UCSB-Cal Poly Renew Blue-Green Rivalry for Sustainability Thursday at Thunderdome

UCSB-Cal Poly Renew Blue-Green Rivalry for Sustainability Thursday at Thunderdome

Jan. 26, 2010

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• The Schedule
Game No. 18
Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal Poly
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker
Note: Game is part of Blue-Green Rivalry for Sustainability

Game No. 19
Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Northridge
at CSN's Matadome (1,600)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker

• Listen To All UCSB Games On AM-1490 KTMS
All men's basketball games are broadcast live on AM 1490 again this year, and those games will also be available online, by clicking here.. And, UCSB Athletics is proud to announce that the baseball team will have over 20 games broadcast live on the air and through our website, UCSBgauchos.com.

• Tickets Available For Blue-Green Rivalry Game And All Games
To purchase tickets to Thursday's Blue-Green Rivalry Series for Sustainability Game, or any Gaucho game, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here. The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• UCSB-Cal Poly Renew Blue-Green Rivalry Series for Sustainability
As the Gauchos and Mustangs battle it out on the field, diamond, court, and in the pool, the Big West Conference rivals jointly seek to make fans and students aware of their campuses' recycling and sustainability efforts. The eco-slant to the rivalry goes hand-in-hand both the colors of sustainability (blue and green) and each schools colors (blue for UCSB and green for Cal Poly). As the two schools meet on Thursday in basketball at the Thunderdome, the 2009-10 series is tied at 3-3.

• Some Facts About Sustainability
√ LED bulbs use 90% less electricity than traditional holiday bulbs. With their 20-year lifetimes, you don't have to replace LED light-strings as often as conventional ones. Burning 10 strands of lights with 100 lights per strand, eight hours per day for a month costs $175 for incandescent bulbs vs. about $1 for LED mini-bulbs. Incandescent lights give off as much as 90% of their energy as heat, leading to fire concerns. LEDs barely warm up.

√ Use cold water for hand washing. Every 10-degree drop in H2O temperature saves you 3%-5% on water heating costs. Most faucets spit out 2 gal per min while you're waiting for the water to warm up. With hand washing, the friction and the soap are what really get your hands clean. As far as water temp goes, you'd have to rinse your paws in boiling water to actually kill germs.

√ Every minute of every day, the U.S. loses two acres of agricultural land to development, up to 1.2 million acres per year.

√ Every year, the average American household will spend $17,000.00 on basics including food, clothing, body care, and other household items. And over the past 30 years, the waste produced in this country has almost tripled, from 88 million tons in 1960 to about 236 million tons in 2003.

√ More than 100 million trees worth of bulk mail arrives in American mailboxes each year that's the equivalent of deforesting the entire Rocky Mountain National Park every four months.

• The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters the week with an overall record of 10-7 and a Big West record of 5-2. Since dropping their league-opener on Jan. 2 at UC Irvine, the Gauchos have won five out of six games, including two in a row. On Jan. 16, they defeated visiting UC Riverside 63-56, and on Jan. 23, they topped Cal State Fullerton in overtime, 85-80. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, Santa Barbara has won 11 of its last 14 conference games.

• Gauchos-Mustangs Meet In Meaningful Game
UCSB and Cal Poly will meet on Thursday night in what shapes-up as a key Big West mid-season match-up. The Gauchos and Mustangs will each enter the game at the Thunderdome with a 5-2 league record, tied for second-place. Pacific enters the week in first-place with a 5-1 conference mark.

• Johnson Saves The Day In Regulation, UCSB Beats Titans In Overtime
Orlando Johnson scored a career-high 27 points, including a game-tying three-pointer with 3.4 seconds remaining in regulation, and James Nunnally added a career-high 25 points and 10 rebounds, as UCSB defeated Cal State Fullerton in overtime on Jan. 23, 85-80. Johnson's three-pointer tied the score at 72 and saved the Gauchos, who had coughed-up all of a 16-point second half lead to trail by three in the final seconds. James Powell, who finished with 14 points, made a three-pointer to open the overtime. He then had a steal and breakaway lay-up to put UCSB ahead 77-72. Fullerton, which was paced by Jer'Vaughn Johnson who had a career-high 22 and Devon Peltier who scored a career-high 21, pulled within two, 77-75, on a three-pointer by Peltier. Baskets by Orlando Johnson and Will Brew, and a free throw by Brew put the Gauchos up 82-75 with 1:03 left. The Titans edged within three, 83-80, with 31 seconds to play, but never got closer.

• The Opponents
UCSB and Blue-Green Rivalry Series for Sustainability opponent Cal Poly, have played 92 times since their first meeting in 1937. Santa Barbara has won 62 of the 92 games, including both last season and the last four in a row. The Gauchos won 77-62 at San Luis Obispo and 68-66 in Santa Barbara. UCSB and Cal State Northridge have played 39 times in a series that began in 1959. The Gauchos hold an all-time lead of 27-12, but the Matadors swept all three games in 2008-09. Northridge won at the Thunderdome (72-70), at the Matadome (62-57), and in the Big West Tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena (67-60).

• Dome, Sweet Dome
UCSB is 7-2 at home in 2009-10. The Gauchos have won four straight home games, defeating UC Davis, Pacific, UC Riverside, and Cal State Fullerton. After beginning the year 3-0 at the Thunderdome, UCSB lost consecutive games to Santa Clara and San Diego State. The loss to Santa Clara on Dec. 1 ended a seven-game home winning streak. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, Santa Barbara has won 13 of its last 15 games at the Thunderdome, including nine straight games against Big West opponents.

• The Gauchos Away From Home
The Gauchos are 2-6 in true road games this season. They ended a four-game road losing streak on Jan. 4 with a 57-53 win at UC Riverside, but they dropped their last road encounter, 67-47 at Long Beach State on Jan. 14. UCSB's only other road win came on Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount, 89-84. Santa Barbara has one neutral court win this season, a 72-60 win over Furman at the Golden Bear Classic in Berkeley. Last season, Santa Barbara was 3-10 in true road games. Overall, they posted a 6-11 record in games away from the Thunderdome in 2008-09.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 20 Will Brew, - Foul trouble limited him to season-low 17 minutes vs. CSUF.
G 42 James Powell - 193 three-pointers ranks him fourth in school history.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Scored career-high 27 in win over CSUF.
F 0 Jaimé Serna - 10 fouls in 35 minutes in last 2 games, fouling out of both.
F 21 James Nunnally - Had career-high 25 points and 10 rebounds vs. CSUF.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1 Chris Brew - Played 3 minutes vs. CSUF, his lowest total in last 8 games.
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Has played 16 or more minutes in five straight games.
G 4 Paul Roemer - Injured left foot has him sidelined indefinitely.
G 11 Justin Joyner - After missing 6 games, played season-high 24 minutes vs CSUF.
F 15 Sam Phippen - Has not played in either of last two games.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Had 4 points vs. CSUF, equaling his total in previous 8 games.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Made his fifth 3-pointer in win over CSUF.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Has played 8 or more minutes in 7 of the last 8 games.

• Injury Update
Junior point guard Justin Joyner returned to action in Saturday's win over Cal State Fullerton. Joyner missed the first six games of Big West play with a sprained right ankle. He originally injured the ankle during the preseason and missed several weeks, including the exhibition game and first two regular season contests. He played a season-high 24 minutes against Fullerton. Senior guard Paul Roemer, sidelined with a stress fracture in his left foot, was in uniform for the game against the Titans but did not play. It is conceivable that he will play this weekend. He has missed the last five games.

• Johnson/Nunnally's 20-20 Vision Leads To UCSB Victories
In UCSB's win over Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 23, sophomores Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally scored career-highs of 27 and 25 points respectively. The 52 points that the duo combined for was obviously the most this season. Johnson and Nunnally have, however, had three other games when they each scored 20 or more points. On Nov. 23, Johnson had 25 and Nunnally added 20 in a win over San Francisco. In a Dec. 28 victory over Furman, Nunnally had 24 and Johnson 21 in another win. Finally, on Jan. 10, in a narrow win over Pacific, Johnson tallied 24 and Nunnally added 20. The last time the same duo scored 20 or more points in the same game more than four times for the Gauchos was in 1989-90 when Carrick DeHart and Eric McArthur scored 20 or more five times in the same game.

• Turnover Turnaround Or Just A Respite?
The Gauchos equaled their season-low with just nine turnovers in the game against Cal State Fullerton. Previously, they had nine turnovers in a Jan. 4 win at UC Riverside. Those two season-low performances were sandwiched around four games in which UCSB averaged 20.2 turnovers and never had fewer than 17. In a Jan. 14 game at Long Beach State, Santa Barbara had 17 turnovers...in the first half. The Gauchos finished with a season-high 29 against the 49ers. They are averaging 15.7 turnovers overall.

• Leading Or Tied At Half? It's In The Book
UCSB has led at halftime eight times this season and been tied once. In those nine games, the Gauchos are a perfect 9-0. When they have been behind at half, they have won just one of eight games. The only exception was the Jan. 4 game at UC Riverside. In that one, Santa Barbara trailed 23-14 at half and ultimately won, 57-53.

• That 80's Show
UCSB is averaging 66.6 points per game, a devil of an average, but the Gauchos scored 85 in their last game. It was the most points they had scored since going for 89 in a Nov. 28 win at Loyola Marymount. Santa Barbara also had 85 in the season opening game against Cal State Los Angeles, an 85-57 win. In all, the Gauchos have gone 3-0 when scoring 80 or more points this season. Last season, UCSB never scored more than 81 in a game and scored more than 80 just once, the win over Loyola Marymount.

• UCSB Among The Big West Ranks

Category	 Stat	        Rank
Scoring	         66.6 ppg	7th
Scoring Defense	 66.5 ppg	3rd
Scoring Margin	 -0.1	        3rd
FG%	         44.0%	        6th
FT%	         64.8%	        7th
3-FG%	         36.3%	        1st
FG% Defense	43.3%	        5th
3-FG% Defense	30.8%	        1st
3-Pt. FG	6.6 pg	        4th
Reb. Margin	-0.1 rpg	5th
Blocked Shots	2.4 bpg	        7th
Assists	        13.5 apg	4th
Steals	         6.8 spg	4th
TO Margin	-0.94 pg	6th
Assist/TO Ratio	 0.9:1.0	7th

• The Kids Are Alright
Through 17 games, UCSB's underclassmen - the freshmen and sophomores - have produced in a major way. As a group, they have scored 815 of the team's 1,132 points, 72.0%. The chart to the right indicates just how productive the seven underclassmen have been in all areas.

• Production By Class

Class	    Pts.	Rebs.	Asts.	Stls.	BS
Senior	    186	        54	42	20	2
Junior	    131	        85	46	27	5
Sophomore   740	        330	121	59	32
Freshman     75	        48	20	10	1

• Orlando's Forecast
Orlando Johnson continues to lead the Gauchos in scoring (17.2 points per game) and rebounding (5.5 per game). Johnson scored a career-high 27 points in UCSB's overtime win against Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 23. His 27 points included a three-point basket with 3.4 seconds left in regulation that tied the score and forced the overtime. The three-pointer was the second this season that Johnson has made in the waning seconds. His first, at UC Riverside, gave the Gauchos a road win over the Highlanders. Johnson has scored 20 or more points four times this season, second on the team to James Nunnally's five times. He has scored 10 or more in 17 straight games, the longest streak by a UCSB player since Alex Harris began the 2006-07 season with 21 consecutive games with in double-figures. The only player in recent years to score 10 or more in every game over a full season was Raymond Tutt who had 27 double-figure games in 1996-97. Johnson has a pair of double-doubles this season. His first came on Nov. 17 against Weber State when he had 19 points and 10 rebounds. His second came on Dec. 29 when he had 17 points and a career-high 10 assists. The 10 assists were the most by a UCSB player since Justin Joyner had 10 in a late-December game in 2006. Johnson has led the Gauchos in scoring nine times this season. He led the way in the first three games of the year, becoming the first newcomer ever to do so. Finally, if there is one chink in his armor, it is free throws. Johnson is shooting just 59.5% from the charity stripe. On the bright side, he has made 8-of-10 in the last three games, 80.0%.

• The Flying Nunnally
James Nunnally, like Orlando Johnson, had a career-high in the win over Cal State Fullerton. Nunnally scored 25 points, making 9-of-15 field goals overall and 3-of-4 from three-point range. He also tied his career-high with 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the year. Nunnally has scored 20 or more five times in his 16 games, the most of any Gaucho. In fact, he has scored 20 or more in three of the last four games, all UCSB wins. While it's a no-brainer that players tend to produce more in wins than losses, Nunnally has done so in the extreme. As he goes, so go the Gauchos. UCSB has won nine of the 16 games that he has played in. In those nine wins, Nunnally has averaged 18.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He has shot 53.0% overall, 75.9% from the free throw line, and a sizzling 54.5%(18-for-33) from beyond the three-point arc. In seven losses, Nunnally has had his struggles, averaging 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game while making 36.0% from the field, 65.0% from the free throw line, and 23.5% from three-point range. Finally, while he is second on the team in overall rebounding, Nunnally has really picked it up in Big West play, leading the team at 7.1 per game.

• Powelling Around
James Powell is third on the team in scoring at 9.1 points per game. He ended a bit of a drought in the win over Cal State Fullerton when he had 14 points, making 6-of-12 shots overall and 2-of-5 from three-point territory. The 14 points were the most Powell had scored since he had 20 on Dec. 5 against San Diego State. The only active senior (Paul Roemer is sidelined with a foot injury) also came through in a big way in the overtime against the Titans as he scored the first five points and had a pair of important steals. Powell scored a season-high 21 points on Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount, making five three-point baskets in the process. In his 20 point game against San Diego State, Powell made six three-point baskets, equaling the second highest total of his career. In a Dec. 28 win over Furman, he became the 23rd player in UCSB history to score more than 1,000 points. He enters the week with 1,064 points, 20th all-time. He needs 53 to move into 19th and 67 to move into 18th. In addition, he has 193 career three-point baskets, fourth all-time, and needs two to move into third and four to move into second all-time. Powell is also third all-time in three-point attempts with 508.

• Yes, Serna
Jaimé Serna is averaging 7.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. In the win over Cal State Fullerton, Serna had five points and three rebounds in just 12 minutes before fouling out. In the last two games, he has played 35 total minutes and committed 10 fouls, fouling out twice. Serna has fouled out of three out of the last four games and five times this season. He has had four or more fouls nine times in 17 games. When he can stay on the court, the sophomore has been solid. While he is shooting 45.7% overall, he has made 14 out of 23 shots in the last five games, 60.9%. Over that same span, Serna has made 13 out of his 17 free throw attempts, 76.4%. He has scored in double-figures three times this year, including a season-high 14 in a Jan. 8 win over UC Davis. Before his three rebound game in 12 minutes against Fullerton, Serna had collected seven in back-to-back games.

• The Jordan Rules
Jordan Weiner has seen his playing time increase significantly in the five games since Paul Roemer was sideline by a foot injury. While he is averaging 11.6 minutes in his 15 games, Weiner has played at least 16 in five straight, averaging 18.8 over that span. He has averaged 3.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.8 assists in the last five games. He scored a season-high eight on Jan. 14 at Long Beach State, equaling his season-high with two three-pointers. While ranking 10th on the team in minutes, Weiner is second in steals with 14. He had a career-high four on Jan. 8 vs. UC Davis.

• Devenny Developments
Freshman Lucas Devenny played a career-high 23 minutes in the Jan. 23 win over Cal State Fullerton. He had four points, making both of his field goal attempts, and three rebounds. It was the first time Devenny had scored in six games and only the second time against a Big West opponent. It equaled his total from eight previous games. Devenny is averaging 1.9 rebounds per game, but has upped that to 3.5 per game in the last two.

• Hall Pass Jon Pastorek did not play in a Jan. 16 win over UC Riverside, but he returned and played 10 minutes in the Jan. 23 win over Fullerton. Pastorek scored four points, three of them on a three-pointer, in the win over the Titans. He is averaging 3.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per game, but in his last 14 games, he is averaging 2.2 points and 1.1 rebounds. Pastorek's 11 rebounds on Nov. 17 against Weber State are the most by a Gaucho this season.

• Justin Rejoins Gauchos
Justin Joyner returned to action in the Jan. 23 game against Fullerton. With Will Brew in foul trouble, he was definitely needed. Joyner played a season-high 24 minutes against the Titans with three assists and no turnovers. While he has yet to score in 118 minutes and nine games this season, the junior who missed all of last season while recovering from wrist surgery, has 19 assists and just six turnovers, a 3.2-to-1.0 ratio. In fact, in his career, Joyner now has 216 assists and 116 turnovers, 1.9-to-1.0 ratio.

• Brew Two
Freshman Chris Brew played three minutes in the win over Fullerton, his lowest total since playing one in his Nov. 28 debut against Loyola Marymount. Brew had a high of 12 points in his second game, Dec. 1 vs. Santa Clara.

• The Bob Williams File
2009-10 is Bob Williams's12th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. In 2008-09, Williams guided the Gauchos to a 16-15 overall record and an 8-8 mark in the Big West Conference. The record, however, doesn't tell the entire story. UCSB was forced to overcome a myriad of injuries and at one point stood at 8-13 overall and 2-7 in league play.

In 2007-08, Williams guided the Gauchos to a 23-9 overall record. The 23 wins were a school record, and UCSB also won its second Big West regular season title with a 12-4 conference record. Following the campaign, the Gauchos were awarded a bid to the National Invitation Tournament. It was the third time that a Williams-coached UCSB team advanced to postseason play.

The 2002 Gauchos won the school's first Big West Tournament title, advancing to the NCAA Tournament, and in 2003, they won the league's regular season championship and played in the NIT. Williams has been selected Big West Coach of the Year twice, in 1998-99 and 2002-03.

In 1998-99, he took over a UCSB program that had not recorded a winning season in five years, and after seeing his team lose its first eight games that year - extending a two-season losing streak to 16 straight games - the Gauchos turned things around, winning 15 of their final 20 games and finishing on top in the Big West's Western Division.

Williams has a UCSB record of 189-153 He guided the program to nine winning seasons in his first 11 years - including the last four in a row - and a pair of 20 win seasons. He has a career record of 113-74 in Big West games and his .604 winning percentage in league contests is the best among the league's active coaches.

Prior to his arrival at UCSB, Williams spent eight years at UC Davis and in those eight years, his teams recorded 20 or more wins five times and a 158-76 record. In Williams's final season, the Aggies went 31-2, won the NCAA Division II National Championship and he was named NABC Division II Coach of the Year. Including two seasons at Menlo College, Williams has an overall career record of 378-253 (.599) at four-year schools.