February 4, 2011

Gauchos Host UC Davis on Prime Ticket Saturday

Feb. 4, 2011

• The Schedule
Game 21
Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. UC Davis

at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
TV: Prime Ticket
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Gametracker

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• Next Legend Announced Feb. 16
The next men's basketball Legend of the Dome will be unveiled at halftime of UCSB's Wednesday, Feb. 16 game against Cal State Fullerton. The new honoree will join last year's Legends - Brian Shaw and Carrick DeHart - as well as Legends from women's volleyball and women's basketball. The next women's basketball Legend will be announced on Feb. 24.

• Williams Enters Game Against UC Davis With 399 Wins
When UCSB defeated Denver to open the season, head coach Bob Williams became the third coach in school history to record 200 or more wins. On Dec. 31, when the Gauchos defeated Fresno Pacific, it was his 206th win and it moved him past Willie Wilton (205-163) and into second on the school's all-time victory list. Williams now has 210 wins and his next milestone will be the 400th overall win of his career. He is currently 399-265 and needs just one more to hit the 400 mark. His next Gaucho target is Jerry Pimm, the school's all-time coaching victory leader with a record of 222-202.

• Gauchos Will Host Boise State In BracketBuster Game On Feb. 19
UCSB will host Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 19, in an ESPNU BracketBusters game. The contest will not be televised by any of the ESPN family of networks and the tip-off time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.. The Gauchos will return the game at some point during either the 2011-12 or the 2012-13 campaign.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters Saturday's game against UC Davis with an overall record of 11-9 and a Big West mark of 4-5. The Gauchos have dropped two straight and three of their last four games. On Thursday night, they lost a 74-68 decision to visiting Pacific. The previous loss, to Cal State Northridge on Jan. 29, was by a score of 70-69.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Played just 14 minutes in Thursday's loss to Pacific.
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Scored a career-high 18 in game against Pacific.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Has made at least one three-pointer in six straight and 12 of 13 games.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Has scored in double-figures in all 50 games as a Gaucho.
F 21 James Nunnally - Became 24th UCSB player to score 1,000 points and now has 1,010.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Missed last nine games with injured Achilles, but has practiced and is available.
G 20 Will Brew - Returned after missing a game will the flu. Played 10 minutes vs. Pacific.
G 24 Christian Peterson - Played two scoreless minutes Thursday.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Has recorded DNPs in two of the last three games.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Had career-high 12 points in loss to Pacific.
G 43 Troy Leaf - Did not play in Thursday's game against Pacific.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Logged season-low eight minutes on Thursday night.

• The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 6-3 at home this season and they have dropped two straight home games since the preseason in 2009-10. On Thursday, they lost a 74-68 decision to Pacific and on Jan. 29 they fell 70-69 to Cal State Northridge. Still, UCSB has won 14 of its last 17 at the Thunderdome. In fact, when UCSB lost to Long Beach State in the Dec. 28 Big West opener, it ended an 11-game home winning streak. UCSB went 11-2 at home in 2009-10, including a perfect 8-0 against Big West opponents. It marked the first time ever that the Gauchos were unbeaten at home in league play. Santa Barbara won eight consecutive home games to close out the season. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, the Gauchos have won 23 of their last 28 home games.

• Johnson/Nunnally Continue To Rank 1-2 In Big West
Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally continue to rank 1-2 in the Big West scoring race. Johnson will enter Saturday's game against UC Davis averaging 19.8 points per game while Nunnally is at 17.0, which is actually tied with UC Irvine's Darren Moore for second. Johnson is ranked 28th in scoring nationally while Nunnally is 94th. Combined, the duo has scored 736 points, an average of 36.8 per game. Last year, Johnson and Nunnally combined for 965 points in 30 games, an average of 32.2 points per game. The 965 points made them the fourth highest scoring one-two punch in school history. Based on their current averages, if the Gauchos were to play 29 games, the Johnson and Nunnally tandem would wind up with around 1,070 points, a figure that would be a new UCSB record for a one-two scoring punch.

• Johnson's Double-Figure Streak Continues
Orlando Johnson has scored in double-figures 50 times in his 50 games as a Gaucho. It is the longest streak of consecutive double-figure scoring in school history. Last year, Johnson became just the second UCSB player on record to score in double-figures in every game over an entire season. Previously, only Raymond Tutt (1996-97) was the only player to have done so.

• Honorable Gauchos
UCSB players have received four Big West Player of the Week honors in 2010-11. Juniors Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally have each been honored twice. Johnson was selected Player of the Week on Nov. 29 and Jan. 17 and Nunnally was chosen on Dec. 6 and Dec. 20.

• Long Distance Doldrums
The past three games have not been friendly to UCSB's three-point field goal percentage defense. On Thursday, Pacific made 12-of-19 shots from long distance, including 10-of-15 in the first half. In the last three games, a win at Cal Poly and home losses to Cal State Northridge and Pacific, the Gauchos have allowed the opposition to make 34-of-65 three-point attempts, 52.3%. When the Tigers made 12 threes in Thursday night's game, they became the fifth UCSB opponent to make 12 or more three-point baskets in a game. On the other side of the coin, the Gauchos have made just 13-of-42 three-point attempts in the last two games, 31.0%. They have made fewer than 40.0% of their threes in six of the last seven games.

• The Bright Side
There has been a bright side to UCSB's recent play. The Gauchos have cut way back on their turnovers. On Thursday night against Pacific, they tied their season-low with eight turnovers. It was the second time in the last three games that Santa Barbara has had fewer than 10 miscues. On the year, the Gauchos are averaging 14.6 turnovers per game, but in the last three games they have committed just 29, an average of 9.7 per game. Their other eight turnover effort came on Dec. 21 in a win over Cal Baptist. Finally, for the first time this season, UCSB is in positive territory in assist to turnover ratio with 291 assists and 283 turnovers.

• Senior Citizens
While the Gaucho roster is really dominated by juniors, the senior class represented one of the few highlights in Thursday night's loss to Pacific. Guards Jordan Weiner and Justin Joyner, and forward Jon Pastorek combined for 33 of the Gauchos' 68 points. Both Weiner (18) and Pastorek (12) recorded career-highs for points. As a group, the seniors made 14-of-20 shots from the field, 70.0%, and 5-for-10 from three-point range, 50.0%.

• Thirtysomethings
On Nov. 20, Orlando Johnson scored 35 points in a home win over Fresno State. James Nunnally scored 34 points in UCSB's Dec. 4 win at Santa Clara and when he did so, it marked the first time since the 2001-02 season that two Gauchos have scored 30 or more points in a game in the same season. In 2001-02, Adama Ndiaye had a 31-point game in a win an Cal Poly and Mark Hull poured in 32 in UCSB's NCAA Tournament game against Arizona.

• O.J. Juices The Gauchos
Orlando Johnson has scored 21 or more points in six of the last nine games. On Thursday, he made just 6-of-18 shots overall and 1-of-7 from three-point range, finishing with 16 points. In the Jan. 29 game against Cal State Northridge, Johnson scored 28 points, including 15 in the second half. In the Gauchos previous game, a win at Cal Poly, he had 24 points, including 15 in the second half. While he is averaging 19.8 points per game, he has averaged 22.8 per game in the last eight. The 28 points he scored against Cal State Northridge on Jan. 29 equaled the most he has scored since he went for a career-high 35 - to go along with 11 rebounds - in a Nov. 20 win over Fresno State. The 35 he had against Fresno were the most points scored by a Gaucho since February of 2007. In addition to his 35-point game against Fresno State, Johnson had 30 on Nov. 13 against North Dakota State and he is the first UCSB player since Alex Harris in 2006-07 to have two 30+ scoring efforts in the same season. He enters Saturday's game against UC Davis leading the team in rebounding (6.4 per game) and assists (3.2 per game) as well as scoring. If he finishes the season as the team-leader in all three, he would be the first Gaucho to do so since Brian Shaw accomplished the feat in 1987-88. The defending Big West scoring champion, Johnson continues to lead the conference in scoring and he ranks 28th nationally in the category. He remains the only player in the league to rank among the top-10 in all three categories. In the last eight games, he has made 61-of-122 shots overall, 50.0%, and 50-of-87 from two-point range 57.5%. Johnson is also 50-of-60 from the free throw line in the last eight, 83.3%. In the Jan. 29 game against Northridge, he made a career-high 14 free throws in a career-high 15 attempts. In the last three games, Johnson has gone 27-of-31 from the line, 87.1%, and he has lifted his percentage on the season to 81.5%. The Seaside, Calif., native has scored in double-figures in all 20 games this season and all 50 during his career, the longest streak in UCSB history. In a Dec. 15 win at UNLV, Johnson had the second of his three double-doubles this season with 12 points and a 15 rebounds. The 15 rebounds were a career-high. He also had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds on Jan. 22 at Cal State Fullerton. In all, he has five in his career. Johnson has now scored 936 points at UCSB. Finally, if you include his one season at Loyola Marymount, when he scored a Lions' freshman record 383 points, he has scored 1,320 as a collegiate player.

• Nunnally Becomes 24th Gaucho To Hit 1,000 Points
Junior James Nunnally scored 10 points and had four rebounds in Thursday's loss to Pacific. He made 4-of-9 shots overall and 1-of-4 from three-point range. Nunnally has struggled offensively in the last three games averaging 10.0 points while making 11-of-35 from the field overall, 31.4%, and 3-of-16 from three-point range, 18.7%. On Dec. 29, his seven points were enough to push him to the 1,000 career point mark as a Gaucho. He became the 24th player in school history to hit the 1,000 point mark and now has 1,010. In four games prior to his slump, Nunnally averaged 18.2 points per game while shooting 46.2% overall and 44.4% from three-point range. Nunnally is tied for second in the Big West in scoring at 17.0 points per game. He has scored in double-figures in 17 of 20 games. During a six-game stretch that began with the Nov. 14 game at Oregon and ended with the Dec. 15 win at UNLV, he averaged 24.7 points per game and scored 20 or more five times. Three times during that span he set a new career-high in scoring, the last time coming on Dec. 4 when he went for 34 at Santa Clara. In early December, Nunnally totaled 63 points in consecutive wins over Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara, the most that a UCSB player has scored over a two-game span since the1996-97 season. The Stockton, Calif., native is also second on the Gauchos in rebounds at 5.2 per game. Nunnally has had six or more rebounds nine times this season, including five times in the last eight games. He had a career-high 11 rebounds on Nov. 27 at Portland while scoring 22 points. It was his only double-double of the year and third of his career. Nunnally leads the Gauchos in three-point field goals with 42 and he has made a season-high four four times this season. He has 110 in his career and needs 10 to move into 10th all-time.

• Serna Continues To Round Into Shape
After missing five straight and six of seven games with a strained groin, Jaimé Serna has played in the last four games for the Gauchos. While he is back, Serna is clearly not all the way back. In the last four games, the junior has averaged 20.2 minutes, 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. He has made 9-of-19 shots from the floor, 47.4%. In the Gauchos' last game, a loss to Pacific, Serna had seven points and two rebounds while making 3-of-5 field goals and 1-of-1 free throw attempts. Before suffering the groin injury, Serna had started to peak. While he is third on the team at 7.4 points per game, he averaged 11.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while making 14-of-21 shots from the field, 66.7% in three games before his absence began. Actually, those numbers include the Dec. 18 game at San Diego State when he suffered the injury and played just 12 minutes. Serna is third on the team in field goal percentage at 53.3% and since he missed all seven of his shots in a Nov. 13 game against North Dakota State, he has gone 37-of-64, 57.8%. On Dec. 4, in a win at Santa Clara, he recorded the first double-double of his career when he had 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Serna also had a career-high five blocked shots in the win over the Broncos.

• Just In Time
Senior Justin Joyner has re-emerged as a key part of UCSB's lineup. Joyner has started the last three games and in UCSB's last game, against Pacific, he played 34 minutes. In the previous game against Cal State Northridge, he played 36 minutes, his highest total since March of 2008. Against the Tigers, Joyner had three points, two assists and one steal. On Jan. 28 at Cal Poly, he scored a season-high 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting overall and 3-of-4 from three-point range. The 12 points were the most Joyner has scored since February of 2008. In addition to his scoring, he has had four or more assists in five of the last seven games. In those seven games, Joyner has 28 assists and nine turnovers. He leads the team in assist-to-turnover ratio with 51 assists and just 25 turnovers, a 2.1-to-1.0 ratio. In his career, Joyner now has 294 career assists, the ninth most in school history. By comparison, he has just 156 career turnovers, a 1.9-to-1.0 career assist-to-turnover ratio. In his last three seasons of action (he missed 2008-09 with a wrist injury), Joyner has 213 assists and just 102 turnovers. Also, since missing two games with a hip injury in early December, he has rediscovered other parts of his game. In five games prior to the injury, Joyner scored a total of two points (0.4 ppg) on 1-for-7 from the field overall and 0-for-2 from three-point range. In the 13 games since he returned, he has scored 65 points, 5.0 per game, while making 23-of-42 shots overall, 54.8%, and 16-of-32 from three-point range, 50.0%. Joyner made at least one three-point basket in six straight games and in 12 of 13 since returning. Finally, he has 28 steals, an average of 1.6 per game. He has had at least one steal in 10 of the last 11 games and he had a season-high four in wins over UNLV, UC Davis and UC Irvine. Joyner has 112 steals in his career, ninth in school history.

• Taking A Pass, A Pastorek That Is
Senior Jon Pastorek had a career-high 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting Thursday night. He also played a career-high 32 minutes in a starting role. Pastorek has bounced back from an uncharacteristic poor game with three straight very good efforts. After scoring three points and committing seven turnovers in 20 minutes on Jan. 22 at Cal State Fullerton, Pastorek rebounded with eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in a Jan. 27 win at Cal Poly. On Jan. 29 against Cal State Northridge, he had seven points, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal In the last three games, he has averaged 9.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per gamewhile shooting 73.3% (11-of-15). Ten of his 20 rebounds in the three games were offensive. Also, significantly, he has been credited with just two turnovers in the last three games, a span of 79 minutes. Pastorek is averaging 20.7 minutes, 4.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game overall. In the last 11 games he has been even better. In those 11, he averaged 24.0 minutes, 6.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He has also made 27-of-41 field goal attempts overall, 65.9%, and 4-of-6 from three-point range. He has moved into second on the team in field goal percentage at 54.3%. In addition, after scoring 11 points in UCSB's season-opener in 2009-10, Pastorek didn't hit double-figures again until he tallied 10 on Dec. 31 against Fresno Pacific, a stretch of 40 games. The Anaheim, Calif., native has now been in double-figures three times in the last nine games. Finally, while Pastorek has 35 assists on the season, he has collected 30 of them in the last 12 games including a career-high five on Jan. 13 against UC Irvine.

• Air Weiner
Senior Jordan Weiner had a career-high 18 points, in UCSB's loss to Pacific on Thursday night. He made a career-high seven field goals, on 10 attempts, including 4-for-7 from three-point range. The four threes tied a career-best. Weiner also added four steals and was an instrumental part of a near comeback after the Gauchos fell behind by 20 points early in the second half. In his last two games, Weiner has averaged 13.5 points while making 10-of-16 field goal attempts overall, 62.5%, and 7-of-13 from three-point territory, 53.8%. Formerly a walk-on, the Encino native is fourth on the team in scoring at 6.2 points per game and he paces the team with 31 steals. He is also third on the team with 27 three-point baskets. In addition to his career-high four threes on Thursday, Weiner also had four on Dec. 21 against Cal Baptist. He had 16 points in that game, his previous career-high. In the four games following the Cal Baptist game, he averaged 4.0 points while making just 3-of-20 shots from the field overall, 15.0%, and 2-for-16 from three-point range, 12.5%. In the last six games, Weiner has snapped out of it, averaging 8.7 points per game while making 17-of-34 from the field overall, 50.0%, and 12-of-28 from three-point range, 42.9%. On Jan. 15 against UC Riverside, he set a new career-high with five assists.

• The Big Fella
Junior Greg Somogyi has come off the bench in UCSB's last six games. He played a season-low eight minutes in Thursday night's loss to Pacific, scoring two points. He also had one blocked shot and one rebound. Somogyi is fifth on the team in scoring at 5.3 points per game and fourth in rebounding at 3.7 per game. He leads the Gauchos and the Big West with 36 blocked shots. He has had at least one blocked shot in 10 of the last 11 games and 17 times in 20 games. Somogyi, who holds the school record for blocked shots in a game with eight, has had a season-high five swats twice this season, including a Jan. 22 game at Cal State Fullerton. He also leads UCSB in field goal percentage at 56.0% and he has made 27 of his last 43 shots, 62.8%. Somogyi has had five or more rebounds eight times this year, but in 34 minutes over the last three games, he had just three total.

• On The Horizon
The Gauchos will hit the road for their next two games as they travel to UC Riverside for a 7:00 p.m. game on Thursday, Feb. 10 and to UC Irvine for a 5:30 p.m. game on Saturday, Feb. 12. UCSB will return home for a pair when they host Cal State Fullerton at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16 and Boise State at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19. The game against Boise State is part of the BracketBusters, but it will not be televised.