January 27, 2006

Gauchos Welcome Pacific, Fox Sports for Saturday Matinee at the Thunderdome

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Jan. 27, 2006

The Schedule
Game No. 18
Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 4:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. University of the Pacific Tigers
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KIST 1340 AM
Television: Fox Sports Net West 1

Game No. 19
Thursday, February 2, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Davis Aggies
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KIST 1340 AM

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters Saturday's game against Pacific with an overall record of 7-10 and a Big West mark of 1-5. On Thursday night, the Gauchos dropped a 59-46 decision to Cal State Northridge. It was the first time that UCSB has lost to Northridge at home since Bob Williams became head coach in 1998-99. The 1-5 start in Big West play is the worst by a Gaucho team in the eight years that Williams has been head coach and the worst since they opened 1-9 in league play in 1983-84. The Gauchos are 6-2 at home this season and 1-8 on the road.

Saturday's Game Will Celebrate Alumni, Tip At 4:00 P.M. For Fox
UCSB's game against defending Big West regular season champion Pacific was originally scheduled to tip-off at 2:00 p.m., but the time was moved to 4:00 p.m. to accommodate Fox Sports Net West which will televise the game live in the southern California area. In addition, the game will be the Second Annual Alumni Player Night. Gaucho players from years past will be recognized at halftime and then honored at a post-game dinner in UCSB's new Intercollegiate Athletics Building. Last year, nearly 40 former UCSB players attended the event representing literally every decade from the 1940's to the present.

UCSB Is Stymied By Matador Defense In 59-46 Loss
Jonathan Heard scored 15 points, Calvin Chitwood added 14 and visiting Cal State Northridge forced UC Santa Barbara into 25 turnovers to record a 59-46 victory on Thursday night. The Matadors' swarming defense helped them to a 25-16 lead at halftime, but the Gauchos used a 13-2 run at the start of the second half to take their first and only lead of the game, 29-27. The UCSB rally was capped by a thunderous dunk on an inbounds play by junior forward Glenn Turner. Northridge responded to Santa Barbara's rally. Heard made a lay-up to tie the score at 29 apiece and Chitwood made a baseline jumper to give his team a 31-29 edge. The Matadors never relinquished the lead again and Mike Efevberha's lay-up with 12:54 to go in the game ended a 13-3 run that gave them a 40-32 advantage. The Gauchos would pull to within five one more time (40-35), but Northridge would respond again to lead by as many as 16, 57-41. Efevberha, the Big West's leading scorer, did not play in the first half for Northridge. He did, however, score 11 points in just 13 minutes in the second half. UCSB was paced by Cecil Brown and Chris Devine who each had 10 points. Turner had seven points and nine rebounds in just 13 minutes. The Gauchos not only had a season-high 25 turnovers in the game, but they also shot just 34.7% from the field, their lowest mark in a Big West game this season. Santa Barbara did win the rebounding battle by a 40-25 margin.

Possible Starters - Notes
G - Alex Harris - Played a season-low 13 minutes on Thursday against Northridge.
G - Joe See - Had just two points and two shots in 22 minutes against Northridge.
G - Cecil Brown - Has scored in double-figures in each of his last 15 games.
F - Chris Devine - Was below 50.0% vs. CSUN (3-of-8), his first sub-50.0% effort in 10 games.
F - Cameron Goettsche - Has had five or more rebounds in 10 of last 12 games.

Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Josh Davis - Had a season-high five assists in Thursday's loss to Cal State Northridge.
G - Lance Hurdle - Made his first three-point basket in eight games on Thursday night.
G - James Powell - Freshman guard is redshirting the 2005-06 season.
G - Derek Rasp - Ended a four-game scoreless streak with a late three-pointer vs. Northridge.
G - Michael Chambers - Played a season-high 18 minutes vs. Cal State Northridge.
F - Chidi Ajufo - Has played in just one of the last seven games.
F - Tom Garlepp - Has been scoreless in last four games, a total of 15 minutes.
F - Glenn Turner - Pulled-in a career-high nine rebounds in just 13 minutes vs. Northridge.
F - Chris Moore - Has played a total of just one minute in the last five games.
C - David Massey - Freshman center is redshirting the 2005-06 season.

The Opponents
The Gauchos and Pacific have met 91 times in a series that began in 1947. The Tigers hold a 47-44 all-time edge over UCSB and they have been even more dominant the last two seasons. Pacific has won the last four meetings in the series. Last year, UOP won at the Thunderdome by a score of 58-43 and in Stockton by a score of 79-56. The 43 points that the Gauchos scored in the first game between the schools last season were the fewest points they scored all year. Prior to the current four-game winning streak by Pacific, UCSB had won four in a row and 10 of 12 in the series. UCSB and future-Big West opponent UC Davis have played 11 times in a series that began in 1939. The Gauchos hold a 9-2 advantage over the Aggies, including a 64-50 win at Davis on Jan. 15. UCSB and UCD split a pair of non-conference games last season. The Gauchos won the game in Santa Barbara, 67-62 and the Aggies won in Davis, 72-63.

The Gauchos At Home
After opening the season with six straight home wins to give them a seven-game home winning streak over two seasons, UCSB has dropped back-to-back Thunderdome games. The Gauchos are 6-2 at home this season and their consecutive losses have come to UC Irvine, 70-66 on Jan. 9, and then on Thursday night to Cal State Northridge, 59-46. This season, UCSB has won games against Long Beach State, Portland, Sonoma State, Pepperdine, San Francisco and San Diego. Although Santa Barbara struggled through the 2004-05 season, things were not that bad at home. The Gauchos went 8-4 at the Thunderdome, including 2-1 in non-conference games and 6-3 in league games. In three seasons prior to last year, Santa Barbara posted home records of 10-2 and the Gauchos have never won fewer than eight home games in a season under Bob Williams. Including its wins this season, UCSB is 71-28 at home since Bob Williams arrived for the 1998-99 season.

Nearly Pointless
UCSB scored a season-low 46 points in Thursday night's loss to Cal State Northridge. The Gauchos needed a three-pointer from Derek Rasp with just seconds remaining to avoid equaling their lowest output of last season. Last year, UCSB scored just 43 points in a home loss to Saturday's opponent, Pacific. In addition to the 46 point total, the 16 points that the Gauchos scored in the first half against the Matadors was their lowest one-half total this season, it tied their ninth lowest single-half total of all-time and it tied their sixth lowest first half total of all-time.

Turnover City
There was a reason UCSB scored just 46 points on Thursday night. Actually, there were a couple of reasons, but the one that leaps off of the stat sheet is turnovers. The Gauchos coughed-up a season-high 25 turnovers against Cal State Northridge. The 25 turnovers in a game was six more than their previous high of 19 recorded in games at North Carolina and San Diego State. Also, the 25 turnovers were just four more than UCSB had produced in its previous three games combined.

Not Returning The Favor
While UCSB had 25 turnovers on Thursday night, it forced just 12 by Cal State Northridge. While 12 is nothing to write home about, it was a significant increase from the two that the Gauchos forced in their previous game against Cal Poly. The two turnovers by the Mustangs was an all-time low by a UCSB opponent. In fact, Santa Barbara forced just four turnovers in a Jan. 9 home loss to UC Irvine. On four occasions this season, Gaucho opponents have had seven or fewer turnovers, including three times in the last six games. In the last four games UCSB opponents have averaged just 7.7 turnovers per outing.

Some Rare Misfires
In Thursday night's loss to Cal State Northridge, UCSB made just 17-of-49 shots from the field for a season-low 34.7%. It ended a streak of 11 straight games in which the Gauchos made 40.0% or better from the field. In its last two games, Santa Barbara has made 38-of-97 shots from the floor, 39.2%. Prior to the last two games, UCSB had made 50.0% or better in four straight games and five out of six. During the four game streak of 50.0% or better, the Gauchos made 99-of-187, 52.9%. In all this season, UCSB has made 50.0% or better from the field six times. In 2004-05, the Gauchos made 50.0% or better a total of one time in 29 games. In fact, last year's team hit 45.0% or better just eight times. This year, UCSB has made 45.0% or better nine times in its first 17 games. Although Santa Barbara attempted a season-low 39 shots in a Jan. 15 win at UC Davis, it made 23 for a season-high 59.0% from the field. The Gauchos are led by Chris Devine and Glenn Turner who are shooting 61.9% and 60.5% respectively.

The Free Throw Turnaround Continues
While it is tough to get too excited after two games, UCSB's free throw performances at Cal Poly and against Cal State Northridge were positive notes. After making just 16-of-31 free throws in the preceding two games, a paltry 51.6%, the Gauchos nailed 14-of-16, 87.5%, in last week's game against the Cal Poly. The 87.5% mark was by far the team's best in a single game this season. Previously the Gauchos' best mark in a game in 2005-06 was the 73.7% that they made in a narrow loss at Fresno State. UCSB followed-up its season-best performance on Thursday night with a solid 8-for-11 effort from the stripe. While the Gauchos are still shooting just 65.3% from the free throw line on the season, they have made 22-of-27 in the last two games, 81.5%.

A Singular Victory
Although it probably didn't make the coaching staff sleep any better on Thursday night, UCSB did win one battle against Cal State Northridge. The Gauchos outrebounded the Matadors by a 40-25 count. The 15-rebound margin was the team's widest of the season. On the year, UCSB is now outrebounding its opponents by 0.2 rebounds (or is that rebound?) per game. The Gauchos have outrebounded their last four straight opponents and over that span they have a +7.5 rebound margin. The streak of four straight rebounding victories is a season-high.

Help, Cecil! Help!
Senior guard Cecil Brown has played in four games since missing UCSB's Jan. 7 game against Long Beach State with a strained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. In the four games since his return, Brown has averaged 12.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. He has, however, struggled a bit with his shooting in the last three games, making just 11-of-29 shots overall, 37.9%. In the four games since his return, Brown has made 18-of-42 overall, 42.9%, and 5-of-21 from three-point range, 23.8%. The Gauchos' leading scorer at 13.5 points per game, Brown tied for the team-lead in scoring with 10 points against Cal State Northridge. He has either led or tied for the team-lead in eight of his 16 games this season. He has scored 10 or more points in each of his last 15 games, the longest streak of consecutive double-digit scoring efforts by a UCSB player since B.J. Bunton opened the 1998-99 season with 19 in a row. Since scoring just four points in the team's season opener against San Francisco, Brown has averaged 14.1 points per outing and has made 79-for-179 from the field, 44.1%, over that span. He scored a career-high 28 points in a Dec. 7 win over Pepperdine, the most scored by a UCSB player since Mark Hull had 28 against San Diego State in the first round of the 2003 National Invitation Tournament. Despite missing one game with a knee injury, Brown also leads the Gauchos in three-pointers with 28 and has made at least one three-pointer in his last 15 appearances. The 28 three-point baskets are a new career-high. He is also averaging a career-high 4.0 rebounds per game and has led the team in two of the last three games. Brown has had five or more rebounds from his backcourt position in six games and he had a career-high eight on Dec. 23 at Fresno State.

Devine Is Fine
Although he made just 3-of-8 shots from the field against Cal State Northridge, his poorest shooting performance in more than a month, sophomore forward Chris Devine is having an outstanding season for UCSB. He entered Thursday's game against the Matadors ranked seventh in the NCAA in field goal percentage. He enters Saturday's game against Pacific shooting 61.9% from the field, a figure that still leads the Big West. Devine is second on the team in scoring at 12.3 points per game, but in the last 10 he has seen his scoring average jump from 8.4 per game. In the last 10 contests, Devine has scored 150 points, 15.0 per game, the most of any Gaucho over that span. His current streak of 10 straight double-figure scoring efforts is the second longest by a Gaucho in the past three seasons. Only Cecil Brown's current 15 game streak is longer. Overall, he has scored 10 or more points in 13 of 17 games this season. He has tallied 20 or more a team-leading two times, including a career-high 21 on Jan. 2 at UC Riverside. In the game against Riverside, Devine also had a career-high 11 rebounds and it was the first double-double of his career. Devine has made at least half of his shots in 14 of 17 games and has made 60.0% or better 12 times, including five in a row prior to Thursday night. In the last 10 games, he has made 59-of-89 shots from the field, 66.3%. Despite having a total of just nine rebounds in the last three games, Devine leads the Gauchos in rebounding at 5.2 per game. He has had seven or more rebounds seven times in 17 games this season, including his personal best of 11 at UC Riverside.

The Harris Poll
Sophomore guard Alex Harris played a season-low 13 minutes in Thursday night's loss to Cal State Northridge. Harris suffered through one of his worst performances of the season in the game against the Matadors, scoring just one point, missing all four of his field goal attempts, and turning the ball over three times. The sub-par performance snapped a streak of four straight solid outings for the Alameda, Calif., native. In his four outings prior to Thursday, Harris had averaged 11.0 points per game, including a career-high 17 in a Jan. 7 win over Long Beach State, and he made 13-of-26 shots overall, 50.0%, including 7-of-17, 42.0%, from three-point territory. Harris still ranks third on the team in scoring at 8.4 points per game, rebounding at 4.5 per game and leads the team in assists at 2.5 per game. Also, Harris' first career double-double, a 14-point, 10-rebound performance on Nov. 21 against San Diego, was the first by a Gaucho guard since the 2002-03 season. Overall, he has scored 10 or more points six times, including twice in the last five games.

See-Saw
Senior guard Joe See joined Harris in the struggler's club on Thursday night. One of the team's hottest players, See scored just two points, missed his only two field goal attempts and had a season-high five turnovers in 22 minutes against Cal State Northridge. Still, he has started the last nine games and, in that time, he has been one of the team's best players. Since going through a three-game slump in which he was scoreless, 0-for-12 from the field overall and 0-for-8 from three-point range, See has turned it around. In the last 11 games, he has averaged 9.0 points per game, making 33-of-57 shots overall, 57.9%, and 15-of-35 from three-point range, 42.9%. In his nine starts, See has averaged 10.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, and has made 30-of-52 from the field, 57.7%, and 14-of-33 from three-point range, 42.4%. On the year, See has improved his overall field goal percentage to 48.9% and his three-point percentage to 42.1%. He had a season-high five three-pointers and scored a season-high 17 points in the opener against San Francisco. The Martinez, Calif., native has scored in double-figures nine times this season, including four of the last five and seven times in the last nine games. Finally, with his 24 three-point buckets this year, See now has 111 as a Gaucho, eighth all-time.

The Gauchos Double-Team In The Post
When the season began, the UCSB coaching staff envisioned three or four players sharing the load in the post. Senior Cameron Goettsche, junior Glenn Turner and sophomores Chidi Ajufo and Chris Moore were expected to compete for playing time. Well, the four-pronged approach has become a two-pronged approach with Goettsche and Turner emerging as fixtures in the middle. Goettsche has started all 17 games this season and is averaging 7.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots per game. Turner, who missed three games with knee troubles, has averaged 4.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per game. Combined, the Goettsche-Turner duo is averaging 11.7 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots per contest. They have also combined to make 70-of-129 shots from the field, 54.3%. In the last seven games, Goettsche and Turner have averaged 12.7 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots. They have combined to make 38-of-61 shots, 62.3% over those seven games. On Dec. 20, in a win over Sonoma State, Goettsche scored a career-high 21 points. He had a season-high three blocked shots on Jan. 15 at UC Davis and has blocked at least one shot in 11 straight games. His career total of 59 blocks ranks him eighth all-time. Turner tied his career-high with nine rebounds in Thursday night's loss to Cal State Northridge. He has averaged 7.0 per game in the last three and in the last five has made 11-of-15 field goal attempts, 73.3%. He has also blocked at least one shot in four straight and now has 65 in his career, sixth all-time.

Three-Dot Data
Senior Josh Davis had a season-high five assists in 22 minutes on Thursday night. In his previous four games, he had a total of six assists in 93 minutes. Davis continues to have his problems offensively. Since scoring 11 points in a Jan. 7 win over Long Beach State, Davis has totaled just 12 points (3.0 per game) and made just 5-of-22 shots, 22.7%...Despite ranking 10th on the team in minutes played, freshman guard Lance Hurdle is tied for third in steals with 13. Also, he made a three-point basket on Thursday night, his first in nine games. On the year, Hurdle is shooting 42.9% from three-point range and 16.7% from two-point range...Freshman forward Tom Garlepp, who has played 10 or more minutes nine times in 17 games this season, has played a total of just eight minutes in the last three games. Also, since scoring 11 points on Jan. 7 against Long Beach State, Garlepp has been scoreless in four games...Sophomore Derek Rasp, who missed the first six games of the year with a sore back, ended a streak of four straight scoreless performances when he scored three-points on Thursday night against Cal State Northridge. Rasp made a three-pointer in the final minute. It was his first three-point basket since Jan. 2 at UC Riverside...Senior guard Michael Chambers played a season-high 18 minutes, including 15 in the second half, on Thursday night...Sophomores Chidi Ajufo and Chris Moore have played just one minute apiece in the last five games and it was the same minute, the final minute at UC Davis.

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