Missed the last two games with an injured right calf and is not expected to play at Pacific.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Has made at least one three-point basket in six consecutive games.
G 24 Christian Peterson - Did not play in Thursday's game at UC Davis.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Had one rebound and one assist in 16 minutes at UC Davis on Thursday.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Has produced 15 assists in the last five games, 3.0 per game.
G 43 TroyLeaf - Played 12 minutes at UC Davis, his highest total in four games.
Away From Home
UCSB has opened the season with a 4-4 record in games away from home. The Gauchos are 3-3 in true road games and 1-1 in neutral site contests. They have won three of their last four road games, winning 80-69 at Santa Clara on Dec. 4, 68-62 at UNLV on Dec. 15 and 77-65 at UC Davis on Thursday. UCSB's only loss in its last four road games was a Dec. 18 defeat at sixth-ranked San Diego State.
The Gauchos And Tigers
UCSB 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.
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 now has 207 wins and his next milestone should be the 400th overall win of his career. He is currently 396-261 and needs just four 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 Saturday's game at Pacific averaging 18.8 points per game while Johnson is at 18.0. 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.
Johnson's Double-Figure Streak Continues
Orlando Johnson has scored in double-figures 43 times in his 43 games as a Gaucho. It is the longest streak of consecutive double-figure scoring in school history. Last year, Johnson became just the second UCSB player on record to score in double-figures in every game over an entire season. Previously, only Raymond Tutt (1996-97) had done so.
On Nov. 20, Orlando Johnson scored 35 points in a home win over Fresno State. James Nunnally scored 34 points in UCSB's Dec. 4 win at Santa Clara and when he did so, it marked the first time since the 2001-02 season that two Gauchos have scored 30 or more points in a game in the same season. In 2001-02, Adama Ndiaye had a 31-point game in a win an Cal Poly and Mark Hull poured in 32 in UCSB's NCAA Tournament game against Arizona.
A Simple Formula
The one constant in all eight Gaucho wins is that they have outshot their opponents in each. UCSB enters Saturday's game with a perfect 8-0 record when 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 8-0 when scoring more points than their opponent.
UCSB continues to lead the Big West in steals with an average of 8.9 per game. The Gauchos have 116 steals in their 13 games. If they continue to average 8.9 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, who had 12 steals at UC Davis on Thursday, have collected 10 or more steals four times and eight or more nine times. Jordan Weiner leads the way with 21 steals while Will Brew and Justin Joyner have 19 apiece. 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. He and Joyner each had four in Thursday's win at Davis.
James Nunnally has bounced back from a rare bad game in a loss to Long Beach State with two consecutive solid games. After scoring 19 points in a Dec. 31 win over Fresno Pacific, Nunnally made 7-of-12 shots overall and 3-of-4 from three-point range to score 17 points in Thursday's win at UC Davis. He also had nine reb ounds, his second highest total of the year. The Stockton, Calif., native remains the Big West scoring leader at 18.8 points per game and has scored in double-figures in 12 of 13 games. 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 5.2 per game, although he had totaled just eight in four games prior to Thursday. 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. Finally, on Thursday at Davis, Nunnally passed the 900 point mark in his career and now has 915 in his career.
Orlando Johnson scored 21 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals in the Gauchos' win at UC Davis on Thursday. After scoring just five points in the first half of the win, Johnson scored 16 in the second half, including nine in a row during one key stretch. It was the first time he has exceeded 20 points since Nov. 20 when he scored a career-high 35. Johnson is second on the team in scoring at 18.0 points per game, the exact same average he had last year. He leads the Gauchos in rebounding (6.5 per game) and assists (3.2 per game). In fact, he is the only player in the Big West Conference to rank among the top-10 in those three categories. The Seaside, Calif., native has scored in double-figures in all 13 games this season and all 43 during his career, the longest streak in UCSB history. On Nov. 13 he poured in 30 points against North Dakota State and then, on Nov. 20 he had a career-high 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. He had his second double-double of the season on Dec. 15 when he had 12 points and a career-best 15 rebounds in a win at UNLV. Johnson has now scored 774 at UCSB. Finally, if you include his one season at Loyola Marymount, when he scored a Lions' freshman record 383 points, he has scored 1,157 as a collegiate player.
Junior Greg Somogyi had eight points and five rebounds in Thursday's win at UC Davis. It was another solid effort and came on the heels of one of his best games ever Playing a career-high 30 minutes in a Dec. 31 win over Fresno Pacific, Somogyi made 7-of-9 shots to finish with a career-high 16 points. In addition, he had seven rebounds, two blocks, two steals and two assists. In his last three games, the 7-foot-3 native of Budapest has averaged 11.0 points and 5.7 rebounds while making 15-of-24 shots from the field, 62.5%. He has taken over the team-lead in field goal percentage at 55.6%. In fact, in the last five games, Somogyi has averaged 9.0 points and 6.0 rebounds. He had a season-high eight rebounds on Dec. 18 at San Diego State and continues to lead the Big West in blocked shots with 25. He has at least one block in 11 of 13 games and two or more eight times. Somogyi rejected a season-high five shots on Nov. 27 at Portland.
Jaimé Serna has missed three of the last four games with a strained groin. He is doubtful for the game at Pacific. Serna played with the injury on Dec. 28 against Long Beach State and had eight points in 18 minutes. He missed the previous game on Dec. 21 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.
Jordan Weiner had eight points, four rebounds, four steals and two assists in Thursday's win at UC Davis. He is fifth on the team in scoring and the eight points equaled his third highest total of the season. The four rebounds were a season-high. Weiner now leads the team in steals with 21 and has had at least one in four straight games and 10 times in 13 games. The senior from Encino, Calif., was a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line in the win over the Aggies and both the makes and attempts were career-highs. While he was 1-for-5 from three-point range at Davis, Weiner is third on the team with 15 threes and has made at least one nine times.
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 had his best game of the season with 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 six games since he has gone 12-of-20 (60.0%) overall and 7-of-13 (53.8%) from outside the three-point arc. He has made at least one three-point basket in six straight games, the longest streak of his career. 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 six games and at least one steal in five of the six. He has had a career-high four steals in wins at UNLV and UC Davis. Finally, last year, Joyner had 12 total points in 22 games, a span of 328 minutes. This year, he has scored 36 in 245 minutes overall and 33 points in 140 minutes over the last six contests.
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 15 of his 20 assists in the last five games, 3.0 per game. Pastorek had two assists on Thursday night at UC Davis and he dished out a season-high four assists in each of the last two games prior to that. 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 6.2 per game in the last four games. Pastorek has also made a three-point basket in three of the last four games and in each instance he was a perfect 1-for-1 from beyond the arc. He has now made 5-of-7 on the year. Overall Pastorek is shooting 45.5% from the field, but he has made 13 of his last 22 over seven games, 59.1%.
On The Horizon
After the game at Pacific, UCSB returns home for five of its next seven. The Gauchos host UC Irvine on Thursday, Jan. 13 and UC Riverside on Saturday, Jan. 15. Both games will tip-off at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome. Following road games at Cal State Fullerton (Jan. 22) and Cal Poly (Jan. 27), Santa Barbara will play Cal State Northridge (Jan. 29), Pacific (Feb. 3) and UC Davis (Feb. 5). The game against Pacific will be an ESPNU broadcast while the Davis game will be on Prime Ticket.