Winners of Three Out of Four, UCSB Travels to UC Riverside Wednesday
Jan. 29, 2008
Game No. 21
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at UC Riverside Highlanders
at UCR's Student Recreation Center
Radio: KTMS 990/1490-AM
Game No. 22
Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal State Fullerton Titans
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KTMS 990/1490-AM
On The Record
UC Santa Barbara enters Wednesday night's game at UC Riverside with an overall record of 15-5 and a Big West mark of 4-3. On Saturday night, the Gauchos ended a brief two-game home losing streak with a decisive 60-45 win over UC Davis. The Gauchos have now won three of their last four game with two of the victories coming on the road.
On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on KTMS, 990 and 1490 AM. KEYT-TV Sports Director Gerry Fall is in his fourth year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB star Don Ford handles the color commentary for the majority of games, home and road. When Ford is not available for road games, Bill Mahoney, yours truly, will handle the task. Steve Wendt, the voice of the UCSB women's basketball team, will handle the play-by-play for a handful of men's games this season.
The Bob Williams Show
The Bob Williams in Paradise show will be aired each Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on KTMS 990 and 1490 AM in Santa Barbara. Coach Williams will talk about past and upcoming games, interview Gaucho players and welcome guests from the Santa Barbara sports community. Bob in Paradise is broadcast live each week from The Paradise Cafe on the corner of Anacapa and Ortega in downtown Santa Barbara.
Gauchos Travel To UC Riverside In Light Week
UCSB will play just one game this week, a Big West contest at UC Riverside on Wednesday night. Following the game against the Highlanders, the Gauchos will be off until they host Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, February 7. The game against the Titans will begin a run of three consecutive home games, but after that UCSB ends the season with five out of six games on the road.
UCSB Gets Defensive In 60-45 Win Over UC Davis
UC Santa Barbara used an inspired defensive effort, particularly in the first half, to end a brief two-game home losing streak with a 60-45 Big West win over UC Davis Saturday. The 45 points were the fewest scored by a UCSB opponent during the 2007-08 season. The Gauchos held the Aggies without a point until a Dominic Calegari tip-in almost eight minutes into the game. UCSB was having its troubles offensively as well, and led just 10-0 when Calegari got Davis on the scoreboard with 12:14 to play. The Aggies first basket of the game sent them on a mini 9-3 run that cut the Santa Barbara lead to 13-9 with 4:58 left in the first half. Sparked by the play of reserve guard Jordan Weiner, however, the Gauchos finally came alive on the offensive end, using a 14-4 surge over the final 4:33 of the half to take a 27-13 advantage into the locker room. Weiner came off the bench to hit a pair of three-pointers in the waning minutes of the half. Alex Harris, who finished with a game-high 14 points, also made a three-pointer during the rally, and Chris Devine, who had 12 points, scored five, including a three-point play to start the stretch. Both teams got their offense going a bit more in the second half, but the Gaucho lead never dropped below nine and climbed as high as 18 at 60-42 with 56 seconds to play. The Aggies finished the game at 34.8% overall and just 22.7% from three-point range. The Gauchos made 48.9% of their shots overall, but only 31.6% from three-point territory. Also, after turning the ball over nine times in the first half, they had just two in the second half to finish with 11. Reserves Nedim Pajevic and D.J. Posley also played solidly off the Gaucho bench. Pajevic had six points, four rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes, while Posley had six points and a rebound in 14 minutes. Ivan Elliott led UCSB with six rebounds to go along with eight points. Davis was led by Mark Paynee who had 13 points and nine rebounds. Vince Oliver had 11 points, and reserve center Michael Boone had the best game of his career with nine pints, eight rebounds and five blocked shots.
Probable Starters - Notes
G - Justin Joyner - Has had more turnovers than assists just once this season.
G - Alex Harris - Has 1,467 career points, the third most in school history.
G - James Powell - Played 21 minutes vs. UC Davis, second lowest total this year.
F - Chris Devine - Had his best shooting night in league play, going 5-of-6 vs. UC Davis.
F - Ivan Elliott - Has had five or more rebounds in 12 straight games.
Probable Reserves - Notes
G - Nick Quick - Has attempted eight shots in just 11 minutes of action.
G - Jordan Weiner - All 12 of his baskets this season have been three-pointers.
G - Paul Roemer - Tied his career-high with four assists vs. UC Davis.
G - D.J. Posley - Had six points in win over UC Davis, his second highest total this year.
G - George Murphy - Has yet to play in a game.
F - Nedim Pajevic - Three assists vs. UC Davis were his highest total in seven games.
F - Sam Phippen - Has played in two of the last three games.
F - Beau Gibb - Played 12 minutes vs. Pacific, his highest total since Nov. 24.
F - Peter Jordan - Walk-on freshman has played in two games this season.
The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his 10th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Last year his team recorded an overall record of 18-11 and a Big West mark of 9-5. The 18 wins were the most regular season wins by a Gaucho team since 1991-92 and it equaled the second most wins a Williams-coached UCSB team has ever had. Williams has led Santa Barbara to winning records in five of the last six seasons, the only exception being a 2004-05 team that was ravaged by injuries. He has guided UCSB to a pair of postseason appearances. In 2002-03, the Gauchos went 18-14 overall and 14-4 in league. The 2002-03 Big West mark earned Santa Barbara its first-ever Big West regular season championship along with a trip to the postseason National Invitation Tournament. Additionally, the success earned Williams his second Big West Coach of the Year award, his first coming after an impressive 1999 campaign. In 2001-02, Williams guided UCSB to its first Big West Conference Tournament title ever and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 years. Including this season, Williams' UCSB teams have posted a 155-127 (.551) overall record and an 90-62 (.590) 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 344-227 (.603) at four-year schools.
UCSB and UC Riverside have played 21 times in a series that dates back to 1955. The Gauchos hold a decisive 17-4 edge all-time, including a pair of wins during the 2006-07 season. Last year, UCSB won in Santa Barbara by a score of 73-65, and in Riverside by a 68-67 tally. In all, the Gauchos have won four straight against the Highlanders. Santa Barbara and Cal State Fullerton have played 64 times in a series that dates back to 1977. On Jan. 12, UCSB posted an 87-75 win in Fullerton. The victory in the first meeting this season gives the Gauchos a narrow 33-31 edge in the all-time series. The last time the teams played at the Thunderdome, on Dec. 30, 2006, UCSB recorded an 84-76 victory. The Titans last defeated Santa Barbara on Feb. 22, 2007 in Fullerton, 79-73.
Eight-Game Streak Was Longest In A Long Time
UCSB's eight-game winning streak, which was ended at North Carolina on Dec. 22, was the longest that a Gaucho team has put together since Bob Williams became head coach in 1998-99. It was also the longest winning streak since the 1988-89 team opened the year by winning 11 consecutive games and it equaled the second longest streak in school history. Santa Barbara also won eight games in a row in 1971-72, 1960-61 and 1940-41.
The Gauchos On The Road
The Gauchos are 5-3 in true road games this season. They won their last two road games, 75-60 at Cal Poly on Jan. 19, and 87-72 at Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 12. In addition, they have victories at Eastern Washington, Ball State and Loyola Marymount. The trio of road defeats have come at North Carolina, Stanford and UC Irvine. UCSB has also gone a perfect 2-0 in neutral court games with wins over Northwestern State and Harvard at the Basketball Travelers Classic in Palo Alto, Calif. In 2006-07, the Gauchos recorded an all-time best 10-4 record on the road. Dating to the 2005-06 season, UCSB has gone 19-8 in its last 27 true road games.
The Gauchos At Home
UCSB had its nine-game home winning streak ended on Jan. 5 by Cal State Northridge, 88-84, and on Jan. 24, Pacific handed the Gauchos their second straight home loss, 71-58. On Jan. 26, the Gauchos ended the brief two-game home losing streak with a 60-45 win over UC Davis. With victories over Long Beach State, Utah Valley, Pepperdine, UNLV, Montana State, San Francisco and Cal Poly Pomona, the Gauchos opened the year with a perfect 7-0 Thunderdome record, extending a two-season home victory streak to nine in a row. The nine game home winning streak was the longest the program has experienced since it won 15 in a row bridging the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons.
Taking Care Of The Ball
While UCSB's offense has taken a bit of a break in the past couple of games, the Gauchos are getting better in the important category of turnovers. In Saturday's win over UC Davis, Santa Barbara had just 11 turnovers, includng just two in the second half. In the previous game, against Pacific, the Gauchos had a season-low seven turnovers, and on Jan. 19 at Cal Poly, they had 12 against the Mustangs. On the season, UCSB is averaging 15.1 turnovers per game, but in the last three, that figure is down sharply at 10.0 per game. In fact, three of the five lowest turnover totals this season have come in the last three games.
On The Other End Of The Court
UCSB opponents are averaging 18.8 per game in 2007-08, an increase of 5.4 per game over the 13.4 per game they averaged in 2006-07. Last year, a Gaucho opponent had 20 or more turnovers just once, 21 by Pepperdine in a double overtime game. In 2007-08, UCSB has forced 20 or more turnovers eight times in 20 games and only one opponent has had fewer than 16. On Jan. 19, Cal Poly had 12 turnovers, the low mark by an opponent this season. Pacific and UC Davis each had 16 in last weekend's games.
Offense Takes A Holiday
UCSB is averaging 71.6 points per game, a figure that ranks fourth in the Big West Conference, but in the last two games, the Gaucho offense has gone on hiatus. In the Jan. 24 loss to Pacific, UCSB tied its second-lowest total of the season with 58 points in a 71-58 loss. In that game, Santa Barbara scored just 17 points in the first half, the second lowest scoring half of the season, and made just 32.1% of its shots, the lowest percentage of the year. On Saturday, despite a win over UC Davis, the Gauchos totaled just 60 points, the fourth lowest total of the season. In the last two games, UCSB has averaged 59.0 points per game, more than 12 points below its season average.
UCSB has been soundly outrebounded in the last two games. In two games since recording their largest rebound margin of the season with a plus-nine at Cal Poly on Jan. 19, the Gauchos have been outrebounded by Pacific (-10) and UC Davis (-8). On the year, the Gauchos are now being outrebounded by an average of 3.0 rebounds per game. They have been outrebounded 11 times in 20 games, including three times by 10 or more, they have outrebounded their opponents just seven times this year and just three times by more than five rebounds. The largest rebound disadvantage this season came, not surprisingly, at North Carolina when the Tar Heels had 57 rebounds to UCSB's 30. The 10 rebound margin produced by Pacific on Jan. 24 was the largest in six Big West games this season.
Free, But Valuable
UCSB has been outstanding from the free throw line this season. After making 10-of-13 on Saturday night, the Gauchos are making 78.2% on the season, tops in the Big West. On Jan. 19 at Cal Poly, UCSB posted season-highs for makes and attempts by hitting 25 out of 30, 83.3%. In the last seven games, all in Big West Conference play, Santa Barbara has made 96-of-119, 80.7%, In 20 games this season, the Gauchos have made 80.0% or better from the free throw line 10 times. The school's all-time record of 77.2% was set during the 1982-83 season. Last year's mark of 72.5% was the ninth best ever.
UCSB has had three Big West Players of the Week this season. Senior Alex Harris has earned the award twice (Nov. 25 and Dec. 10) and sophomore guard James Powell has won it once (Dec. 3). Harris has been named Player of the Week four times in the last two seasons.
Take Me To Your Leaders
While only three players (Alex Harris, James Powell and Chris Devine) have led the Gauchos in scoring this season, the same has not held true for the other statistical categories. UCSB has had eight players lead or tie for the team-lead in steals, six lead or tie for the team-lead in rebounding, five lead or tie for the lead in assists, and six have done so in blocked shots.
A Marginal Pattern
UCSB has started Big West play with a 4-3 record this season. The first losses were close ones, 88-84 to Cal State Northridge and 66-63 at UC Irvine. The 71-58 loss to Pacific on Jan. 24 marked the largest margin of defeat in league games this season and the third largest overall. The 60-45 win over UC Davis on Jan. 26 kept another pattern in tact: all four conference wins have come by the same margin, 15 points. In addition to Davis, the Gauchos defeated Long Beach State by a 79-64 score, Cal State Fullerton by an 87-72 score and Cal Poly by a 75-60 count. In all, UCSB has had 11 victory margins of 10 or more this season and three margins of defeat that totaled 10 points or more.
The Harris Poll
Senior guard Alex Harris continues to lead the Gauchos in scoring at 20.9 points per game, but he has dropped to second in the Big West, just slightly trailing Cal State Fullerton's Josh Akognon. After scoring a season-high 31 points on Jan. 19 at Cal Poly, Harris totaled just 29 in games against Pacific and UC Davis. On Saturday night against Davis, he had 14 points, making 4-of-9 shots overall and 2-of-5 from three-point range. The nine shots were the fewest Harris has attempted this season. Last week, he missed virtually all three of UCSB's practices preceding the game against Pacific. Harris was suffering from a sinus infection, but he played in both weekend games. While he tallied a season-high 31 on Jan. 19 against Cal Poly, he has had his four lowest scoring games in the last five games. In addition to the 14 he went for on Saturday night, Harris had 15 against Pacific, 13 on Jan. 12 at Cal State Fullerton, and 15 on Jan. 10 at UC Irvine. The 31-point effort against Cal Poly was the third highest total of his career. Also, not coincidentally, Harris attempted a season-high 20 shots in the game at Cal Poly, but in the other four recent games he averaged just 10.5, well below his season average of 14.2 field goal attempts per game. The senior from Alameda, Calif., has now scored 1,467 points in his career. On Jan. 19 at Cal Poly, he moved past Branduinn Fullove, Lucius Davis and Doug Rex, jumping from sixth to third on UCSB's all-time scoring list. His next target, Mark Hull, scored 1,580 points in his career. Since the beginning of the season, he has moved from 18th to third all-time. Harris has scored 20 or more 10 times this season and 25 or more six times. He has either led or tied for the team-lead in scoring in 16 of his 19 appearances this year. In addition to scoring, he also paces the Gauchos in three-point shooting, although his 3-for-12 performance from three-point territory in last weekend's games put him below 50.0% for the first time in a long time. Harris is now making 48.5% of his shots from outside the arc. In his 31-point game at Cal Poly, he made 5-of-9. The five threes were one short of his career-high of six set on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley. Despite making just 3-of-12 in the last two games, Harris has drained 43 out of 83 in his past 16 games, 51.8%. He has drained at least one three-point basket in 18 of his 19 games this season, two or more 15 times, and three or more seven times. Harris has now made 167 three-pointers in 405 career attempts, 41.2%, the third most makes and the fourth highest percentage in school history. Prior to his 31-point game at Cal Poly, Harris' season-high was 29 points on Nov. 24 against Montana State. In that game, he recorded career-highs for free throws, 15, and free throw attempts, 18. On the season, Harris has gone to the free throw line 132 times, an average of 6.9 times per game. Harris is averaging 3.5 rebounds per game, fourth on the team, and he has had four or more in five of the last 10 games. He had a season-high eight rebounds on Nov. 24 against Montana State, and he has had seven twice, on Nov. 27 against UNLV and Nov. 10 against Harvard. Also, of his 31 assists on the year, 23 have come in the last 10 games. Finally, Harris was a Preseason All-Big West and Mid-Major All-America selection.
The Devine File
Junior forward Chris Devine scored 12 points and had three rebounds in Saturday's win over UC Davis. Devine did bounce back from a two-game shooting slump by making 5-of-6 field goal attempts. In his two previous games, he had made 8-of-21, 38.1%. Devine is now averaging 13.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, both figures ranking second on the team. He has scored in double-figures in two straight, three out of four and 15 times in his 19 games this year. In the game prior to Saturday, a home loss to Pacific, Devine scored 14 points, making 5-of-14 shots, but in that game, he played a season-high 35 minutes. He scored a season-high 24 on Jan. 5 against Cal State Northridge. His other 20-point performance came when he tallied 22 points on Dec. 19 at Ball State. On Jan. 24 against Pacific, Devine became the 22nd player in UCSB history to move past the 1,000 point mark. He enters the week with a career total of 1,016, a figure that ranks 21st all-time. He needs 17 to move into 20th-place. Although Devine is second on the team in rebounding at 5.3 per game, he has averaged just 4.2 per game in the last five. On the other hand, since collecting just three total rebounds in the first two games of the season, he has averaged 5.8 per game. He had a season-high nine on Dec. 1 at Loyola Marymount. With his 5-of-6 shooting performance against UC Davis, Devine is now shooting 52.3% on the season. In the last seven games, he has made 36 out of 66 field goal attempts, a solid 54.5%. A Preseason All-Big West selection, Devine had a season-high four assists on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley and two or more nine times this season, including four of the last eight games. He has also claimed the team-lead in steals with a recent surge. He has had at least one in four of the last five games and he now has 27 on the season, 26 of which have come in the last 16 games.
Old Buddy, Old Powell
Sophomore guard James Powell scored just five points on 2-of-6 shooting, in Saturday's win over UC Davis. In the game against the Aggies, Powell equaled his season-low by playing just 21 minutes. The five-point performance came after he had scored in double-figures in three straight, averaging 17.7 per game over that span. Still, Powell is averaging 11.4 points per game, third on the team. Prior to scoring just five against Davis, he had scored 13 against Pacific, and 20 each against Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton. The games against Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton marked the first time in Powell's caeer that he had scored 20 or more points in consecutive games. Powell scored a career-high 24 points on Nov. 15 against Cal Poly Pomona and he has had 10 or more points 12 times in 20 games this season, all in the last 17 games. Since scoring a total of 17 points in the first three games of the year, he has scored 211, an average of 12.4 per game, in the last 17. He ranks second on the team in three-point baskets with 38, and he has hit at least one in seven straight. He has made 40.0% from beyond the arc, but since opening the year by making 2-of-12, he has gone 36-for-83, 44.4%. He made a career-high five three-point baskets in a Nov. 27 win over UNLV, including the game-winner with less than a second to play. All five of his three-pointers in that game came in the second half. Powell is averaging 2.3 assists per game, second on the team, and he has had two or more in four straight and six of the last seven. He tied a career-high with six on Jan. 5 against Cal State Northridge. He is also averaging 3.2 rebounds per outing, and has had four or more eight times, including a career-high six on Jan. 3 against Long Beach State. Powell has had four or more boards in three of the last four games. Finally, with three steals on Jan. 24 against Pacific, he tied his career-high and he now has 23 on the season, second on the team. Powell has had 13 seals in the last eight games.
Justin Joins In
Since scoring a season-high 13 points on Jan. 12 at Cal State Fullerton, sophomore guard Justin Joyner has gone scoreless in three consecutive games. On Saturday night against UC Davis, he went 0-for-3 from the field in 23 minutes. He did have a pair of assists, three rebounds and three steals. In the two previous games, against Pacific and Cal Poly, Joyner attempted a total of just one shot. For the season, he is now averaging 3.3 points per game and he has actually scored fewer points (66) than he has assists (78). Joyner does lead the team in assists at 3.9 per game, although he had a total of five in the last two games. Prior to the last two, however, Joyner had a streak of five straight in which he had four our more assists. Joyner also paces UCSB and the Big West in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.2-to-1.0. Joyner has had more turnovers than assists in a game just once this season, and in his last 13 games, he has had 54 assists and just 19 turnovers. Joyner has had four or more assists 13 times this season. The Gauchos are 11-2 when he has four or more assists. Joyner had a season-high seven assists on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley. He has also had a pair of six-assist games, on Dec. 5 against Pepperdine and Dec. 19 at Ball State. While he scored a season-high 13 at Cal State Fullerton, he also had nine on Nov. 10 against Harvard, and two eight-point games, Nov. 27 against UNLV and Dec. 7 against Utah Valley. Joyner has made 10 out of 34 three-pointers this season, but seven have come in three games, two apiece against UNLV and Ball State, and a career-high three at Fullerton.
Ivan The Good
Senior forward Ivan Elliott continues to be one of UCSB's most consistent players. Although he has scored in single-digits in each of the last four games, Elliott is fourth on the team at 9.1 points per game. He also continues to lead the Gauchos in rebounding at 6.2 per game and blocked shots at 1.1 per game. He had eight points and six rebounds in the win over UC Davis. In the previous game, against Pacific, he had eight points and nine rebounds. The nine rebounds tied his season-high. Elliott also had a season-high nine rebounds on Jan. 29 at Eastern Washington, and he followed that up with back-to-back games of eight to open Big West play. In the last 11 games he has averaged 7.0 rebounds per game and he has had five or more in 12 straight and 17 times in 20 games this season. In a turnaround of a recent trend, Elliott was a perfect 3-for-3 from two-point range in the win over Davis, but 0-for-4 from three-point range. In several games prior to Saturday, he was on fire from beyond the three-point line. In fact, over a four game stretch before Saturday, Elliott was 6-of-7 from three-point range, 85.7%, and 7-for-17 from two-point range, 41.2%. On the season, he has made 21 out of his 41 three-point attempts, 51.2%, the highest percentage in the Big West Conference. In 2006-07, he made just 5-of-13 in 29 games. He made a career-high three on Nov. 24 against Montana State. The San Francisco native has scored in double-figures nine times this season. Elliott poured in a career-best 17 points in the season opener against Northwestern State, making 8-of-10 shots in the process. Through 20 games, he is making a team-best 52.9% from the field. In fact, Elliott has made at least 60.0% of his shots in seven of the last 12, hitting 44-of-78 in those 12 games, 56.4%. Finally, Elliott leads the Gauchos in blocked shots with 22. He had a career-high three blocks on Nov. 10 against Harvard and he has had at least one in five of the last six games.
A Piece Of The Pajevic (Pronounced Pie-uh-vich)
Senior forward Nedim Pajevic was a key part of a very good effort by the UCSB reserves in the win over UC Davis. Wearing his new number, 33, Pajevic played 21 minutes, had six points, four rebounds and three assists. The game was a nice bounce back from an abbreviated eight-minute, five foul performance on Jan. 24 against Pacific. Pajevic has now played 20 or more minutes seven times thsi season, including twice in the last three games. He played 23 minutes on Jan. 19 at Cal Poly. The native of Sarajevo, Bosnia, is averaging 6.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He is third on the team in rebounds and assists. The three assists Pajevic had on Saturday were this highest total in six games and it equaled his third highest total of the season. He has had three or more assists seven times this year, going for a season-high five on Nov. 15 against Cal Poly Pomona. With four rebounds against the Aggies, Pajevic has now had four or more 10 times this season, including three times in the last five games. He had a season-high 10 rebounds on Nov. 20 against San Francisco, adding 10 points in the game for UCSB's only double-double of the year. In fact, the 10-rebound performance against USF is the Gauchos' only double-digit rebound effort of the year. Pajevic had a season-high 16 points on Nov. 10 against Harvard, and he had a pair of 12 points games, against Montana State and North Carolina. In all, he has scored 10 points or more six times in 20 games, but he did so in five of the first six games and just once since. While he is shooting 49.0% overall, Pajevic is making 54.7% from two-point range.
Sophomore guard Paul Roemer continues to give the Gauchos valuable minutes as a reserve in the backcourt. Although he has been scoreless in the last three games, missing his only three field goal attempts over that span, he continues do other things. Roemer is averaging 2.6 points and 1.6 assists per game. In Saturday night's win over UC Davis, he tied his career-high with four assists, tops on the team. He also had three rebounds. On Jan. 10, in a defeat at UC Irvine, he helped shoot the Gauchos back into the game by making the first four three-point shots he took. He finished 4-for-5 from three-point territory, 4-for-6 overall, and scored a career-high 12 points. In the Jan. 12 win at Cal State Fullerton, he made the only field goal he attempted, also a three-pointer, and a pair of free throws, to finish with five points. Roemer has now made 11-of-29 shots from three-point range this season, 37.9%, but he has hit five out of his last six attempts, 83.3%. Finally, in 2006-07, Roemer played 132 minutes in 16 games. This year, Roemer has already logged 315 minutes in 20, an average of 15.8 per game. On Saturday, Roemer played 21 minutes, the second highest total of his career.
Strike A Posley
Junior guard D.J. Posley made three out of four shots and scored six points in Saturday's game against UC Davis. Posley is now averaging 3.3 points per game, and the six points he had against the Aggies was just one shy of his career-high. He was scoreless on Thursday night against Pacific, missing all three of his field goal attempts. It was the first time that Posley had gone scoreless since Nov. 27 against UNLV. On Jan. 12 at Cal State Fullerton, he scored just two points yet had probably the best game of his UCSB career. Posley had a career-high six assists and no turnovers in 18 minutes against the Titans.
Would You Like Some Cheese With That Weiner?
First of all, it's pronounced Wine-er. Anyway, get used to it. After his performances in the last two games, freshman guard Jordan Weiner could see some consistent playing time. In Saturday's win over UC Davis, Weiner sparked a rally late in the first half by making a pair of three-pointers. The Gauchos went from up four to up 14 in a blink. On Jan. 24 against Pacific, he also hit a pair of three-point shots. Weiner has now made 12 three-pointers this season. In fact, he is 12-for-22 and has not attempted a two-pointer.