UCSB Travels to Cal Poly Thursday, Hosts Cal State Northridge Saturday
Jan. 25, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. UC Santa Barbara at Cal Poly
at Cal Poly's Mott Gymnasium
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
TV: KSBY-TV, Channel 6
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Tickets To 2011 ampm Big West Tournament On Sale
Tickets are on sale now for the 2011 ampm Big West Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament, and now it has become even easier to buy tickets. Don't miss your chance to see exciting college basketball over three days in March.
For ticket information please call (805) 893-UCSB or visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus. Applications for Big West Tournament tickets can also be obtained at any Gaucho men's or women's basketball game.
The 2011 ampm Big West Basketball Tournament will take place during the second week of March. Women's quarterfinal action begins Tuesday, March 8 on campus sites. The action then shifts to Honda Center on Thursday, March 10 for men's quarterfinal action. The men's and women's semifinals will take place on Friday beginning with the women's games at 12:00 pm followed by the men's games at 6:30 pm. Championship Saturday starts at 1:00 pm on March 12 with the women's final. The men's final will take place at 5:00 pm.
UC Santa Barbara will split its games this week, traveling to Cal Poly on Thursday, Jan. 27 before returning home to play Cal State Northridge on Saturday, Jan. 29. The game at Cal Poly will be a renewal of the Blue-Green Rivalry Series. When the Gauchos host the Matadors on Saturday, it will begin a three-game homestand, the longest of the season. Also, following the Cal Poly game, UCSB will play five of seven games at the Thunderdome.
UCSB-Cal Poly Games Televised
Thursday's renewal of the Blue-Green Rivalry Series will be televised live on the South and Central Coasts by KSBY channel 6, the NBC affiliate in the market. The regular season finale between the Gauchos and Mustangs, scheduled for the Thunderdome at 7:00 p.m. on Mar. 5, will be carried live on CBS 12, KCOY.
The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its Jan. 27 game at Cal Poly with an overall record of 10-7 and a Big West mark of 3-3. The Gauchos had a two-game winning streak ended on Saturday, Jan. 22 when they lost a 63-58 decision at Cal State Fullerton.
Serna Returns, Boswell Remains Sidelined
Forward Jaimé Serna returned to action in Saturday's loss at Cal State Fullerton as he played 16 minutes. Prior to the game against the Titans, the junior had missed five straight and six of seven with a strained groin. His minutes will likely increase this week. Freshman guard Kyle Boswell, who was in a walking boot at the Cal State Fullerton game, remains sideline with an Achilles injury. Boswell had started six straight games prior to the injury and has now missed the last six games.
The Last Time Out: Gauchos In Game Of Rallies, Titans Have The Final Say
The UCSB-Cal State Fullerton game on Saturday, Jan. 22 was a game of major swings. The Gauchos jumped out to a small early lead at 13-6, but the Titans responded with a 14-2 run to take a 20-15 lead with 2:54 to play in the first half. UCSB trailed at the break, 25-20, and scored the first two points of the second half to pull within three. Fullerton responded with an 11-0 run to take a commanding 36-22 edge. At that point, Santa Barbara went on its most lopsided run of the season, a 23-3 outburst that pushed them to a 45-39 lead. An 8-0 surge by the Titans gave them the lead, 47-45. The Gauchos took their final lead of the game, 50-49, on a pair of free throws by Greg Somogyi. Fullerton sealed the game with a 9-0 run that was complete when point guard Perry Webster made a three-pointer from the top of the key. James Nunnally tied his season-high with four three-pointers and finished with 19 points. Orlando Johnson had 17 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Somogyi had just three points, but tied his season-high with five blocked shots. Orane Chin had 18 points and Devon Peltier added 14 for Fullerton. The Gauchos, who struggled with the Titans' zone defense, shot just 39.2% overall, including 26.1% in the first half. They also had 21 turnovers and attempted just 13 free throws as compared to Fullerton's 31.
Probable Starters - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Played 16 minutes in his return at Fullerton. Had missed five straight games.
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Ranks third on the team with 20 three-point baskets.
G 20 Will Brew - Has gone scoreless in the last three games.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Scored in double-figures in 47 straight games as a Gaucho.
F 21 James Nunnally - Has 980 career points and needs 20 to become 24th Gaucho over 1,000.
Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Missed last six games with injured Achilles. Remains doubtful for this week.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Has 21 assists in the last four games, 5.2 per game.
G 24 Christian Peterson - Had 11 rebounds in 27 minutes in wins over UCI and UCR.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Played a total of just 12 minutes in last three games.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Has started the last three games.
G 43 Troy Leaf - Logged four minutes at Fullerton after recording a DNP in previous game.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Equaled his season-high with five blocked shots at Cal State Fullerton.
UCSB and Cal Poly have played 94 times in a series that began in 1937. The Gauchos hold a 63-31 all-time edge, but the Mustangs won the last match-up, 60-57 in San Luis Obispo on Feb. 27, 2010. Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge have played 39 times in a series that began in 1959. Last season, the teams split their two games with each team winning on its home floor. On Feb. 24, 2010, in a game that took what seemed like four hours to play, the Gauchos held on to beat the Matadors at the Thunderdome, 74-69. That was the last meeting between the schools.
Away From Home
UCSB has opened the season with a 4-6 record in games away from home. The Gauchos are 3-5 in true road games and 1-1 in neutral site contests. They have won three of their last six road games, winning 80-69 at Santa Clara on Dec. 4, 68-62 at UNLV on Dec. 15 and 77-65 at UC Davis on Jan. 6. On Jan. 22, in their last road game, they dropped a 63-58 decision at Cal State Fullerton. UCSB's last two road games, both of which ended in defeat, were decided by a total of eight points and one, a Jan. 8 loss at Pacific, was decided on a three-pointer at the buzzer. In 2009-10, UCSB went 6-7 in true away games and 3-1 in neutral court games.
The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 6-1 at home this season and have won 14 of their last 15 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 23 of their last 26 home games.
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 209 wins and his next milestone should be the 400th overall win of his career. He is currently 398-263 and needs just two more 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 Thursday's game at Cal Poly averaging 19.3 points per game while Nunnally is at 18.2. Johnson began the week ranked 36th in scoring nationally while Nunnally was 57th. Combined, the duo has scored 638 points, an average of 37.5 per game. Last year, Johnson and Nunnally combined for 965 points in 30 games, an average of 32.2 points per game. The 965 points made them the fourth highest scoring one-two punch in school history. Based on their current averages, if the Gauchos were to play 29 games, the Johnson and Nunnally tandem would wind up with around 1,080 points, a new UCSB record for a one-two scoring punch.
Johnson's Double-Figure Streak Continues
Orlando Johnson has scored in double-figures 47 times in his 47 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) was the only player to have done so.
UCSB players have received four Big West Player of the Week honors in 2010-11. Juniors Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally have each been honored twice. Johnson was selected Player of the Week on Nov. 29 and Jan. 17 and Nunnally was chosen on Dec. 6 and Dec. 20.
On Nov. 20, Orlando Johnson scored 35 points in a home win over Fresno State. James Nunnally scored 34 points in UCSB's Dec. 4 win at Santa Clara and when he did so, it marked the first time since the 2001-02 season that two Gauchos have scored 30 or more points in a game in the same season. In 2001-02, Adama Ndiaye had a 31-point game in a win an Cal Poly and Mark Hull poured in 32 in UCSB's NCAA Tournament game against Arizona.
Let Free Throws Ring!
UCSB leads the Big West Conference and is ranked 10th in the nation in free throw percentage at 77.2%. In all, Santa Barbara has made 80.0% or better from the line nine times in 17 games this season. In 2009-10, the team hit the 80.0% mark just twice. The Gauchos most successful free throw shooter this season has been James Nunnally who has made 73-of-81, 90.1%, a figure that ranks 11th in the nation. The Gauchos have shot below 70 percent just three times this season.
UCSB has cranked-up the defense in recent games. On Saturday, the Gauchos held Cal State Fullerton to just 63 points and 40.9% shooting overall. The previous week, UC Irvine and UC Riverside entered their games against the Gauchos with scoring averages of 77 and 71 points respectively. The Anteaters were held to 58 points, 19 below their average, and the Highlanders were limited to 57, 14 below their standard. In addition, while UCSB's opponents are shooting 41.4% overall, the last four opponents have shot well below that mark. In the last four games, the Gauchos have held opponents to just 77-of-204 from the field overall, 37.7%. Also, while Santa Barbara's opponents are shooting 34.8% from three-point range, the last six opponents have combined to make 41 out of 133 attempts, a mere 30.8%.
Close Encounters Don't Suit Gauchos
UCSB dropped a five-point game to Cal State Fullerton in its last outing on Jan. 22. Through 17 games, the Gauchos have played six games decided by 10 points or fewer and in those games they have gone 3-3. When things tighten-up even more, the results haven't been as good. UCSB has had a trio of games decided by five points or less this season and they are winless. Santa Barbara has dropped close encounters to Oregon (72-70), Pacific (57-54) and Cal State Fullerton (63-58). To rub salt in the wound, the Gauchos have led inside five minutes in each game.
O.J. Juices The Gauchos
After a stretch of eight straight games in which he scored fewer than 20 points, Orlando Johnson has scored 21 or more in four of the last five games. In Saturday's defeat at Cal State Fullerton, Johnson scored 17 points, but he also added 12 rebounds and six assists. It was his third double-double of the season and fifth of his career. He enters Thursday's game at Cal Poly leading the team in scoring (19.3 points per game), rebounding (6.8 per game) and assists (3.2 per game). He remains the only player in the league to rank among the top-10 in all three categories and if he finishes the season as the team-leader in all three categories, Johnson would become the first Gaucho to do so since Brian Shaw accomplished the feat in 1987-88. Johnson continues to lead the Big West in scoring at 19.3 points per game. He also ranks 36th nationally in the category. In the last five games, he has averaged 23.0 points per game while making 43-of-79 shots overall, 54.4%. In addition to averaging 23.0 points in the last five, he has hit 37-of-58 two-point field goal attempts, 65.5%. The 28 points he scored against UC Riverside on Jan. 15 were the most he had scored since he went for a career-high 35 - to go along with 11 rebounds - in a Nov. 20 win over Fresno State. The 35 were the most points scored by a Gaucho since February of 2007. In addition to his 35-point game against Fresno State, Johnson had 30 on Nov. 13 against North Dakota State and he is the first UCSB player since Alex Harris in 2006-07 to have two 30+ scoring efforts in the same season. The Seaside, Calif., native has scored in double-figures in all 17 games this season and all 47 during his career, the longest streak in UCSB history. In a Dec. 15 win at UNLV, Johnson had the second of his three double-doubles this season with 12 points and a 15 rebounds. The 15 rebounds were a career-high. Johnson has now scored 868 points at UCSB. Finally, if you include his one season at Loyola Marymount, when he scored a Lions' freshman record 383 points, he has scored 1,252 as a collegiate player.
Second To Nunnally
In three games since scoring a season-low five points at Pacific on Jan. 8, James Nunnally has averaged 20.0 points per game. In last Saturday's game at Cal State Fullerton, he made 4-of-9 three-point attempts and had 19 points to lead the Gauchos. Nunnally is now second in the Big West and 57th in the country in scoring at 18.2 points per game. He has scored in double-figures in 15 of 17 games. During a six-game stretch that began with the Nov. 14 game at Oregon and ended with the Dec. 15 win at UNLV, he averaged 24.7 points per game and scored 20 or more five times. Twice during that span 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. The Stockton, Calif., native is also second on the Gauchos in rebounds at 5.1 per game. Nunnally has had seven or more rebounds six times this season, including three times in the last five games. He had a career-high 11 rebounds on Nov. 27 at Portland while also scoring 22 points. It was his first double-double of the year and third of his career. Nunnally leads the Gauchos in three-point field goals with 39 and he has made a season-high four four times this season, including two of the last three games. Nunnally also paces the team in free throw percentage at 90.1%, a figure that ranks 11th nationally. Finally, on Jan. 6 at Davis, Nunnally passed the 900 point mark in his career and now has 980 and needs 20 to become the 24th Gaucho over the 1,000 point mark.
Serna's Return A Welcome Relief
Prior to playing 16 minutes in the game at Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 22, Jaimé Serna missed five games and six of seven with a strained groin. Coming off the bench, Serna made 3-of-6 shots from the field, scored seven points and had two rebounds in his 16 minutes. He struggled with his conditioning, but his injury didn't bother him after the game and he is expected to practice fully this week and, of course, play against Cal Poly on Thursday night. 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. Before suffering the groin injury, Serna had started to emerge. While he is third on the team at 7.9 points per game, he averaged 11.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while making 14-of-21 shots from the field, 66.7% in three games before his absence began. Actually, those numbers include the Dec. 18 game at San Diego State when he suffered the injury and played just 12 minutes. Serna is second on the team in field goal percentage at 54.8% and since he missed all seven of his shots in a Nov. 13 game against North Dakota State, he has gone 31-of-50, 62.0%. 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.
Just In Time
Senior Justin Joyner has re-emerged as a key part of UCSB's lineup. Although he hasn't started a game since Nov. 14 at Oregon, Joyner is playing the majority of the minutes at the point and his production reflects that. On Saturday at Cal State Fullerton, he had four assists. It was the fourth straight game and fifth in the last six in which Joyner had at least four assists. In the last four games, he has averaged 5.2 assists and in that span, he has 21 assists and just five turnovers. In fact, in wins over UC Irvine and UC Riverside on Jan. 13 and 15 respectively, Joyner had 12 assists and just one turnover. He leads the team in assist-to-turnover ratio with 44 assists and just 20 turnovers, a 2.2-to-1.0 ratio. In his career, Joyner now has 287 career assists, the ninth most in school history. By comparison, he has just 152 career turnovers, a 1.9-to-1.0 career assist-to-turnover ratio. In his last three seasons of action (he missed 2008-09 with a wrist injury), Joyner has 206 assists and just 98 turnovers. Also, since missing two games with a hip injury in early December, he has rediscovered other parts of his game. In five games prior to the injury, Joyner scored a total of two points (0.4 ppg) on 1-for-7 from the field overall and 0-for-2 from three-point range. In the 10 games since he returned, he has scored 45 points, 4.5 per game, while making 16-of-30 shots overall, 53.3%, and 11-of-23 from three-point range, 47.8%. Finally, Joyner has taken over the team-lead with 25 steals, an average of 1.7 per game. He has had at least one steal in seven of the last eight games and he had a season-high four in wins over UNLV, UC Davis and UC Irvine. Joyner has 108 steals in his career, 10th in school history.
The Big Fella
After starting three straight games, junior Greg Somogyi has come off the bench in UCSB's last three games. In the Gauchos' game at Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 22, Somogyi scored just three points in 17 minutes, all on free throws, but he tied his season-high with five blocked shots and he added five rebounds. Overall, the native of Budapest is averaging 5.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and a league-leading 2.0 blocked shots per game. With 34 blocked shots on the year, he now has 109 in his career, fourth in school history. Somogyi needs just nine to move into third-place. He also had a season-high five swats on Nov. 27 at Portland and has had at least one in 15 of 17 games. Somogyi has had five or more rebounds eight times this season, including seven of the last nine games. In the last nine, he has averaged 5.1 boards per game. In the last seven games, he has averaged 6.1 points while making 21 out of his 34 field goal attempts, 61.8%. On Dec. 31, Somogyi scored a career-high 16 points in a win over Fresno Pacific and on Dec. 18, in a loss at nationally-ranked San Diego State, he tied his career-high with eight rebounds.
Taking A Pass, A Pastorek That Is
After a run of several solid games in a row, senior Jon Pastorek struggled in UCSB's Jan. 22 game at Cal State Fullerton. In the game against the Titans, Pastorek made his third consecutive start. He played 20 minutes and had three points, one rebound and a blocked shot. He also had a season-high seven turnovers. Still, Pastorek is averaging 19.6 minutes, 4.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game overall. In seven games prior to the game at Fullerton, he had been even better. In the seven he averaged 23.1 minutes, 5.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He also made 15-of-24 field goal attempts overall, 62.5%, and 4-of-5 from three-point range, 80.0%. In addition, after scoring 11 points in UCSB's season-opener in 2009-10, Pastorek didn't hit double-figures again until he tallied 10 on Dec. 31 against Fresno Pacific, a stretch of 40 games. The Anaheim, Calif., native scored 10 more on Jan. 8 at Pacific as he made 4-of-5 shots overall, his only three-point attempt and his only free throw. While he has 28 assists on the season, Pastorek has collected 23 of them in the last nine games. He had a career-high five assists and a season-high 10 rebounds in a Jan. 13 win over UC Irvine. In the Gauchos next game, a Jan. 15 win over UC Riverside, Pastorek recorded a career-high three blocked shots. He entered that game with one on the season and seven in his career.
Senior Jordan Weiner is averaging 5.6 points per game. He scored a career-high 16 in a Dec. 21 win over Cal Baptist but in four games after that he became mired in a shooting slump. In the four games, Weiner averaged 4.0 points per game while making just 3-of-20 shots from the field overall, 15.0%, and 2-for-16 from three-point range, 12.5%. He has bounced back in the last three games. On Saturday at Fullerton, he made 2-of-5 shots, both three-pointers, and had six points. Including the two previous games - home wins over UC Irvine and UC Riverside - Weiner has averaged 8.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the last three games. Over that span, he has made 7-of-17 shots overall, 41.2%, and 5-of-14 from three-point territory, 35.7%. In the Jan. 13 win over Irvine, Weiner had 12 points, his second-highest output of the season. On Jan. 15 against Riverside, he set a new career-high with five assists and tied his season-high with four rebounds. Weiner is third on the team with 20 three-pointers, the same total he had last year. He made a career-high four threes on Dec. 21 vs. Cal Baptist. In addition to his three-point exploits, he is second on the team in steals with 24. He had a career-high five steals on Dec. 1 against Loyola Marymount. Finally, Weiner has made 13 straight free throws and 22-of-25 on the season, 88.0%.
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 209-163. 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 123-79 in Big West games and his .611 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 398-263 (.602) at four-year schools.
On The Horizon
After the Jan. 27 game at Cal Poly, UCSB will return home for five of seven games. The Gauchos will host Cal State Northridge on Saturday, Jan. 29 in a 7:00 p.m. game at the Thunderdome. The following week, they will have a pair of television games. On Thursday, Feb. 3, they host Pacific in a game that will tip-off at 8:30 p.m. and be televised on ESPNU. On Saturday, Feb. 5, UCSB hosts UC Davis in a 7:30 p.m. game that will be televised on Prime Ticket.