17-5 UCSB Puts Three-Game Winning Streak on the Line, Hosts UC Irvine on Fox Sports Prime Ticket Saturday
Feb. 8, 2008
Game No. 23
Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Irvine Anteaters
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KTMS 990/1490-AM
Television: Fox Sports Prime Ticket (Channel 36 in Santa Barbara)
Game No. 24
Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal Poly Mustangs
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KTMS 990/1490-AM
UCSB Travels To Utah State For ESPNU O'Reilly BracketBusters
UCSB will play at Utah State on Friday, Feb. 22 in the ESPNU O'Reilly BracketBusters. The teams have not met since the Aggies departed the Big West for the Western Athletic Conference following the 2004-05 campaign. While 100 schools will take part in BracketBusters, just 14 games will be televised, including the UCSB-USU match-up. ESPN will determine on Monday Feb. 11 which games will be carried by which of its outlets. Finally, Utah State will return the game next season, playing at the Thunderdome in the preseason.
On The Record
UC Santa Barbara enters Saturday's game against UC Irvine with an overall record of 17-5 and a Big West mark of 6-3. Since dropping a tough 66-63 decision at Irvine on Jan. 10, the Gauchos have won five out of six games, including three in a row. On Thursday night, they completed a season-sweep of Cal State Fullerton with an 83-80 victory.
Five Out Of Six, A Pretty Good Run
UCSB has not only won three straight games, it has won five of its last six contests. Interestingly, three of the five wins during the current run have come on the road. The Gauchos have won at Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly and UC Riverside, while also defeating Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis at home. The sole loss during the current run was to Pacific on Jan. 24 at the Thunderdome. The current three-game winning streak is the second-longest of the season. After losing to Stanford on Nov. 11, dropping to 2-1, UCSB won eight consecutive games.
12-Up, Better Than A Soft Drink
With an overall record of 17-5, UCSB is 12 games over the break-even mark. The last time a Gaucho team was as many as 12 games over the .500 mark was near the conclusion of the 1991-92 season when they finished were 20-8 before losing their final two games..
UCSB Holds-On For 83-80 Win Over Cal State Fullerton
Alex Harris scored 24 points, Ivan Elliott had a career-high 22, and the duo combined for nine points in the final 3:50, to help UC Santa Barbara hold-on for its third straight win, an 83-80 Big West decision over visiting Cal State Fullerton on Thursday night. The Gauchos led by as many as 13 points on several occasions in the first half, but the Titans, who had their four-game winning streak ended, slowly crawled back and finally tied the game at 69-69 on a short jump-hook by Scott Cutley with 4:10 to play. After a timeout, UCSB guard D.J. Posley got the ball to Elliott deep in the right corner and the senior from San Francisco made his biggest shot of the game, a three-pointer from about 21-feet out, putting his team in front, 72-69. The Gauchos would lead by as many as seven in the final minutes, but a three-pointer by Marcus Crenshaw, who finished with a career-high 23 points, made it a one-point game with 24 seconds to play. Santa Barbara's James Powell made a pair of free throws, and Crenshaw missed a three with six seconds left and the Gauchos held on. Powell joined Harris and Elliott in double-figures with 14 points, making 3-of-5 shots from three-point range. Harris hit four out of his six attempts from outside the arc, and as team, the Gauchos were 8-for-14, 57.1%. Frank Robinson had 16 points, including four three-pointers, to add 16 points for the Titans. Cutley had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Akognon finished with just eight points, making just 2-of-9 from the field and missing all five of his three-point attempts. UCSB finished with 22 assists and just 11 turnovers.
Probable Starters - Notes
G - Justin Joyner - Has had more turnovers than assists just once this season.
G - Alex Harris - Became third UCSB player over 1,500 points and now has 1,510, third all-time.
G - James Powell - Has made nine three-point baskets in his last two games.
F - Chris Devine - 22nd Gaucho to hit 1,000 career points. Has 1,030 in career, 21st all-time.
F - Ivan Elliott - Scored a career-high 22 points in Thursday's win over Cal State Fullerton.
Probable Reserves - Notes
G - Nick Quick - Has attempted eight shots in just 11 minutes of action.
G - Jordan Weiner - All 12 of his baskets this season have been three-pointers.
G - Paul Roemer - Had career-highs of five assists and two blocked shots vs. Cal State Fullerton.
G - D.J. Posley - Produced a career-high four steals in Jan. 30 win at UC Riverside.
F - Nedim Pajevic - Had one of best games vs. Titans, nine points, seven rebounds, five assists.
F - Sam Phippen - Has not played in the last five games.
F - Beau Gibb - Has played in 20 of 22 games.
F - Peter Jordan - Walk-on freshman has played in two games this season.
The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his 10th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Last year his team recorded an overall record of 18-11 and a Big West mark of 9-5. The 18 wins were the most regular season wins by a Gaucho team since 1991-92 and it equaled the second most wins a Williams-coached UCSB team has ever had. Williams has led Santa Barbara to winning records in five of the last six seasons, the only exception being a 2004-05 team that was ravaged by injuries. He has guided UCSB to a pair of postseason appearances. In 2002-03, the 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 title ever and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 years. Including this season, Williams' UCSB teams have posted a 157-127 (.553) overall record and an 92-62 (.597) 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 346-227 (.604) at four-year schools.
The Gauchos and UC Irvine have played 67 times in a series that dates back to 1968. Santa Barbara holds a 41-26 edge all-time, but the Anteaters have won the last two meetings. On Jan. 10, they recorded a 66-63 win in Irvine, and they also won by a score of 70-52 in the second round of the 2007 Big West Tournament. Prior to the loss in last season's Big West Tourney, UCSB had won three straight games in the series, including a regular season sweep in 2006-07. The last time the teams met in Santa Barbara, on Feb. 8, the Gauchos won 71-62. UCSB and Cal Poly have played 89 times in a series that began in 1938. The Gauchos hold a sizable 59-30 edge all-time and won the season's first meeting between the schools, 75-60 on Jan. 19 in San Luis Obispo. Prior to that win by UCSB, the Mustangs had won three in a row and four of five in the series. In 2006-07, Cal Poly won the game in San Luis Obispo by a score of 86-79, and in Santa Barbara by a 71-61 count.
Eight-Game Streak Was Longest In A Long Time
First of all, get used to this note. It's not going anywhere. UCSB's eight-game winning streak, which was ended at North Carolina on Dec. 22, was the longest that a Gaucho team has put together since Bob Williams became head coach in 1998-99. It was also the longest winning streak since the 1988-89 team opened the year by winning 11 consecutive games and it equaled the second longest streak in school history. Santa Barbara also won eight games in a row in 1971-72, 1960-61 and 1940-41.
The Gauchos At Home
UCSB had its nine-game home winning streak ended on Jan. 5 by Cal State Northridge, 88-84, and on Jan. 24, Pacific handed the Gauchos their second straight home loss, 71-58. On Jan. 26, the Gauchos ended the brief two-game home losing streak with a 60-45 win on Jan. 26 over UC Davis and then they extended the streak to two in a row with an 83-80 win over Cal State Fullerton on Thursday night, improving to 9-2 at the Thunderdome. With victories over Long Beach State, Utah Valley, Pepperdine, UNLV, Montana State, San Francisco and Cal Poly Pomona, the Gauchos opened the year with a perfect 7-0 Thunderdome record, extending a two-season home victory streak to nine in a row. The nine game home winning streak was the longest the program has had since it won 15 in a row bridging the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons.
The Gauchos On The Road
The Gauchos are 6-3 in true road games this season. They won their last three road games, 64-53 at UC Riverside on Jan. 30, 75-60 at Cal Poly on Jan. 19, and 87-72 at Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 12. In addition, they have victories at Eastern Washington, Ball State and Loyola Marymount. The trio of road defeats have come at North Carolina, Stanford and UC Irvine. UCSB has also gone a perfect 2-0 in neutral court games with wins over Northwestern State and Harvard at the Basketball Travelers Classic in Palo Alto, Calif. In 2006-07, the Gauchos recorded an all-time best 10-4 record on the road. Dating to the 2005-06 season, UCSB has gone 20-9 in its last 29 true road games.
Although UCSB has three players averaging in double-figures overall, the Gauchos have four players who are doing the deed in Big West games. Overall, Alex Harris (21.0 ppg), Chris Devine (12.7 ppg), and James Powell (12.1 ppg) are each over the 10-point barrier. In nine Big West games, the scoring is even more balanced as Harris (19.1 ppg), Powell (14.6 ppg), and Devine (12.7 ppg) are joined by Ivan Elliott (10.7) in double-figure territory.
A Marginal Difference
UCSB has started Big West play with a 6-3 record this season. The first losses were close ones, 88-84 to Cal State Northridge and 66-63 at UC Irvine. The 71-58 loss to Pacific on Jan. 24 marked the largest margin of defeat in league games this season and the third largest overall. The 64-53 win at UC Riverside on Jan. 30 kept another pattern in tact: at that point, all five conference wins had come by double-figure margins. The first four victories, over Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly and UC Davis, actually came by the same margin, 15 points. On Thursday night, the Gauchos had their first close win of the conference season, edging Cal State Fullerton, 83-80. In all, 15 of 22 Gaucho games have been decided by 10 or more points this year and UCSB has gone 12-3 in those games.
UCSB made eight out of its 14 three-point field goal attempts on Thursday night against Cal State Fullerton. In doing so, the Gauchos improved their three-point field goal percentage on the season to 43.0%, a figure that ranks first in the Big West and second in the NCAA. In the last two games, both wins, Santa Barbara has made 19 of its 35 attempts from outside the three-point arc, 54.3%. UCSB has now made 50.0% or better in two consecutive games and nine times in its 22 games this season. In fact, the Gauchos, who shot a 70.6% (12-of-17) from three-point territory on Dec. 19 at Ball State, have made 60.0% or better in four games this season, including a stretch of three-straight games.
Plenty Of Turnover
UCSB opponents are averaging 18.4 turnovers per game in 2007-08, an increase of 5.0 per game over the 13.4 per game they averaged in 2006-07. Last year, a Gaucho opponent had 20 or more turnovers just once, 21 by Pepperdine in a double overtime game. In 2007-08, UCSB has forced 20 or more turnovers eight times in 22 games and only two opponents have had fewer than 16. On Thursday night, Cal State Fullerton had 11 turnovers, the fewest by a UCSB opponent this season.
Out Of The Red, Into The Black
With 22 assists and just 11 turnovers in Thursday night's win over Cal State Fullerton, UCSB has gone into the black in the assist-to-turnover ratio. Entering Saturday's game against UC Irvine, the Gauchos have totaled 333 assists as compared to a mere 332 turnovers. It marks the first time since the second game of the year that they have been on the plus side in that category.
Although UCSB's 22 assists on Thursday were only the team's second highest total this season, the game marked the first time this year that the Gauchos had three players with five assists. Guards James Powell and Paul Roemer, as well as forward Nedim Pajevic, each handed off five assists in the win over the Titans.
Free, But Valuable
UCSB has been outstanding from the free throw line this season. After making 21-of-28 in the win over Cal State Fullerton, the Gauchos are making 78.0% on the season, tops in the Big West, and third in the nation. On Jan. 19 at Cal Poly, UCSB posted season-highs for makes and attempts by hitting 25 out of 30, 83.3%. In the last eight games, all in Big West Conference play, Santa Barbara has made 132-of-166, 79.5%, In 22 games this season, the Gauchos have made 80.0% or better from the free throw line 10 times. The school's all-time record of 77.2% was set during the 1982-83 season. Last year's mark of 72.5% was the ninth best ever.
UCSB has had three Big West Players of the Week this season. Senior Alex Harris has earned the award twice (Nov. 25 and Dec. 10) and sophomore guard James Powell has won it once (Dec. 3). Harris has been named Player of the Week four times in the last two seasons.
Take Me To Your Leaders
While only three players (Alex Harris, James Powell and Chris Devine) have led the Gauchos in scoring this season, the same has not held true for the other statistical categories. UCSB has had eight players lead or tie for the team-lead in steals, six lead or tie for the team-lead in rebounding, five lead or tie for the lead in assists, and six have done so in blocked shots.
The Harris Poll
Senior guard Alex Harris continues to lead the Gauchos in scoring at 21.0 points per game, and he has regained his spot atop the Big West scoring race, just slightly ahead of Cal State Fullerton's Josh Akognon. He ranks 22nd nationally in scoring. Harris had 24 points, three rebounds, and two assists in UCSB's Thursday-night win over Cal State Fullerton. In the win over the Titans, he made all eight of his free throw attempts and 4-of-6 from three-point range. On Jan. 30, Harris scored 19 in a win at UC Riverside. After scoring just three points in the first half against the Highlanders, he went for 16 in the second half. Harris made 5-of-8 three-point attempts, including four out five attempts in the second half. After scoring a season-high 31 points on Jan. 19 at Cal Poly, including five three-point baskets, Harris totaled just 29 in games against Pacific and UC Davis before bouncing back with 43 in the last two games. He has now scored in double-figures in all 21 of his appearances this season and in 28 straight games dating back to the 2006-07 season. Harris has either led, or tied for the team-lead in scoring 17 times this season. He has tallied 20 points or more 11 times and 25 or more six times. The senior frorm Alameda, Calif., has now scored 1,510 points in his career, and on Thursday, he is became just the third player in school history to eclipse the 1,500 point barrier. Harris currently ranks third on UCSB's all-time scoring list and needs 71 to move past Mark Hull and into second all-time. Carrick DeHart (1,687) is the Gauchos' all-time leading scorer. In addition to scoring, he paces the team in three-point shooting. By making 4-of-6, Harris has boosted his percentage past the 50.0% mark again at 50.5%, sixth in the nation. He has hit 56 out of 111 attempts this season and has made at least one three-point basket in 20 of 21 games. In addition, he has hit two or more 17 times, and three or more nine times. In the last two games, he has gone 9-of-14, 64.3%. Harris made a career-high six three-point baskets, in eight attempts, on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley. In his career, he has now hit 176 out of 419, 42.0%. the fourth most makes and the second highest percentage in UCSB history. Prior to his 31-point game at Cal Poly, Harris' season-high was 29 points on Nov. 24 against Montana State. In that game, he had career-highs for free throws, 15, and free throw attempts, 18. On the year, Harris has gone to the free throw line 142 times, an average of 6.8 times per game. He has made 83.8% of his attempts overall, but has gone 30 out of his last 31, 96.8%. He is averaging 3.5 boards per game, fourth on the team, and he has had four or more in six of the last 12 games. He had a season-high eight rebounds on Nov. 24 against Montana State. Also, of his 35 assists on the year, 27 have come in the last 12 games. Finally, Harris was a Preseason All-Big West and Mid-Major All-America selection.
The Devine File
Junior forward Chris Devine, battling a relapse of the flu, had eight points and eight rebounds in Thursday night's win over Cal State Fullerton. Although he remains the team's second-leading scorer overall at 12.7 points per game, he has scored just 14 total points in the last two games, 7.0 per game, making 6-of-17 shots from the field, 35.3%. In the last five games, Devine has scored 48 points, 9.6 per game. Despite his recent dip, Devine has scored 10 or more points 15 times in his 21 appearances this year, but just five times in the last 11 games. He scored a season-high 24 on Jan. 5 against Cal State Northridge, and his other 20 point game came when he had 22 at Ball State on Dec. 19. On Jan. 24 against Pacific, Devine became the 22nd player in UCSB history to move past the 1,000 point mark. He enters Saturday's game with a career total of 1,030, a figure that ranks 21st all-time. He needs three to move into the top-20. Devine is second on the team in rebounding at 5.4 per game and he had eight in the win over the Titans, his highest total since he had eight in back-to-back games on Jan. 3 and Jan. 5 against Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge respectively. The eight rebounds were one short of his season high of nine, set on Dec. 1 at Loyola Marymount. Devine is also second on the team in field goal percentage at 50.8%. A Preseason All-Big West selection, Devine had a season-high four assists on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley and two or more 10 times this season, including five of the last 10 games. He has also claimed the team-lead in steals with a recent surge. He has had at least one in five of the last seven games and he now has 28 on the season, 27 of which have come in the last 18 games.
Old Buddy, Old Powell
Sophomore guard James Powell rebounded from one of his poorest offensive games of the season with the best offensive performance of his career. After scoring just five points in a Jan. 26 win over UC Davis, Powell poured in a career-high 25 points on Jan. 30 at UC Riverside. He went a career-best 6-of-9 from three-point range, equaling the most three-point baskets by a Gaucho this year and since the 2004-05 season. Powell followed that performance with a solid outing against Cal State Fullerton, going 14 points, five assists and three rebounds. He made 3-of-5 three-point attempts in the win over the Titans. Powell is now averaging 12.1 points per game, a figure which is at its highest point all season. He has scored in double-figures 14 times this season, all in the last 19 games. Also, after entering the year with a career-high of 18 points, Powell has scored 20 or more four times, including three times in the last six games, a period over which he has averaged 16.2 points per game. Since scoring a total of 17 points through the first three games, he has averaged 13.2 points per game. He is now shooting 43.1% from outside the three-point line, but since opening the year by going 2-for-12, Powell has made 45 out of his last 97 attempts, 46.4%. Prior to draining six three-pointers against Riverside, his career-high was five, set on Nov. 27 against UNLV. He made all five three-pointers in the second half against the Runnin' Rebels, including one with less than a second remaining to give the Gauchos the win. Powell is averaging 2.4 assists per game, second on the team, and he has had two or more in six straight and seven of the last eight. He tied a career-high with six on Jan. 5 against Cal State Northridge and with five on Thursday night, he has now had five or more four times this year, including three times in the last eight games. He is also averaging 3.1 rebounds per outing, including a career-high six on Jan. 3 against Long Beach State. Finally, with three steals against Pacific on Jan. 24, he tied his career-high and he now has 25 on the season, tied for second on the team.
Justin Joins In
Since scoring a season-high 13 points on Jan. 12 at Cal State Fullerton, sophomore guard Justin Joyner has scored just six points over the last five games. Scoring, however, is not Joyner's bag. His bag? Assisting. Joyner continues to lead the Gauchos in assists at 3.7 per game, a figure which ranks third in the Big West Conference. He also paces the circuit in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.16-to-1.00. In fact, despite playing 581 minutes and handling the ball more than anyone else on the team, Joyner has committed just 38 turnovers, an average of just 1.73 per game. He has had more turnovers than assists in a game just one time this season (Four turnovers and two assists on Nov. 11 at Stanford) and in his last 15 games, he has had 58 assists and just 22 turnovers. He had had just four turnovers in the last four games, 102 minutes. Joyner had a season-high seven assists on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley. He has also had a pair of six-assist games, on Dec. 5 against Pepperdine and Dec. 19 at Ball State. He has had four or more assists 13 times this season and the Gauchos have gone 11-2 in those games. While scoring is not his forte, Joyner not only scored a season-high 13 at Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 12, he had games of nine on Nov. 10 against Harvard, and eight on Nov. 27 against UNLV, and Dec. 7 against Utah Valley. Joyner has made 10 out of 35 three-pointers this season, but seven have come in three games, two apiece against UNLV and Ball State, and a career-high three at Fullerton. Finally, he is one of five Gauchos with 20 or more steals, and he tied his season and career-high with three on Jan. 26 against UC Davis.
Ivan The Good
Senior forward Ivan Elliott had the best offensive game of his career in Thursday night's win over Cal State Fullerton. Elliott scored a career-high 22 points, making a career-high 10 field goals on a career-high 13 attempts. He also made one of his two three-point field goal attempts and he continues to shoot at 50.0% from beyond the three-point arc, 22-of-44. Elliott's previous career-high of 17 came in the season opener against Northwestern State. Overall, he continues to be one of UCSB's most consistent players. He is now averaging 9.7 points and a team-leading 6.0 rebounds per game. Elliott has been in double-figures in two straight games and 11 times this season, including eight times in the last 13 games. At one point, he scored 10 or more in four straight games, the longest stretch of his career. Elliott has had a season-high nine rebounds twice this year, on Dec. 29 at Eastern Washington and then again on Jan. 24 against Pacific. Despite collecting just two rebounds against Cal State Fullerton, he has averaged 7.0 per game over the last 12 contests. Prior to the game against the Titans, Elliott had five or more rebounds in 13 consecutive games. He has done so 18 times in 22 games this season. Before making a three-pointer on Thursday night, he had missed five in a row over two games, but prior to that, he was on fire from outside the three-point stripe, going 6-for-7, 85.7%, over a four-game stretch. In 2006-07, Elliott made just 5-of-13 three-point attempts in 29 games. He made a career-high three on Nov. 24 against Montana State and he has hit two in five other games. The San Francisco native is making a team-best 55.5% from the field. In fact, Elliott has made at least 60.0% of his shots in nine of the last 14, hitting 57-of-95 in those 14 games, 60.0%. Finally, Elliott leads the Gauchos in blocked shots with 22, but he has gone without a block in four straight games. He had a career-high three blocks on Nov. 10 against Harvard.
A Piece Of The Pajevic (Pronounced Pie-uh-vich)
Senior forward Nedim Pajevic's rollercoaster of a season continued on Thursday night when he had one of his best all-around games of the year. Pajevic had nine points, seven rebounds and he tied his career-high with five assists in the win over Cal State Fullerton. The nine points were the most he scored since he went for 12 on Dec. 22 at North Carolina, and the seven rebounds were his highest total since he had a season-high 10 on Nov. 20 against San Francisco. Not coincidentally, Pajevic played 24 minutes against the Titans, the most he has logged since Nov. 24 against Montana State. On the season, Pajevic is now averaging 6.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He has scored 10 or more points six times this season, but he has not done so since the North Carolina game. He went for a season-high 16 points on Nov. 10 against Harvard. In addition, he had a personal-best 10 rebounds on Nov. 20 against San Francisco, recording a double-double in the process as he also scored 10 points. In fact, Pajevic's double-double against the Dons is the only one record by a Gaucho player this season. Prior to Thursday, he had been limited by foul trouble in recent games. Not only did he have four fouls in 15 minutes at Riverside, he fouled out in eight minutes on Jan. 24 against Pacific, and he fouled out in 16 minutes on Jan. 12 at Cal State Fullerton. Pajevic has had three or more assists eight times this year, going for a season-high five on Nov. 15 against Cal Poly Pomona, in addition to Feb. 7 against Fullerton. He has had four or more 11 times this season, including four times in the last seven games. Finally, while he is shooting 48.5% overall, Pajevic is making 54.4% from two-point range.
Sophomore guard Paul Roemer continues to give the Gauchos valuable minutes as a reserve in the backcourt and he had one of his best all-around games on Thursday night against Cal State Fullerton. Roemer played 13 minutes in the win over the Titans, and while he scored just two points, making his only field goal attempt, he had a career-high five assists, a career-high two blocked shots, and two steals. He is now averaging 2.5 points, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game. On Jan. 10, in a defeat at UC Irvine, he helped shoot the Gauchos back into a game that they trailed by 18 at one point, by making the first four three-point shots he took. He finished 4-for-5 from three-point territory, 4-for-6 overall, and scored a career-high 12 points. Roemer has now made 11-of-30 shots from three-point range this season, 36.7%, but he has hit five out of his last seven attempts, 71.4%. Finally, in 2006-07, Roemer played 132 minutes in 16 games. This year, Roemer has played in all 22 games, logging 342 minutes, an average of 15.5 per game. He has played at least 11 minutes in 21 of the 22 games.
Strike A Posley
Junior guard D.J. Posley has missed all three of the shots he has attempted in the last two games, but he continues to contribute in other ways. On Thursday night he was scoreless in 17 minutes, but he helped to shut down Titan three-point wizard Josh Akognon, who finished with just eight points, missing all five of his three-point attempts. Posley did have three rebounds and an assist in the game. In UCSB's Jan. 30 win over UC Riverside, he had a career-high four steals to help key the victory. Posley, who is averaging 3.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game, is tied for second on the team with 25 steals. He scored a season-high seven on Dec. 5 against Pepperdine. On Jan. 12, despite not scoring a point in a win at Cal State Fullerton, he had one of the best games of his career. Posley had six assists, two rebounds and one steal in the first game against the Titans.