First-Place Gauchos Travel to Cal State Fullerton Wednesday

Feb. 16, 2010

Complete Release in PDF Format Get Acrobat Reader

• The Schedule
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

Game No. 24
Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara at Fresno State
at FSU's Save Mart Center
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker

• The Gauchos On The Air
All men's basketball games are broadcast live on AM 1490 again this year, and those games will also be available online, by clicking here.. And, UCSB Athletics is proud to announce that the baseball team will have over 20 games broadcast live on the air and through our website, UCSBgauchos.com.

• Talk'n Gauchos
UCSB Athletics has a new weekly radio show called Talk'n Gauchos which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1490 KIST. The show is broadcast live from State & A Bar and Grill, located on the corner of State Street and Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways or to even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click here to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online.

• Gauchos Enter The Week In First-Place
UC Santa Barbara begins the week in first-place in the Big West Conference with a league record of 9-3, one-half game ahead of Pacific (8-3) and two games up on Cal State Fullerton (7-5). The Gauchos possess the tiebreaker with Pacific, having swept the regular season series. This marks the first time that UCSB has been in first-place in the Big West since the end of the 2007-08 season.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters the week with an overall record of 14-8 and a Big West mark of 9-3. On Saturday, Feb. 13, the Gauchos edged Long Beach State by a score of 64-62. The win over the 49ers avenged a Jan. 14 loss. The victory also extended UCSB's winning streak to three games in a row. Santa Barbara has also won six of seven, and nine of 11. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, the Gauchos have won 15 of their last 19 Big West Conference games. Last season, they won six of their final seven.

• 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. In 2008-09, the Gauchos defeated Montana State in a home Bracket Buster game. In 2007-08, in a televised game, UCSB lost at Utah State.

• The Opponents
The Gauchos and Cal State Fullerton have played 69 times since the first meeting in 1977. UCSB holds a 36-33 edge. The teams played in Santa Barbara on Jan. 23 with the Gauchos winning in overtime, 85-80. UCSB has played Fresno State, its former Big West Conference foe, 97 times in a series that began in 1937. The Gauchos hold a 51-46 all-time advantage over the Bulldogs. The teams last met on Dec. 6, 2006, at the Thunderdome. UCSB won that game, 70-42. The last time the teams played in Fresno was on Dec. 23, 2005, and the Bulldogs won that game, 79-76.

• The Gauchos Away From Home
The Gauchos are 4-6 in true road games this season and 5-6 in all games away from home. They have won their last two road games. On Feb. 4, UCSB handed Pacific a 61-48 defeat in Stockton. It was the Tigers first loss at the A.G. Spanos Center since 2008. On Feb. 6, the Gauchos won at UC Davis, 81-77. The loss was the Aggies first at home against a Big West opponent this year. UCSB's other true road wins came on Jan. 4 at UC Riverside (57-53) and on Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount (89-84). Santa Barbara has one neutral court win this season, a 72-60 win over Furman at the Golden Bear Classic in Berkeley. Last season, Santa Barbara was 3-10 in true road games. Overall, they posted a 6-11 record in games away from the Thunderdome in 2008-09.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 3 Jordan Weiner - The Gauchos are 3-0 when he is in the starting lineup.
G 20 Will Brew, Jr. - Made 8-of-12 shots (66.7%) and averaged 11.5 points in last two games.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Only Gaucho to score in double-figures in all 22 games.
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Made 8-of-9 shots and scored season-high 17 in win over Long Beach.
F 21 James Nunnally - Has led the team in rebounding in three straight games.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1 Chris Brew - Has not played in the last four games.
G 4 Paul Roemer - Played three minutes vs. LBSU after missing nine games.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Has 37 assists and 11 turnovers in 201 minutes this season.
F 15 Sam Phippen - Had season-high 14 twice this season, vs. CSLA and at LMU.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Had his first DNP of the season in win over Long Beach.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Has played 13 or more minutes in three straight games.
G 42 James Powell - 203 career 3-pointers ranks him second in school history.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Tied his career-high with five blocked shots vs. Long Beach State.

• UCSB Edges Long Beach State, Moves Into First-Place In Big West
Jaimé Serna scored a season-high 17 points, Will Brew added a season-high 12, and Orlando Johnson had 11 points and eight assists to lead UCSB past Long Beach State on Feb. 13, 64-62. The game was close throughout with 12 lead changes and 11 ties. The 49ers claimed a 60-59 lead on a steal by Larry Anderson and a breakaway slam dunk by T.J. Robinson, but that was their last field goal. With 2:25 remaining, Gaucho guard Jordan Weiner made a 3-pointer to give his team a 62-60 lead. Long Beach tied the score one last time, on a pair of free throws by Greg Plater with 1:44 to play. James Nunnally was fouled by Andrew Fleming and made one of two free throws to give Santa Barbara a 63-62 lead with 1:33 left. Nunnally then rebounded a Casper Ware miss on the defensive end and got the ball to Johnson, who was fouled by Stephan Gilling. Johnson made one out of two free throws to make it 64-62. Robinson attempted a short jumper for the 49ers, but it was blocked by UCSB's Greg Somogyi. Anderson got the rebound but his shot was blocked from behind by Johnson. Brew landed on the ball for the Gauchos and called timeout. After the inbound pass, Santa Barbara got the ball to Nunnally who was intentionally fouled. The sophomore missed both free throws and Anderson rebounded for Long Beach. He got the ball to Ware who drove all the way up the court before slipping near the free throw line and losing the ball to Nunnally. Gilling finished with five 3-point baskets and a team-high 17 points for the 49ers. Robinson had 12 points and 15 rebounds, while Ware added 12 points and six rebounds. Nunnally had nine points, but made just 1-of-8 shots from the field. He did have a team-high seven rebounds for UCSB.

• Three-Point Precision
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 home win over Long Beach State, they tied their season-low with 12 attempts. They made five of the 12. On Feb. 6 at UC Davis, Santa Barbara 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. In the three games since going 10-for-34, UCSB has made 22-of-42, 52.4%. Finally, the Gauchos have made 154 3-point baskets in 22 games, 7.0 per game. In 2008-09, UCSB made just 163 in 31 games, 5.3 per game.

• Leading Or Tied At Half? It's In The Book
UCSB has led at halftime 11 times this season and been tied once. In those 12 games, the Gauchos are a perfect 12-0. When they have been behind at half, they have won just twice in 10 games. On Jan. 4 they trailed 23-14 at the break before beating UC Riverside, 57-53. On Saturday, Santa Barbara trailed Long Beach State 33-30 at the half before coming from behind to win, 64-62.

• Gauchos Throw A Block Party
UCSB threw a block party in its Feb. 13 win over Long Beach State. The Gauchos equaled their season-high with nine swats against the 49ers, two of which came late in the game and saved their bacon. The life of the block party? Why Greg Somogyi, of course. For the second time this season, Somgyi tied his career-high with five blocked shots. In the last two games UCSB has a total of 15 blocks. Since an early-season stretch that saw them go block-less three times in four games, the Gauchos have had at least two blocked shots in five straight and eight of nine and at least one in 13 straight games. Somogyi leads the team with 21 blocked shots and now has 58 in his career, the 10th most in school history. He needs two to move into ninth.

• 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 21 games and Johnson has done so on six occasions in his 22 appearances.

• Serna's Coup Gives Gauchos A New Leader
Sophomore Jaimé Serna, battling back spasms, made 8-of-9 shots and scored a season-high 17 points in UCSB's Feb. 13 win over Long Beach State. The 17 points led the way for the Gauchos. It was the first time this season that Serna has paced UCSB in scoring and it was the first time in 17 games that anyone other than Orlando Johnson or James Nunnally had led the team. In all, Johnson has led the way 10 times, Nunnally eight times, James Powell twice, Chris Brew and Serna once apiece.

• Sophomores Of The World Unite!
UCSB's sophomores continue to dominate the team's statistics. In Saturday's win over Long Beach State, Orlando Johnson, James Nunnally, Jaimé Serna, Will Brew, and Greg Somogyi combined for 56 of the team's 64 points. On the season, they have scored 1,115 of 1,487 points, 74.9%. If you include freshmen Lucas Devenny and Chris Brew, UCSB's underclassmen have scored 1,194 points, 80.3% of the team's total.

• Production By Class

Class	       Pts.	Rebs.	Asts.	Stls.	BS
Senior	       224	65	48	23	2
Junior	       153	106	71	36	9
Sophomore      1,115	425	158	88	51
Freshman       79	58	24	12	2

• Super Sophomores Leaving Their Marks
Orlando Johnson enters Wednesday's game against Cal State Fullerton as UCSB's leading scorer at 17.5 points per game, a figure that ranks him second in the Big West Conference. James Nunnally is averaging 15.0 points per game. If Johnson could maintain his current scoring average, it would be the second 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 32.5 points per game, 48.1% of the team's total. In Big West games, the Johnson-Nunnally duo is averaging 35.5 of the Gauchos' points, 53.4% of the team's 66.5 points per game average.

• Top-Scoring Sophomore Duos
The sophomore duo of Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally combine to average 32.5 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	32.5	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

• That 80's Show
UCSB is averaging 67.6 points per game, but has scored 80 or more in three of the last six games, averaging 74.2 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 22 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.

• Orlando's Forecast
Orlando Johnson continues to lead UCSB in scoring at 17.5 points per game, a figure that ranks second in the Big West. On Saturday against Long Beach State, Johnson was limited to 11 points, but he had eight assists, his second highest career total, and two blocked shots. In the two previous games, road wins at Pacific and UC Davis, Johnson averaged 21.5 points and 4.0 rebounds and was named Big West Player of the Week. In the win at Pacific, which ended the Tigers 16-game Spanos Center winning streak, he scored a career-high 28 points. Johnson's current average of 17.5 points per game ranks second all-time among UCSB sophomores. He also leads UCSB in rebounding at 5.5 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 22 games. The streak of 22 consecutive double-figure scoring games are one longer than Alex Harris put together in 2006-07. 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. Tutt extended the streak to 36 games at the outset of the 1997-98 season. 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 66.2% overall from the free throw line, he has made 43 of his last 51, 84.3%.

• Second To Nunnally
James Nunnally made just 1-of-8 shots and scored nine points in the Gauchos Feb. 13 win over Long Beach State. He did have a team-high seven rebounds as well as three assists and two steals against the 49ers. Overall, Nunnally is averaging 15.0 points per game, but in the six games prior to the win over Long Beach, he averaged 21.5 per game. Despite making just 1-of-8 shots in the last game, Nunnally has hit 40-of-80 (50.0%) overall in the last seven games and 19-of-34 (55.9%) from 3-point range. His current 3-point percentage of 48.7% would be a school record if it holds up. Nunnally made all four of his 3-point attempts and scored 24 points in UCSB's win at UC Davis on Feb. 6. The 24 points were one shy of his career-high. He scored a career-high 25 in a Jan. 23 win over Cal State Fullerton. He also tied his career-high of 10 rebounds against the Titans. The double-double against Fullerton was Nunnally's second. He also had one on Jan. 4 when he scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds at UC Riverside. He has scored 20 or more eight times, including five of the last seven games.

• Old Buddy, Old Powell
James Powell is third on the team in scoring at 8.7 points per game. He scored three points in the Gauchos' last game against Long Beach State. Powell has attempted just 12 shots (making six) and scored 17 points (5.7 per game) in the last three games. He 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 at Fullerton with 1,102 points, 20th all-time. He needs 15 to move into 19th and 29 to move into 18th. In addition, he has 203 career 3-point baskets, second all-time and 14 behind Mark Hull for the top spot. He has attempted 535 3-point shots in his career, second all-time. He needs 25 more to pass Hull for the number one spot in that category as well. Powell has made at least one 3-point basket in 11 straight games and 20 times in 22 games this season. He has made two or more 13 times.

• Yes, Serna
Jaimé Serna is averaging 7.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Despite battling back spasms, Serna made 8-of-9 shots and scored a season-high 17 points in a Feb. 13 win over Long Beach State. He made his first eight shots in the win over the 49ers. In the Feb. 6 win at UC Davis, Serna scored eight points, all in the second half. In the game against the Aggies, he missed his first two shots and then hit all four of his attempts in the second half. If you combine the second half at Davis with the game against Long Beach, Serna has scored 25 points in his last three halves of action, hitting 12-of-13 shots, including 12 in a row at one point. Before scoring 17 against Long Beach, his season-high was 14 on Jan. 8 against UC Davis. Serna has scored in double-figures five times. While he is shooting 50.0% overall, he has made 31 out of 49 shots in the last eight games, 63.3%. Over that same span, Serna has made 21 out of his 26 free throw attempts, 80.1%. Finally, the Laguna Beach, Calif., native scored a career-high 20 points in UCSB's last game at Titan Gym on Feb. 5, 2009.

• Where There's A Will...
Will Brew leads the team in assists at 2.7 per game and steals at 1.5 per game. He scored a season-high 12 points in the Feb. 13 win over Long Beach State, making 3-of-5 shots from the field. In the last two games, Brew has made 8-of-12 shots overall, 3-of-4 from 3-point range and averaged 11.5 per game. He has had three or more assists in four of the last six games and has had three or more 13 times in 22 games. Brew did, however, go without an assist in the win over Long Beach. He also had a season-high six turnovers against the 49ers, but still has a solid 1.4-to-1.0 assist to turnover ratio, a far cry from his freshman season when he had 54 assists and 66 turnovers. Brew has had two steals in each of last three games and now leads the team with 32. He has two or more in 12 games and at least one in seven straight. He had a season-high three on Jan. 28 against Cal Poly. Finally, Brew is the only Gaucho to start all 22 games in 2009-10 and, dating back to the 2008-09 season, has started 41 games in a row and 45 of the last 46.

• The Jordan Rules
Jordan Weiner has started the last three games for UCSB. He had five points in the win over Long Beach State, but his only 3-pointer of the game (he was 1-for-2) came with 2:25 left in the game and it gave the Gauchos a 62-60 lead. On Feb. 6 at UC Davis, Weiner scored a season-high 11 points and made a season-high three 3-point baskets. He saw his playing time increase significantly during the nine games that Paul Roemer was sideline by a foot injury. While he is averaging 13.0 minutes in his 20 games, he has played at least 13 in 10 straight, averaging 18.0 over that span. Weiner has averaged 4.2 points over the last 10 games and 8.0 over the last two. Finally, despite ranking sixth on the team in minutes played, he is third 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 six games. Joyner has played in 14 games this season, averaging 2.6 assists per game. In the Gauchos' Feb 6 game, at UC Davis, he had eight assists in just 15 minutes. In the six games since returning from a sprained ankle, Joyner has 21 assists (3.5 per game) and just five turnovers. In fact, on the year he has a 3.4-to-1.0 assist to turnover ratio with 37 assists and 11 turnovers in 201 minutes. In his career, Joyner now has 234 assists and 121 turnovers, a 1.9-to-1.0 ratio. Finally, he has moved into 10th on UCSB's all-time career assist list, passing Idris Jones who had 232.

• Somogyi's Emergence
Greg Somogyi was a game-changer in the Gauchos' Feb. 13 win over Long Beach State. In 16 minutes, the sophomore from Budapest scored seven points, grabbed six rebounds, and had one steal. Oh, he also tied his career-high with five blocked shots, including a key one in the final minute. In the last two games, Somogyi has averaged 5.0 rebounds. The six he had in the win over Long Beach, were the most he has produced in a Big West game this season. He had eight on Dec. 29 at Cal. Somogyi also had five blocks on Jan. 2 at UC Riverside.

• The Bob Williams FileIn 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 193-154 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 117-75 in Big West games and his .609 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 382-254 (.601) at four-year schools.