Gauchos Travel South for Pair of Important Big West Games
Feb. 9, 2011
Thursday, February 10 , 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. UC Riverside
at UCR's Student Recreation Center
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Saturday, February 12 , 2011 at 5:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. UC Irvine
at UCI's Bren Events Center
TV: Fox Sports West
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
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Legends Of The Dome To Be Unveiled
The next men's basketball "Legend of the Dome will be introduced at halftime of the Gauchos' Feb. 16 game against Cal State Fullerton. The next women's Legend will be unveiled at halftime of the UCSB-Long Beach State game on Feb. 24.
UC Santa Barbara's game at UC Irvine on Saturday will be televised by Fox Sports West. In addition, the Gauchos-Long Beach State game scheduled for 4:05 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26, has been picked-up by ESPN2. The UCSB-Cal Poly game on Mar. 5 will be carried locally on CBS 12 KCOY.
Williams Wins 400th Career Game
UC Santa Barbara's 93-86 come-from-behind overtime win over UC Davis on Feb. 5 was the 400th win of head coach Bob Williams' career. Williams, who came to UCSB from UC Davis in 1998, is now 400-265 overall. On Nov. 12, when the Gauchos defeated Denver to open the season, he 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 Williams past Willie Wilton (205-163) and into second on the school's all-time victory list. Williams now has 211 in wins in Santa Barbara and his next milestone target will be the school record for coaching wins, a record currently held by Jerry Pimm (1983-98) who went 222-202 in 15 seasons at the helm of the Gauchos.
Johnson Ties UCSB Single-Game Scoring Record
Junior guard Orlando Johnson scored 39 points in UCSB's 93-86 overtime win over UC Davis on Feb. 5, tying the school record for points in a game. The mark was originally set by Scott Fisher on Nov. 30, 1985 in a game at Montana State. Johnson's 39 points were the most ever scored by a Gaucho player on his home court, breaking the record of 37 set by Don Ford on Mar. 1, 1975, in a game at Robertson Gymnasium against Portland.
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 either next season or the season after that.
The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters Thursday's game at UC Riverside with an overall record of 12-9 and a Big West mark of 5-5. The Gauchos ended a two-game losing streak on Saturday Feb. 5 when they beat UC Davis in overtime, 93-86. They had also lost three out of four prior to the win over the Aggies.
The Last Time Out: UCSB Rallies To Defeat UC Davis In Overtime
Orlando Johnson tied a school record with 39 points and James Nunnally added 23, as UCSB overcame a nine-point deficit with less than four minutes to play in regulation to record a 93-86 overtime win over UC Davis on Saturday, Feb. 5. Johnson scored 21 of his 39 points in the last 8:30 of regulation and the five minutes of overtime. He made 12-of-19 shots from the field, including 1-of-5 from three-point range, and 14-of-17 from the free throw line. Nunnally hit 10 out of 12 shots from the field, including both of his three-point attempts. He also made a short leaner to give the Gauchos a two-point lead inside a half minute to play, but Aggie guard Mark Payne made a turnaround jumper with 5.7 seconds to play in regulation to force the overtime. Payne poured in 33 points for Davis, the most points by a UCSB opponent this season. The Gauchos fell behind by as many as 12 points in the first half but cut the lead to two, 45-43, at halftime. The lead see-sawed for much of the second half, but with the score tied at 64-64, Davis went on a 12-3 run to claim a 76-67 lead with four minutes remaining. That's when UCSB forged its comeback.
Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Averaged 12.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.0 apg and 3.0 spg in last two.
G 11 Justin Joyner - His 115 career steals rank seventh all-time. Needs two more to move into fifth.
F 21 James Nunnally - Had 23 points against the Aggies, his highest total since he had 23 at UNLV.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Has made 23 of his last 33 field goal attempts, 69.7%.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Tied the UCSB record for points in a game with 39 against UC Davis.
Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Came off bench in win vs. Davis. Averaged 19 minutes in five games since return.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Played five minutes vs. UC Davis, his first appearance since Dec. 28.
G 20 Will Brew - Played 17 minutes vs. UC Davis his highest total in six games.
G 24 Christian Peterson - Tied career-high with six rebounds vs. UC Davis, four offensive.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Recorded DNPs in the last two games.
G 43 Troy Leaf - Played four minutes in win over UC Davis.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Logged season-low five minutes on Saturday night against UC Davis.
UCSB and UC Riverside have played 28 times in a series that began in 1955. Santa Barbara holds a 28-5 all-time edge and has won the last four in a row, including a 64-57 win at the Thunderdome on Jan. 15. The Gauchos and UC Irvine played their first game in 1968 and have now played 74 games in the series. With its 71-58 win on Jan. 13, the Gauchos have an all-time edge of 45-29 over the Anteaters. Last year, UCI defeated UCSB in Irvine, 57-55.
The Gauchos On The Road
UCSB has a 5-6 record in games away from home. The Gauchos are 4-5 in true road games and 1-1 in neutral site contests. They have won four of their last seven road games, winning 80-69 at Santa Clara on Dec. 4, 68-62 at UNLV on Dec. 15, 77-65 at UC Davis on Jan. 6 and 71-70 at Cal Poly on Jan. 27. UCSB's last three road games, a win and two losses, were decided by a total of nine points and two, a Jan. 8 loss at Pacific and a Jan. 27 win at Cal Poly, were decided on baskets at the buzzer. In 2009-10, UCSB went 6-7 in true away games and 3-1 in neutral court games.
A One, A Two...
Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally continue to rank 1-2 in the Big West scoring race. Johnson's 39-point outburst against UC Davis puts him at 20.7 points per game overall, a figure that also ranks him 16th nationally in scoring. His average is at its highest since he was averaging 21.4 points per game following a Dec. 4 win at Santa Clara. Nunnally is at 17.4, which is second in the league and 85th in the nation. Combined, the duo has amassed 798 points, an average of 38.0 per game. The 62 points that they combined for on Feb. 5 against UC Davis equaled the highest combined output by two players in a single game in Gaucho history, a mark first set on Nov. 30, 1985 at Montana State when Scott Fisher (39) and Conner Henry (23) also combined for 62. 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 1,100 points, a combined total that would be a new UCSB record.
Johnson's Double-Figure Streak Continues
Orlando Johnson has scored in double-figures 51 times in his 51 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.
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.
Playing It Close To The Vest
The Gauchos have been have very protective lately. Primarily, they have been protective of the ball. UCSB has recorded four of its six lowest turnover totals in the last four games. In Saturday's overtime win over UC Davis, they committed just 10 turnovers and that was actually two more than they had in the previous game, a Feb. 3 loss to Pacific. Overall this season, the Gauchos are averaging 14.0 turnovers per game, a figure that is at its lowest since they were averaging 13.5 per game through four games. In the last four games, they have totaled 39 turnovers, just 9.7 per game. Finally, UCSB is now in positive territory in assist to turnover ratio with 308 assists and 293 turnovers. In the last four, the Gauchos have 56 assists and just 39 turnovers.
Long Distance Doldrums
The past four games have not been friendly to UCSB's three-point field goal percentage defense. On Saturday, UC Davis made 11-of-18 shots from long distance, including 7-of-11 in the first half. In the last four games, a win at Cal Poly, home losses to Cal State Northridge and Pacific, and a win over Davis, the Gauchos have allowed the opposition to make 45-of-83 three-point attempts, 54.2%. When the Aggies made 11 threes in Saturday's game, they became the sixth UCSB opponent to make 10 or more three-point baskets in a game this season.
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.
No Longer A Done Deal
Through 20 games in 2010-11, UCSB trailed at halftime six time and lost all six games. In game No. 21, Saturday's overtime win over UC Davis the Gauchos reversed that trend. After trailing by 12 in the first half and by two, 45-43, at the break, they came back for the victory and are now 1-6 when trailing at half. On the other side of the coin, Santa Barbara has led at halftime in 12 of 21 games going 10-2 in those contests.
A Steep Hill To Climb
The Gauchos haven't done themselves any favors recently. In four of the last five games, they have fallen behind by eight or more points in the second half before rallying, only to lose three of the four. On Jan. 22 at Cal State Fullerton, UCSB trailed by 14 before 23-3 run gave them a six-point lead. The Titans, however, bounced back to win 63-58. On Jan. 29 against Cal State Northridge, they trailed by eight in the second half and rallied only to lose 70-69. On Feb. 3, they fell behind Pacific by 20 before cutting the gap to four and ultimately losing, 74-68. In their last game on Feb. 5 against UC Davis, the Gauchos were behind by 12 in the first half and nine in the second, but came back to win in overtime, 93-86. In their other recent game, at Cal Poly on Jan. 27, UCSB fell behind by six inside the final four minutes before winning at the buzzer on a bank shot by James Nunnally, 71-70.
O.J. Juices The Gauchos
Orlando Johnson tied a school record with 39 points in UCSB's Feb. 5 overtime win over UC Davis, the most points ever scored by a Gaucho player in a home game. Johnson has scored 21 or more points in seven of the last nine games. His scoring average of 20.7 points per game ranks him first in the Big West and 16th in the nation. Johnson is averaging 24.7 per game in the last nine and 23.6 per game in Big West play. In addition to his 39 point outburst against UC Davis, he has recorded two other 30 point games this season. He went for 30 on Nov. 13 against North Dakota State and 35 against Fresno State on Nov. 20. The three 30 point games are the most by a Gaucho since Raymond Tutt did it seven times during the 1996-97 season. He enters the week 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. Johnson remains the only player in the league to rank among the top-10 in all three categories as well. In the last nine games, he has made 73-of-141 shots overall, 51.8%, including 61-of-101 from two-point range 60.4%. Johnson is also 64-of-77 from the free throw line in the last nine, 83.1%. He has made a career-high 14 free throws two times in the last three games, including the game against the Aggies when he also attempted a career-high 17. In the last four games, Johnson has gone 41-of-48 from the line, 85.5%, and he has lifted his percentage on the season to 81.6%. The Seaside, Calif., native has scored in double-figures in all 21 games this season and all 51 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 has five career double-doubles. Johnson has now scored 975 points at UCSB and should become the 25th Gaucho to hit the 1,000 point mark. Finally, if you include his one season at Loyola Marymount, when he scored a Lions' freshman record 383 points, he has scored 1,359 as a collegiate player.
The Flying Nunnally
Junior James Nunnally had his best offensive game in a while in UCSB's Feb. 5 win over UC Davis. Nunnally scored 23 points, his highest total since he went for 23 in a Dec. 15 game at UNLV, and he did so efficiently as he made 10-of-12 shots overall and 2-of-2 from three-point territory. It was Nunnally's best shooting performance this season and it lifted his scoring average to 17.3 points per game, second in the Big West. In three games prior to Saturday, he had struggled offensively 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 Jan. 29, he scored seven points in a game against Cal State Northridge to become the 24th player in school history to hit the 1,000 point mark. He now has 1,033 points in his career the 22nd most in school history. Nunnally has scored in double-figures in 18 of 21 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 5.1 per game. Nunnally has had six or more rebounds nine times this season, including five times in the last nine 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 44 and he has made a season-high four four times this season. He has 112 in his career and needs eight 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 five games for the Gauchos. While he is back, Serna is clearly not all the way back. In the last five games, the junior has averaged 19.0 minutes, 5.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. He has made 11-of-24 shots from the floor, 45.8%. In the Gauchos' last game, a win over UC Davis, Serna had six points and three rebounds while making 2-of-5 field goals and both of his free throw attempts. Before suffering the groin injury, Serna had started to peak. While he is third on the team at 7.3 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 52.5% and since he missed all seven of his shots in a Nov. 13 game against North Dakota State, he has gone 39-of-69, 56.5%. 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 four games. Against the Aggies, he had three points, four assists and three steals. 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. He has had four or more assists in six of the last eight games. In those eight games, Joyner has 32 assists and just 10 turnovers. He leads the team in assist-to-turnover ratio with 55 assists and just 26 turnovers, a 2.1-to-1.0 ratio. In his career, Joyner now has 298 assists, the ninth most in school history. By comparison, he has just 157 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 217 assists and just 103 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 14 games since he returned, he has scored 68 points, 4.9 per game, while making 24-of-47 shots overall, 51.1%, and 17-of-35 from three-point range, 48.6%. Joyner made at least one three-point basket in seven straight games and in 13 of 14 since returning. Finally, he has 31 steals, an average of 1.7 per game. He has had at least one steal in 11 of the last 12 games and he had a season-high four in wins over UNLV, UC Davis and UC Irvine. Joyner has 115 steals in his career, seventh in school history. He needs two to move into fifth.
One game after scoring a career-high 18 points against Pacific, senior Jordan Weiner had a career-high six rebounds and two blocked shots in a win over UC Davis. Weiner also added seven points, three assists and two steals while playing a career-high 35 minutes against the Aggies. In his 18 point performance against Pacific, 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. In his last three games, Weiner has averaged 11.0 points while making 13-of-25 field goal attempts overall, 52.0%, and 8-of-18 from three-point territory, 44.4%. 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 33 steals. He is also third on the team with 28 three-point baskets. In addition to his career-high four threes on FEb. 3 against Pacific, Weiner 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 seven games, Weiner has snapped out of it, averaging 8.4 points per game while making 18-of-39 from the field overall, 46.2%, and 13-of-33 from three-point range, 39.4%.
Taking A Pass, A Pastorek That Is
Senior Jon Pastorek had a career-high 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting on Feb. 3 vs. Pacific. He also played a career-high 32 minutes in the game. Pastorek had seven points, three rebounds and two blocked shots on Feb. 5 against UC Davis. He has bounced back from an uncharacteristic poor game at Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 22 with four straight solid efforts. In the last four, Pastorek has averaged 8.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while making 14-of-20 shots from the field 70.0%. Also over that span, 12 of his 23 rebounds, 52.2%, have come on the offensive end. Also, significantly, he has been credited with just four turnovers in the last four games, a span of 104 minutes. Pastorek is averaging 20.9 minutes, 5.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game overall. In the last 12 games he has been even better. In those 12, he averaged 24.2 minutes, 6.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He has also made 30-of-46 field goal attempts overall, 65.2%, and 4-of-6 from three-point range. He has moved into second on the team in field goal percentage at 54.7%. 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 10 games. Finally, while Pastorek has 35 assists on the season, he has collected 30 of them in the last 13 games including a career-high five on Jan. 13 against UC Irvine, the same game that he had a career-high 10 rebounds.
The Big Fella
Junior Greg Somogyi has come off the bench in UCSB's last seven games. He played a season-low five minutes in the Feb. 5 win over UC Davis, scoring five points. Somogyi has played just 13 total minutes in the last two games. He is fifth on the team in scoring at 5.3 points per game and fourth in rebounding at 3.5 per games, however hew has had just three rebounds in the last four games, a period of 39 minutes. Somogyi leads the Gauchos and the Big West with 36 blocked shots. He has had at least one blocked shot in 10 of the last 12 games and 18 times in 21 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 56.4% and he has made 29 of his last 46 shots, 63.0%.
The Bob Williams File
2010-11 is Bob Williams' 13th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. On Feb. 5, he recorded his 400th career win when his team defeated UC Davis in overtime, 93-86. In 2009-10, he guided the Gauchos to a 20-10 overall record, their second Big West Tournament title, and fourth NCAA Tournament berth ever. It was the program's second NCAA Tournament bid and its fifth regular season title in his 12 seasons. Following the season, Williams was named Big West Coach of the Year for the third time.
Last year also marked the third Williams coached Gaucho team to win 20 or more games and the 10th overall in program history. It was the second time in the three seasons that the UCSB won 20 or more.
In 2008-09, Williams coached the Gauchos to a 16-15 overall record and an 8-8 mark in the Big West Conference. The record, however, doesn't tell the entire story. UCSB was forced to overcome a myriad of injuries and at one point stood at 8-13 overall and 2-7 in league play.
In 2007-08, Williams led the Gauchos to a 23-9 overall record. The 23 wins were a school record, and UCSB also won its second Big West regular season title with a 12-4 conference record. Following the campaign, the Gauchos were awarded a bid to the National Invitation Tournament. It was the third time that a Williams-coached UCSB team advanced to postseason play.
The 2002 Gauchos won the school's first Big West Tournament title, advancing to the NCAA Tournament, and in 2003, they won the league's regular season championship and played in the NIT.
In 1998-99, he took over a UCSB program that had not recorded a winning season in five years, and after seeing his team lose its first eight games that year - extending a two-season losing streak to 16 straight games - the Gauchos turned things around, winning 15 of their final 20 games and finishing on top in the Big West's Western Division.
Williams has a UCSB record of 211-165. He guided the program to 10 winning seasons in his first 12 years - including the last five in a row - and three 20 win seasons. He has a career record of 125-81 in Big West games and his .606 winning percentage in league games is tops among the league's active coaches.
Prior to his arrival at UCSB, Williams 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 an overall career record of 400-265 (.602) at four-year schools.
On The Horizon
The Gauchos travel 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.