Gauchos Travel to UC Davis, Draw Eastern Washington for Bracket Buster Game

Jan. 30, 2007

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The Schedule
Game No. 20
Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at UC Davis Aggies
at UCD's Pavillion

Game No. 21
Thursday, February 8, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Irvine Anteaters
at UCSB's Thunderdome

On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on KTMS, 990-AM. KEYT-TV Sports Director Gerry Fall is in his third 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 show will be aired each Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on KTMS 990-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.

The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his ninth season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Last year his team overcame a slow start to finish over the .500 mark for the fourth time in five seasons. UCSB was 15-14 overall and 6-8 in the Big West. Prior to the 2004-05 season, when an injury-ravaged Gaucho team finished below .500, Williams had guided the program to three straight winning seasons for the first time since the late 1980s. In 2002-03, Williams' 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 Championship ever and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 years. Including this season, Williams' UCSB teams have posted a 135-117 (.536) overall record and an 81-57 (.593) 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 323-217 (.599) at four-year schools.

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters its Wednesday game at UC Davis with an overall record of 13-6 and a Big West record of 5-2. After consecutive home losses, the Gauchos recorded road wins at Cal State Northridge and Pacific last weekend to extend their road winning streak to three in a row. The victories over the Matadors and Tigers improved UCSB's road record to 8-2.

The Opponents
UCSB and UC Davis have played 13 times in a series that dates back to 1959. The Gauchos hold a 10-3 lead all-time, but earlier this season, on Jan. 13, the Aggies defeated won in Santa Barbara by a 70-66 tally. In 2005-06, UCSB won 73-54 at the Thunderdome and 64-50 in Davis.

The Gauchos On The Road
UCSB is 8-2 in road games this season. The Gauchos opened the road portion of their schedule with an 88-56 win at Montana State on Nov. 13. On Nov. 17, they won at UNLV, 79-76 and on Nov. 21 they won at Pepperdine, 89-80 in double overtime. On Dec. 2, they won at Portland, 75-67 and then on Dec. 17, they won at San Francisco, 74-69. On Dec. 22, UCSB had its school record-tying six game road winning streak ended at the University of San Diego, 81-63 and then on Jan. 4, Long Beach State handed the Gauchos their second consecutive road loss, 101-65. UCSB bounced-back and has won three consecutive road games at UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge and Pacific. This year's 5-0 start was the first 5-0 start in true road games since the 1987-88 campaign when the team jumped out of the gates with the same 5-0 road record. UCSB posted a 5-9 record in true road games in 2005-06 and a 6-10 mark in all non-home games. While the 5-9 doesn't seem like much, it includes an 0-7 start and a 5-2 finish. The Gauchos opened the 2005-06 season with seven straight road losses, extending a two-season streak to nine straight road defeats. However, since the end of that streak, UCSB has gone 13-4 on the road and the eight road wins this season equal the total record in the previous two and a half seasons combined.

The Gauchos At Home
UCSB is 5-4 at home in 2006-07. The Gauchos defeated San Jose State on Nov. 10 and, after losing consecutive games to San Diego State and Loyola Marymount, they posted four straight wins, defeating Fresno State on Dec. 6 , Vanguard on Dec. 19, UC Riverside on Dec. 28 and Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 30. UCSB, however, has lost its last two home games, 70-66 to UC Davis on Jan. 13, and 71-61 to Cal Poly on Jan. 20. UCSB went 9-4 in home games during the 2005-06 season. Since Bob Williams became head coach in 1998-99, the Gauchos have gone 78-32 at home.

UCSB Hosts Eastern Washington In Feb. 17 Bracket Buster Game
UCSB will host Eastern Washington in a non-televised Bracket Buster game on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome, it was announced on Tuesday. The Gauchos will be playing their third Bracket Buster game in the last six seasons. Eastern Washington is a member of the Big Sky Conference. The Eagles enter the week with an 11-11 record. They are led by sophomore swingman Rodney Stuckey who ranks seven in the NCAA in scoring at 24.0 points per game.

Gauchos Continue To Roll On The Road, 70-62 At Pacific
UC Santa Barbara piled-up a 20 point lead at Pacific Saturday and then withstood a furious Tiger rally to post a 70-62 win in Stockton. Pacific, the three-time defending Big West regular season champion, had beaten the Gauchos six straight times before Saturday night. While the Gauchos shot 55.0% and scored 70 points for the first time in six games, they won the game with defense, limiting the Tigers to 34.0% shooting from the field and 31.0% from three-point range. UCSB also held Pacific's leading scorer, forward Anthony Brown, to eight points, seven below his season average. After a Cecil Brown jumper gave the Gauchos a 7-5 lead, the Tigers scored four in a row to claim a 9-7 advantage, their only lead of the game. Justin Joyner made a three-pointer from the top of the key to give UCSB a 10-9 lead. James Powell made consecutive baskets, the second coming with 8:48 to go in the half, giving the Gauchos a 22-12 lead. The margin was at 12 points before Pacific guard Solomon HorseChief made a three-pointer as the half ended to cut the gap to 32-23. UCSB outscored the Tigers 15-4 in the first 4:39 of the second half to take a commanding 47-27 lead. The lead hovered between 12 and 20 for the next 11 minutes and when Devine made a pair of free throws with 4:15 to play, the Gauchos were still ahead 59-45, but Pacific used a 6-0 run to whittle the lead to eight, 59-51. With 1:38 to go Glenn Turner was intentionally fouled. He made one of his two free throw attempts to push the lead to 60-51. HorseChief then missed a floating lay-up in the lane and Harris was fouled on the rebound. He hit both free throws to make it 62-51 Gauchos with 1:28 remaining. Vezia made a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 62-53. After a UCSB turnover, Steffan Johnson made a long three-pointer from straightaway to make it 62-56 Gauchos. Another turnover on the inbounds gave Pacific another opportunity to narrow the gap, and they did. HorseChief, who finished with a team-high 17, was fouled on a three-point attempt by Powell and made all three free throws, pulling his team within 62-59 with 43 seconds to play. Following a timeout, Santa Barbara got the ball into Harris who was immediately fouled with 40 seconds remaining. He made one of two free throws to nudge the lead to 63-59 and following a missed three-pointer by HorseChief, Joyner was fouled. He made both of his free throw attempts to make it 65-59 with 31 ticks left. Turner then rebounded a hotly contested lay-up by Johnson and after a timeout, the Gauchos got the ball into Powell, who was intentionally fouled. He made both of his shots from the free throw line and UCSB was up by eight, 67-59. HorseChief made his fourth three-pointer of the game with 17 seconds left, but Harris made three out of four free throws in the final 15 seconds to ice the win for UCSB. Harris's 27 led the way, he was joined in double-figures by Devine and Joyner who each added 10. Elliott finished with nine points, making all three of his field goal attempts, and he had seven rebounds. Turner had eight rebounds, a key block and an assist. Joyner also had four assists and three steals. Cecil Brown finished with seven points and he tied his career-high with six assists.

Probable Starters - Notes
G - Cecil Brown - Has either led or tied for the team-lead in assists in four straight games.
G - Alex Harris - With 27 at Pacific he now has 20 or more 12 times in 19 games.
G - Justin Joyner - Made 5-of-7 three-point attempts, 71.4%, in the last two games.
F - Chris Devine - Has been in double-figures 17 times in 19 games.
F - Ivan Elliott - After going 2-for-8 in previous two games, went 3-for-3 at Pacific.

Probable Reserves - Notes
G - James Powell - Has taken over the team-lead in free throw percentage at 80.8%.
G - Paul Roemer - Has played in each of the last four games.
G - Trevor Bing - Has not attempted a shot in any of his last four appearances.
F - Tom Garlepp - Recorded just his second DNP of the season at Pacific.
F - Emmanuel Bidias a Mouté - After not playing in two games, has played 50 in last five.
F - Beau Gibb - Has played in just one of the last seven games.
F - David Massey - Played in only game and scored only points on Nov. 13 at Montana State.
F - Sam Phippen - Freshman forward is redshirting the 2006-07 season.
F - Glenn Turner - Has averaged 6.5 rebounds in last two games.

Road, Sweet Road
The Gauchos have not only recorded a better road record (8-2) than home record (5-4), but statistically they have been better too. UCSB has scored 734 points in their 10 road games, 73.4 per game, as compared to the 646 points it has scored in nine home games, 71.8 per game. Santa Barbara is shooting 49.6% away from home and 46.5% at the Thunderdome. The Gauchos have shot below 40.0% just four times this season, at home against San Jose State, Loyola Marymount and Cal Poly and on the road at Cal State Northridge. Ironically, the best field goal percentage this season, 62.5%, came in a home win over Vanguard. If that game is not included, UCSB is making 44.5% of its field goals in home games. On the defensive side, the Gauchos are allowing opponents to make 42.1% of their shots at the Thunderdome and just 40.9% on the road.

That 70's Show
In its win at Pacific on Saturday night, UCSB scored exactly 70 points, ending a streak of five straight games in which it had been held under 70. After a very good start offensively in 2006-07, UCSB hit a bit of an offensive lull in the last six games. The Gauchos opened the season by scoring 70 or more points in five straight and nine of 10. This season, they have tallied 80 or more four times, most recently on Dec. 30 in an 84-76 win over Cal State Fullerton. Following that game, Santa Barbara was averaging 75.9 points per game. In the last six games, including the 70-point showing at Pacific, UCSB has averaged 65.5 points per game and its overall scoring average is down to 72.6 per game.

The Return Of The Defense
It is no accident that UCSB returned to its winning ways in the last two games. After allowing eight of nine opponents to shoot better than 40.0%, the Gauchos took their defense to a different level in the last two. Cal State Northridge and Pacific shot 33.3% and 34.0% respectively. Combined, the Matadors and Tigers made just 39-of-116 shots from the field, 33.6%. The numbers were even more striking from beyond the three-point line as they combined to make a mere 10-of-50, 20.0%. In the win at Northridge, UCSB held the Matadors to just one three-pointer in 21 attempts, 4.8%.

Free Throw Imbalance
Early in the season, UCSB enjoyed great success from the free throw line. The Gauchos made 73.9% or better in eight of their first nine games and 10 of their first 12. In the last several games, however, Santa Barbara has had its problems from the line. In six of the last seven contests the Gauchos have made below 70.0% from the line. In the last seven, they have made 109-of-170, 64.1%, and their percentage on the season has dropped to 71.8%. Conversely, UCSB opponents are shootng 69.2% from the free throw line this season, but they have drained 81-of-99 over the last six games, 81.8%.

A Good Start
UCSB is off to its best start in more than a decade. The Gauchos have an overall record of 13-6, the best 19-game record since Bob Williams became head coach prior to the 1998-99 season. The last time a UCSB team had a better record after 19 games was in 1991-92 when the team had a 14-5 recod through 19 games. The 1991-92 Gaucho team finished the season with an overall record of 20-9 and a Big West record of 13-5.

A Negative Ratio
In its first 13 games, UCSB had more assists than turnovers seven times. Nothing to declare a holiday over, but not bad. In the last six games, things haven't gone as well from an assist-to-turnover ratio point of view. In each of the last six, the Gauchos have had more turnovers than assists and in those six games they have had totals of 62 assists and 85 turnovers.

Junior Partners
In UCSB's November 21 double-overtime victory over Pepperdine, two Gaucho players eclipsed the 25-point mark. Junior forward Chris Devine poured in a career-high 28 points, while junior guard Alex Harris had 27. Before Nov. 21, the last time a Santa Barbara duo achieved the feat was at Long Beach State on Feb. 25, 1988, when sophomore forward Mike Doyle scored 31 points and senior guard Brian Shaw scored 26. Three times this season Harris and Devine have scored 20 or more points in the same game, the first time a UCSB duo has pulled that off since 1990-91 when Gary Gray and Lucius Davis did it three times. Finally, through 19 games the Harris-Devine tandem has combined for 691 of the Gauchos' 1,380 points, 50.1%. They are combining for 36.4 points per game and if they can remain anywhere near that figure, they could become the highest scoring duo in school history. The highest combined average for two UCSB players was in 1991-92 when Lucius Davis and Idris Jones combined to score 1,014 points in 29 games, an average of just a tick under 35.0 points per game.

Active Scoring Leaders

Player              Points   Games   Avg.
Alex Harris         860      77      11.2
Cecil Brown         858      101     8.5
Chris Devine        644      48      13.4

Working Overtime
UCSB defeated Pepperdine in double-overtime on November 21 in Malibu. It marked the fourth consecutive overtime victory for the Gauchos, a streak that dates back to the 2003-04 season. The win over the Waves was also the second double-overtime game during the current streak. The last time UCSB lost a game in overtime was on March 19, 2003, when it lost to San Diego State in the first round of the postseason NIT.

Double Dipping
Led by Alex Harris and Chris Devine, seven different UCSB players have scored in double-figures this season. Harris has scored 10 or more points in all 19 games and Devine has done so 17 times. Here is a list of all Gaucho players and the number of times they have hit double-digits this season.

Player              GP    10+
Alex Harris         19    19
Chris Devine        19    17
James Powell        19     7
Cecil Brown         14     7
Ivan Elliott        19     5
Justin Joyner       19     3
Tom Garlepp         17     1

Double-Double Dipping
The Gauchos have produced five statistical double-doubles this season. Chris Devine has four of them and Ivan Elliott has the the other.

Player          Opponent         Stats
Chris Devine    at Pepperdine    28p, 13r
Chris Devine    at USF           12p, 10r
Chris Devine    Vanguard         22p, 11r
Chris Devine    at UC Irvine     15p, 11r
Ivan Elliott    UC Riverside     12p, 10r

The Harris Poll
Junior guard Alex Harris continues to lead UCSB in scoring at 21.2 points per game, a figure that also leads the Big West Conference and ranks 13th nationally. In Saturday's win at Pacific, Harris snapped out of a brief two-game shooting slump. After making 8-of-28 shots in games against Cal State Northridge and Cal Poly, he made 7-of-12 against the Tigers. In addition, after making just 2-of-11 three-point attempts in the previous two games, Harris made 4-of-5 at Pacific. The 27-point performance equaled the third highest total of his career. It also marked the 12th time this season that Harris had eclipsed the 20 point mark, including the first seven games of the season, the longest streak by a UCSB player since the 1996 season and the longest ever to open a season. He has been in double-figures in all 19 games and he has had 16 or more points 17 times and he has had the 16 highest scoring performances of his career this season. On Dec. 28, in the Big West opener against UC Riverside, Harris scored a career-high 32 points on 8-of-17 from the field and 12-of-16 from the free throw line. The 32 points were the most points scored by a Gaucho player since Mark Hull went for 32 against Arizona in the first round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament. He followed the 32-point performance with a 16-point, nine-rebound game in a win over Cal State Fullerton. Following that opening Big West weekend, Harris was named the league's Player of the Week for the second time this season. In the Riverside game, he also had career-highs for free throws with 12, and free throw attempts with 16. Harris has now scored 402 points this season, just 56 fewer than he had scored in 58 career games entering the season. Harris is also the first Gaucho to score 400 or more points since Branduinn Fullove and Mark Hull each did so in 2002-03. Harris has been extremely consistent this season, making five or more field goals in 16 of 19 games. He has made at least one three-point basket in 18 of 19 games, including the last eight in a row, two or more in 12 games and three or more eight times. His 42 threes are a career-high, and he now has 91 for his career, tying for 10th on the school's all-time list. Harris, who had seven rebounds on Saturday at Pacific, is averaging 4.9 per game, third on the team. He has had five or more rebounds in nine of the last 14 games and 10 times in his last 16 games, a span over which he has averaged 5.4 per game. Harris has attempted a team-high 133 free throws this season, easily the most in his career, and 30 more than the team-leader, Chris Devine, attempted last season. He has attempted 47 free throws in the last four games, making 36, 76.6%. This season, in addition to points, Harris has also recorded single-game career-highs in assists (six on two occasions), three-point baskets (five on Nov. 10 against San Jose State), steals (five on Nov. 13 at Montana State), free throws made (12 on Dec. 28 vs. UC Riverside), field goals made (nine on Dec. 2 in Portland) and minutes played (48 on Nov. 21 at Pepperdine).

The Devine File
Junior forward Chris Devine is averaging 15.2 points and a team-leading 6.8 rebounds per game. In Saturday's win at Pacific, he had 10 points and four rebounds in 27 minutes. In the game against the Tigers, Devine suffered a hard fall midway through the second half. He needed several stitches to close a cut on his left elbow and he went into back spasms, but he played most of the final minutes and even made a pair of clutch free throws in the final minute to help the Gauchos seal the win. In Thursday's game at Cal State Northridge, Devine had 17 points and seven rebounds before fouling out. The 17 points were the most that he has scored in the last six games. Devine has now scored in double-figures 17 times in 19 games, including each of the last seven, his longest streak of the season. He has, in fact, scored 15 or more eight times. Devine has recorded four double-doubles this season, the same number he had last year. He has had his double-doubles this season in games at Pepperdine (28 points and 13 rebounds), at San Francisco (12 points and 10 rebounds), at home against Vanguard (22 points and 11 rebounds) and at UC Irvine (15 points and 11 rebounds). Three of Devine's four double-doubles have come on the road. Dating back to the 2005-06 season, six of his eight career double-doubles have come away from the Thunderdome. The 28 points that Devine scored on Nov. 21 at Pepperdine was a career-high, and the 13 rebounds were his second-highest total ever. He has paced UCSB in scoring seven times this season and he has made 60.0% or better from the field seven times in. Devine has scored 20 or more five times this year after doing so four times during the 2005-06 season. In addition to points, he has had career-highs this season in steals (five vs. San Jose State on Nov. 13) and assists (five at San Francisco on Dec. 17). Devine was named Big West Player of the Week after leading the Gauchos to road wins at Montana State and UNLV.

Help Cecil! Help!
After missing both exhibition games and the first five regular season games, senior guard Cecil Brown has played in each of the last 14 games. Saturday night at Pacific, Brown scored seven points, grabbed three rebounds and passed-off for a game-high and career-high six assists. It was the fourth straight game that he either led or tied for the team lead in assists. Brown, who is averaging 2.9 assists per game for the season, has averaged 4.3 per game in the last four. He is averaging 8.1 points and 2.5 rebounds per game as well as his 2.9 assists. Brown has also made 14 three-point baskets on the season, including at least one in seven straight, and despite missing five games he ranks third on the team in that category. Since scoring eight total points in his first three games after returning from injury, Brown has averaged 9.6 per game. He has scored 10 or more seven times, including five times in the last seven games, a span over which he has averaged 10.1 per game. Brown tallied a season-high 13 points on Dec. 30 in a win over Cal State Fullerton. In the two games last week, he made a total of four three-point baskets pushing his career total to 102 and moving him into ninth place on UCSB's all-time list. Brown needs six more to move into eighth all-time. Finally, after averaging 18.3 minutes per game through the first three games, he has averaged 27.5 per game over the last 11 games. In each of the 11 he has played at least 20 minutes, in each of the last five he has played 25 or more and in the last two he played 30 or more.

Justin Joins In
Freshman point guard Justin Joyner had his best offensive game of the season in last Thursday night's win at Cal State Northridge and he followed that up with another good all-around game at Pacific on Saturday. At Northridge, Joyner scored a career-high 15 points, including 14 in the second half, making 4-of-5 shots overall and 3-of-4 from three-point range. He also had three steals, four rebounds and two assists against the Matadors. He followed that game up by scoring 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting overall and 2-of-3 from three-point territory. Joyner also had three rebounds, four assists and three steals against the Tigers. In the two road games overall, he averaged 12.5 points, 3.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 3.5 rebounds per agme. He made 7-of-10 shots overall, 70.0%, and 5-of-7 from three-point range, 71.4%. While Joyner struggled with his outside shot for much of the early part of the season, he has started to shoot the ball better in the last four games. In the last four, he has gone 10-of-16 overall, 62.5%, and 7-of-10 from beyond the three-point line, 70.0%. Overall, he is now shooting a modest 38.4% overall and 29.5% from three-point range. In addition to his improving offensive game, Joyner continues to lead the team in assists at 3.0 per game and he has taken over the team-lead in steals with 22. In fact, not only did he have three steals in each of the two games of last weekend's road trip, but he has had three in three of the last four games. His 22 steals ranks him tied for sixth on the all-time freshman list and 57 assists rank tied for eighth all-time. Joyner had a career-high 10 assists on Dec. 30 against Cal State Fullerton, the most by a Gaucho since the 1998-99 season. He has had four or more assists eight times this season and UCSB has gone 8-0 in those games.

Old Buddy, Old Powell
Freshman guard James Powell continues to rank third on the team in scoring at 8.7 points per game and third in assists at 2.4 per outing. He is also second on the team with 19 steals, the 10th most by a freshman in UCSB history. In the win at Pacific, Powell played a season-low 10 minutes, but he did score six points on 2-of-3 from the field. He also made a pair of free throws in the waning seconds to help ice the game. Powell started the first 16 games of the season bu has come off the bench in the last three. He has been mired in a shooting slump over the past several games and when he made 2-of-3 on Saturday it marked the first time in 12 games that he had made more than half of his shots. Powell has scored 10 or more points seven times this season, but just once in the last 12, on Jan. 6 at UC Irvine when he had 10. He has seen his scoring averaged fall from a high of 14.7 through seven games. In the last 12 games, Powell has also seen his field goal percentage drift below 40-percent to 38.1%. In the last 12, he has made 17-of-65 from the field, 26.5%. Despite his recent shooting woes, he still ranks second on the team with his 21 three-point baskets, eighth all-time among Gaucho freshmen. Powell's 72 three-point attempts rank fifth all-time among freshmen and he needs just three more to move into second. He scored a season-high 18 points in a Nov. 21 double-overtime win at Pepperdine, and he has a a pair of 17-point games: at UNLV and against Loyola Marymount. Powell's total of 46 assists on the season rank 11th on UCSB's all-time freshman list, and he needs six to move into 10th-place.

Ivan The Good
Junior forward Ivan Elliott had one of his better games of the season in the win at Pacific. After scoring just one point and missing all three of his field goal attempts in a Jan. 25 win at Cal State Northridge, Elliott bounced back with nine points and seven rebounds against the Tigers. He made all three of his field goal attempts, including his first three-point basket in six games, and both of his free throw tries. Elliott is now averaging 6.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, second on the team. He also paces the team with 16 blocked shots. Since coming off the bench in the first seven games of the regular season, Elliott has made 12 straight starts. As a starter, he has averaged 7.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He scored a career-high 14 points on Nov. 13 at Montana State and while he has been in double-figures five times this season, his nine-point performance at Pacific was his best in six games. Elliott had the first double-double of his career when he had 12 points and 10 rebounds in a Dec. 28 win over UC Riverside. He also had 13 points and nine rebounds in a Dec. 30 win over Cal State Fullerton. Elliott has had 10 or more rebounds three times and five or more 10 times. He has averaged 7.0 per game in the last eight. His 3-for-3 shooting effort at Pacific also made him the team-leader in field goal percentage at 58.0%. Finally, after averaging just 14 minutes per game in the first three games, he has averaged 24.0 per game in the last 16.

Turning Point
Despite not attempting a shot and scoring just three total points in UCSB's wins at Cal State Northridge and Pacific last weekend, senior forward Glenn Turner played a pivotal role for the Gauchos. In 35 minutes, Turner had 13 rebounds, four blocked shots, a steal and an assist. He had five rebounds and three blocked shots in the win at Northridge and then he had a game-high eight rebounds at Pacific. Turner played a season-high 20 minutes in Saturday's win in Stockton and the 35 minutes he logged in the two games was his highest total in back-to-back games this season. In all, he is averaging 11.8 minutes per outing, but he averaged 17.5 per game in the last two. The eight rebounds that Turner collected at Pacific were one shy of his season-high. On Dec. 28, he had season-highs of eight points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots in a win over UC Riverside. Turner enters the week with 93 career blocked shots, fourth on the school's all-time list.

The Last Word
Emmanuel Bidias a Mouté has played in six straight games after a stretch when he played just once in five games. In the last six games, Bidias a Mouté has played 51 minutes and pulled down 13 rebounds, including a personal-best five on Jan. 4 at Long Beach State...Freshmen have collected 48 of UCSB's 113 steals on the season, 42.5%. | After making 4-of-7 shots in 11 minutes at Long Beach State on Jan. 4, Trevor Bing has played 16 in the last five and attempted no shots. | Tom Garlepp started the first seven games of the season and averaged 25.5 minutes in those games. Garlepp has not started in the last 12 games, playing in 10, and in his 10 appearances over the last 12 he has averaged 7.5 minutes per game. | While UCSB is averaging 21.6 free throws per game this season, it has averaged 31.3 per game in the last three, including a season-high 36 in the game at Cal State Northridge.