Gauchos Host UC Irvine, Long Beach State in Key Big West Showdowns; Saturday's UCSB-LBSU Game on Fox Sports

Feb. 6, 2007

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

Game No. 22
Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Long Beach State 49ers
at UCSB's Thunderdome
TV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket

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 in Paradise 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. Bob in Paradise is broadcast live each week from The Paradise Cafe on the corner of Anacapa and Ortega in downtown Santa Barbara.

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters the week with an overall record of 14-6 and a Big West record of 5-2. After consecutive home losses, the Gauchos have recorded three straight wins, all on the road. On Thursday, Feb. 1, UCSB won at UC Davis, 66-48. The Gauchos are now 9-2 in road games.

A Good Start
UCSB is off to its best start in more than a decade. The Gauchos have an overall record of 14-6, the best 20-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 20 games was in 1991-92 when the team was 15-5 through 20 games. The 1991-92 Gaucho team finished the season with an overall record of 20-9 and a Big West record of 13-5.

UCSB-Long Beach State Showdown Televised On Fox Sports
Saturday's UCSB-Long Beach State game will be aired on Fox Sports Prime Ticket. Paul Sunderland will call the play-by-play and Jack Haley will handle the color.

UCSB Hosts Eastern Washington In Feb. 17 BracketBusters Game
UCSB will host Eastern Washington in a non-televised BracketBusters game on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome. The Gauchos will be playing their third Bracket Buster game in the last six seasons. The Eagles are a member of the Big Sky Conference.

Pair Of Gaucho Games Added To Big West TV Package
Two of UCSB's final four basketball games have been added to the Big West Conference's television package, it was announced on Jan. 31. As part of the league's best game available provision in its television contracts, the Big West decides on late-season games based on record and impact on the conference standings, the Gauchos' games on Feb. 22 at Cal State Fullerton and at home on Mar. 3 against Cal State Northridge have been added to the schedule. The game against the Titans will be aired by KVMD-TV in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties, and the game against the Matadors will be carried on Fox Sports Prime Ticket. The UCSB-Cal State Northridge game will be moved from 7:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to accommodate Fox Sports.

Outstanding Second Half Lifts Gauchos Past UC Davis, 66-48
Freshman guard Justin Joyner scored seven of his 12 points during a 14-3 run to open the second half and junior forward Chris Devine had 19 points and 10 rebounds as UC Santa Barbara overcame a sluggish first half to win for the ninth time in 11 road games this season, 66-48 at UC Davis. UCSB trailed the Aggies 24-23 at halftime, but junior forward Ivan Elliott made a lay-up at the 18:50 mark of the second half to give the Gauchos the lead for good, 25-24. Devine scored on a driving lay-up and made a free throw to make it 28-24. After a 14-foot jumper by Aggie guard David Carter cut the lead to two points, Joyner responded with his first three-point basket of the game to give Santa Barbara a 31-26 edge. The Gauchos, who played stifling defense in the second half, forced a UC Davis turnover and senior guard Cecil Brown capitalized by making a slashing baseline lay-up. Following a media timeout, Joyner made a free throw line jumper with 14:48 left to give UCSB a 35-26 lead and then after Aggie forward Thomas Juillerat made one of two free throws, Joyner made a floating jumper in the lane with 14:04 left to cap the 14-3 run and give his team a 37-27 lead. At the 10:56 mark, the run had grown to 19-5 as Devine made a short jumper from the baseline to give UCSB a 44-29 lead and the Aggies never got the lead under double-digits the rest of the way. Santa Barbara won despite leading scorer Alex Harris suffering through his worst shooting performance of the season. Harris, the Big West's leading scorer, made just 1-of-13 shots from the field, including 0-for-6 from three-point range. He did make 9-of-10 from the free throw line to finish with 11 points. Devine finished the game at 8-of-10 from the floor and it was his fifth double-double of the season. Joyner scored in double-figures for the fourth time this season and the third time in as many games, making 5-of-9 shots overall and 2-of-4 from three-point territory. He also had seven rebounds. Elliott had a career-high 12 rebounds and scored seven points before fouling out. Guard James Powell came off the bench to make 4-of-6 shots and score nine points. Juillerat and Kyle Brucculeri shared team-high honors for UC Davis with 10 points. The Aggies made just 32.8% of their shots overall and 28.1% in the second half. In addition, they made just 4-of-26 three-point attempts, 1-of-14 in the second half. UCSB shot just 43.4% from the field, but it made 48.3% in the second half.

Probable Starters - Notes
G - Cecil Brown - Has played 30 or more minutes in three straight for first time this season.
G - Alex Harris - With 11 points at UC Davis, has been in double-figures in all 20 this year.
G - Justin Joyner - Has averaged 12.3 points per game in the last three.
F - Chris Devine - Had his fifth double-double of the year, 19 points, 10 rebouds at UC Davis.
F - Ivan Elliott - Set a career-high with 12 rebounds in win at UC Davis.

Probable Reserves - Notes
G - James Powell - Made 6-of-9 field goal attempts in the last two games, 66.7%.
G - Paul Roemer - Has played in each of the last five games.
G - Trevor Bing - Attempted one shot at UC Davis, his first field goal attempt in five games.
F - Tom Garlepp - Played eight minutes at UC Davis, his longest stint since Dec. 19.
F - Emmanuel Bidias a Mouté - After not playing in two games, has played 57 in the last six.
F - Beau Gibb - Has played in just one of the last eight 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 5.0 rebounds in last three games.

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 136-117 (.538) overall record and an 82-57 (.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 324-217 (.599) at four-year schools.

The Opponents
UCSB and UC Irvine have played 64 times in a series that dates back to 1968. The Gauchos lead the all-time series by a 40-24 count. In the first meeting between the schools this year, a Jan. 4 contest at Irvine, Santa Barbara posted 64-59 win. In 2005-06, UCSB and UCI split games with each team winning on the road. The Anteaters won at the Thunderdome 70-66 and the Gauchos win at the Bren Center, 60-59. UCSB and Long Beach State have played exactly 100 times since the first meeting between the schools in 1952. With their resounding 101-65 win in Long Beach on Jan. 4, the 49ers lead the all-time series by a narrow 51-49 margin. The Gauchos swept both games in the series last season, winning at the Thunderdome, 77-74, and at the Pyramid, 81-78.

One For The Road: A New Record
UCSB is 9-2 in road games this season. According to our records, the nine true road wins are the most ever at the NCAA Division I level by a UCSB team and the total equals the previous record set, at the College Division level, during the 1963-64 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 four consecutive road games at UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge, Pacific and UC Davis. 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 14-4 on the road and the nine road wins this season equals the total recorded 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.

Streaky
The Gauchos enter the week with a three-game winning streak. UCSB has also put together two four-game winning streaks this season and a pair of two-game losing streaks. In addition, Santa Barbara has won four straight road games, a figure that won't change this week, and it has lost two straight home games, a figure that will most definitely change.

Defensive Lockdown I
UCSB's recent upturn in fortunes can be directly attributed to defense. In the last three games, all wins, the Gauchos have allowed their opponents to score 167 points, 55.7 per game, a decrease of 11.5 over per game from the 67.2 per game that they allow for the season. The 48 points scored by UC Davis on Feb. 1 were the second fewest allowed by UCSB this season and the 57 tallied by Cal State Northridge on Jan. 25 were the fourth fewest. In the last three, the Gauchos have limited the opposition to making 58 of 174 field goal attempts, 33.3%. Each of the last three opponents has shot below 40.0%, a first this season. In fact, forget 40.0%, each of the last three has shot below 35.0%.

Defensive Lockdown II
Santa Barbara's defensive effort in the last three games has been particularly solid on the perimeter. The Gauchos last three opponents, Cal State Northridge, Pacific and UC Davis, have combined to make just 14-of-76 shots form outside the three-point stripe, 18.4%. On the season, UCSB opponents are now making 30.4% from beyond the arc. In fact, in five games since the Gauchos allowed Long Beach State and UC Irvine to make 27-of- 60 from three-point range in games on Jan. 4 and Jan. 6, they have held opponents to 28-of-126, 22.2%. Long Beach State, incidentally, set a UCSB opposition record when it made 17 three-pointers on Jan. 4.

The Return Of The Free Throw
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. Prior to the win at UC Davis, UCSB had made fewer than 70.0% in six of seven contests and over that span it shot just 64.1% from the line. In the win over Davis, however, the Gauchos got back on the free throw beam as they made 18-of-22, 81.8%. It certainly behooves UCSB to make its free throws. In the last five games, the Gauchos have attempted at least 20 in each and they have averaged 27.2 per game. The opponents, on the other hand, have attempted more than 20 just once in the last seven games and over that period they have averaged 16.1 per game.

Offensive Respite
Since scoring 70 or more points in 11 of its first 13 games this season, UCSB has gone into a bit of point-scoring lull. In their last seven games the Gauchos have hit the 70-point mark just one time, in a 70-62 win at Pacific on Jan. 27. In the last seven, UCSB has scored a total of 459 points, 65.6 points per game, 6.7 points under its season average of 72.3 per game. On the bright side, despite the offensive downturn, the Gauchos have won four times over the seven game span.

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 721 of the Gauchos' 1,446 points, 49.9%. They are combining for 36.1 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         871      78      11.2
Cecil Brown         863      102     8.5
Chris Devine        663      49      13.5

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 20 20 Chris Devine 20 18 James Powell 20 7 Cecil Brown 15 7 Ivan Elliott 20 5 Justin Joyner 20 5 Tom Garlepp 18 1

Double-Double Dipping
The Gauchos have produced six 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 Chris Devine at UC Davis 19p, 10r Ivan Elliott UC Riverside 12p, 10r

The Harris Poll
Despite suffering through his worst shooting performance of the season at UC Davis, junior guard Alex Harris continues to lead UCSB in scoring at 20.7 points per game, a figure that also leads the Big West Conference. On Feb. 1 at UC Davis, Harris made just 1-of-13 shots from the field and he missed all six of his three-point attempts. Despite his shooting struggles, he did make 9-of-10 free throw attempts to finish with 11 points. In UCSB's previous game, a 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, he 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 20 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 413 points this season, just 45 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 20 games. He has made at least one three-point basket in 18 of 20 games, including eight of the last nine, 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 is averaging 4.8 rebounds per game, third on the team. He has had five or more rebounds in nine of the last 15 games and 10 times in his last 17 games, a span over which he has averaged 5.3 per game. Harris has attempted a team-high 143 free throws this season, easily the most in his career, and 40 more than the team-leader, Chris Devine, attempted last season. He has attempted 57 free throws in the last five games, making 45, 78.9%. 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 picked-up two early fouls and was limited to 27 minutes in UCSB's Feb. 1 win at UC Davis. Still, the 27 minutes was enough for Devine to have one of his best games in a while. He made 8-of-10 shots from the field and all three of his free throw attempts to finish with 19 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. It was his fifth double-double of the season. Devine is averaging 15.4 points and a team-leading 7.0 rebounds per game. The 19 points that he scored in the win at UC Davis were a game-high and the most he had scored since he went for 25 in a Jan. 30 win over Cal State Fullerton. Devine has now scored in double-figures 18 times in 20 games, including each of the last eight, his longest streak of the season. He has, in fact, scored 15 or more nine times. Devine has had five double-doubles this season, one more 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), at UC Irvine (15 points and 11 rebounds) and at UC Davis (19 points and 10 rebounds). Four of Devine's five double-doubles have come on the road. Dating back to the 2005-06 season, seven of his nine 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 eight times this season and he has made 60.0% or better from the field eight 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!
Senior guard Cecil Brown has played in each of the last 15 games after missing the first five with a foot injury. Brown has started the last four games, averaging 31.5 minutes per game over that span and playing 30 or more in the last three. On Feb. 1 at UC Davis, Brown scored five points, ending a streak of 12 straight games in which he had scored at least six. He also missed a pair of three-point attempts, ending a streak of seven consecutive games with at least one. Brown, who is averaging 7.9 points per game and has scored 10 or more seven times in the last 12 games, has become one of the Gauchos' best playmakers. He has paced the Gauchos in assists four times in the last five games, averaging 4.0 over that period, and he is now averaging 2.9 per game on the year. He has had two or more assists 13 times in his 15 appearances, including each of the last six. On Jan. 27 at Pacific, Brown passed-off for a game-high and career-high six assists in a win over the Tigers. He also had six in a Dec. 19 win over Vanguard. Despite going without a three-pointer in the last game, Brown has made 14 three-point baskets on the season and he now has 102 in his career, a figure that ranks him ninth on UCSB's all-time list. Brown needs six more to move into eighth all-time. He tallied a season-high 13 points on Dec. 30 in a win over Cal State Fullerton. Finally, after averaging 18.3 minutes per game through the first three games, he has averaged 27.7 per game over the last 12 games. In each of the 12 he has played at least 20 minutes, in each of the last six he has played 25 or more and in the last three he played 30 or more.

Justin Joins In
Freshman guard Justin Joyner has started to emerge offensively. He had his best offensive game of the season in a Jan. 25 win at Cal State Northridge and he has followed that up with two more outstanding efforts. 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 at Pacific, 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. On Feb. 1 at UC Davis, he made 4-of-6 shots overall, 2-of-4 from three-point range and finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists. In the last three games, all wins, Joyner has averaged 12.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.7 assists. He has hit 11-of-16 from the field, 68.7%, and 7-of-11 from three-point range, 63.6%. In the last five games, Joyner has made 10-of-14 three-pointers, 71.4%. Overall, he has now bumped his shooting percentage over the 40.0% mark for the first time this season at 40.2%. Since missing his first 12 three-point attempts this year, Joyner has made 15-of-36, 41.7%. In addition to his improving offensive game, Joyner continues to lead the team in assists at 2.9 per game and he has taken over the team-lead in steals with 25. In fact, not only has he had three steals in each of the three games, but he has had three in four of the last five games. His 25 steals rank him tied for fifth on the all-time freshman list and 59 assists rank tied for seventh 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.

Ivan The Good
Junior forward Ivan Elliott had seven points and a career-high 12 rebounds in UCSB's Feb. 1 win at UC Davis. In the last two games, a win over Pacific in addition to the win over Davis, Elliott has averaged 8.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while making 6-of-10 shots overall, his only three-point attempt and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. The 12 rebounds that he collected in the last game was his fourth double-digit rebound performance this season and it improved his rebounding average to 5.9 per game, a season-high. Elliott is averaging 7.7 rebounds per game in the last six games and he has also taken over the team-lead in offensive rebounds with 43, four more than Chris Devine. He also paces the team with 17 blocked shots. Since coming off the bench in the first seven games of the regular season, Elliott has made 13 straight starts. As a starter, he has averaged 7.2 points and 6.7 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, he has not done so in seven 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. He has also assumed the team-lead in field goal percentage among regulars at 56.8%. Finally, after averaging just 14 minutes per game in the first three games, Elliott has averaged 24.3 per game in the last 17.

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 2.3 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 UC Davis, Powell had his best offensive game in a while scoring nine points and making 4-of-6 shots from the field. In fact, after a prolonged shooting slump, he has started to bounce-back in the last two games. In wins at Pacific and UC Davis, Powell made 6-of-9 shots overall, 66.7%, and 6-of-7 from inside the three-point arc, 85.7%. While he played a season-low 10 minutes at Pacific, 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 but has come off the bench in the last four. Prior to the last two games, he had made fewer than half of his shots in 11 consecutive games. He has scored in double-figures seven times this season, but just once in the last 13 games. He had 10 in a Jan. 6 win at UC Irvine. Even with his 6-of-9 performance in the last two games, Powell has seen his field goal percentage drift below 40-percent at 39.3%. In his last 13, he has made 21-of-71 shots, 29.6%. 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 73 three-point attempts rank fifth all-time among freshmen and he needs just two 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.

Turning Point
Senior forward Glenn Turner has scored just four total points in the last three games, but over that same span he has averaged 5.0 rebounds per game. After playing a season-high 20 minutes in UCSB's Jan. 27 win at Pacific, Turner played just eight minutes in the Feb. 1 win at UC Davis. He continues to nurse an injured right thumb that limits his offensive output. In fact, in the last three games, a period of 43 minutes, he did not attempt a field goal. Over the same three-game span, Turner was 4-for-12 from the free throw line. Overall, Turner is averaging 2.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. He had season-highs of eight points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots in a Dec. 28 win over UC Riverside. On Jan. 27 at Pacific, he had eight rebounds. Despite playing in just 11 games, Turner is tied for second on the team with 12 blocked shots. He now has 93 career blocks, fourth on the school's all-time list.

The Last Word
Emmanuel Bidias a Mouté has played in seven straight games after a stretch when he played just once in five games. In the last seven games, Bidias a Mouté has played 58 minutes and pulled down 13 rebounds, including a personal-best five on Jan. 4 at Long Beach State. | Freshmen have collected 51 of UCSB's 116 steals on the season, 44.0%. | After making 4-of-7 shots in 11 minutes at Long Beach State on Jan. 4, Trevor Bing has played 23 in the last six and attempted one shot. | Tom Garlepp played eight minutes in the win at UC Davis, his highest total since playing 11 on Dec. 19 against Vanguard. | While UCSB is averaging 21.6 free throws per game this season, it has averaged 30.2 per game in the last four, including a season-high 36 in the game at Cal State Northridge.

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