Gauchos Open Key Big West Stretch With Thunderdome Showdown Against Pacific on Thursday
Jan. 22, 2008
Game No. 19
Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. University of the Pacific Tigers
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KTMS 990/1490-AM
Game No. 20
Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Davis Aggies
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KTMS 990/1490-AM
On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on KTMS, 990 and 1490 AM. KEYT-TV Sports Director Gerry Fall is in his fourth year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB star Don Ford handles the color commentary for the majority of games, home and road. When Ford is not available for road games, Bill Mahoney, yours truly, will handle the task. Steve Wendt, the voice of the UCSB women's basketball team, will handle the play-by-play for a handful of men's games this season.
The Bob Williams Show
The Bob Williams in Paradise show will be aired each Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on KTMS 990 and 1490 AM in Santa Barbara. Coach Williams will talk about past and upcoming games, interview Gaucho players and welcome guests from the Santa Barbara sports community. Bob in Paradise is broadcast live each week from The Paradise Cafe on the corner of Anacapa and Ortega in downtown Santa Barbara.
On The Record
UC Santa Barbara enters the week with an overall record of 14-4 and a Big West mark of 3-2. On Saturday night the Gauchos won their second straight league road game with a 75-60 decision at Cal Poly. In its previous game on Jan. 12, UCSB won at Cal State Fullerton, 87-72. Prior to the current two-game winning streak, the Gauchos had lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
UCSB Plays Five Of Next Six At Home
After playing three straight games and six of eight on the road, UCSB returns home this week to host Pacific and UC Davis. The weekend will begin a stretch of five out of six home games for the Gauchos.
Gauchos Go Deep To Top Cal Poly, 75-60
Alex Harris scored a season-high 31 points, and James Powell added 20 as UC Santa Barbara won its second straight game, 75-60 at Cal Poly on Saturday night. Harris scored 17 of his 31 points in the second half as UCSB pulled away from the Mustangs after leading by nine at halftime. The Gauchos scored the first four points of the second half, including a baseline jumper by Harris, to take a 13-point lead, 37-24. The advantage never fell into single-digits the rest of the way. Santa Barbara took its biggest lead, 59-38, with 9:18 to play in the game, but Cal Poly used a 16-6 run to close to within 11, 65-54 with 2:35 left. Harris, however, answered with a three-pointer from deep in the left corner to make it 68-54 and sealing the win. Although the Gauchos struggled with their two-point shooting in the first half, making just 3-of-21, they were on fire from three-point territory, hitting 7-of-14. Powell, who scored 20 for the second straight game, helped boost UCSB's first half fortunes by making a trio of three-pointers. He had 11 points at the break. Forward Ivan Elliott, who finished with just six points, made both of his three-point attempts, also in the first half. UCSB finished the game with a 37.7% field goal percentage overall, but it made 10-of-20 from beyond the three-point arc. Cal Poly, on the other hand, shot 42.6% overall, but could hit just 2-of-19 from outside the three-point arc, 10.5%. UCSB also outrebounded the Mustangs, 39-30. Nedim Pajevic had a game-high six rebounds. Justin Joyner and Powell each had five assists to lead the way in that category. Cal Poly was paced by Trae Clark and Lorenzo Keeler who each tallied 12 points.
Probable Starters - Notes
G - Justin Joyner - Has had four or more assists in five straight and 10 of 12.
G - Alex Harris - Has 1,438 career points, the third most in school history.
G - James Powell - Scored 20 in back-to-back games for first time in his career.
F - Chris Devine - Needs 10 points to become 22nd Gaucho with 1,000.
F - Ivan Elliott - Made both of his 3-pointers at Cal Poly, has made four straight.
Probable Reserves - Notes
The Bob Williams File Eight-Game Streak Was Longest In A Long Time The Opposition The Gauchos At Home The Gauchos On The Road Three-Point Barometer Of Marginal Importance A Rebounding Rebound Plenty Of Turnover Free, But Valuable Honorees Take Me To Your Leaders That `70s Show The Harris Poll
Senior guard Alex Harris continues to lead the Big West in scoring at 21.7 points per game. After scoring a combined 28 points in his two previous games, Harris poured in a season-high 31 in the Jan. 19 win at Cal Poly. In fact, the 31-point effort was the third highest total of his career. Also, after attempting a season-low 10 shots on Jan. 12 at Cal State Fullerton, and a total of 21 in the two previous games, Harris took a season-high 20 shots against the Mustangs. In addition, after going a combined 9-for-12 from the free throw line in the three previous games, he hit 10 out of 12 attempts at Cal Poly. With his 31 points, Harris has now scored 1,438 in his career. On Saturday, he moved past Branduinn Fullove, Lucius Davis and Doug Rex, jumping from sixth to third on UCSB's all-time scoring list. His next target, Mark Hull, scored 1,580 points in his career. Since the beginning of the season, he has moved from 18th to third all-time. Harris has scored 20 or more 10 times this season and 25 or more six times. He has either led or tied for the team-lead in scoring in 14 of his 17 appearances this year. In addition to scoring, he also paces the Gauchos in three-point shooting and he bounced back from a subpar 1-for-4 performance at Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 12, by making 5-of-9 from beyond the arc against the Mustangs. The five three-pointers were Harris' second highest total of the season. He drained a career-high six on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley. He is now shooting 51.8% from beyond the arc. In the last 10 games, he has gone 29-of-48, 60.4%. Harris has drained at least one three-point basket in 16 of his 17 games this season, two or more 14 times, and three or more seven times. Harris has now made 164 three-pointers in 393 career attempts, 41.7%, the third most makes and the second highest percentage in school history. Prior to his 31-point game at Cal Poly, Harris' season-high was 29 points on Nov. 24 against Montana State. In that game, he recorded career-highs for free throws, 15, and free throw attempts, 18. On the season, Harris has gone to the free throw line 121 times, an average of 7.1 times per game. Harris is averaging 3.7 rebounds per game, fourth on the team, and he has had four or more in five of the last eight 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 27 assists on the year, 19 have come in the last eight games. Harris was a Preseason All-Big West and Mid-Major All-America selection.
Devine Intervention Old Buddy, Old Powell Just In Time This Ivan Isn't Terrible A Piece Of The Pajevic (Pronounced Pie-uh-vich) Roemer Wasn't Built In A Day Strike A Posley
G - Nick Quick - Has attempted seven shots in just 10 minutes of action.
G - Paul Roemer - Has made five of his last six three-point attempts.
G - D.J. Posley - Passed off for career-high six assists at Cal State Fullerton.
G - George Murphy - Has yet to play in a game.
F - Nedim Pajevic - Six rebounds at Cal Poly were his highest total in nine games.
F - Sam Phippen - Has not played in the last three games.
F - Beau Gibb - Has played eight minutes in each of the last two games.
F - Peter Jordan - Walk-on freshman has played in two games this season.
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 154-126 (.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 343-226 (.603) at four-year schools.
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.
UCSB and Pacific have played 95 times since the series began in 1947. The Tigers hold a 49-46 all-time advantage over the Gauchos. UCSB won both games in 2006-07, winning in Santa Barbara by a score of 64-49 and in Stockton, 70-62. The victory in Stockton ended a six-game Pacific winning streak in the series. The Gauchos and UC Davis have played 14 times over the years. The first time the teams met was in 1939. Santa Barbara holds an 11-3 edge in the all-time series, but the teams split a pair of games in 2006-07 with each winning on the road. The Aggies topped the Gauchos in Santa Barbara, 70-66, while UCSB won at Davis, 66-48. Saturday's game will be the first ever between the schools as Big West opponents.
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 experienced since it won 15 in a row bridging the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons.
The Gauchos are 5-3 in true road games this season. They won their last two road games, 75-60 at Cal Poly on Jan. 19, and 87-72 at Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 12. In addition, they have victories at Eastern Washington, Ball State and Loyola Marymount. The trio of road defeats have come at North Carolina, Stanford and UC Irvine. UCSB has also gone a perfect 2-0 in neutral court games with wins over Northwestern State and Harvard at the Basketball Travelers Classic in Palo Alto, Calif. 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 19-8 in its last 27 true road games.
UCSB leads the Big West in three-point field goal percentage (43.4%) and three-point field goal percentage defense (29.7%). In the last two games, road wins at Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton, those statistics have been particulary impressive. In Saturday's game, the Mustangs made just 2-of-19 shots from three-point range for 10.5%, the lowest mark by a Gaucho opponent this season. In the last two games, UCSB limited its opponents to just 7-of-41 from outside the arc, 17.1%. In two the two games prior ot the current run, both losses, opponents made 19 out of 37 from beyond the three-point line, 51.4%. On the other side of the court, Santa Barbara made 10-of-20 from three-point territory against Cal Poly and that was on the heels of a 9-for-15 performance at Fullerton. In the last two games combined, UCSB made 19-of-35 three-pointers, 54.3%. If a 10-for-21 performance on Jan. 10 at UC Irivne is factored in, the Gauchos have made 29-of-56, 51.8%, over the last three games. In three games prior to that, they made just 14 out of 49 three-point attempts, a mere 28.6%.
UCSB has started Big West play with a 3-2 record this season. The losses have been close ones, 88-84 to Cal State Northridge and 66-63 at UC Irvine. The three wins have each come by the same margin, 15 points. The Gauchos defeated Long Beach State by a 79-64 score, Cal State Fullerton by an 87-72 score and Cal Poly by a 75-60 count.
Although UCSB is being outrebounded by a -2.3 per game margin, things have been a bit better in recent games. In the win at Cal Poly, the Gauchos won the battle of the boards 39-30. The nine-rebound margin was the team's biggest this season. In the game prior to Cal Poly, at Cal State Fullerton, UCSB fought to a rebounding draw. The Gauchos have now either outrebounded or had the same total as four of the last five opponents. In the last five games, Santa Barbara is outrebounding its opponents by +0.8 rebounds per game, nothing to write home about, but a step in the right direction.
UCSB opponents are averaging 19.1 per game in 2007-08, an increase of 5.7 per game over the 13.4 per game they forced in 2006-07. Last year, a Gaucho 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 17 games and only one opponent has had fewer than 16. On Jan. 19, Cal Poly had 12 turnovers, the low mark by an opponent this season. The highest total by an opponent this season was the 28 that Northwestern State committed in the season opener on Nov. 9. On the other side of the court, the story is not quite as cheery. The Gauchos have committed 272 turnovers of their own, 15.8 per game, a jump of more than two per game from last year. Santa Barbara has had 15 or more in 11 games this year. In the game at Cal Poly, the Gauchos had 12 turnovers, their third lowest figure of the season.
UCSB has been outstanding from the free throw line this season. On Jan. 19 at Cal Poly, the Gauchos posted season-highs for makes and attempts by hitting 25 out of 30, 83.3%. On the year, they are now hitting 78.7%, tops in the Big West. In the last two games, Santa Barbara has made 33-of-39, 84.6, and in five Big West games, they have made 72 out of 86 attempts, 83.7%. In 18 games this season, the Gauchos have made 80.0% or better from the free throw line 10 times. The school's all-time record of 77.2% was set in 1982-83. Last year's mark of 72.5% was the ninth best ever.
UCSB has had three Big West Players of the Week this season. Senior Alex Harris has earned the award twice (Nov. 25 and Dec. 10) and sophomore guard James Powell has won it once (Dec. 3). Harris has been named Player of the Week four times in the last two seasons.
While only three players (Alex Harris, James Powell and Chris Devine) have led the Gauchos in scoring this season, the same has not held true for the other statistical categories. UCSB has had eight players lead or tie for the team-lead in steals, six lead or tie for the team-lead in rebounding, five lead or tie for the lead in assists, and six have done so in blocked shots.
While UCSB has allowed 70 or more points in a game just four times this season, the Gauchos have scored 70 or more 12 times, going 10-2 in those games. UCSB has actually scored 74 or more 11 times this season, including five times in the first six games and six of the last eight. The Gauchos are averaging 73.0 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. The 87 points scored at Cal State Fullerton were the second highest total of the campaign. Overall, UCSB has been over 80 four times.
Junior forward Chris Devine struggled through a foul-plagued game at Cal Poly on Saturday, finishing with eight points, five rebounds and one steal. Devne was coming off of one of his best games of the season when he had 18 points, six rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals to help the Gauchos win at Cal State Fullerton. Devine is now averaging 13.4 points per game, second on the team. He has had three of his five highest scoring efforts on the season in the last five games. On Jan. 5, he scored a season-high 24 against Cal State Northridge, and on Jan. 3 he had 17 against Long Beach State. With his eight points at Cal Poly, Devine has now tallied a career total of 990 points. If, and when, he scores 10 more, he would become the 22nd UCSB player to achieve the 1,000 point mark. Devine is also second on the team in rebounding at 5.5 per game. He has had five or more in five of the last six games, and since compiling just three total rebounds in the first two games of the year, he has had 91 in 15 games, 6.1 per game. He had a season-high nine on Dec. 1 at Loyola Marymount. In the win at Cal Poly, Devine made 3-of-7 shots and he is now shooting 52.6% overall. Prior to the game against the Mustangs, Devine had made 50.0% or better in five straight games and six of the last seven. Including a season-best 9-for-10 performance on Dec. 19 at Ball State, the Eagle River, Alaska native has made 41 out of 71 shots in the last eight games, 57.7%. Devine has made eight three-pointers on the season, the same number he made in 58 games the previous two seasons, and he has hit a pair in two of the last four games. A Preseason All-Big West selection, he had a season-high four assists on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley and two or more nine times this season, including four of the last six games. Devine has also claimed the team-lead in steals with a recent surge. He has had at least one in three straight games and he now has 26 on the season, 25 of which have come in the last 14 games.
Sophomore guard James Powell scored 20 points in Saturday's win at Cal Poly. It was the second consecutive game that Powell scored 20 points, his second highest total ever. Against the Mustangs, he made just 4-of-11 shots overall, but he hit 3-of-6 from three-point range and he set career-highs for free throws and free throws attempted by going 9-of-10. A week earlier, at Cal State Fullerton, Powell made 8-of-11 shots overall, and 2-for4 from three-point range, to finish with 20 points. He is now averaging 11.7 points per game, third on the team. The 11.7 average is at its highest point this season. The Pomona, Calif., native has now scored 10 or more points 11 times this season, all in the last 15 games. Six of his seven single-digit games have been away from home. He scored a career-high 24 on Nov. 15 against Cal Poly Pomona, and since he averaged just 5.7 points per game through the first three games, he has averaged 12.9 points per game. Powell is second on the team in three-point baskets with 34. He has made 40.5% from beyond the arc, but since opening the year by making 2-of-12, he has gone 32-for-72, 44.4%. He made a career-high five three-point baskets in a Nov. 27 win over UNLV, including the game-winner with less than a second to play. All five of his three-pointers in that game came in the second half. Powell, who had five assists at Cal Poly, one short of his career-high, is averaging 2.3 assists per game and has had two or more 10 times. He tied a career-high with six on Jan. 5 against Cal State Northridge. He is also averaging 3.3 rebounds per outing, and has had four or more seven times, including a career-high six on Jan. 3 against Long Beach State. Powell was also one short of his career rebounding high at Cal Poly when he had five.
Sophomore guard Justin Joyner attempted just one shot and was scoreless in the win at Cal Poly. Joyner was outstanding running UCSB's offense, however, and finished with five assists, just two turnovers and three rebounds. One week earlier, on Jan. 12 at Cal State Fullerton, he had his best offensive performance of the season as he scored a season-high 13 points, making 5-of-6 shots overall and a career-best 3-for-3 from three-point territory. He also had four rebounds and four assists against the Titans. While Joyner is now averaging 3.7 points per game, he leads the Gauchos with 73 assists, 4.1 per game. He also paces UCSB and the Big West in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.1-to-1.0. Joyner has had more turnovers than assists in a game just once this season, and in his last 11 games, he has had 49 assists and just 18 turnovers. Joyner has had four or more assists in five straight games and 13 times this season. The Gauchos are 11-2 when he has four or more assists. Joyner had a season-high seven assists on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley. Despite going scoreless against Cal Poly, the Antioch, Calif., native has seen a recent rise in his scoring and field goal percentage. In the last five games, he has averaged 6.0 points per game while making 11-of-18 shot from the field, 61.1%. Joyner is now shooting 37.7%.
Senior forward Ivan Elliott continues to be one of UCSB's most consistent players. Although he has scored just six points in each of the last two games, Elliott is fourth on the team at 9.2 points per game. He also continues to lead the Gauchos in rebounding at 6.0 per game and blocked shots at 1.2 per game. Because of foul trouble, he has been limited to an average of 22.5 minutes in the last two games. On Jan. 12 at Cal State Fullerton, Elliott fouled out in 22 minutes but still led the Gauchos in rebounds with seven, had a pair of assists, and scored six points. On Saturday at Cal Poly, he only had three fouls, but two came early in the first half and sent him to the bench for an extended period. Elliott's six points on Saturday came on a pair of three-point shots. He was 2-for-2 from three-point range against the Mustangs, improving his team and league-leading percentage to 55.9% from beyond the arc. In his last 10 games, he has gone 11-of-17 from three-point range, 64.7%. He has also made his last four successive three-point attempts and he made a career-high three on Nov. 24 against Montana State. While Elliott is averaging 9.2 points per game, he has averaged 10.0 per game over the last nine games, scoring 10 or more six times over that span. In all, he has scored in double-figures nine times this season. Elliott poured in a career-best 17 points in the season opener against Northwestern State, making 8-of-10 shots in the process. Through 18 games, he is making a team-best 54.0% from the field. He has been at or over 50.0% in six straight games and 11 times in the last 12. In fact, Elliott has made at least 60.0% of his shots in seven of the last 10, hitting 38-of-64 in those 10 games, 59.4%. Elliott also continues to pace UCSB in rebounding at 6.0 per game. He had a season-high nine rebounds on Jan. 29 at Eastern Washington, and he followed that up with back-to-back games of eight to open Big West play. In the last nine games he has averaged 7.0 rebounds per game and he has had five or more in 10 straight. Finally, Elliott leads the Gauchos in blocked shots with 22. He had a career-high three blocks on Nov. 10 against Harvard and he has had at least one in five straight games.
Senior forward Nedim Pajevic played 23 minutes in the win at Cal Poly, his longest stint since he played a season-high 26 in his only start on Nov. 24 against Montana State. Pajevic had five points and six rebounds in the win over the Mustangs. The six rebounds were his highest total in nine games and the five points were his second-highest effort in the last four games. On Jan. 12 at Cal State Fullerton, Pajevic fouled out in only 16 minutes but before he did, he had one of his best offensive showings of the season, scoring eight points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field. Pajevic is now averaging 6.3 points per game, fifth on the team and tops among Gaucho reserves. He had a season-high 16 on Nov. 10 against Harvard, and he had a pair of 12 points games, one each against Montana State and North Carolina. In all, he has scored 10 points or more six times in 18 games, but he did so in five of the first six games and just once since. By making two of his five field goal attempts on Saturday, his field goal percentage is now at 50.0% on the button. He is third on the team in rebounding at 3.9 per game and he had a high of 10 on Nov. 20 against San Francisco. In fact, Pajevic had a double-double against the Dons, the only one by a UCSB player this season. Finally, the native of Sarajevo has proven to be one of the better passers on the team and he is third on the team in assists at 2.0 per game. Pajevic had a streak of five straigh games with two or more assists ended in the last game when he went without an assist against Cal Poly. It was just the second time this year that he failed to pass off for at least one assist. Pajevic had a season-high five assists on Nov. 15 against Cal Pomona.
Sophomore guard Paul Roemer continues to give the Gauchos valuable minutes as a reserve in the backcourt. Although he was scoreless and missed both of his shots in the win at Cal Poly, he did a solid job defensively as UCSB limited the Mustangs to 2-of-19 from three-point range. Roemer was coming off of arguably the best back-to-back games of his career. On Jan. 10, in a defeat at UC Irvine, he helped shoot the Gauchos back into the game by making the first four three-point shots he took. He finished 4-for-5 from three-point territory, 4-for-6 overall, and scored a career-high 12 points. In the Jan. 12 win at Cal State Fullerton, he made the only field goal he attempted, also a three-pointer, and a pair of free throws, to finish with five points. Roemer has now made 11-of-29 shots from three-point range this season, 37.9%, but he has hit 5 out of his last six attempts, 83.3%. He enters the week averaging 2.9 points per game. He is also averaging 1.4 assists per game, but he is at 2.0 per outing in the last five games. Finally, in 2006-07, Roemer played 132 minutes in 16 games. This year, Roemer has already logged 281 minutes in 18, an average of 15.6 per game. He has played at least eight minutes in every game and 15 or more in 11 of 18 games.
Junior guard D.J. Posley scored tallied five points, had two rebounds and one assist in the Jan. 19 win at Cal Poly. He is now averaging 3.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. Posley is also second on the team in steals with 20. On Jan. 12 at Cal State Fullerton, he scored just two points yet had probably the best game of his UCSB career. Posley had a career-high six assists and no turnovers in 18 minutes against the Titans. He also had a pair of rebounds and a steal. His six assists equaled the total he accumulated in the previous five games combined. Posley is shooting 36.5% from the field, but since beginning the season by making just one of his first 12 field goal attempts, he has made 22-of-51, 43.1%. He also made one out of six three-point attempts to start the year but has made 4-of-10 since, 40.0%. Posley has been one of the team's defensive stalwarts on the perimeter and has had at least one steal in 14 of 18 games.
The Bob Williams File
Eight-Game Streak Was Longest In A Long Time
The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos On The Road
Of Marginal Importance
A Rebounding Rebound
Plenty Of Turnover
Free, But Valuable
Take Me To Your Leaders
That `70s Show
The Harris Poll Senior guard Alex Harris continues to lead the Big West in scoring at 21.7 points per game. After scoring a combined 28 points in his two previous games, Harris poured in a season-high 31 in the Jan. 19 win at Cal Poly. In fact, the 31-point effort was the third highest total of his career. Also, after attempting a season-low 10 shots on Jan. 12 at Cal State Fullerton, and a total of 21 in the two previous games, Harris took a season-high 20 shots against the Mustangs. In addition, after going a combined 9-for-12 from the free throw line in the three previous games, he hit 10 out of 12 attempts at Cal Poly. With his 31 points, Harris has now scored 1,438 in his career. On Saturday, he moved past Branduinn Fullove, Lucius Davis and Doug Rex, jumping from sixth to third on UCSB's all-time scoring list. His next target, Mark Hull, scored 1,580 points in his career. Since the beginning of the season, he has moved from 18th to third all-time. Harris has scored 20 or more 10 times this season and 25 or more six times. He has either led or tied for the team-lead in scoring in 14 of his 17 appearances this year. In addition to scoring, he also paces the Gauchos in three-point shooting and he bounced back from a subpar 1-for-4 performance at Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 12, by making 5-of-9 from beyond the arc against the Mustangs. The five three-pointers were Harris' second highest total of the season. He drained a career-high six on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley. He is now shooting 51.8% from beyond the arc. In the last 10 games, he has gone 29-of-48, 60.4%. Harris has drained at least one three-point basket in 16 of his 17 games this season, two or more 14 times, and three or more seven times. Harris has now made 164 three-pointers in 393 career attempts, 41.7%, the third most makes and the second highest percentage in school history. Prior to his 31-point game at Cal Poly, Harris' season-high was 29 points on Nov. 24 against Montana State. In that game, he recorded career-highs for free throws, 15, and free throw attempts, 18. On the season, Harris has gone to the free throw line 121 times, an average of 7.1 times per game. Harris is averaging 3.7 rebounds per game, fourth on the team, and he has had four or more in five of the last eight 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 27 assists on the year, 19 have come in the last eight games. Harris was a Preseason All-Big West and Mid-Major All-America selection.
Old Buddy, Old Powell
Just In Time
This Ivan Isn't Terrible
A Piece Of The Pajevic (Pronounced Pie-uh-vich)
Roemer Wasn't Built In A Day
Strike A Posley