UCSB Travels to San Jose State for Bracket Buster Game Before Returning for Final Two Home Games Next Weekend
Feb. 16, 2006
Game No. 23
Saturday, February 18, 2006 at 4:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at San Jose State Spartans
at SJSU's Student Activity Center
Radio: KTMS 990 AM
Game No. 24
Thursday, February 23, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal State Fullerton Titans
at UCSB's Thunderdome Radio: KIST 1340 AM
The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara Saturday's game at San Jose State with an overall record of 11-11 and a Big West record of 4-6. On Thursday night, the Gauchos won their fourth straight game with a 64-37 drubbing of visiting Cal Poly. Last weekend, UCSB had its most successful road trip of the season with a 60-59 win at UC Irvine on Feb. 9 and an 81-78 victory at Long Beach State on Feb. 11. Santa Barbara is 7-5 in non-conference games this season. Finally, the 11 wins equals UCSB's 2004-05 total.
Cecil Brown Named Big West Player Of The Week
Senior guard Cecil Brown was named Big West Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Gauchos to road wins at UC Irvine and Long Beach State last weekend. In the win at UCI, Brown had 14 points, two rebounds and two assists. More importantly, he made two key baskets in the final minute to aid the win. On Saturday at Long Beach, Brown had 23 points, the second-highest total of his career, two rebounds, two assists and a steal. He also made three three-point baskets, including one during UCSB's 11-2 game-ending rally that sealed the victory. The award is the first of Brown's career and the first of the year for any Gaucho player.
The Streak Report
UCSB's win over Cal Poly on Thursday was its fourth straight victory. This marks the first time this season that the Gauchos have won four games in a row. The last time Santa Barbara won four straight games was in early December of 2003. In fact, before winning at UC Irvine on Feb. 9, the Gauchos had not won two in a row since the first two games of the 2005-06 season in mid-November. In addition, UCSB has won consecutive road games for the first time since putting-together a four-game true-road winning streak during the 2003-04 season. Finally, the Gauchos are back to .500 for the first time since they were 5-5 entering the Big West season.
UCSB Will Travel To San Jose State For Bracket Buster Game
UCSB will travel to San Jose State on Saturday as part of ESPN's Bracket Buster event. While few brackets will actually be busted in the Gaucho-Spartan game, it will be a renewal of UCSB's longest running series. The Gauchos and Spartans have played exactly 100 times in a series that dates back to the 1939 season. The last time UCSB played in a Bracket Buster game was during the 2002-03 season when it hosted Detroit and lost 75-69. On the bright side, the Gauchos return game the following season was a 57-51 season-opening win at Hawai'i.
Gauchos Get Defensive In 64-37 Blowout Win Over Cal Poly
UCSB blew-open a close game with a 29-4 run that ended the first half and opened the second, and cruised to their fourth straight win, 64-37 over visiting Cal Poly on Wednesday night. With 10:09 remaining in the first half, Mustang guard Chaz Thomas made a long three-point shot to tie the game at 15 apiece. However a baseline jumper by UCSB's Cameron Goettsche with 7:08 left in the half ignited a 15-0 rally and spurred the Gauchos to a 32-19 lead at the break. Santa Barbara began the second half in the same fashion that it ended the first, outscoring Cal Poly 12-0 to take an insurmountable 44-19 lead. Guard Michael Chambers, who scored six points in the 12-0 stretch, ended the run when he was fouled after scoring on an acrobatic lay-up in traffic. Chambers made the free throw to give UCSB a 44-19 advantage with 16:42 left in the game. At no point in the second half did UCSB's lead dip below 18 points. The largest lead of the game was 29, 64-35, in the waning seconds. Cecil Brown scored 14 points to lead UCSB. Goettsche chipped-in 12 points while Joe See and Glenn Turner each tallied nine. Turner also added a game-high 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. Cal Poly meanwhile, was led by Derek Stockalper who had seven points. No Mustang had more than two field goals in the game and they made just 21.3% of their shots, including 18.2% in the second half. It was the fewest points allowed by the Gauchos since they gave-up 36 to Westmont College on Dec. 10, 2003.
Possible Starters - Notes
G - Joe See - 119 three-pointers ranks eighth all-time. Needs one to move into seventh.
G - Cecil Brown - Has averaged 17.0 points and made 48.6% of his shots in last three games.
G - Michael Chambers - Has started the last four games and UCSB is 4-0 in those games.
F - Chris Devine - Had streak of 14 straight double-digit scoring efforts snapped vs. Cal Poly.
F - Glenn Turner - Has had 10 or more rebounds in four of the last five games.
Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Josh Davis - Played nine minutes vs. Cal Poly but did not attempt a field goal.
G - Alex Harris - Has made 5-of-9 three-pointers in the last four games.
G - Lance Hurdle - Has 16 steals in just 138 minutes, one every 8.6 minutes of play.
G - James Powell - Freshman guard is redshirting the 2005-06 season.
G - Derek Rasp - Has scored just three points in his last eight appearances.
F - Chidi Ajufo - Has played just 12 minutes in the last 17 games.
F - Tom Garlepp - Had his fifth steal of the season against Cal Poly.
F - Cameron Goettsche - 12 points at LBSU were the most he has scored in eight games.
F - Chris Moore - Has played just eight minutes in the last 10 games.
C - David Massey - Freshman center is redshirting the 2005-06 season.
UCSB and San Jose State are old-time Big West rivals but have not played each other since the 1999-2000 season. San Jose State departed the Big West Conference for the Western Athletic Conference following the 1995-96 season. The programs have played exactly 100 times in a series that began in 1939. The 100 games are the most the Gauchos have played against any opponent. The Spartans have won 52 of the meetings, including the last game on Nov. 24, 1999, by a score of 62-41. UCSB and Cal State Fullerton have played 60 times in a series that dates back to 1977. The Gauchos hold a 31-29 lead, but the Titans won all three games played between the schools last season and the first meeting this season. On Jan. 4, Fullerton topped UCSB 73-59 in Orange County. Last year, the Titans won on their home floor (68-59), at the Thunderdome (66-57) and in the quarterfinal round of the Big West Tournament (66-55). The last time UCSB won in the series was near the end of the 2003-04 season when it won a double-overtime affair at Titan Gym, 98-95.
The Gauchos On The Road
UCSB is 3-8 on the road this season, but has won three out of four and two straight since starting the year with seven straight road losses. UCSB's win at UC Davis on Jan. 15 ended a nine-game road losing streak that dated back to the final two road games of the 2004-05 season. After a loss at Cal Poly on Jan. 21, the Gauchos won consecutive road games at UC Irvine and Long Beach State and thus they will take a two-game road winning streak into their game at San Jose State. It marks the first time since the 2003-04 season that UCSB has won consecutive road games. UCSB was 2-13 in true road games last season and 1-1 in neutral site games.
The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 8-3 at home this season. After winning their first six Thunderdome games, UCSB dropped consecutive games to UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge and Pacific. They have since bounced-back to win two straight. On Thursday, they defeated Cal Poly 64-37 and two weeks ago, they posted a decisive 73-54 win over UC Davis. This season, UCSB has also won home games against Long Beach State, Portland, Sonoma State, Pepperdine, San Francisco and San Diego. In 2004-05, Santa Barbara went 8-4 at the Thunderdome, including 2-1 in non-conference games and 6-3 in league games. In three seasons prior to last year, Santa Barbara posted home records of 10-2 and the Gauchos have never won fewer than eight home games in a season under Bob Williams. Including its wins this season, UCSB is 73-29 at home since Bob Williams arrived for the 1998-99 season.
The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his eighth season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Last year his team struggled with injuries and finished 11-18 overall and 7-11 in the Big West Conference. It marked the first time that a Williams-coached UCSB team finished below the .500 mark in league play. During the 2004-05 season, however, Williams became the fifth UCSB coach to record 100 wins. Prior to last season, he had guided the Gauchos to three straight winning seasons, the first time the program accomplished the feat since 1987-88 through 1989-90. 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 postseason trip to the 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 118-108 (.522) overall record and a 77-53 (.584) 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 307-208 (.597) at four-year schools. He recorded his 300th career coaching victory on Dec. 20, 2005, against Sonoma State.
Bob Williams' Gaucho teams have been particularly successful in the month of February. UCSB enters Saturday's game at San Jose State with a perfect 4-0 record this February. In his career, Williams has recorded a solid 38-18 record in February games. Last year, although they finished the year with an overall record of 11-18, the injury-riddled Gauchos were a respectable 3-4 in the second month of the year.
A Complete Defensive Effort
While UCSB made just 44.2% of its shots in the win over Cal Poly on Thursday, the figure was more than two-times better than what the Mustangs shot. Cal Poly made just 10-of-47 shots from the field against the Gauchos, 21.3%. It was the lowest percentage in a single game by a UCSB opponent on record. The 37 points scored were the fewest by an opponent since Westmont scored 36 in December of 2003. Also, it marked the first time this season than an opponent had made more free throws (14) than it did field goals (10). Finally, the seven points scored by Derek Stockalper were the fewest ever scored by an opposing team's leading scorer.
Playing The Percentages
Although UCSB made just 44.2% of its shots on Thursday, the Gauchos are a significantly better shooting team this season than last. UCSB made 55.7% of its shots in its Feb. 2 win over UC Davis. It was the team's second best field goal percentage of the season. The Gauchos hit a season-high 59.0% in their win at UC Davis on Jan. 15. Santa Barbara has made 50.0% or better seven times in 22 games this season and six times in the last 13. Last year, in 29 games, UCSB made 50.0% or better just once. Finally, the Gauchos have made 45.0% or better 10 times this season after having done so just four times in 2004-05.
Free At Last
For much of the season, free throws had been anything but for UCSB. In fact, they had been quite costly. Through 22 games, the Gauchos are shooting just 67.3% from the free throw line, but in 10 Big West games, they have made 74.7%. In the last seven games overall, UCSB has hit 78-of-100, 78.0%. In their last six Big West games, the Gauchos have gone 70-of-85 from the line, 82.4%. In the last three games, Santa Barbara made 45-of-54, 83.3%. On Thursday, the Gauchos made 12-of-13 free throw attempts, a season-best 92.3%.
Rebounds Streak The Other Way
While UCSB did extend its season-long winning streak to four games on Thursday, its streak of being outrebounded was extended to two games. The Gauchos were outrebounded by Cal Poly 36-34. On Saturday, Long Beach State won the battle of the boards, 40-34. Prior to the last two games, UCSB had outrebounded seven consecutive opponents. On the year, Santa Barbara is now outrebounding its opponents by a +0.2 margin. In 10 league games, however, the margin slightly better at +1.8. The Gauchos have now outrebounded 10 of their last 14 opponents and 12 of 22 this season.
A Sign Of Things To Come
Through 22 games this season one thing is for certain. If UCSB can enter the locker room at halftime with a lead, they are going to win. They haven't been likely to win, they have won. The Gauchos are a perfect 9-0 this season when leading at the half. Twice this season UCSB has won games that it did not lead at the half. On Dec. 7 the Gauchos were tied with Pepperdine and on Dec. 20, they trailed Sonoma State by two.
After winning its previous two games by a combined four points, UCSB walloped Cal Poly by 27, the largest margin of the season. It was the third margin of 20+ that the Gauchos have recorded this season. Of their 11 wins, five have come by double-figure margins. Of UCSB's 11 losses, eight have come by double-digit margins, including the last three. UCSB has posted a 5-3 record in games decided by five or fewer points and a 6-3 record in games decided by fewer than 10 points.
Turning Over A New Leaf
In four games prior to its Feb. 11 win at Long Beach State, UCSB committed an average of 18 turnovers. Against the 49ers, who harass opponents into an average of nearly 18 turnovers per game, the Gauchos had only nine turnovers, including just two in the second half. In Thursday night's win over Cal Poly, UCSB had just 10 turnovers. For the first time this season, the Gauchos have had 10 or fewer turnovers in back-to-back games. Also, UCSB has now had 10 or fewer turnovers four times this season. Twice this year, on Dec. 7 vs. Pepperdine and on Jan. 9 against UC Irvine, the Gauchso have had a season-low seven turnovers. On the other hand, after a stretch of seven straight games in which its opponents did not have more than 15 turnovers, UCSB forced Cal Poly and Long Beach into 17 turnovers apiece. The Gauchos are now 9-1 when they have fewer turnovers than their opponent.
Gauchos Are In The Black
The Gauchos outscored Cal Poly by 27 points on Thursday night and in doing so, they have now outscored their opponents on the season by a margin of 1,453 to 1,451. In marks the first time since early in the season that UCSB is in the black in the scoring category. The Gauchos had been in the red since Nov. 28 when they were beaten at Arizona State by a margin of 16 points, 73-57.
Help, Cecil! Help!
On Monday, Cecil Brown was named Big West Player of the Week after leading UCSB to road wins at UC Irvine and Long Beach State. In the two games, Brown made 13-of-28 shots overall, 46.4%, 5-of-12 from three-point range, 41.7%, and averaged 18.5 points. In addition, he hit several pivotal shots down the stretch in each game. On Thursday, Brown had another solid outing as he led the Gauchos with 14 points in the win over Cal Poly. He continues to pace the Santa Barbara in scoring at 13.8 points per game and has taken over the team-lead in scoring during Big West games at 14.9 per game. His 23-point effort at UC Irvine on Feb. 9 was the second-highest scoring output of his career. He had 28 points on Dec. 7 against Pepperdine, the most points scored by a UCSB player since the 2002-03 season. Brown has scored 10 or more points in 19 of his last 20 games. He went 16 straight in double-figures at one point, the longest streak by a Gaucho since 1998-99. Brown also leads the team with 39 three-point baskets and has had at least one three-pointer in 20 straight games. He has made two or more three-point baskets in five of the last six games and 12 times this season. The 39 three-pointers by Brown are 15 more than his previous career-high of 24 set in 2003-04. He has also become a key playmaker for the Gauchos and his 44 assists rank third on the team. He has had two or more assists in 11 of his last 13 games. Finally, Brown has started to heat-up from the free throw line. Eight games ago, he was shooting 58.6% from the line, since then, he has made 19 of 20, 95.0%, to improve his percentage for the season to 73.5%. Before missing a free throw at Long Beach State last Saturday, Brown had made 16 in a row.
Sophomore forward Chris Devine had his first sub-par game in a long time on Thursday night against Cal Poly. Devine committed two early fouls and did not play in the last 10 minutes of the first half. In the second half he never seemed to find his rhythym finishing with just four points on 1-of-5 shooting from the field. In last week's win at Long Beach State, Devine had his second double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The 11 rebounds also tied his career-high. Devine continues to rank second on the team in scoring at 12.3 points per game. He leads the team in field goal percentage (58.7%), rebounding (5.5 per game), steals (22) and minutes played (647). The four-point effort on Thursday also ended a streak of 14 straight games in which he had scored 10 or more points. Devine has scored 10 or more 17 times in 22 games. He tallied a career-high 21 points, to go with 11 rebounds, on Jan. 2 at UC Riverside. In the last 15 games, Devine has scored 212 points, 14.2 per game. He has made at least half of his shots in 17 of 22 games and has made 60.0% or better 14 times. He is also the only UCSB player to have started all 22 games. Finally, Devine has made his last 10 free throw attempts and 17 of his last 18, 94.4%. He is now shooting 77.9% from the line, second among regulars.
Joe See rebounded from one of his worst shooting nights of the season with a solid 4-of-8, nine-point game against Cal Poly. A week ago at Long Beach State, See went 2-of-10 from the field but he did make the go-ahead three-pointer in the final minute of a come-from-behind win. Both of See's baskets against the 49ers were three-pointers. See, who has started the last 14 games, is now averaging 7.8 points per game, fourth on the team, and has taken over the team-lead in assists at 2.4 per game. He scored a season-high 17 points in the team's opener against San Francisco, making a season-best five three-point baskets in the process. With one three-pointer on Thursday, See has now made 32 three-pointers on the year and 119 in his career. He needs just one more to move into seventh on the school's all-time list. As a starter in the last 14 games, he has averaged 9.7 points, 3.2 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game. In the 14 starts, See has made 44-of-86 shots from the field overall, 51.2%, and 22-of-50 from three-point range, 44.0%.
A Turning Point
Junior forward Glenn Turner has started the last five games for UCSB and is emerging as a force in the pivot. In Thursday night's win over Cal Poly, Turner had a game-high 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. It was the fourth time in five games that he had double-figures in rebounds. In the last five he is averaging 9.4 rebounds per game. In fact, while Turner is averaging 5.5 boards per game, tying for the team-lead, he has averaged 6.8 per game in 10 Big West games and 8.9 per game in the last seven. Also, with nine points against Cal Poly, he is now averaging 5.1 points per game overall, but 7.0 per game in the last eight. On Feb. 2 against UC Davis, Turner had 12 points to go along with 10 rebounds. It was the first double-double of his career. The following game, Feb. 9 at UC Irvine, he had a career-high 12 rebounds. On Dec. 7 against Pepperdine, Turner scored a career-best 13 points. Turner's four blocked shots on Thursday were his second-highest total of the season. On Feb. 2, against UC Davis, he had a season-high five blocked shots, the second highest total of his career. Last year, in a game at Idaho, he tied the school record with six blocks. Turner leads the team in blocked shots with 29 and now has 78 in his career, fifth all-time. He needs just four to move into fourth on the list. Turner has blocked two or more shots in each of the last four games and 10 times in 19 appearances this season. He has also taken over the lead among starters in field goal percentage. Granted, he has attempted 122 fewer shots than Chris Devine, but Turner is shooting a team-best 59.7%.
The Harris Poll
Sophomore guard Alex Harris scored eight points against Cal Poly on 3-of-8 shooting overall and 2-of-4 from three-point range. With 13 points in UCSB's win at Long Beach State last Saturday, Harris is averaging 10.5 points in his last two games. Included in the 13 points at Long Beach was a perfect 8-for-8 performance from the free throw line. In fact, it was a pair of Harris free throws that started the 11-2 rally that ended the game for the Gauchos. Harris is third on the team in scoring at 8.2 per game, fourth in rebounding at 3.9 per game and third in assists at 2.1 per game. His 25 three-point baskets also ranks third on the team and the total is four more than he made all of last year. While he is shooting 34.2% from three-point range, he has made five of his last nine, 55.6%, over four games. Harris tallied a career-high 17 points on Jan. 7 against Long Beach State. He has scored 10 or more eight times this season, including twice in the last four games. While he is shooting 37.9% for the year, he has made 24-of-50 shots from the field, 48.0%, and has averaged 9.3 points in the last 10 games. He has also picked things up at the free throw line. Although he is shooting 69.7% from the stripe, he has made 17-of-20 over the last six games, 85.0%. Finally, Harris had his first career double-double, a 14-point, 10-rebound performance on Nov. 21 against San Diego.
Senior guard Michael Chambers played 55 minutes in UCSB's first 16 games. In the last six games, Chambers has played 114 minutes, including 80 in the last four, the first four starts of his career. In Thursday's win over Cal Poly, Chambers scored six points, all in the second half. A week ago, he scored nine points against Long Beach State, all in the second half. He had a season-high 11 points on in his first start on Feb. 2 against UC Davis and while he is averaging 4.2 points per game in his 15 appearances, he is averaging 7.2 per game in his four starts. Going beyond his recent emergence, in his last 10 appearances, Chambers is 19-of-36 overall, 52.8%, and 8-of-18 from three-point range, 44.4%.
Cam I Am
Senior forward Cameron Goettsche has come off the bench in the last five games. On Thursday against Cal Poly, he had one his best all-around games of the season with 12 points, five rebounds, two steals, one blocked shot and one assist. It was Goettsche's second-highest scoring game of the year and the five rebounds were his highest total in five games. In his last two outings, he has scored 21 points, 10.5 per game, on 9-of-13 shooting, 69.2%. In five contests prior to his nine-point effort at Long Beach State, he scored a total of 18 points. Goettsche, who scored a career-high 21 points on Dec. 20 against Sonoma State, is averaging 7.0 points per game and 4.2 rebounds. He is third on the team in rebounding. He has also blocked 23 shots and now has 61 in his career, seventh all-time at UCSB.
Senior guard Josh Davis played just nine minutes in Thursday's win over Cal Poly. It was his second fewest minutes this season. Davis was scoreless against the Mustangs and, for the first time this year, did not even attempt a shot. He did have a pair of rebounds and an assist in his Thursday appearance. On the year, Davis is now averaging 3.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game. His scoring average is at its lowest point this season. Davis enters Saturday's game at San Jose State with 103 career steals, ninth in school history. Although he did not have a steal in Thursday's win over Cal Poly, he has had eight in the last six games and now needs just three more to move into eighth-place on UCSB's all-time career list. Finally, while the rest of the team has really began to heat-up from the free throw line, Davis has struggled. He is shooting 48.3% for the season and has made just three of his last 12, 25.0%.