UCSB Hosts Long Beach in Saturday Afternoon TV Game; Second 'Legend' Unveiled
Feb. 10, 2010
Game No. 22
Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara vs. Long Beach State
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
T.V.: Fox Sports Prime Ticket
Game available on Gametracker
Game No. 23
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Fullerton
at CSUF's Titan Gymnasium
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker
Second Men's Basketball "Legend of the Dome" Unveiled Saturday
The second men's basketball "Legend of the Dome" will be unveiled at Saturday's game against Long Beach State. The first "Legend," Carrick DeHart, was honored at the Gauchos' Jan. 23 game against Cal State Fullerton. Former women's volleyball star Roberta Gehlke was introduced in the fall. Two women's basketball "Legends" will be introduced this year as well. The first will be on Thursday, Feb. 11 when the Gauchos host UC Riverside and the second will be on Feb. 27 when they play Cal Poly in a Blue-Green Rivalry Series game.
Tickets Available For All Gaucho Games
To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.
Gauchos On The Tube
The UC Santa Barbara-Long Beach State game on Saturday, Feb. 13 will be televised by Fox Sports Prime Ticket. Sean Farnham will call the play-by-play and Michael Cage will add the color. The game is available on Santa Barbara Cox Cable channel 36. It is also available on Dish Network channel 411 and Direct TV channel 149.
Johnson Named Big West Player Of The Week
Gaucho sophomore Orlando Johnson was named Big West Player of the Week after helping to lead UCSB to wins at Pacific and UC Davis last weekend. The win over Pacific ended the Tigers' 16-game Spanos Center winning streak and in that game, Johnson scored a career-high 28 points. He also had six rebounds. In helping the Gauchos hand UC Davis its first home conference loss, Johnson had 15 points, three assists, three blocked shots, and one steal. Johnson is the first UCSB player to earn the Big West honor this season.
The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters Saturday's game against Long Beach State with an overall record of 13-8 and a Big West record of 8-3. The Gauchos swept their road trip to Northern California last weekend, winning at Pacific (61-48) and UC Davis (81-77). With two straight wins, UCSB has now won five out of its last six and eight of 10 since dropping the Big West opener at UC Irvine on Jan. 2. The wins at Pacific and UC Davis give the Gauchos consecutive road wins for the first time since the 2007-08 season. Dating back to last season, UCSB is 14-4 in its last 18 Big West Conference games.
UCSB Uses Long Ball For Fast Start, Holds On For 81-77 Win At UC Davis
UCSB made its first seven 3-point shots - a school record - and then withstood a late UC Davis rally en route to an 81-77 on Saturday night. On the strength of the 3-pointers, the Gauchos jumped out to a 28-10 lead before settling for a 44-33 halftime advantage. The Aggies pulled to within five, 47-42, with just over 14 minutes remaining, but Santa Barbara used an 18-5 run to pull away again, 65-47, with 7:20 left in the game. The lead ballooned to 72-53 on a 3-pointer by James Powell with 3:39 to play. Davis used a furious 24-9 rally in the final 3:39, the final three on a 3-pointer by Dominic Calegari with less than a second to play, for the final margin of 81-77. UCSB finished the game 11-of-17 from 3-point range, 64.7%, and 29-of-50 overall, 58.0%. James Nunnally made all four of his 3-pointers had finished with a game-high 24 points. He also led the Gauchos with six rebounds. Orlando Johnson (15), Will Brew (11), and Jordan Weiner (11) joined Nunnally in double-figures. Justin Joyner played just 15 minutes, but he had a season-high eight assists. Calegari finished with 20 points and Joe Harden added 19, along with 12 rebounds, for the Aggies.
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.
UCSB and Long Beach State have played 106 games in a series that dates back to 1952. The 49ers hold a 54-52 all-time advantage, including a 67-47 win at the Pyramid in Long Beach on Jan. 14. In 2008-09 the teams split a pair of games, each winning on its home court. The Gauchos and Cal State Fullerton have played 69 times since the first meeting in 1977. UCSB holds a 37-32 edge. The teams played in Santa Barbara on Jan. 23 with the Gauchos winning in overtime, 85-80.
Dome, Sweet Dome
UCSB is 8-2 at home in 2009-10. The Gauchos have won five straight home games, defeating UC Davis, Pacific, UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton, and Cal Poly. After beginning the year 3-0 at the Thunderdome, UCSB lost consecutive games to Santa Clara and San Diego State. The loss to Santa Clara on Dec. 1 ended a seven-game home winning streak. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, Santa Barbara has won 14 of its last 16 games at the Thunderdome, including 10 straight games against Big West opponents.
Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Made three 3-pointers and had season-high 11 at Davis.
G 20 Will Brew, Jr. - Hit 5-of-7 FGs and tied his season high with 11 at Davis.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Only Gaucho to score in double-figures in all 21 games.
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Has shot 59.0% over the last nine games.
F 21 James Nunnally - Scored 20 or more in six of last eight games.
Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1 Chris Brew - Has not played in the last three games.
G 4 Paul Roemer - After missing nine games with foot injury, will return vs. LBSU.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Had season-high eight assists in just 15 minutes at Davis.
F 15 Sam Phippen - Had season-high 14 twice this season, vs. CSLA and at LMU.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - After starting 9-of-13 from FT line, has missed his last seven.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Played 13 minutes in each of the last two games.
G 42 James Powell - 202 three-pointers ranks him second in school history.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Logged 15 minutes at Davis, second-highest in Big West play.
Super Sophomores Leaving Their Marks
Orlando Johnson enters Saturday's game against Long Beach State as UCSB's leading scorer at 17.8 points per game. James Nunnally is averaging 15.3 points per game. If Johnson could maintain his current scoring average, it would equal 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. Combined, the tandem is averaging 33.1 points per game, 48.8% of the team's total. In Big West games, the Johnson-Nunnally duo is averaging 36.8 of the Gauchos' points, 54.9% of the team's 66.7 points per game average.
Top-Scoring Sophomore Duos
The sophomore duo of Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally combine to average 33.1 points per game. Unless things go completely haywire, they will become the highest scoring sophomore pair in UCSB history. On a side note, the ninth-highest scoring sophomore duo of all-time was Doug Rex and Ron Wyden. Rex averaged 17.8 and Wyden 2.6. Wyden is now a U.S. Senator from the state of Oregon.
Players Avg. Year James Nunnally/Orlando Johnson 33.1 2009-10 Conner Henry/Scott Fisher 28.0 1983-84 Branduinn Fullove/Nick Jones 24.0 2001-02 Perry Ludy/Bob Schachter 23.1 1972-73 Carrick DeHart/Mike Doyle 22.9 1987-88 Tex Walker/Dave Brown 21.5 1974-75 Phillip Turner/Mark Flick 21.2 1993-94 John Tschogl/Rib Allen 20.6 1969-70 Doug Rex/Ron Wyden 20.4 1968-69 Khris Fortson/Richard Townsend 19.2 1984-85
Scoring Duo Has 20-20 Vision
Sophomores Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally have scored 20 or more points in the same game on five occasions. The five times that they have scored 20 or more in the same game ties Johnson and Nunnally for the school record in that category. In 1989-90, Carrick DeHart and Eric McArthur scored 20 or more in the same game five times. Prior to its loss at Cal State Northridge on Jan. 30, UCSB had won every game in which both scored 20 or more points. Nunnally and Johnson had 21 and 20 points respectively in the game against Northridge. In all, Nunnally has scored 20 or more eight times through his 20 games and Johnson has done so on six occasions in his 21 appearances.
On Jan. 30, in a loss at Cal State Northridge, UCSB attempted 34 3-point shots, the second highest total in school history. The Gauchos made 10 of the 34 attempts against the Matadors. In their last game, a win at UC Davis on Feb. 6, they made a school record seven in a row to begin the game, finishing at 11-of-17, 64.7%. Both the makes and the percentage were season-highs. Combined, in the road wins at Pacific and Davis, UCSB hit 18 out of 30 3-point attempts, 60.0%. Santa Barbara has made 149 3-point baskets in 21 games, 7.1 per game. In 2008-09, the Gauchos made just 163 in 31 games, 5.3 per game.
The Roaring Twenties
On Feb. 4, UCSB held Pacific to just 6-of-27 from 3-point territory, 22.2%. It marked the fourth game in a row that the Gauchos held an opponent below 30.0% from 3-point distance. On Feb. 6, that streak ended - just barely - as UC Davis made 6-of-20, 30.0%. In the last five games, the opposition has made just 29 out of 114 shots from long distance, 25.4%. Santa Barbara has held nine of 11 Big West opponents to 30-percent or below and league opponents have been limited to 28.0% 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, 14 out of 21 UCSB opponents have shot at or under 30-percent from 3-point distance.
That 80's Show
UCSB is averaging 67.8 points per game, but has scored 80 or more in three of the last five games, averaging 75.2 over that span. In wins over Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly on Jan. 23 and Jan. 28, the Gauchos scored 85 and 80 points. It was the first time UCSB had scored 80 or more in consecutive games since the 2000-01 season. Santa Barbara, which scored a season-high 89 in a Nov. 28 win at Loyola Marymount, has scored 80 or more five times through 21 games. In 2008-09, the Gauchos hit the 80 point mark just one time. The last time the Gauchos scored 80 or more in more than five games was in 2007-08 when they did so six times.
UCSB's sophomores continue to dominate the team's statistics. Last weekend, in wins at Pacific and UC Davis, the fivesome of Orlando Johnson, James Nunnally, Jaimé Serna, Will Brew, and Greg Somogyi combined for 112 of the team's 142 points. On the season, the five sophomores have scored 1,059 of the Gauchos' 1,423 points, 74.4%. If you include freshmen Lucas Devenny and Chris Brew, who have scored 79 points, UCSB's underclassmen have scored 1,138 points, 79.9% of the team's total.
Production By Class
Class Pts. Rebs. Asts. Stls. BS Senior 221 63 46 23 2 Junior 148 103 69 36 8 Sophomore 1,059 404 147 80 43 Freshman 79 58 24 12 2
Orlando Johnson was named Big West Player of the Week after leading the Gauchos to wins at Pacific and UC Davis last weekend. Johnson averaged 21.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in the two games. In the win at Pacific, which ended the Tigers 16-game Spanos Center winning streak, he scored a career-high 28 points. Johnson continues to lead the Gauchos and the Big West in scoring at 17.8 points per game, a figure that equals the highest by a sophomore in school history. He also leads UCSB in rebounding at 5.8 per game. His career-high 28 points on Feb. 4 at Pacific were one more than his previous career-high of 27, scored on Jan. 23 against Cal State Fullerton. Johnson has scored 20 or more points six times this season, second on the team to James Nunnally's eight times. He has scored 10 or more in all 21 games, the longest streak by a UCSB player since Alex Harris began the 2006-07 season with 21 consecutive games of 10 or more points. The only player in recent years to score 10 or more in every game over a full season was Raymond Tutt who had 27 double-figure games in 1996-97. Johnson has a pair of double-doubles this season. His first came on Nov. 17 against Weber State when he had 19 points and 10 rebounds. His second came on Dec. 29 when he had 17 points and a career-high 10 assists. The 10 assists were the most by a UCSB players since Justin Joyner had 10 in a late-December game in 2006. Johnson has led the Gauchos in scoring 10 times this season. He led the way in the first three games of the year, becoming the first newcomer ever to do so. Finally, if there has been one chink in his armor it had been free throws, but that is not the case anymore. While he is shooting 65.5% overall from the free throw line, he has made 38 of his last 45, 84.4%.
Second To Nunnally
James Nunnally scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds in UCSB's win at UC Davis on Feb. 6. The 24 points were one shy of his career-high. Nunnally made all four of his 3-point shots in the win over the Aggies and is now shooting 48.6% from 3-point range, a figure that would be a school record if it holds up. Nunnally has scored 20 or more eight times, including five of the last six games. In the last six, he is averaging 21.5 points per game and shooting 54.2% (39-of-72) overall and 56.2% (18-of-32) from 3-point range. Nunnally scored a career-high 25 in a Jan. 23 win over Cal State Fullerton on. He also tied his career-high of 10 rebounds against the Titans. The double-double against Cal State Fullerton was Nunnally's second. He also had one on Jan. 4 when he scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds at UC Riverside. While it's a no-brainer that players tend to produce more in wins than losses, Nunnally has done so in the extreme. As he goes, so go the Gauchos. UCSB has won 12 of the 20 games that he has played in. In those 12 wins, Nunnally has averaged 19.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He has shot 53.7% overall, 73.8% from the free throw line, and a sizzling 60.9%(28-for-46) from beyond the three-point arc.
Old Buddy, Old Powell
James Powell is third on the team in scoring at 9.0 points per game. He scored eight points in the Gauchos' last game at UC Davis. Powell scored a season-high 21 on Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount, making five 3-point baskets in the process. He had 20 points on Dec. 5 against San Diego State, making six 3-pointers, the second highest total of his career. In all, Powell has scored in double-figures seven times. In a Dec. 28 win over Furman, he became the 23rd player in UCSB history to score more than 1,000 points. He enters the game against Long Beach State with 1,099 points, 20th all-time. He needs 18 to move into 19th and 32 to move into 18th. In addition, he has 202 career three-point baskets, second all-time and 15 behind Mark Hull for the top spot. He has attempted 533 3-point shots in his career, second all-time. He needs 27 more to pass Hull for the number one spot in that category as well. Powell has made at least two 3-point baskets in five straight games and 13 times this season.
Jaimé Serna is averaging 6.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. In the Feb. 6 win at UC Davis, he scored eight points, making 4-of-6 shots, all in the second half. Serna scored a season-high 14 points on Jan. 8 against UC Davis. He has scored in double-figures four times. While he is shooting 46.8% overall, Serna has made 23 out of 40 shots in the last seven games, 57.5%. Over that same span, Serna has made 20 out of his 25 free throw attempts, 80.0%. When the sophomore can stay on the court, he has been solid, but he has fouled out of six games this season and committed four fouls on six other occasions.
Where There's A Will...
Will Brew leads the team in assists at 2.8 per game and steals at 1.4 per game. He tied his season-high with 11 points in the Feb. 6 win at UC Davis, making 5-of-7 shots from the field. He is averaging 5.0 points per game. Brew also had 11 points on Jan. 16 against UC Riverside. He has had three or more assists in four of the last five games and has had three or more 13 times in 21 games. He has a solid assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.6-to-1.0, a far cry from his freshman season when he had 54 assists and 66 turnovers. Brew had two steals in each of last weekend's games and now leads the team with 30. He has two or more in 11 games and at least one in six straight. Finally, Brew is the only Gaucho to start all 21 games in 2009-10 and, dating back to the 2008-09 season, has started 40 games in a row and 44 of the last 45.
The Jordan Rules
Jordan Weiner has started the last two games and in the last game, Feb. 6 at UC Davis, he scored a season-high 11 points and made a season-high three 3-point baskets. Weiner has seen his playing time increase significantly in the nine games since Paul Roemer was sideline by a foot injury. While he is averaging 12.7 minutes in his 19 games, he has played at least 13 in nine straight, averaging 18.3 over that span. He has averaged 4.1 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 1.6 assists in the last nine games. Finally, while ranking seventh on the team in minutes, Weiner is second in steals with 19.
Justin Rejoins Gauchos
Justin Joyner returned to action in the Jan. 23 game against Fullerton and he has played a significant role in the last five games. Joyner has played in 13 games this season, averaging 2.8 assists per game. In the Gauchos' last game, Feb. 6 at UC Davis, he had eight assists in just 15 minutes. In the five games since returning from a sprained ankle, Joyner has had 20 assists (4.0 per game) and just five turnovers. In fact, on the year he has a 3.3-to-1.0 assist to turnover ratio with 36 assists and 11 turnovers in 184 minutes. In his career, Joyner now has 233 assists and 121 turnovers, a 1.9-to-1.0 ratio.
Around The Key
UCSB had six blocked shots in its last game, a win over UC Davis. The six blocks equaled the team's second-highest total this year...The Gauchos have been outrebounded in three straight games and six of the last seven...UCSB equaled its season-high with 21 assists in the win at UC Davis. Just one game before that, the Gauchos equaled their season-low with six in a win at Pacific...Santa Barbara has had at least seven steals in six straight games and 12 times this season.
The Bob Williams File
2009-10 is Bob Williams's12th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. In 2008-09, Williams guided 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 guided 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. Williams has been selected Big West Coach of the Year twice, in 1998-99 and 2002-03.
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 192-154 He guided the program to nine winning seasons in his first 11 years - including the last four in a row - and a pair of 20 win seasons. He has a career record of 114-75 in Big West games and his .603 winning percentage in league contests is the best 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's 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 381-254 (.600) at four-year schools.