February 5, 2010

UCSB Looks to Carry Momentum to UC Davis Saturday

Feb. 5, 2010

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Game No. 21
Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara at UC Davis
at UCD's Pavilion
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker

• Gaucho Update
UC Santa Barbara enters its Saturday night game at UC Davis with an overall record of 12-8 and a Big West record of 7-3. On Thursday night, the visiting Gauchos won a 61-48 decision at Pacific. The win was UCSB's fourth in the last five games and seventh in the last nine. It also ended the Tigers' 16-game winning streak at the A.G. Spanos Center and pulled the Gauchos within one-half game of first-place. Prior to Thursday night, Pacific's last loss at the Spanos Center came on Feb. 22, 2008 to UCSB.

• UCSB Jumps Out To Fast Start, Never Looks Back In Win At Pacific
UCSB scored the first three points in its win at Pacific on Thursday night, eventually jumped out to a 14-2 lead, and never looked back, cruising to a 61-48 win over the Tigers. Orlando Johnson scored a career-high 28, James Nunnally added 19 and the Gauchos used stifling defense to send Pacific to its first Spanos Center loss in almost two years. The Tigers shot just 29.4% overall and 22.2% from three-point range. In addition, they had 18 turnovers, eight more than their season average. Santa Barbara led by as many as 15 points in the first half, but Pacific scored eight straight to bridge the first half and second half to close within eight, 34-26. That was the closest the game got. The Gauchos saw the lead drop below double-figures just once more and led by as many as 17, 44-27, in winning in Stockton for the second time in three seasons.

• The Gauchos And Aggies
UCSB and UC Davis have played 19 times in a series that began in 1939. With their 68-47 win on in Santa Barbara on Jan. 8, the Gauchos hold an all-time advantage of 15-4 over the Aggies. Last year, the teams split two games with each winning on its own court. The Aggies won 89-75 in Davis and the Gauchos won 66-64 in Santa Barbara.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Made his first start of the season in Thursday's win at Pacific.
G 20 Will Brew, Jr. - Had two steals at Pacific and now leads the Gauchos with 28.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Scored career-high 28 points in Thursday's win at Pacific.
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Had six rebounds in just 17 minutes at Pacific.
F 21 James Nunnally - Leads UCSB in three-point field goal percentage at 45.7%.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1 Chris Brew - Has not played in the last two games.
G 4 Paul Roemer - Has missed the last eight games with stress fracture in left foot. Is available at UC Davis.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Has 12 assists and just three turnovers in four games since returning from ankle injury.
F 15 Sam Phippen - Did not play in Thursday's win at Pacific.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - After starting two games, came off the bench at Pacific.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Played 13 minutes at Pacific after missing two games with back spasms.
G 42 James Powell - With two 3-pointers at Pacific became second UCSB player with 200 in his career.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Logged seven minutes and scored two points at Pacific.

• 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 191-154 (.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 380-254 (.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 has also been named District Coach of the Year.

• Gauchos Travel To Fresno State For Feb. 20 Bracket Buster Game
UCSB will travel to Fresno State for a Feb. 20 Bracket Buster game, it was announced on Feb. 1. The Gauchos and Bulldogs will tip-off at 7:30 p.m., following a Fresno State women's game that will begin at 5:00 p.m. The game will be one of the non-televised Bracket Buster games.

• The Gauchos Away From Home
The Gauchos are 3-6 in true road games this season, 2-3 in Big West road games. They ended a two-game road losing streak on Thursday night with 61-48 win at Pacific. If a Dec. 28 neutral court win over Furman is included, UCSB is 4-6 away from the Thunderdome this season. 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 at Pacific, Orlando Johnson scored a career-high 28 points and James Nunnally added 19. The Gaucho duo narrowly missed scoring 20 points in the same game for the sixth time. Nunnally and Johnson have scored 20 or more in the same game a school-record five times, the same total Carrick DeHart and Eric McArthur in 1989-90. The Gauchos are 4-1 when Johnson and Nunnally both score 20.

• Super Sophomores Leaving Their Marks
Orlando Johnson enters Saturday's game at UC Davis as UCSB's leading scorer at 18.0 points per game. James Nunnally is averaging 14.8 points per game. If Johnson could maintain his current scoring average, it would be the highest scoring average by a Gaucho sophomore ever. In 1968-69, Doug Rex averaged 17.8 points per game. Nunnally's average would rank third all-time. Additionally, Johnson's rebound average of 5.8 per game, also tops on the team, would rank seventh all-time and Nunnally's 5.3 per game would be 10th.

• A League Of Their Own
Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally are combining for 32.8 points per game overall. In 10 Big West Conference games, Johnson is scoring 19.3 per game and Nunnally is at 17.3. Combined, the duo is scoring 36.6 of the Gauchos' 65.3 points per league game, the rest of the team is combining to average 28.7 per game.

• Johnson's Double-Figure Streak Continues
Orlando Johnson has scored in double-figures 20 times in 20 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.

• Powell Climbs Career Stat Lists
Senior guard James Powell made two 3-point baskets and scored six points in Thursday's win at Pacific. The two 3-point baskets give Powell 200 in his UCSB career. He is the second Gaucho player in school history to hit the 200 3-pointer mark and is now 17 behind the school record-holder in the category, Mark Hull. The six points gives Powell 1,087, the 20th most in school history. He needs 30 to move into 19th all-time.

• Sophomores Unite!
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 52 of the team's 61 points. On the season, the five sophomores have combined for 999 of the Gauchos' 1,342 points, 74.4%. If you include freshmen Lucas Devenny and Chris Brew, who have scored 79 points, UCSB underclassmen have scored 1,078 points, 80.3%.

• Gauchos Love The Roaring Twenties
Defensively, UCSB held Pacific to just 6-of-27 from 3-point territory on Thursday night, 22.2%. It marked the fourth game in a row that the Gauchos held an opponent below 30.0% from 3-point distance. In the last four games, the opposition has made just 23 out of 94 shots from long distance, 24.5%. Santa Barbara has held eight of 10 Big West opponents below 30-percent and league opponents have been limited to 27.8% from beyond the 3-point arc. Ironically, the Gauchos defeated the two opponents (UC Riverside and Pacific) that have made better than 30-percent in games. Overall, 13 out of 20 UCSB opponents have shot under 30-percent from 3-point distance.

• Ahead At Half? Count It
On Thursday night at Pacific, UCSB led the game at halftime by a score of 34-22. It was the 10th time this season that the Gauchos entered halftime with a lead and in those 10 games they have gone a perfect 10-0. They have also been tied at half once, winning that game, and are 11-0 when leading or tied at half. On the other hand, Santa Barbara has been behind at half nine times in 2009-10 going 1-8 in those games. The only come-from-behind win came on Jan. 4 at UC Riverside when the Highlanders led at the break, 23-14, before the Gauchos came back for a 57-53 victory.

• Final Notes
Afte scoring 80 or more points in a game just once last season, UCSB has done so four times in 2009-10...The Gauchos have had exactly 33 rebounds in three straight games...They tied their season-low with six assists in Thursday night's win at Pacific...Santa Barbara has had seven or more steals in five straight games and 11 times this season...Dating back to last season, UCSB has won 13 of its last 17 Big West Conference games...The Gauchos have shot 45-perent for better three times in the last four games...When Pacific shot 29.4% on Thursday night, the season-low by a UCSB opponent this season, it was the seventh time this season that an opponent was below 40-percent and the second time that an opponent was below 30-percent...Jon Pastorek had four rebounds against the Tigers, his high since collecting five on Dec. 21 at Arizona State...The 30 defensive rebounds that the Gauchos had on Thursday were their second highest total of the season.

• Next Up
UCSB will return home on Saturday, Feb. 13 for a 4:00 p.m. game against Long Beach State. The game against the 49ers will be televised by Fox Sports Prime Ticket. At halftime of the game, the second "Legend of the Dome" will be introduced. Carrick DeHart was introduced as the first men's basketball "Legend" was introduced at half of UCSB's Jan. 23 game against Fullerton.

• They Are Legend
For years, the Gauchos have been exciting crowds in the Thunderdome. Through the years, legends were made in the `Dome. Now, five former UCSB standouts are being saluted as "Legends of the Dome." The first legendary women's volleyball star, Roberta Gehlke, was unveiled Oct. 19, 2009. The first men's basketball legend, Carrick DeHart, was unveiled on Jan. 23 at halftime of a game against Cal State Fullerton. Three other legends will be introduced this year. The second men's hoops legend will be unveiled prior to UCSB's 4:00 p.m. Feb. 13 game against Long Beach State. Women's basketball legends will be honored on Feb. 11 before a 7:00 p.m. game against UC Riverside, and on Feb. 27 before a 2:00 p.m. Blue-Green Rivalry Series game against Cal Poly.

• Legendary Tickets
To purchase tickets, for "Legend of the Dome" games or any game, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.