January 9, 2010

Gauchos Host Pacific in Big West Showdown on Sunday Afternoon

Jan. 9, 2010

Complete Release in PDF Format Get Acrobat Reader

Upcoming
Game No. 14
Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. University of the Pacific Tigers
Game available on AM 1490 KIST or on-line by clicking by clicking here.
Game is also available on Gametracker
Streaming video is available at BigWest.tv

• UCSB Hosts Pacific In Sunday Afternoon Showdown
UC Santa Barbara will host Pacific at the Thunderdome on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 3:00 p.m. The game will be a showdown of two of the top three teams in the league standings. The Tigers are a perfect 3-0 in league while the Gauchos will enter the game at 2-1.

• Plenty Of Great Tickets Available
To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or 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.

Where To Follow The Game
UCSB's game against Pacific on Sunday afternoon will be available on-line by logging-on to Gametracker. All men's basketball games will be broadcast live on KIST AM 1490 again this year, and those games will also be available online, by clicking here.

Plenty Of Kidding Around On Sunday
Sunday's game against Pacific will be a Santa Barbara News-Press Kids to College game and GKids game. All youth in eighth grade and below will be admitted free as part of the "Kids to College" program. Also, all members of the Gauchos' Official Kids Club, GKids, will be admitted free.

• The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters Sunday's home game against Pacific with an overall record of 7-6 and a Big West record of 2-1. The Gauchos are riding a two-game winning streak. On Friday night, propelled by a strong second half, they defeated visiting UC Davis, 68-47. On Monday night, UCSB also took advantage of a strong second half en route to a 57-53 win at UC Riverside.

• The Last Game
UCSB outscored UC Davis 42-21 in the second half to run away with a 68-47 win. The game was tied 26-26 at the half, but the Gauchos made 18-of-25 shots in the final 20 minutes to put the Aggies away. Santa Barbara used a 30-13 run to end the game. James Nunnally scored 12 of his game-high 17 points during the final rally. He also led UCSB with eight rebounds. Jaimé Serna scored a season-high 14 points while Orlando Johnson and James Powell added 12 and 10 respectively. The Gauchos overcame a shoddy first half in which they had 12 turnovers. Davis was held 24 points below its scoring average of 71 points per game and made just 39.5% of its shots overall and 18.8% of its three-point attempts.

• The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his 12th season as head coach at UCSB. He enters the game against Pacific with a Gaucho record of 186-152 (.550). Overall, Williams is in his 22nd season as a coach at four-year schools. He coached two seasons at Menlo College (31-24) and eight seasons at UC Davis (158-76). Overall, he has posted a record of 375-252 (.598). Williams has guided the Gauchos to three Big West regular season titles, one Big West Tournament championship, one NCAA Tournament and two National Invitation Tournaments. He is a two-time Big West Coach of the Year and he ahs also been named District Coach of the Year.

• The Gauchos And Tigers
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.

• Possible Starters - Notes
G - Will Brew - Has a team-best 2.1-to-1.0 assist to turnover ratio.
G - James Powell - Back-to-back double-figure scoring games for the first time this year (11 at UCR, 10 vs. UC Davis).
G - Orlando Johnson - Only UCSB player to score in double-figures in all 13 games.
F - James Nunnally - Averaged 18.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in the last two games.
F - Jaimé Serna - Scored season-high 14 in win over UC Davis.

• Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Chris Brew - Has played at least seven minutes in each of the last four games.
G - Jordan Weiner - Had season-highs of six points, three rebounds, four steals, and three rebounds vs. UC Davis.
G - Paul Roemer - Out indefinitely with an injured foot.
G - Justin Joyner - Sprained right ankle has him sidelined indefinitely.
F - Sam Phippen - After playing at least 15 minutes in the first eight games, has totaled 12 in the last five.
F - Lucas Devenny - Played just 23 minutes total in the last four games.
F - Jon Pastorek - His three-point basket against UC Davis was his first in five games.
C - Greg Somogyi - Averaging 9.9 minutes on the year but in the last four he has averaged 12.7 per game.

• Their Better Half
It's pretty clear that the second half is UCSB's better half. On the year, the Gauchos have been outscored in the first half of games by a 40-point margin, 414-374, while outscoring their opponents in the second half by 49, 495-446. The imbalance was particularly extreme in the last two games. After scoring 14 points in the first half of Monday's win at UC Riverside, Santa Barbara outscored the Highlanders 43-30 in the second half en route to a 57-53 win. Additionally, after making just 5-of-28 shots in the first half of the game, the Gauchos hit 53.3% in the second half. On Friday night, the game against UC Davis was tied at the half, 26-26, but UCSB shot 72% (18-of-25) and outscored the Aggies 42-21 in the second half on their way to a 68-47 win. In the last two second halves combined, the Gauchos made 34-of-55 shots, 61.8%, and scored 85 points, 42.5 per game. Their opponents, on the other hand, made just 18-of-49 shots, 36.7%, and scored 51 points, 25.5 per game.

• Getting Nunnally Going Is Key
Sophomore James Nunnally, whose older brother Michael starts in the frontcourt for Pacific, is a key barometer for the Gauchos. While he did not play in the team's season opening win over Cal State Los Angeles, he has played in all 12 games since. UCSB is 6-6 in the last 12 games. In the six wins, Nunnally has averaged 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while shooting 51.6% overall and 60.0% from three-point range. In the six losses, he has averaged 8.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per outing while making 39.0% of his field goal attempts overall and 26.7% of his three-point attempts.

• Johnson Keeps Double-Figure Streak Intact
Sophomore Orlando Johnson scored 12 points to keep his streak of consecutive games in double-figures intact at 13 in a row. Johnson is the only UCSB player to score 10 or more points in every game this season. He leads the Gauchos at 16.5 points per game, a figure that ranks second in the Big West Conference. Johnson has a pair of double-doubles this season. He had 19 points and 10 rebounds on Nov. 17 vs. Weber State and on Dec. 29 he changed things up some when he had 17 points and 10 assists at Cal. He has tallied 20 or more twice, including a season-high 25 on Nov. 23 against San Francisco.

• Powell Climbs The Lists
Senior guard James Powell, back in the starting lineup on Friday after coming off the bench in four straight, had 10 points, four rebounds, and three assists against UC Davis. Earlier in the season, Powell became the 23rd player in UCSB history to score 1,000 career points. He enters the game against Pacific with 1,030 career points, three points from the No. 21 spot on UCSB's all-time list. Powell also has 188 career three-pointers, fifth all-time, but he needs just three to move into fourth, seven to move into third, nine to move into second, and 30 to pass Mark Hull for first all-time. For the first time this season, Powell has scored in double-figures in consecutive games. He had 11 at UC Riverside and 10 in the win over UC Davis. Finally, while he is averaging 21.0 minutes on the year, he has averaged 30.0 in the last two.

Will Brew Provides A Steady Hand
Will Brew has come a long way in a short time. In 2008-09, as a freshman, he played in all 31 games and made 23 starts, primarily at the point guard position. In his first season, Brew had 54 assists and 66 turnovers, a 0.81-to-1.0 assist to turnover ratio. In Friday's win over UC Davis, the Oakland, Calif., native had three assists and just one turnover for the second straight game. Brew, who is the only Gaucho to start all 13 games this season, now has 38 assists and just 18 turnovers, a 2.1-to-1.0 assist to turnover ratio. In fact, Brew has had more turnovers than assists just twice in 13 games this season.

• Serna Gets It Going
Jaimé Serna scored a season-high 14 points, making 5-of-7 field goal attempts, in the win over UC Davis. The 14 points were also the second highest total of Serna's career and just one fewer than he had scored in four games prior to Friday. The Laguna Beach, Calif., sophomore has scored 10 or more three times this year, but Friday marked the first time in nine games that he had turned the trick. Serna averages 7.1 per game, fourth on the team, and 4.2 rebounds third on the squad.

• Around The Key: Gaucho Notes
UCSB outrebounded UC Davis 29-22 and the seven-rebound margin was the second largest this season...Since making 4-of-25 three-point attempts, 16.0%, over three halves the Gauchos have made 12-of-23, 52.2%, over the subsequent three halves...Santa Barbara made just 6-of-12 free throws on Friday against UC Davis and has now made just 24-of-43, 55.8%, in the last three games...UCSB has had more assists than turnovers in four of the last five games.

• On The Horizon
UCSB travels to Long Beach State on Thursday, Jan. 14 for a 7:00 p.m. game at the Pyramid against the 49ers. After the game in Long Beach, the Gauchos will return home for three consecutive games beginning on Saturday, Jan. 16 when they host UC Riverside in a 7:00 p.m. game.