Gauchos Take to the Road in Hopes of Ending Two-Game Losing Streak
Jan. 23, 2007
Game No. 18
Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal State Northridge Matadors
at CSUN's Matadome
Game No. 19
Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at the University of the Pacific Tigers
at UOP's Alex Spanos Center
On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on KTMS, 990-AM. KEYT-TV Sports Director Gerry Fall is in his third 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 show will be aired each Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on KTMS 990-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.
The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enter the week with an overall record of 11-6 and a Big West record of 3-2. The Gauchos have lost their last two games and three of their last four. On Saturday, UCSB was beaten at the Thunderdome by Cal Poly, 71-61. It marked the first time since the 1997-98 season that the Mustangs had defeated the Gauchos in Santa Barbara. UCSB has lost consecutive games twice this season.
Two Games In One Week? There's A Novel Approach
The Gaucho coaching staff may have a tough time convincing their team that they really do play two games this week. Following two consecutive weeks of just one game, UCSB will travel to Cal State Northridge and Pacific this week. The Gauchos, however, need not get used to playing two games in a week. The following week will they will play just one, at UC Davis, making it three out of four weeks with just one game. When this bizarre run is over, Santa Barbara will have played just five games from Jan. 7 through Feb. 7, a span of 32 days. Following the current stretch, the Gauchos will return to a two-game per week pattern, not unlike most of the other schools in the Big West Conference.
UCSB Stifled By Cal Poly, 71-61
Trae Clark scored 19 points to lead a trio of Cal Poly players in double-figures as the Mustangs handed UC Santa Barbara its second straight home loss, 71-61 on Saturday night. The Gauchos also struggled with Cal Poly's zone defense, particularly in the first half, when they shot just 30.8%. UCSB trailed 37-28 at halftime and never pulled closer than six in the final 20 minutes. The Mustangs, which received 14 points from Tyler McGinn and 12 points from Titus Shelton, had their biggest lead of 15 points at 54-39 with 11:40 remaining in the game. The Gauchos held Cal Poly scoreless for the next six minutes, but could shave just eight points off the lead. Paul Roemer scored on a driving lay-up and was fouled with 5:59 left to pull UCSB within seven, 54-47, but he missed the free throw and Shelton scored on a lay-up at the other end to extend the edge to 56-47 with 5:29 left. After the Mustangs extended the lead to 11 on a pair of free throws from Derek Stockalper with 3:40 to play, the Gauchos got a lay-up from Emmanuel Bidias a Mouté and a lay-up and a free throw from Chris Devine to make it 58-52. On the defensive end, Alex Harris fouled Cal Poly guard Dawin Whiten, but Whiten missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw. UCSB rebounded and with a chance to cut the lead in half, missed a three-point attempt. The Mustangs responded with a lay-up from Stockalper and the rest was history. The win was Cal Poly's first at the Thunderdome against a Bob Williams-coached Gaucho team. The loss was UCSB's second in a row and third in the last four games. Harris led Santa Barbara with 19 points, but he missed his first nine shots from the field and finished just 4-for-16. He did made 10-of-12 free throws. Devine had 12 points, but he also struggled with his shooting, making just 2-of-7 from the field. Cecil Brown had 10 points. Ivan Elliott helped the Gauchos to a 42-28 rebounding edge by collecting a season-high 11, including 10 in the first half. UCSB committed just 12 turnovers, but had just five assists. Cal Poly had a season-low five turnovers and finished the game at 44.6% shooting. The Mustangs, who came into the game shooting below 60.0% from the free throw line, made 13-of-16, 81.3%.
Probable Starters - Notes
G - Cecil Brown - Has scored 10 or more in six of his last nine games.
G - Alex Harris - With 19 points vs. Cal Poly, he has had 16 or more in 15 of 17 games .
G - Justin Joyner - His 51 assists tie him for ninth on UCSB's all-time freshman list.
F - Chris Devine - Has had a total of just 13 field goal attempts in last two games.
F - Ivan Elliott - Posted a career-high 11 rebounds in loss to Cal Poly.
Probable Reserves - Notes
G - James Powell - Was not in the starting lineup vs. Cal Poly, a season-first.
G - Paul Roemer - Played 11 minutes in each of the last two games.
G - Trevor Bing - Scored season-high nine points at Long Beach State on Jan. 4.
F - Tom Garlepp - Has totaled just 15 minutes in the last four games.
F - Emmanuel Bidias a Mouté - After not playing in two games, has played 32 in last four.
F - Beau Gibb - Has played in just one of the last six games.
F - David Massey - Played in only game and scored only points on Nov. 13 at Montana State.
F - Sam Phippen - Freshman forward is redshirting the 2006-07 season.
F - Glenn Turner - Has made eight of 10 shots in the last five games, 80.0%.
The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his ninth season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Last year his team overcame a slow start to finish over the .500 mark for the fourth time in five seasons. UCSB was 15-14 overall and 6-8 in the Big West. Prior to the 2004-05 season, when an injury-ravaged Gaucho team finished below .500, Williams had guided the program to three straight winning seasons for the first time since the late 1980s. In 2002-03, Williams' 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 Championship ever and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 years. Including this season, Williams' UCSB teams have posted a 134-117 (.534) overall record and an 81-57 (.593) 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 322-217 (.597) at four-year schools.
The Gauchos and Cal State Northridge have played 32 times since the first meeting in 1960. The Gauchos hold a decisive 24-8 edge all-time, but the teams split games last season. In 2005-06, UCSB and CSUN each won on the other team's home floor. The Matadors won at the Thunderdome, 59-46, and the Gauchos won in overtime at the Matadome, 82-76. Santa Barbara and Pacific have played 93 times in a series that began in 1947. The Tigers hold a 49-44 all-time edge and they have won the last six in a row. In 2005-06, UOP defeated UCSB in Stockton by a score of 64-36, and in Santa Barbara by a score of 65-53. The 36 points that the Gauchos scored in their last loss to the Tigers were the fourth-fewest points in school history. The last time UCSB won in the series was in the first round of the 2003 Big West Tournament, 53-44.
The Gauchos On The Road
UCSB is 6-2 in road games this season. The Gauchos opened the road portion of their schedule with an 88-56 win at Montana State on Nov. 13. On Nov. 17, they won at UNLV, 79-76 and on Nov. 21 they won at Pepperdine, 89-80 in double overtime. On Dec. 2, they won at Portland, 75-67 and then on Dec. 17, they won at San Francisco, 74-69. On Dec. 22, UCSB had its school record-tying six game road winning streak ended at the University of San Diego, 81-63 and then on Jan. 4, Long Beach State handed the Gauchos their second consecutive road loss, 101-65. In its last road game, UCSB ended a two-game road losing streak with a 64-59 win at UC Irvine. This year's 5-0 start was the first 5-0 start in true road games since the 1987-88 campaign when the team jumped out of the gates with the same 5-0 road record. UCSB posted a 5-9 record in true road games in 2005-06 and a 6-10 mark in all non-home games. While the 5-9 doesn't seem like much, it includes an 0-7 start and a 5-2 finish. The Gauchos opened the 2005-06 season with seven straight road losses, extending a two-season streak to nine straight road defeats. However, since the end of that streak, UCSB has gone 11-4 on the road.
The Gauchos At Home
UCSB is 5-4 at home in 2006-07. The Gauchos defeated San Jose State on Nov. 10 and, after losing consecutive games to San Diego State and Loyola Marymount, they posted four straight wins, defeating Fresno State on Dec. 6 , Vanguard on Dec. 19, UC Riverside on Dec. 28 and Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 30. UCSB, however, has lost its last two home games, 70-66 to UC Davis on Jan. 13, and 71-61 to Cal Poly on Jan. 20. UCSB went 9-4 in home games during the 2005-06 season. Since Bob Williams became head coach in 1998-99, the Gauchos have gone 78-32 at home.
What's The Point?
After a very good start on the offensive end of the court in 2006-07, UCSB has hit a major offensive lull in the last four games. The Gauchos opened the season by scoring 70 or more points in five straight and nine of 10. This season, they have tallied 80 or more four times, most recently on Dec. 30 in an 84-76 win over Cal State Fullerton. Following that game, Santa Barbara was averaging 75.9 points per game. In the last four games, however, things have not gone as smoothly on the offensive end. While the shooting percentage has not been that bad over the last four, the point totals have been. UCSB has made 93-of-211 shots, 44.1%, but they have scored just 256 points, 64.0 per game. In Saturday's loss to Cal Poly, the Gauchos scored just 61 points and shot just 36.7%; both figures were the team's second lowest of the season.
Road, Sweet Road
UCSB has not only posted a better road record (6-2) than home record (5-4), but statistically it has been better too. The Gauchos have scored 597 points in their eight road games, 74.6 per game, as compared to the 646 points they have scored in nine home games, 71.8 per game. UCSB is shooting 49.8% away from home and 46.9% at the Thunderdome. Santa Barbara has shot below 40.0% just three times this season, at home against San Jose State, Loyola Marymount and Cal Poly. Conversely, the worst Gaucho shooting performance in a road game came at San Diego when they shot 42.6%. Ironically, the best field goal percentage this season, 62.5%, came in a home win over Vanguard. If that game is not included, UCSB is making 44.5% of its field goals in home games.
The Bright Side
In Saturday's loss to Cal Poly, the Gauchos did have one bright spot as they outrebounded the Mustangs 42-28. The 14-rebound margin was the most by UCSB this season. Previously, the largest rebounding margin by the Gauchos was 13 over Vanguard. Santa Barbara has now outrebounded seven of its last 10 opponents and it is now outrebounding the opposition by a +1.7 rebound margin for the season.
UCSB was outscored 24-12 from three-point territory in its loss to Cal Poly on Saturday. The three-point shot has not been the weapon of choice for the Gauchos in recent games, but the same cannot be said of their opponents. UCSB opponents have made 129 three-point baskets this season, 31 more than the Gauchos. Opponents have attempted 122 more three-pointers, a primary reason for the more makes, but while UCSB is averaging 5.8 three-pointers per game for the season, it has averaged just 4.7 per game in the last seven games and over that same span, the opposition has averaged 9.6 per game.
In UCSB's November 21 double-overtime victory over Pepperdine, two Gaucho players eclipsed the 25-point mark. Junior forward Chris Devine poured in a career-high 28 points, while junior guard Alex Harris had 27. Before Nov. 21, the last time a Santa Barbara duo achieved the feat was at Long Beach State on Feb. 25, 1988, when sophomore forward Mike Doyle scored 31 points and senior guard Brian Shaw scored 26. Three times this season Harris and Devine have scored 20 or more points in the same game, the first time a UCSB duo has pulled that off since 1990-91 when Gary Gray and Lucius Davis did it three times. Finally, through 17 games the Harris-Devine tandem has combined for 620 of the Gauchos' 1,243 points, 49.9%. They are combining for 36.5 points per game and if they can remain anywhere near that figure, they could become the highest scoring duo in school history. The highest combined average for two UCSB players was in 1991-92 when Lucius Davis and Idris Jones combined to score 1,014 points in 29 games, an average of just a tick under 35.0 points per game.
Active Scoring Leaders
Player Points Games Avg. Cecil Brown 840 99 8.5 Alex Harris 816 75 10.9 Chris Devine 617 46 13.4
UCSB defeated Pepperdine in double-overtime on November 21 in Malibu. It marked the fourth consecutive overtime victory for the Gauchos, a streak that dates back to the 2003-04 season. The win over the Waves was also the second double-overtime game during the current streak. The last time UCSB lost a game in overtime was on March 19, 2003, when it lost to San Diego State in the first round of the postseason NIT.
Led by Alex Harris and Chris Devine, seven different UCSB players have scored in double-figures this season. Harris has scored 10 or more points in all 17 games and Devine has done so 15 times. Here is a list of all Gaucho players and the number of times they have hit double-digits this season.
Player GP 10+ Alex Harris 17 17 Chris Devine 17 15 James Powell 17 7 Cecil Brown 12 6 Ivan Elliott 17 5 Tom Garlepp 16 1 Justin Joyner 17 1
Player Opponent Stats Chris Devine at Pepperdine 28p, 13r Chris Devine at USF 12p, 10r Chris Devine Vanguard 22p, 11r Chris Devine at UC Irvine 15p, 11r Ivan Elliott UC Riverside 12p, 10r
The Harris Poll
Junior guard Alex Harris continues to lead UCSB in scoring at 21.2 points per game, a figure that also leads the Big West Conference and ranks 14th nationally. In Saturday's home loss to Cal Poly, Harris scored 19 points, but he did so in an odd fashion. He was just 4-of-16 shooting from the field and 10-of-12 from the free throw line. It was by far Harris's worst shooting game of the season. He did, however, finish the game better than he started it. After missing his first nine shots, he made four of his final seven. In UCSB's previous game, on Jan. 20 against UC Davis, Harris had 28 points, the second-highest total of his career. He made 8-of-16 shots overall, including 3-of-6 from three-point range, and he was 9-of-12 from the free throw line. On Jan. 4, in a loss at Long Beach State, Harris scored a season-low 10 points, but in his last three games he has averaged 23.3. On Dec. 28, in the Big West opener against UC Riverside, Harris scored a career-high 32 points on 8-of-17 from the field and 12-of-16 from the free throw line. The 32 points were the most points scored by a Gaucho player since Mark Hull went for 32 against Arizona in the first round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament. He followed the 32-point performance with a 16-point, nine-rebound game in a win over Cal State Fullerton. Following that opening Big West weekend, Harris was named the league's Player of the Week for the second time this season. In the Riverside game, he also had career-highs for free throws with 12, and free throw attempts with 16. Harris has now scored 358 points in 17 games this season, 116 more than he scored in 29 games last season. He has been in double-figures in all 17 games this season. He has also scored 20 or more points 11 times, including the first seven in a row, the longest streak by a Gaucho since the 1996-97 season and the longest ever to open a season. Harris has had the 14 highest scoring games of his career this season. Among other things, he has been extremely consistent, making five or more field goals in 15 of 17 games. Just once this year, at San Diego, Harris has gone without a three-point basket. He has made at least one in 16 of 17 games, two or more in 11 games and three or more seven times. Harris is shooting 45.1% from three-point range and has gone 22-of-47 in the last 11 games, 46.8%. His 37 threes are a career-high, and he now has 86 for his career. With four more, he would enter the school's all-time top-10. Harris, who had eight rebounds on Saturday against Cal Poly, is averaging 4.9 per game, third on the team. He has had five or more rebounds in eight of the last 12 games and nine times in his last 14 games, a span over which he has averaged 5.6 per game. This season, in addition to points, Harris has also recorded single-game career-highs in assists (six on two occasions), three-point baskets (five on Nov. 10 against San Jose State), steals (five on Nov. 13 at Montana State), free throws made (12 on Dec. 28 vs. UC Riverside), field goals made (nine on Dec. 2 in Portland) and minutes played (48 on Nov. 21 at Pepperdine). Harris earned his first Big West Player of the Week honor after scoring 25 points in the Gauchos season-opening come-from-behind win over San Jose State.
The Devine File
Junior forward Chris Devine is averaging 15.4 points per game, but he has averaged just 11.0 per game in the last two and 11.7 per game in the last four. In the last two games, Devine attempted just 13 shots in 63 minutes, 6.5 per game. It is the fewest shots he has attempted in consecutive games this season. On Saturday against Cal Poly, Devine had 12 points and six rebounds, but he made just 2-of-7 field goal attempts. He did hit 8-of-11 free throws, both season-highs. In UCSB's most recent win, a Jan. 6 victory over UC Irvine, Devine had one of his best all-around games with 15 points and 11 rebounds. He continues to lead the team in rebounding at 7.0 per game and since averaging 3.5 per game over a four-game stretch, he has averaged 8.3 per game over the last three. Devine has recorded four double-doubles this season, the same number he had in 29 games last year. He has had his double-doubles this season in games at Pepperdine (28 points and 13 rebounds), at San Francisco (12 points and 10 rebounds), at home against Vanguard (22 points and 11 rebounds) and at UC Irvine (15 points and 11 rebounds). Three of Devine's four double-doubles have come on the road. Dating back to the 2005-06 season, six of his eight career double-doubles have come away from the Thunderdome. In fact, this season he is averaging 17.0 points per game on the road and 14.2 points per game at home. The 28 points that Devine scored on Nov. 21 at Pepperdine was a career-high, and the 13 rebounds were his second-highest total ever. He has paced UCSB in scoring six times this season. Devine has made 60.0% or better from the field seven times in 2006-07. He has been in double-figures in 15 of 17 games and 10 times in the last 11 games. He has scored 20 or more five times this season, most recently going for 25 on Dec. 30 against Cal State Fullerton. Devine has had five or more rebounds in 13 games. In addition to points, he has had career-highs this season in steals (five vs. San Jose State on Nov. 13) and assists (five at San Francisco on Dec. 17). However, since he had a career-high five assists at USF, he has had a total of four in eight games. Devine was named Big West Player of the Week after leading the Gauchos to road wins at Montana State and UNLV.
Help Cecil! Help!
After missing both exhibition games and the first five regular season games, senior guard Cecil Brown has played in each of the last 12 games. Assuming he plays on Thursday, it will be his 100th game as a Gaucho. He is averaging 8.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Since scoring two points in each of his first two games, Brown has averaged 9.2 points per game. He had a season-high 13 in the Dec. 30 win over Cal State Fullerton and he has been in double-figures in four of the last five games, averaging 10.6 per game over that span. Also, since his consecutive two-point games to start his comeback, he has had six or more in 10 straight. In Saturday's loss to Cal Poly, Brown made his second start of the season and had 10 points, five rebounds and a team-high three assists. He has had two or more boards 11 times. He had a career-high six assists on Dec. 19 against Vanguard and he has had two or more 10 times in 12 games. Finally, after averaging 18.3 minutes per game through the first three games, he has averaged 26.1 per game over the last nine games. In each of the nine he has played at least 20 minutes, and on six occasions he has logged 25 or more.
Justin Joins In
Freshman point guard Justin Joyner struggled in the last two games. While Joyner did make 3-of-6 field goal attempts and 2-of-3 from three-point range in the last two, he had just one total assist and five turnovers. In each of the last two, he played just 21 minutes. Joyner continues to lead the Gauchos in assists with 51, equaling the ninth-highest total by a UCSB freshman ever, but since passing off for a career-high 10 assists on Dec. 30 against Cal State Fullerton, he has had just six in four games, 1.5 per game. It has become clear that Joyner's ability to distribute the ball is a pretty accurate gauge of UCSB success. Joyner has had four or more assists seven times in 2006-07 and the Gauchos have gone 7-0 in those games. When he has fewer than four assists, they are 4-6. When he has one or no assists, UCSB is 1-6, the only win coming against Vanguard. Joyner still leads the team in assist-to-turnover ratio. He is collecting 1.5 assists for every turnover that he commits. He had a season-high 11 points on Nov. 25 against San Diego State. He has had seven or more points four times and, interestingly, Santa Barbara is 1-3 in those games. Finally, while he is making just 21.6% (8-of-37) from three-point range, he has made 13-of-26 shots from two-point range, 50.0%.
Old Buddy, Old Powell
Freshman guard James Powell continues to rank third on the team in scoring at 9.1 points per game and third in assists at 2.6 per outing. He also paces the team with 19 steals. Powell is, however, struggling. On Saturday against Cal Poly, he came off the bench for the first time this season. After starting the season's first 16 games, Powell came off the bench and played a season-low 13 minutes. He scored just four points on 1-of-3 shooting overall and 0-for-2 from three-point range. Since scoring in double-figures in six straight games near the beginning of the season, Powell has done so just once in the last 10 games, averaging 5.2 over that span. When he scored 10 points in UCSB's last win, Jan. 6 at UC Irvine, it ended a streak of seven straight single-digit games. In the first seven games of the year, he averaged 14.7 points per game. In the last 10 games, Powell has also seen his field goal percentage drift below 40-percent at 38.9%. In the last 10, he has made just 15-of-57 from the field, 26.3%. Despite his recent shooting woes, he still ranks second on the team with his 21 three-point baskets, eighth all-time among Gaucho freshmen. Powell's 68 three-point attempts rank sixth all-time among freshmen. He scored a season-high 18 points in a Nov. 21 double-overtime win at Pepperdine, and he has a a pair of 17-point games: at UNLV and against Loyola Marymount. Powell's total of 44 assists on the season rank 11th on UCSB's all-time freshman list, and he needs eight to move into 10th-place. His 19 steals tie him for 10th on the freshman list, but if he can produce nine more this season, he would jump all the way into second.
Ivan The Good
After coming off the bench for seven games, junior forward Ivan Elliott has started the last 10 for UCSB. Elliott is averaging 6.1 points and 5.5 rebounds overall, but in his 10 starts, he is scoring 7.8 points per game and collecting 7.4 rebounds. Despite playing just 24 minutes in Saturday's loss to Cal Poly, Elliott had a career-high 11 rebounds, and his average of 5.5 per game is at its highest point of the year. He has now had 10 or more rebounds three times this year, also doing so at Pepperdine on Nov. 21 and against UC Riverside on Dec. 28. In the game against UCR, he also collected the first double-double of his career with 12 points to go along with the 10 rebounds. In the following game, Dec. 30 game against Cal State Fullerton, he came within one rebound of repeating the feat as he had 13 points and nine boards. Elliott is also leading UCSB in field goal percentage at 58.7%, but in the last two games he made just 5-of-11, 45.5%. He has scored 10 or more points five times, including four times in the last nine games. He tallied a season-high 14 on Nov. 13 at Montana State. He has also had five or more rebounds nine times, including six times in the last 10. Elliott has taken over the team-lead in blocked shots with 15, and he has swatted at least one in seven of the last nine games. Finally, after averaging just 14 minutes per game in the first three games, he has averaged 24.2 per game in the last 14.
In five games since scoring eight points, collecting nine rebounds and blocking five shots on Dec. 28 against UC Riverside, senior forward Glenn Turner has played 49 minutes and totaled just 10 points, 10 rebounds, and one blocked shot. In the last two games, Turner has been playing with strained ligaments in his right thumb, which has hampered his ability to hold onto the ball. He made both of his field goal attempts and had a pair of rebounds against Cal Poly. Turner has now made 10-of-13 shots this season, 76.9%. Through the eight games played, he has scored 24 points and gathered 21 rebounds. This could mark the first time in Turner's career that he finishes a season with more points than rebounds. Finally, with eight blocked shots this season, he now has 89 in his career, fourth on the all-time list.
More Player Notes
Emmanuel Bidias a Mouté has played in four straight games after a stretch when he played just once in five games. In the last four games, Bidias a Mouté has played 33 minutes and pulled down 10 rebounds, including a personal-best five on Jan. 4 at Long Beach State...Paul Roemer has played 11 minutes in each of the last two games, the second time this year he has played 10 or more in back-to-back games...After making 4-of-7 shots in 11 minutes at Long Beach State on Jan. 4, Trevor Bing has played 11 in the last three and attempted no shots...Tom Garlepp started the first seven games of the season and averaged 25.5 minutes in those games. Garlepp has not started in the last 10 games, playing in nine, and in his nine appearances over the last 10 he has averaged 7.7 minutes per game.