Jan. 29, 2010
UC Santa Barbara enters its Saturday night game at Cal State Northridge with an overall record of 11-7 and a Big West record of 6-2. On Thursday night, the Gauchos defeated visiting Cal Poly, 80-57 for their third consecutive win and their sixth in the last seven games. All three games of the current winning streak came at home.
If You Can't Get There...
If you can't make the trek to the San Fernando Valley for the UCSB-Cal State Northridge game, you can listen live on AM-1490 KIST in Santa Barbara or on-line by clicking here. You can also view the game on Gametracker.
UCSB Uses Fast Start To Trounce Central Coast Rival Cal Poly, 80-57
UCSB jumped out to a 17-7 lead in the first seven minutes on Thursday night, and after Cal Poly closed to within three, 17-14 with 10:00 to play, the Gauchos used a 21-4 run to take a decisive 38-18 lead at halftime. James Nunnally scored 17 of his team-high 20 points in the first half to lead the way. Orlando Johnson, who finished with 18 points and a game-high nine rebounds, scored 11 of his points in the first 6:50 of the second half as Santa Barbara's lead ballooned to 35 points (62-27). Jaimé Serna added 12 points and Sam Phippen had eight for the Gauchos, who made 51.9% of their shots. The Mustangs, who shot just 35.4%, were led by Lorenzo Keeler with 20 points. Nunnally made 4-of-5 3-point shots for UCSB.
The Gauchos And Matadors
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).
Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 20 Will Brew, Jr. - Has three or more assists in three straight games.
G 42 James Powell - 195 three-pointers ranks him third in school history.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Scored 18 points vs. Cal Poly and has now scored in double-figures in all 18 games.
F 21 James Nunnally - Has scored 20 or more points in three straight and four of the last five.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Made his first career start in Thursday's win over Cal Poly.
Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Had 12 points in win over Cal Poly, his highest total in five games.
G 1 Chris Brew - Had three assists in just six minutes in the win over Cal Poly.
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Has played 13 or more minutes in six straight games.
G 4 Paul Roemer - His return from stress fracture in his left foot is probably still a week away.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Has six assists and just one turnover in two games and 39 minutes since returning from sprained ankle.
F 15 Sam Phippen - Scored eight points and had five rebounds vs. Cal Poly, his first action in three games.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Sat out win over Cal Poly with back spasms.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Made both of his field goal attempts in win over Cal Poly.
The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his 12th season as head coach at UCSB. He enters the game against Cal State Northridge with a Gaucho record of 190-153 (.554). Williams is in his 22nd season as a coach at four-year schools. He coached two seasons at Menlo College (31-24) and eight seasons at UC Davis (158-76). Overall, he has posted a record of 379-253 (.600). Williams has guided the Gauchos to three Big West regular season titles, one Big West Tournament championship, one NCAA Tournament and two National Invitation Tournaments. He is a two-time Big West Coach of the Year and he ahs also been named District Coach of the Year.
Senior guard Paul Roemer remains sidelined with a stress fracture in his left foot. He has missed the last six games, although he was dressed for the last two. Roemer could return at some point next week when the Gauchos travel to Pacific (Feb. 4) and UC Davis (Feb. 6). Junior forward Jon Pastorek missed Thursday's game against Cal Poly after suffering from back spasms much of the week. His status for the game against Cal State Northridge is questionable, but it is possible that he could see some action. It was the first game this season that Pastorek has missed because of an injury.
I Love The 80's
UCSB scored 89 points in its win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday. The 89 points were the most scored by the Gauchos since Nov. 9, 2007, when they scored 91 in a win over Northwestern State at a Tournament in Palo Alto. It is the most points scored in a true road game since Nov. 21, 2006, when they had 89 in a double overtime game at Pepperdine. It is the most in a regulation road game since Mar. 5, 1992, when they scored 92 at San Jose State. Last season, the most points they scored were 81 in a home victory over Loyola Marymount and it was the only time they scored more than 80 all year.
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.
Johnson-Nunnally Narrowly Miss Another 20-20 Night
In Thursday night's win over Cal Poly, James Nunnally scored 20 points and Orlando Johnson added 18. The Gaucho duo narrowly missed scoring 20 points in the same game for the fifth time. Nunnally and Johnson have scored 20 or more in the same game four times, the most by a UCSB pair since Carrick DeHart and Eric McArthur did it five times in 1989-90.
Super Sophomores Making Their Marks
Orlando Johnson enters Saturday's game at Cal State Northridge as UCSB's leading scorer at 17.3 points per game. James Nunnally is averaging 14.2 points per game. If Johnson could maintain his current scoring average, it would be the second highest scoring average by a Gaucho sophomore ever. In 1968-69, Doug Rex averaged 17.8 points per game. Nunnally's average would rank tied for third all-time. Additionally, Johnson's rebound average of 5.7 per game, also tops on the team, would rank eighth all-time and Nunnally's 5.2 per game would be 10th.
Johnson's Double-Figure Streak Continues
Orlando Johnson has scored in double-figures 18 times in 18 games this season. It is the longest streak of consecutive double-figure scoring games by a Gaucho player since Alex Harris opened the season with 21 in a row in 2006-07. The last UCSB player to score in double-figures in every game over an entire season was Raymond Tutt who scored 10 or more in all 27 games during the 1996-97 season.
Nunnally: Gaucho Barometer
As James Nunnally goes, so go the Gauchos. I keep saying it because it continues to be true. The disparity in Nunnally's numbers from wins to losses is striking. He has played in 17 of UCSB's 18 games, 10 of which have been wins. In those 10 wins, he has averaged 18.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while making 53.6% of his field goal attempts, 57.9% of his 3-point shots (22-of-38), and 74.2% of his free throws. In seven losses, Nunnally has averaged 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 36.0% overall, 23.5% from 3-point range, and 65.0% from the free throw line.
Powell Climbs Career Stat Lists
Senior guard James Powell made two 3-point baskets and scored eight points in Thursday's win over Cal Poly. The two 3-point baskets give Powell 195 in his UCSB career, one behind Carrick DeHart for second all-time. He trails record-holder Mark Hull by 22 three-pointers. Hull made 217 in his career. The eight points gives Powell 1,072, the 20th most in school history. He needs 45 to move into 19th all-time.
UCSB's sophomores continue to dominate the team's statistics. On Thursday, the fivesome of Orlando Johnson, James Nunnally, Jaimé Serna, Will Brew, and Greg Somogyi combined for 56 of the team's 80 points, 19 of 33 rebounds, 11 of 19 assists, five of 11 steals, and two of three blocked shots. On the season, the sophomores have combined for 796 points (65.7%), 349 rebounds (63.9%), 132 assists (53.0%), 64 steals (50.4%), and 34 blocked shots (79.1%).
I Love The 80's
UCSB is averaging 67.3 points per game, but has scored 80 or more in two straight games, averaging 82.5 over that span. It marks the first time that the Gauchos have scored 80 or more in consecutive games since the 2000-01 season when they did so against Loyola Marymount (85) and Boise State (81). UCSB, which scored a season-high 89 in a Nov. 28 win at Loyola Marymount, has scored 80 or more four times through 18 games. In 2008-09, Santa Barbara hit the 80 point mark just one time. The last time the Gauchos scored 80 or more in more than four games in one season was in 2007-08 when they did so six times.
Santa Barbara had 19 assists in its 80-57 win over Cal Poly on Thursday night. The 19 assists were the fourth most by the Gauchos this season. In the previous game, an 85-80 overtime win against Cal State Fullerton, they had 18 assists. The 37 assists in the last two games are the most by UCSB in any two-game span this season.
Free Throw Improvement
On Thursday night, the Gauchos made 18-of-23 free throw attempts for a modest 78.3%. Modest my foot! The 78.3% was the highest percentage by UCSB this season. It was just the second time in eight games that they made above 70.0%. The previous high was 74.2% in a Nov. 28 win at Loyola Marymount.
Playing The Percentages
UCSB made 51.9% of its shots in the win over Cal Poly on Thursday night. It was the second straight game in which the Gauchos have made at least half of their shots. On Jan. 23, they hit exactly 50.0% in a win over Cal State Fullerton. It is the first time this season that they have made 50.0% or better in consecutive games. Overall, Santa Barbara has been at or over 50.0% six times in 2009-10.
UCSB had 11 steals in Thursday's win over Cal Poly, the highest total since recording 12 in the season-opener on Nov. 14 against Cal State Los Angeles...The last two Gaucho opponents (Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton) have made just 12-of-50 3-point attempts, 24.0%...UCSB has made eight 3-point baskets in each of the last two games. On the season, the Gauchos have made eight or more seven times...The 23-point margin in Thursday's win was Santa Barbara's second largest of the season but the largest against a Division I opponent...The Gauchos have scored 40 or more points in seven halves this season, six times the 40 or more has come in the second half...After averaging 20.2 turnovers over a four-game span, UCSB has averaged 12.0 per ame in the last two.
On The Horizon
UCSB will remain on the road following its game at Cal State Northridge. The Gauchos will make the trek up Interstate 5 next weekend when it plays at Pacific on Thursday, Feb. 4 and at UC Davis on Saturday, Feb. 6. Both games tip-off at 7:00 p.m. UCSB returns home on Saturday, Feb. 13 when it hosts Long Beach State in a 4:00 p.m. game at the Thunderdome. The game against the 49ers will be televised on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.