First-Place Gauchos Travel to League Favorite Long Beach State Thursday

First-Place Gauchos Travel to League Favorite Long Beach State Thursday

Jan. 13, 2010

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• The Schedule
Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara at Long Beach State
at LBSU's Pyramid (4,684)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio:
Game available on Gametracker
Video Streaming: BigWest.TV

Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara vs. UC Riverside
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio:
Game available on Gametracker
Video Streaming: BigWest.TV

•UCSB To Honor Legends Of 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 women's 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.

• The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters the week as the first-place team in the Big West Conference. The Gauchos are 8-6 overall and 3-1 in league competition. Since dropping six of seven games, UCSB has won three in a row, all in conference play. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, Santa Barbara has won 10 of its last 12 conference games.

• Gauchos Travel To Big West Favorite Long Beach State
Prior to the season, in a poll of the media, Long Beach State was selected to win the Big West Conference. UCSB was picked to finish second to the 49ers. On Thursday, the two teams will meet in Long Beach for the first of two games between the schools.

• UCSB Holds On To Edge Pacific, 68-67
Orlando Johnson scored 24 points and had seven rebounds and James Nunnally added 20 points as UCSB edged visiting Pacific, 68-67 on Sunday afternoon. The Gauchos led by as many as 13 points in the second half and still led by seven with 1:22 remaining, but had to hold off a furious Tiger rally to win their third straight. Johnson made 7-of-9 shots overall and all four of his three-point attempts in the win. Pacific was paced by Demetrece Young and Terrell Smith who each had 16.

• Injury Update
Guards Justin Joyner and Paul Roemer remain sidelined. Joyner, who missed all of the 2008-09 season while recovering from wrist surgery, sprained his right ankle during the preseason and missed several weeks. He came back to play in eight games but he was still experiencing pain and thus he was shut down. He has missed the last four games. Roemer is sidelined with a stress fracture in his left foot. The senior sat out the Gauchos' wins over UC Davis and Pacific last weekend and is expected to miss at least three more weeks. Prior to the injury, Roemer had started four consecutive games.

• The Opponents
UCSB and Long Beach State have played 105 times in a series that began in 1952. The Gauchos have played the 49ers more than any other opponent. Long Beach holds a 53-52 edge in the all-time series. Last year, each team won on its own court. The 49ers defeated UCSB in Long Beach, 76-64, but the Gauchos won in Santa Barbara, 76-75. UCSB and UC Riverside have played 26 times going back to 1955. UCSB holds a 21-5 edge after winning 57-53 in Riverside on Jan. 4. Last year, the teams split a pair of games. The Highlanders won the game in Riverside, 71-69, while UCSB won its home game, 66-53.

• The Gauchos Away From Home
The Gauchos are 2-4 in true road games this season. They ended a four-game road losing streak on Jan. 4 when they won 57-53 at UC Riverside. UCSB's other road win came on Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount by an 89-84 score. Santa Barbara has one neutral court win this season, a 72-60 win over Furman at the Golden Bear Classic in Berkeley. Last season, Santa Barbara was 3-10 in true road games. The wins came at Utah Valley, Cal Poly, and UC Irvine. The Gauchos were also 3-1 in neutral court games in 2008-09. Overall, they posted a 6-11 record in games away from the Thunderdome.

• Dome, Sweet Dome
UCSB is 5-2 at home in 2009-10. The Gauchos have won two straight home games, defeating UC Davis and Pacific last weekend. After beginning the year 3-0 at the Thunderdome, UCSB lost consecutive games to Santa Clara and San Diego State. The loss to Santa Clara on Dec. 1 ended a seven-game home winning streak. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, Santa Barbara has now won nine of its last 11 games at the Thunderdome.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 20 Will Brew, Jr. - Has averaged 30.7 minutes in the last four games.
G 42 James Powell - 189 three-pointers ranks him fifth in school history.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Only Gaucho to score 10 or more in all 14 games.
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Averaged 11.5 points and made 9-of-13 field goals, 69.2%.
F 21 James Nunnally - Averaged 18.3 points and 8.0 rebounds in last three games.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact G 1 Chris Brew - Has scored two points in each of the last two games.
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Played 18 minutes in each of the last two games.
G 4 Paul Roemer - Injured left foot has him sidelined indefinitely.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Sidelined with right ankle sprain.
F 15 Sam Phippen - Has not scored in the last six games.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Averaging 10.2 minutes per game but just 5.2 in the last four.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Played 11 minutes in each of the last two games.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Averaged 12 minutes in last five games.

• Gauchos Use Defense To Get Back On Track
UCSB has won three games in a row and, for the most part, they have done it with defense. During the current three-game streak, the Gauchos' opponents have averaged 55.7 points per game. On Sunday, Pacific scored 67 and needed a late rush to get there. Also in the last three, the opponents combined to make 56 out of 145 field goal attempts, 38.6%. They also struggled from three-point range, hitting just 14-of-52, 26.9%. UCSB has now held 10 of 14 opponents under 70 points, five under 60, and one under 50. On Friday, the Gauchos limited UC Davis to 47 points, 24 below its season average.

• A Rebounding Rebound
The Gauchos outrebounded UC Davis by seven and Pacific by eight. Prior to the last two games, UCSB had outrebounded just one of seven opponents. For the season, Santa Barbara is narrowly outrebounding the opposition by 0.7 rebounds per game.

• Three-Point Turnaround
In 2008-09, one of UCSB's greatest weaknesses was three-point shooting. Last season, the Gauchos made just 163 three-pointers in 31 games, 5.3 per game. In addition, they made just 33.4% from outside the arc. Through 14 games in 2009-10, Santa Barbara has hit 95 three-pointers, an average of 6.8 per game, and its three-point percentage is at 38.3%, the highest mark in the Big West. The top three UCSB scorers - Orlando Johnson, James Nunnally, and James Powell - are all shooting 40.0% or better from outside the arc. Powell is at 46.0% and Nunnally is making 45.0%.

• The Rest Of The Three-Point Story
Not only do the Gauchos lead the Big West in three-point shooting, but they also lead the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense. Opponents have made just 30.8% of their three-point attempts against UCSB. In fact, that figure is even more impressive through four Big West games. The Gauchos first four Big West opponents have made just 19-of-69 three-point attempts, 27.5%. When Pacific made 36.4% of its three-pointers on Sunday, they were the first opponent in four games over 30.0%.

• The Kids Are Alright
Through 14 games, UCSB's underclassmen - the freshmen and sophomores - have produced in a major way. As a group, they have scored 665 of the team's 937 points, 71.0%. The chart below indicates just how productive the seven underclassmen have been in all areas.

• Production By Class

Class	        Pts.	Rebs.	Asts.	Stls.	BS
Senior	        157	45	38	16	1
Junior	        115	74	38	24	5
Sophomore	599	268	102	49	27
Freshman	66	39	15	3	0

• Block Party>
UCSB has 33 blocked shots on the season. At one point, the Gauchos went a stretch of six games with just three total blocked shots. In the last five games, however, they have blocked 21. On Jan. 4 at UC Riverside, they had a season-high nine blocked shots, including a career-high five by Greg Somogyi. The nine blocks also equalled the fifth most in school history and were the most since March of 2006.

• Orlando's Forecast
Orlando Johnson continues to lead the Gauchos in scoring (17.0 points per game) and rebounding (58 per game). He ranks second in the Big West in scoring average. Johnson had one of his best offensive games of the year in the win over Pacific. Against the Tigers, he made 7-of-9 shots overall, including all four of his three-point attempts, and finished with 24 points. The four three-pointers were a personal best. He also had seven rebounds. Johnson has now scored in double-figures in all 14 games this season and has scored 15 or more 10 times, including six of the last seven games. He 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 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 8.9 points per game. He scored five points in the win over Pacific, ending a streak of two straight double-figure scoring performances. Powell leads the team with 29 three-point buckets this season and he has made 29-of-63, 46.0%. In fact, he is actually shooting better from three-point territory than he is from inside the arc. The senior has hit 15-of-35 shots from two-point range, 42.9%. 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. He enters the game at Long Beach State with 1,035 points, 21st all-time. In addition, he has 189 career three-point baskets, fifth all-time, and needs eight to move into second on the school's all-time list. He is also fourth all-time in three-point attempts with 492.

• The Flying Nunnally
As James Nunnally goes, so go the Gauchos. Nunnally has really emerged recently and that has made a major difference for UCSB. The sophomore is second on the team at 13.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, but during the current three-game winning streak, he is averaging 18.3 points and 8.0 rebounds. Also, while he is shooting 46.6% overall, he has made 20-of-38 in the last three games, 52.6%. The current three-game run is just the tip of the iceberg. Nunnally has played in 13 of the 14 UCSB games this season and the Gauchos are 7-6 in those games. In the seven wins, he has averaged 17.5 points 6.3 rebounds per game. In the six losses, Nunnally has averaged 8.2 points and 3.5 rebounds. He scored a career-high 24 points in a Dec. 28 win over Furman and on Jan. 4, in the first win of the three-game winning streak, Nunnally produced the first double-double of his career as he went for 19 points and 10 rebounds at UC Riverside. Finally, while he is averaging 26.7 minutes per game, he has played 30 or more in six straight.

• Yes, Serna
Jaimé Serna is averaging 7.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, third on the team. In Sunday's win over Pacific, he scored nine points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field. In the last two games, Serna has scored 23 points, 11.5 per game, while making 9-of-13 shots from the field, 69.2%. On Jan. 8 against UC Davis, he scored a season-high 14 points. His third double-figure effort of the season. He also had 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 and steals at 1.3 per game. He is also averaging 4.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per encounter. In Sunday's win over Pacific, Brew scored eight points, his second-highest total of the season. He had a season-high nine on Dec. 29 against Cal. Brew continues to have one of the best assist-to-turnover ratios in the Big West. He has 40 assists and 21 turnovers, a 1.9-to-1.0 ratio and a huge improvement over his freshman season when he had 54 assists and 66 turnovers. Finally, with injuries to Justin Joyner and Paul Roemer, Brew has been called on to increase his playing time recently. He is averaging 25.3 minutes per game overall, but in the last four games he has logged 123 minutes, an average of 30.7 per game.

• The Jordan Rules
Jordan Weiner played 18 minutes in each of UCSB's weekend wins. In the win over UC Davis, Weiner had probably his best all-around game of the year with six points - on two three-pointers - four assists, three rebounds and a career-high four steals. Of his 21 field goal attempts on the year, 18 are three-pointers. Finally, Weiner had six of his 10 assists in the last two games.

• Devenny Developments
Freshman Lucas Devenny has played in all 14 games this season, but after playing 10 or more minutes in seven of the first nine games, he has totaled just 29 in the last five. He set season-highs for scoring and rebounding when he had seven points and five boards on Dec. 18 at Montana State.

• Sam He Is
Sam Phippen is averaging 3.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, but he is scoreless in his last six appearanes, playing just 18 minutes over that span. Phippen scored 28 of his 48 points in two games. He had a career-high 14 points on Nov. 14 against Cal State Los Angeles and Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount.

• Brew Two
Freshman Chris Brew, the brother of Will Brew, was activated for the Nov. 28 game at Loyola Marymount. He made his only field goal attempt and scored two points in the win over Pacific. In his second game after being activated, Brew scored 12 points on Dec. 1 against Santa Clara. In the following game, he had 11 against San Diego State. In his seven games since, he has scored a total of 16 points, 2.3 per game. Overall, Brew is averaging 3.9 per game.

• 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 187-152 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 111-73 in Big West games and his .603 winning percentage in league contests is the best among the league's active coaches.

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 376-252 (.599) at four-year schools.