Jan. 8, 2008
Game No. 16
Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at UC Irvine Anteaters
at UCI's Bren Center
Radio: KTMS 990/1490-AM
Game No. 17
Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 6:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal State Fullerton Titans
at CSUF's Titan Gym
Radio: KTMS 990/1490-AM
The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters the week with an overall record of 12-3 and a Big West mark of 1-1. On Saturday night, the Gauchos lost their first Big West game of the season, an 88-84 decision to Cal State Northridge. The loss was also the first at home for UCSB. The Gauchos have won 10 of their last 12 games overall. They opened Big West play on Thursday night with a 79-64 victory over the defending league champion, Long Beach State.
Gauchos Still Off To Their Best Start In 19 Seasons
Despite the loss to Cal State Northridge, UCSB's 12-3 start is still the program's best in 19 years and it equals the second best in program history. The last time the Gauchos had a better record through 15 games was in 1988-89 when they went 14-1 to open the year. The 1987-88 Gaucho team was also 12-3 after 15 games.
UCSB Loses Lead, Tough Game To Cal State Northridge
Deon Tresvant scored 31 points, including 23 in the second half, as Cal State Northridge rallied from 12 down to hand UC Santa Barbara its first home loss in eight games this season, 88-84 on Saturday night. Tresvant made 10-of-17 shots overall and 7-of-11 from three-point range, but in final 20 minutes he was particularly hot, drilling 7-of-8 shots overall and five out of six from three-point range. The Matadors trailed UCSB by as many as 12 points on two occasions in the second half, the last coming at 66-54 with 11:35 remaining in the game. Tresvant led an outstanding second half offensive assault by Northridge. After shooting 35.3% in the first half, the Matadors made 17 out of their 25 second half shots, 68.0%. The Gauchos also shot the ball well, making 50.9% overall, but they did not have much success from three-point range, making 4-for-15 and missing all nine attempts in the second half. Northridge took its first lead of the second half at 74-73 when Jonathan Heard made a lay-up with 7:01 to play. Harris responded for UCSB by hitting a baseline jumper, but on the other end, Tresvant was fouled by Gaucho guard James Powell and he made both free throws to give his team a 77-76 edge. Santa Barbara never tied or led the game again. Led by Chris Devine, UCSB took a six-point lead into the halftime locker room. Devine finished with a season-high 24 points, including 17 in the first half. Harris, the Big West's leading scorer, had 25 points, including 16 in the second half. Powell added 13 and Ivan Elliott had 11 for the Gauchos. For the Matadors, Heard and Paul Wayne each had 12 points, while point guard Josh Jenkins had 10 to go with his nine assists. UCSB was paced in rebounding by Devine and Elliott who had eight apiece. Powell tied his career-high with six assists. In addition to his offensive explosion, Tresvant led Northridge with seven rebounds and four steals. The Matadors forced Santa Barbara into 20 turnovers, including 14 in the first half. The Gauchos forced 16 turnovers in the game.
Probable Starters - Notes
G - Justin Joyner - Has 36 assists and 12 turnovers in the last eight games.
G - Alex Harris - Has 1,374 career points, needs 21 to move into sixth all-time at UCSB.
G - James Powell - Tied career-high with six assists against Cal State Northridge.
F - Chris Devine - Has averaged 20.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in last two games.
F - Ivan Elliott - Averaged 11.7 points and 8.3 rebounds in last three games.
Probable Reserves - Notes
G - Nick Quick - Has attempted seven shots in just 10 minutes of action.
G - Jordan Weiner - All eight of his baskets this season have been three-pointers.
G - Paul Roemer - Has played 10 or more minutes in 14 of 15 games.
G - D.J. Posley - Has scored four points in each of the last three games.
G - George Murphy - Has yet to play in a game.
F - Nedim Pajevic - Hampered by sore knee, played a low of nine minutes Saturday.
F - Sam Phippen - Tied season-high with one steal in win over LBSU.
F - Beau Gibb - Scored two points vs. CSUN, his first points since Dec. 1 at LMU.
F - Peter Jordan - Walk-on freshman has played in two games this season.
F - Spencer Ford - Will redshirt the 2007-08 season.
The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his 10th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Last year his team recorded an overall record of 18-11 and a Big West mark of 9-5. The 18 wins were the most regular season wins by a Gaucho team since 1991-92 and it equaled the second most wins a Williams-coached UCSB team has ever had. Williams has led Santa Barbara to winning records in five of the last six seasons, the only exception being a 2004-05 team that was ravaged by injuries. He has guided UCSB to a pair of postseason appearances. In 2002-03, the Gauchos went 18-14 overall and 14-4 in league. The 2002-03 Big West mark earned Santa Barbara its first-ever Big West regular season championship along with a trip to the postseason National Invitation Tournament. Additionally, the success earned Williams his second Big West Coach of the Year award, his first coming after an impressive 1999 campaign. In 2001-02, Williams guided UCSB to its first Big West Conference Tournament title ever and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 years. Including this season, Williams' UCSB teams have posted a 152-125 (.550) overall record and an 86-59 (.589) record in Big West games. Prior to his arrival at UCSB, he 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' 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 a record of 341-225 (.603) at four-year schools.
The Gauchos and UC Irvine have played 66 times in a series that dates back to 1968. Santa Barbara holds a 41-25 edge all-time, the Anteaters won the last time out, by a score of 70-52 in the second round of the 2007 Big West Tournament. Prior to the loss in last season's Big West Tourney, UCSB had won three straight games in the series, including a regular season sweep in 2006-07. Last year, the Gauchos defeated UCI on Jan. 6 in Irvine, 64-59, and on Feb. 8 in Santa Barbara, 71-62. UCSB and Cal State Fullerton have played 63 times in a series that dates back to 1977. The Gauchos hold a narrow 32-31 advantage over the Titans. The teams split a pair of games in 2006-07 with each team winning on its own floor. The Gauchos defeated Fullerton at the Thunderdome, 84-76, and then the Titans won in Orange County, 79-73. When UCSB won the first game between the schools last year, it ended a five-game Titan winning streak in the series.
The Gauchos On The Road
The Gauchos are 3-2 in true road games this season. They won their last road game, 58-51 at Eastern Washington on Dec. 29. On Dec. 22, they had a two-game road winning streak ended, losing at North Carolina, 105-70. Prior to the game at UNC, UCSB had won consecutive road games, a decisive 79-52 decision at Ball State on Dec. 19, and a 63-56 win at Loyola Marymount on Dec. 1. The Gauchos lost their only other road games this year, 67-48 at Stanford on Nov. 11. Santa Barbara has won a pair of neutral court encounters this season, defeating Northwestern State (92-71) and Harvard (79-61) in the Basketball Travelers Classic, also at Stanford. In 2006-07, the Gauchos recorded an all-time best 10-4 record on the road. Dating to the 2005-06 season, UCSB has gone 17-7 in its last 24 true road games .
The Gauchos At Home
UCSB had its nine-game home winning streak ended on Jan. 5 by Cal State Northridge, 88-84. With wins over Long Beach State, Utah Valley, Pepperdine, UNLV, Montana State, San Francisco and Cal Poly Pomona, the Gauchos opened the year with a perfect 7-0 Thunderdome record, extending a two-season home victory streak to nine in a row. The nine game home winning streak was the longest the program has experience since it won 15 in a row bridging the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons.
A Rebound Rebound
UCSB outrebounded Cal State Northridge on Saturday night, 34-30. For the Gauchos, it ended a streak of three straight games in which they were either beaten or tied on the boards. The rebound victory was just the sixth of the season for Santa Barbara. The Gauchos are being outrebounded by an average of 2.8 per game, including a high of 27 at North Carolina. UCSB's largest rebound margin has been six, against UNLV and at Ball State.
Eight-Game Streak Was Longest In A Long Time
UCSB's eight-game winning streak, which was ended at North Carolina on Dec. 22, was the longest that a Gaucho team has put together since Bob Williams became head coach in 1998-99. It was also the longest winning streak since the 1988-89 team opened the year by winning 11 consecutive games and it equaled the second longest streak in school history. Santa Barbara also won eight games in a row in 1971-72, 1960-61 and 1940-41.
The Shoe On The Other Foot
UCSB got a taste of its own medicine against Cal State Northridge on Saturday night. The Gauchos were forcing an average of 20.1 turnovers entering the game, tops in the Big West Conference. The Matadors were second in the league with more than 19 turnovers forced per game. In the game on Saturday night, UCSB committed 20 turnovers, including 14 in the first half, and forced Northridge into 16. It was just the fourth time this season that the Gauchos had more turnovers than their opponent and it came one game after they had produced a season-low in turnovers. In the Big West opener against Long Beach State, Santa Barbara had just eight turnovers to go with a season-high 23 assists.
Turning Over A New Leaf
Despite having more turnovers than Cal State Northridge in its last game, UCSB is still forcing turnovers at quite a clip this season. The Matadors had 16, which equaled the season-low by an opponent, but Gaucho opponents are still committing an average of 19.8 per game in 2007-08, an increase of 6.4 per game over the 13.4 per game they forced in 2006-07. Last year, a UCSB opponent had 20 or more turnovers just once, 21 by Pepperdine in a double overtime game. In 2007-08, UCSB has forced 20 or more turnovers eight times in 15 games. On Jan. 3, Long Beach State had 22 turnovers and no Gaucho opponent has had fewer than 16 miscues in a game, the total that top-ranked North Carolina, nationally-ranked Stanford, Eastern Washington and Cal State Northridge each produced. The highest total by an opponent this season was the 28, on Nov. 9 by Northwestern State.
A Bump In The Three-Point Road
UCSB, which has been so proficient from three-point range this season, has gone into a bit of an outside shooting slump in the last few games. While the Gauchos are still shooting a solid 41.7%, they have made a total of just 14 three-pointers in the last three games. In all, UCSB is 14-of-49 in the last three, 28.6%. In fact, the last three opponents, Eastern Washington, Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge, each made more threes than the Gauchos and combined to go 28-of-72, 38.9%. Despite the three-game three-point struggle, UCSB still ranks second in the Big West in three-point field goal percentage and first in three-point field goal percentage defense.
Playing The Margins
Of UCSB's 15 games this season, 10 have been decided by double-figures, including eight wins. The Gauchos' largest victory margin of 27 came on Dec. 19 at Ball State, and their largest margin of defeat, 35, came on Dec. 22 at North Carolina. The games were on the same road trip. The 88-84 loss to Cal State Northridge marked the first time this year that UCSB lost a game by fewer than 10.
Sharing The Ball
In their Big West Conference opener against Long Beach State, UCSB produced a season-high 23 assists. In the game against the 49ers, the Gauchos had three players with at least four assists and seven players with two or more. On Saturday, in the game against Cal State Northridge, they had 17 more assists, giving them a two-game total of 40, he highest of the year. UCSB is led in assists by starting point guard Justin Joyner. Joyner has 60 assists in 15 games, an average of 4.0 per game. Guard James Powell tied his career-high with six assists against the Matadors and is now averaging 2.3 per game, second on the team.
That `70s Show
While UCSB has allowed 70 or more points in a game just three times this season, the Gauchos have scored 70 or more 10 times, going 8-2 in those games. UCSB has actually scored 74 or more nine times this season, including five times in the first six games and four of the last five. The Gauchos are averaging 72.6 points per game, slightly more than the 71.2 points per game they averaged last year. Their highest scoring effort this year was a 92 point explosion in the opener against Northwestern State, and their lowest scoring effort was a 48 point output on Nov. 11 at Stanford.
Men Of Steal
UCSB is averaging 8.8 steals per game, an increase of 2.6 per game over last season's average of 6.2. Santa Barbara has seven players with at least 10 steals this season after only having six last year. At the current pace, the Gauchos would finish the year with more than 260 steals, a new school record.
The Harris Poll>
Senior guard Alex Harris scored 25 points and had four rebounds in Saturday's game against Cal State Northridge. It was Harris' highest point total since he also went for 25 on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley and it came one game after he scored a season-low 16 points and tied his season-high of four assists in UCSB's win over Long Beach State. In fact, in the three games prior to the game against the Matadors, Harris averaged 17.0 points per game and had his three lowest point totals of the season. The senior from Alameda, Calif., continues to lead the Big West in scoring at 22.1 points per game. He has not scored fewer than 16 points in a game this season and he has scored 20 or more nine times and 25 or more five times. Harris has either led or tied for the team-lead in scoring in 13 of his 14 appearances this year. In addition to scoring, he also paces the Gauchos in three-point shooting. He made 1-of-2 from beyond the arc on Saturday night, and while it ended a streak of 11 straight games in which he had made at least two three-point baskets, he has now made 36-of-69, 52.2%. In the last seven games, Harris has been even more prolific from beyond the three-point line. In the last seven, he has made 21 out of 32 three-point attempts, 65.6%. He is averaging 2.6 three-pointers per game, but in 11 games since he returned after missing the Nov. 15 game against Cal Poly Pomona with a thumb injury, he has made 32-of-55 three-pointers, nearly 3.0 per game, and 58.2%. In the Dec. 7 win over Utah Valley, Harris made six three-pointers, a career-high. He has made three or more six times this season, and two or more 12 times in 14 games. Harris has now made 156 three-pointers in 377 career attempts, 41.4%, the fourth highest percentage in school history. Harris has scored 1,379 points in his UCSB career, the seventh most in school history. He needs 21 to move into sixth. He went for a season-high 29 points on Nov. 24 against Montana State, making career-highs in free throws, 15, and free throw attempts, 18, all in the second half. Since the beginning of the 2006-07 season, Harris has scored 921 points in 43 games, an average of 21.4 points per game. He is averaging 3.9 rebounds per game, third on the team, and has had four or more in four of the last five games. He had a season-high eight rebounds on Nov. 24 against Montana State, and he has had seven twice, on Nov. 27 against UNLV and Nov. 10 against Harvard. Also, of his 22 assists on the year, 14 have come in the last five games, including a season-high four in two of the last three. Harris was a Preseason All-Big West and Mid-Major All-America selection.
The Devine File
Junior forward Chris Devine rebounded from two of his toughest offensive outings of the season with two of his best. On Saturday against Cal State Northridge, Devine scored a season-high 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including a pair of three-pointers, and 6-of-8 from the free throw line. Coupled with a 17-point effort in the conference-opening win over Long Beach State, he has averaged 20.5 points per game in the last two, making 14-of-22 from the field, 63.6%, both of his three-point attempts, and 11-of-13 from the free throw line, 84.6%. Devine is now averaging 13.9 points per game, an increase of more than a point per game from what he was averaging after scoring 15 total points in games against North Carolina and Eastern Washington. The 24 points he scored against the Matadors ranks as the fifth highest scoring total of his career. Prior to his back-to-back single-digit totals, he had scored 10 or more in 10 straight games. He has now done so 12 times in his 14 appearances this year. While he is now shooting 53.1% on the season, the Eagle River, Alaska, native has made 29-of-47, 61.7%, in the last five games. On Dec. 19, in a win at Ball State, Devine scored 22 points and made a season-best 9-of-10 shots from the field. Devine had eight rebounds against Cal State Northridge, one shy of his season-high of nine, set on Dec. 1 at Loyola Marymount. In fact, he has had eight rebounds in each of the last two games and is now averaging 5.7 rebounds per game, second on the team, and he has had 23 in his last three games. In addition, he has averaged 6.8 per game in the last nine, and since collecting just three combined in the first two games of the year, he has had 77 in 12 games, 6.4 per game. Devine has had seven or more rebounds eight times in his last 12 games. A Preseason All-Big West selection, he had a season-high four assists on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley and two or more seven times this season. Despite not having a steal in the last two games, Devine is leading the team with 21, including 14 in the last seven games. He has also produced six of his seven blocked shots in the last four games, including a career-high three at North Carolina. Finally, Devine is averaging 27.7 minutes per game, but in the last 10 games his playing time has increased. In his first four games this season he averaged 22.2 minutes per outing, playing a high of 31 on Nov. 1 at Stanford, but in his last 10 games, he has played exactly 300 total minutes, 30.0 per game. He played a season-high 34 minutes on Nov. 27 against UNLV.
Old Buddy, Old Powell
Sophomore guard James Powell scored a season-low two points and attempted a season-low two shots in 23 minutes against Eastern Washington on Dec. 29. In the two games since, a win over Long Beach State and a loss to Cal State Northridge, Powell has averaged 14.5 points to push his scoring average back to 11.0 points per game. Although he made just 4-of-12 shots overall and 1-of-6 from three-point range against the Matadors, he had 13 points. In addition, Powell had six assists, tying his career-high and moving into second on the team with 34. In the league opener against Long Beach State, he scored 16 points and tied his career-high with six rebounds. He also had three assists and a trio of steals. Since scoring a total of just 17 points in the first three games of the year, he has scored 148 in the last 12, 12.3 per game. Also, since making just 7-of-25 shots overall, 28.0%, 2-for-9 from three-point range, 22.2%, and 1-for-3 from the free throw line, 33.3%, in those first three games, he has heated-up. In the 11 games since then, including 10 wins, Powell has gone 51-of-113 overall, 45.1%, 26-of-61 from three-point range, 42.6%, and 20-of-25 from the free throw line, 80.0%. The Pomona, Calif., native scored a career-high 24 on Nov. 15 against Cal Poly Pomona. He is second on the team with 28 three-point baskets. Powell has made at least one three-point basket in 12 of 15 games and two or more eight times. He made a career-high five three-point buckets, all in the second half, in UCSB's 63-60 win over UNLV on Nov. 27. In fact, it was his three-pointer with less than half a second remaining that decided the game. He was named Big West Player of the Week for the effort. Powell has averaged 3.6 rebounds in the last nine games and is now averaging 3.2 per game for the year. He also had a pair of steals in the game against Cal State Northridge and now has 17 on the season, seven in the last three games.
Justin Joins In
Sophomore guard Justin Joyner continued his solid play at the point in the first two games of the Big West season. In Saturday's loss to Cal State Northridge, Joyner had four points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal. He did, however, equal his season-high with four turnovers. The four turnovers also equaled the total he had in the five previous games combined. In the league opener against Long Beach State, Joyner had five assists while committing just one turnover, and he added seven points, three rebounds and a season-high three steals. With his four assists on Saturday, Joyner has now had four or more assists seven times in the last nine games and 10 times in 15 games this season. He enters the week with 60 assists, 4.0 per game, and just 28 turnovers, 1.9 per game. His 2.1-to-1.0 assist to turnover ratio leads the Big West. Even with four turnovers on Saturday, Joyner has 36 assists and just 12 turnovers in the last eight games, a 3.0-to-1.0 ratio. In fact, he has had more than one turnover in a game just once in the last six games and he has had one or fewer nine times this season. He has had more assists than turnovers in nine of the last 10 games and in 11 of 15 this season. Joyner has had more turnovers than assists just once this year, Nov. 11 at Stanford when he had two assists and four turnovers. The Gauchos are 9-1 when he has four or more assists. Joyner is now averaging 3.4 points per game. He had a season-high nine on Nov. 10 against Harvard and he added eight twice, on Nov. 27 against UNLV and Dec. 7 against Utah Valley. As a freshman, Joyner led the UCSB in steals with 36, an average of 1.3 per game. This year, he has 15 steals, a figure that ranks fourth on the team. He tied his career-high with three steals twice this season, on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley and Jan. 3 against Long Beach State. Finally, Joyner is third on the team in minutes played, having logged 409. He is one of three players on the team averaging more than 27 minutes per game and has played 30 or more five times.
Ivan The Good
Senior forward Ivan Elliott continues to be one of UCSB's most consistent players. On Saturday night against Cal State Northridge, he scored 11 points and he had eight rebounds, equaling his second-highest total of the year. In the league opener against Long Beach State, Elliott had 13 points, his second highest total of the year, and also eight rebounds. He has now scored in double-figures in three consecutive games for the first time this season. In the Dec. 29 win at Eastern Washington, he scored 11 points and he had a season-high nine rebounds. Elliott is now averaging 9.4 points and a team-leading 6.0 rebounds per game. He has scored 10 or more points eight times this season, including five of the last six game and seven times in the last 10. In the last eight games, Elliott has averaged 10.2 points per game and in the last six he has chipped-in 10.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He had a career-high 17 points in the season opener against Northwestern State on Nov. 9. While Elliott leads the Gauchos in rebounding at 6.0 per game, he has been even better in recent games. In each of the last seven, he has had at least five boards and over that span he has averaged 7.1 per game. In all, through 15 games, he has had six or more rebounds 10 times, including each of the last six games. Elliott is shooting 53.3% overall, tops among UCSB regulars, and he has become a bonafide three-point threat. Although Elliott missed his only attempt from beyond the arc in the loss to Cal State Northridge, he has still made 15-of-30, 50.0%. He has made at least one three-point basket in 11 games this season and he made a career-high three on Nov. 24 against Montana State. Overall, he has made 50.0% or better from the field in eight of the last nine games, hitting 35-of-60, 58.3%, over that span. Finally, Elliott leads Santa Barbara in blocked shots with 18, 1.2 per game. He has had two blocks in each of the last two games and four times this season.
A Piece Of The Pajevic (Pronounced Pie-uh-vich)
Senior forward Nedim Pajevic had a sore knee on Saturday night against Cal State Northridge and was a game time decision. While he did play, Pajevic was limited to a season-low nine minutes. He was scoreless, and in fact did not attempt a shot, had two assists, one rebound, one blocked shot an three turnovers. Pajevic was coming off of a solid three-game stretch in which he had averaged 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 blocked shots per game. In the win over Long Beach State, the native of Sarajevo, Bosnia, had six points, two rebounds, one blocked shots, one steal and four assists. The four assists were one short of his season-high. After missing all six of his field goal attempts and going scoreless in a Dec. 19 win at Ball State, Pajevic hade 6-of-10 shots and scored 12 points, equaling his second highest total of the season, on Dec. 22 at North Carolina. He followed that game up with consecutive six-point totals in wins over Eastern Washington and Long Beach State. Pajevic is shooting 51.4% on the season and in the last four games he has gone 12-of-20, 60.0% Overall, the transfer from Weber State is now averaging 6.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He is also third on the team in assists with 32, 2.1 per game. Pajevic has scored in double-figures six times in 15 games, including a season-high 16 on Nov. 10 against Harvard. On Nov. 20, in a win over San Francisco, he recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds, the only double-double registered by a Gaucho player this season. Pajevic also has proven to be one of the best post passers that UCSB has had in recent years. He had a season-high five assists on Nov. 15 against Cal Poly Pomona and has had two or more assists 10 times. The Gauchos have gone 9-1 when Pajevic has two or more assists.
In 2006-07, sophomore guard Paul Roemer played 132 minutes in 16 games. This year, Roemer has been a valuable reserve and has already logged 231 minutes in 15, an average of 15.4 per game. He has played at least eight minutes in every game and 15 or more in nine of 15 games. On Saturday night, Roemer played 11 minutes and while he scored just one point, he did have two assists, one steal and a career-high four rebounds. He is now averaging 2.3 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.9 steals per game. Roemer has had two or more assists eight times this season, including a high of four in the season opener against Northwestern State. He also tallied his career-high of 10 points in the opener. Finally, despite ranking eighth on the team in minutes played, he is fifth on the team in steals with 14.
Strike A Posley
Junior guard D.J. Posley scored four points on 2-of-3 shooting from the field in the game against Cal State Northridge. It was the third straight game in which Posley has scored four points and he has now gone for four or more seven times this season, including six times in the last seven games. Overall, the Chicago native is averaging 3.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He ranks second on the team with his 18 steals. Since going scoreless in the first two games of the year, Posley has tallied 46 points in 13 games, 3.5 per game. Also, since missing his first 10 shots of the year, he has gone 19-of-45, 42.2%. Finally, Posley has recorded his season-high two assists in four of the last six games.