Gauchos Host UC Riverside Saturday in Search of Second Straight Win
Jan. 14, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. UC Riverside
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Gametracker
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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. 15 game against UC Riverside with an overall record of 9-6 and a Big West mark of 2-2. On Thursday night the Gauchos defeated UC Irvine at the Thunderdome, 71-58. The victory was their third in the last four games and second in the last three league games.
Serna, Boswell Remain Doubtful As UCSB Returns Home
Junior forward Jaimé Serna and freshman guard Kyle Boswell are doubtful for UC Riverside. Serna has missed the last four games and five of the last six with a strained groin. Boswell has an Achilles injury and has missed the last four games in a row. Both were regular starters prior to their respective injuries.
Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Tallied 12 points in win over UC Irvine, his second highest point total of the season.
G 20 Will Brew - Equaled his season-high with four assists in Thursday night's win over UC Irvine.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Has scored 70 points in the last three games (23.3 ppg), including 52 in the second halves (17.3 per second half).
F 21 James Nunnally - Scored 22 points in win over UC Irvine, his first 20-point game since he had 23 at UNLV.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Has had five or more rebounds in six of the last seven games.
Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Remains sidelined with strained groin. Was the team's third-leading scorer when he was injured.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Expected to miss his fourth straight game with Achilles injury. Is 7-of-11 from three-point range this season.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Tied season-high with six assists and four steals vs. UC Irvine
G 24 Christian Peterson - Collected career-high six rebounds in just 15 minutes vs. UC Irvine.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Had one rebound and one assist in 16 minutes at UC Davis on Thursday.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Collected season-highs of 10 rebounds and five assists vs. UC Irvine.
G 43 Troy Leaf - Logged a total of just 10 minutes in the last two games.
The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 5-1 at home this season and have won 13 of their last 14 at the Thunderdome. In fact, when UCSB lost to Long Beach State in the Dec. 28 Big West opener, it ended an 11-game home winning streak. UCSB went 11-2 at home in 2009-10, including a perfect 8-0 against Big West opponents. It marked the first time ever that the Gauchos were unbeaten at home in league play. Santa Barbara won eight consecutive home games to close out the season. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, the Gauchos have won 22 of their last 25 home games.
The Gauchos And Highlanders
UCSB and UC Riverside have played 27 times with the Gauchos holding a 22-5 edge. Santa Barbara swept the season series last year, including a 63-56 win at the Thunderdome on Jan. 16.
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 208 wins and his next milestone should be the 400th overall win of his career. He is currently 397-262 and needs just three 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.
Johnson/Nunnally Continue To Rank 1-2
Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally continue to rank 1-2 in the Big West scoring race. Johnson will enter Saturday's game against UC Riverside averaging 18.9 points per game while Nunnally is at 18.1. The duo has been trading the number one and two spots in the scoring race all season. Johnson led the way through the first six games, but when Nunnally scored a career-high 34 in a Dec. 4 win at Santa Clara, he became the leader. The Stockton, Calif., native held the top spot until the Jan. 8 game at Pacific when he was held to a season-low five points while Johnson poured in 27. Both players had 22 in Thursday night's win over UC Irvine. Johnson won the Big West scoring title in 2009-10 at 18.0 points per game.
Johnson's Double-Figure Streak Continues
Orlando Johnson has scored in double-figures 45 times in his 45 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.
UCSB, which limited UC Irvine to 37.0% shooting from the field on Thursday night, has now held three of its last four opponents under 40.0% shooting. In the last two games, the Gauchos allowed Pacific and UC Irvine to make just 38-of-103 shots overall, 36.9%. Also in the last two games, opponents made just 10-of-35 shots from beyond the three-point arc, 28.6%.
UCSB Outshoots UC Irvine, Returns To Its Winning Ways
Entering its Jan. 8 game at Pacific, UCSB had a perfect 8-0 record in games in which it had a higher field goal percentage than its opponent. The loss to the Tigers became the first blemish on UCSB's ledger when outshooting an opponent. In the game at Stockton, the Gauchos made 22-of-44 shots, 50.0%, while Pacific hit 18-of-49, 36.7%. On Thursday night, Santa Barbara shot 44.6% while limiting UC Irvine to a mere 37.0% and won the game, improving to 9-1 when recording a higher field goal percentage than an opponent.
Johnson, Nunnally Go 20-20 For UCSB
Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally each scored 22 points in Thursday night's win over UC Irvine. It marked the second time this season that the dynamic scoring duo has each scored 20 in the same game. They previously did so in a Nov. 14 loss at Oregon when Nunnally had 28 and Johnson tossed in 24. In 2009-10, they achieved the feat six times in 30 games.
James Nunnally bounced back from a rare bad game in a loss at Pacific with a solid game against UC Irvine. Nunnally scored 22 against the Anteaters, including 18 in the first half. He made all four of his three-point baskets in the first 20 minutes and finished 4-of-5. It was his first 20-point game since he had 23 in a Dec. 15 win at UNLV. Nunnally has now scored 20 or more six times this season. Earlier this season, 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 passed the 900 point mark for his career on Jan. 6 at UC Davis and now has 942. He is threatening to become the 24th Gaucho ever to score 1,000 or more points in his career.
Orlando Johnson scored 22 points, collected seven rebounds and had three assists in UCSB's win over UC Irvine on Thursday night. It was Johnson's third straight game of 20 or more points, equaling his longest streak of the season. Prior to scoring 21 on Jan. 6 at UC Davis, he had gone eight straight under the 20-point mark. In the last three games, Johnson has also proven to be the team's second half ace. In the last three second halves, he has scored 52 points, an average of 17.3 per half. The Seaside, Calif., native has scored in double-figures in all 15 games this season and all 45 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. Johnson continues to be the only player in the Big West to rank among the top-10 in scoring (18.9 pg) rebounding (6.3 rpg) and assists (3.1 apg). 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 823 at UCSB. Finally, if you include his one season at Loyola Marymount, when he scored a Lions' freshman record 383 points, he has scored 1,206 as a collegiate player.
Junior Greg Somogyi had five points and seven rebounds in Thursday's win over UC Irvine. He ranks third on the team in rebounding at 4.2 rpg and fourth in scoring at 5.5 per game. Somogyi has had five or more rebounds seven times this season, including six times in the last seven games. He scored a career-high 16 points on Dec. 31 against Fresno Pacific and in the last five games he is averaging 8.8 points 6.3 rebounds per game. Over that same span, Somogyi has made 19-of-28 field goal attempts, 67.9%. He continues to lead the Big West in blocked shots with 28. He has had at least one block in 13 of 15 games and two or more nine times. Somogyi rejected a season-high five shots on Nov. 27 at Portland. He now has 103 for his career, fifth in school history.
Jaimé Serna has missed the last four games and five of the last six with a strained groin. He is not expected to play against UC Riverside. Serna played with the injury on Dec. 28 against Long Beach State and had eight points in 18 minutes. He had 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 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 went 9-of-11 from the free throw line, 81.8%. Serna is second on 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.
After struggling badly with his shooting over a four game span, Jordan Weiner bounced back a bit against UC Irvine. Weiner scored 12 points, his second highest total of the year, on 3-of-8 shooting overall and 2-for-6 from three-point range. He also made all four of his free throws. Weiner, who scored a career-high 16 on Dec. 21 against Cal Baptist, is averaging 5.5 points per game. He is third on the team with 17 three-point baskets and second with 23 steals.
On Thursday night against UC Irvine, Jon Pastorek made his first start since Nov. 27 and he did so at the unfamiliar five spot. Pastorek didn't disappoint. Although he scored just two points in his season-high 29 minutes, he also had a season-best 10 rebounds and a career-high five assists. The senior is now averaging 4.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, but in the last six games, he is averaging 6.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Over that same span, Pastorek made 14 out of his 22 field goal attempts overall, 63.6%, and 4-for-4 from three-point range, 1.000%. He scored a season-high 10 points in two games this season, on Dec. 31 vs. Fresno Pacific and on Jan. 8 at Pacific.
Will Brew was scoreless in 18 minutes on Thursday night against UC Irvine, but he did equal his season-high with four assists. He was coming off of his best two-game offensive stretch of the season. On Jan. 6 at UC Davis, Brew made 3-of-6 shots, including a pair of three-pointers, and had nine points. On Jan. 8, he made 2-of-3 shots from the field and scored four points in the loss at Pacific. Brew is now averaging 2.7 points, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He has averaged 2.5 assists in the last four games.
Justin Joyner has re-emerged as a key part of UCSB's lineup. On Thursday night, he had six points, six assists, four steals and three rebounds. His points came on an important pair of three-point baskets in the second half. Joyner missed December games against Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara with a hip injury. He returned on 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 but in the eight games since he has gone 14-of-26 (53.8%) overall and 9-of-19 (47.4%) from outside the three-point arc. He has made at least one three-point basket in seven of the last eight games. 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 had three or more assists five times in the last eight games and a total of 11 in the last two games, 5.5 per game. He has had a career-high four steals in wins at UNLV and UC Davis in addition to Thursday night against UC Irvine. Joyner now has 34 assists on the season and 277 in his career, the ninth most in school history.
On The Horizon
Following the game against UC Riverside, the Gauchos will hit the road for two, traveling to Cal State Fullerton for a 6;00 p.m. game on Saturday, Jan. 22 and to Cal Poly for a 7:00 p.m. game on Thursday, Jan. 27.
The Bob Williams File
2010-11 is Bob Williams's 13th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. In 2009-10, he guided the Gauchos to a 20-10 overall record, their second Big West Tournament title, and fourth NCAA Tournament berth ever. It was the program's second NCAA Tournament bid and its fifth regular season title in his 12 seasons. Following the season, Williams was named Big West Coach of the Year for the third time.
Last year also marked the third Williams coached Gaucho team to win 20 or more games and the 10th overall in program history. It was the second time in the three seasons that the UCSB won 20 or more.
In 2008-09, Williams coached 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 led 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.
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 208-162. He guided the program to 10 winning seasons in his first 12 years - including the last five in a row - and three 20 win seasons. He has a career record of 122-78 in Big West games and his .612 winning percentage in league games is tops 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 397-262 (.602) at four-year schools.