UCSB Remains on the Road for Key Big West Game at Pacific, BracketBuster Contest at Utah State
Feb. 19, 2008
Game No. 26
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at the University of the Pacific Tigers
at UOP's A.G. Spanos Center
Radio: KTMS 990/1490-AM
Game No. 27
Friday, February 22, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Utah State Aggies
at Utah State's Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
Radio: KTMS 990/1490-AM
On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on KTMS, 990 and 1490 AM. KEYT-TV Sports Director Gerry Fall is in his fourth year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB star Don Ford handles the color commentary for the majority of games, home and road. When Ford is not available for road games, Bill Mahoney, yours truly, will handle the task. Steve Wendt, the voice of the UCSB women's basketball team, will handle the play-by-play for a handful of men's games this season.
UCSB Travels To Utah State For ESPNU O'Reilly BracketBusters
UCSB will play at Utah State on Friday, Feb. 22 in the ESPNU O'Reilly BracketBusters. The teams have not met since the Aggies departed the Big West Conference for the Western Athletic Conference following the 2004-05 campaign. While 100 schools will take part in BracketBusters, just 14 games will be televised, including the UCSB-USU match-up. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU and it will tip-off at 6:00 p.m. (PST)
On The Record
UC Santa Barbara enters Wednesday's game at Pacific with an overall record of 19-6 and a Big West mark of 8-4. The Gauchos have won two straight and five of their last six games, including Saturday's 77-73 road victory at UC Davis. Since opening Big West play with a 1-2 record, UCSB has gone 7-2 with four of the seven wins coming on the road and both losses coming at home.
Gauchos Continue Tough Season-Ending Road Journey
UCSB's schedule this season had it finishing the year with five of six games on the road. The wild card on the slate was the BracketBuster game this weekend, and when the Gauchos drew Utah State, the schedule officially got even tougher. The Aggies will enter Friday's game with a perfect 14-0 record at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Following the game in Logan, Utah, Santa Barbara will be off for a week before returning for its home finale on March 1 against UC Riverside.
Gauchos Go 13 Over Break Even
UCSB's win at UC Davis on Saturday night gave it a 19-6 overall record. The Gauchos are 13 games over the .500 mark for the first time in a long time. The last time Santa Barbara was 13 games above break-even was at the end of the regular season in 1991-92 when it had a 20-7 record entering the Big West Tournament. The Gauchos lost in the tourney, and then in the first round of the NIT, to finish with an overall record of 20-9 for the season
Gauchos Go Inside To Top UC Davis, 77-73
Led by Ivan Elliott who scored 18 points and Chris Devine who added 15, visiting UC Santa Barbara scored a season-high 44 points in the paint and held on to defeat UC Davis on Saturday night, 77-73. The Gauchos overcame a career-high 26-point performance by Aggie forward Dominic Calegari.Elliott made eight out of his nine field goal attempts and scored his 18 points despite being limited to 22 minutes with foul trouble. He scored UCSB's first seven points of the game and ultimately finished with the second-highest total of his career. Fueled by free throws, they made 16-of-19 in the first 20 minutes, Davis tied the score at half, 33-33. The Gauchos expanded the lead to nine on a couple of occasions in the second half, but each time the Aggies closed the gap. They pulled to within one on a number of occasions in the final minutes, but never tied the score. Elliott, who had three fouls in the first 10 minutes, finished with eight rebounds and three steals to go with his team-high 18 points. Devine had seven rebounds and three assists to go with his 15. Harris had 13 and Powell 12 to give UCSB four players in double-figures. Paul Roemer made all three of his shots and all three of his free throws to finish with nine points, and Nedim Pajevic added eight. Calegari had a game-high nine rebounds, as well as his career-high 26 points. David Carter finished with 14 points, and Hanson added 12 for the Aggies. UCSB had 12 steals, giving it 28 in the last two games, and shot 52.7% from the field.
Probable Starters - Notes
G - Justin Joyner - After scoring 24 points in two games, was scoreless at UC Davis.
G - Alex Harris - Became third UCSB player over 1,500 points and now has 1,558, third all-time.
G - James Powell - Played a season-high 35 minutes in the win at UC Davis.
F - Chris Devine - 22nd Gaucho to hit 1,000 career points. Has 1,076 in career, 19th all-time.
F - Ivan Elliott - The 18 points at UC Davis were the second-highest total of his career.
Probable Reserves - Notes
G - Nick Quick - Has attempted eight shots in just 13 minutes of action.
G - Jordan Weiner - Made the first two-point basket of his career in win at UC Davis.
G - Paul Roemer - Made all three field goal attempts and had nine points at UC Davis.
F - Nedim Pajevic - The eight points at UC Davis were his second-highest total in league play.
F - Sam Phippen - Has played in each of the last two games.
F - Beau Gibb - Has played in 23 of 25 games.
F - Peter Jordan - Walk-on freshman has played in two games this season.
Injury Report - Notes
G - D.J. Posley - Missed the last two games with the flu, will not travel to Pacific.
The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his 10th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Last year his team recorded an overall record of 18-11 and a Big West mark of 9-5. The 18 wins were the most regular season wins by a Gaucho team since 1991-92 and it equaled the second most wins a Williams-coached UCSB team has ever had. Williams has led Santa Barbara to winning records in five of the last six seasons, the only exception being a 2004-05 team that was ravaged by injuries. He has guided UCSB to a pair of postseason appearances. In 2002-03, the Gauchos went 18-14 overall and 14-4 in league. The 2002-03 Big West mark earned Santa Barbara its first-ever Big West regular season championship along with a trip to the postseason National Invitation Tournament. Additionally, the success earned Williams his second Big West Coach of the Year award, his first coming after an impressive 1999 campaign. In 2001-02, Williams guided UCSB to its first Big West Conference Tournament title ever and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 years. Including this season, Williams' UCSB teams have posted a 159-128 (.554) overall record and an 94-63 (.599) 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 348-228 (.604) at four-year schools.
The Gauchos and Pacific have played 96 times in a series that dates back to 1947. The Tigers hold a 50-46 all-time edge, including a 71-58 win at the Thunderdome on Jan. 24. The Pacific win ended a two-game UCSB winning streak in the series. The Gauchos won at the Spanos Center last season, 70-62. Santa Barbara and Utah State have not played since the Aggies left the Big West Conference following the 2004-05 season. The series began in 1971 and the teams have played 59 times over the years. Utah State holds a decisive 37-22 edge. The last time the teams played was on Feb. 5, 2005 when the Aggies coasted to an 80-50 win at the Thunderdome. Utah State also won in Logan that year, 80-70. In all, USU has won four the last four games in the series. UCSB last won in Santa Barbara on Feb. 6, 2003 by a score of 62-50. The last time the Gauchos won in Logan was on Jan. 16, 1999 when they posted a 66-65 win in overtime.
The Gauchos On The Road
The Gauchos are 7-3 in true road games this season. They have won their last four road games, all in conference play. Most recently, UCSB posted a Feb. 16 victory at UC Davis, 77-73. Prior to the win over the Aggies, the Gauchos won at UC Riverside, Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton. In addition, they have victories at Eastern Washington, Ball State and Loyola Marymount. The trio of road defeats have come at North Carolina, Stanford and UC Irvine. UCSB has also gone a perfect 2-0 in neutral court games with wins over Northwestern State and Harvard at the Basketball Travelers Classic in Palo Alto, Calif. In 2006-07, the Gauchos recorded an all-time best 10-4 record on the road. Dating to the 2005-06 season, UCSB has gone 21-9 in its last 30 true road games.
Eight-Game Streak Was Longest In A Long Time
First of all, get used to this note. It's not going anywhere. UCSB's eight-game winning streak, which was ended at North Carolina on Dec. 22, was the longest that a Gaucho team has put together since Bob Williams became head coach in 1998-99. It was also the longest winning streak since the 1988-89 team opened the year by winning 11 consecutive games and it equaled the second longest streak in school history. Santa Barbara also won eight games in a row in 1971-72, 1960-61 and 1940-41.
The Steal Curtain
UCSB had 12 steals in their Feb. 16 win at UC Davis. In the game prior to that, Feb. 14 against Cal Poly, the Gauchos tied their season-high with 16 steals, the third most in school history. In the last game, senior forward Ivan Elliott led the way with three steals, ,giving him seven in the last two games, while Nedim Pajevic and Paul Roemer each had a pair. In all, eight different UCSB players had at least one steal against the Aggies. In the win over Cal Poly, not only did Elliott have four steals, to lead the way, three other Gauchos (Justin Joyner, James Powell and Jordan Weiner) each had three. In all, six different players have had three or more steals at least once in the last two games. Interestingly, that figure does not include the team's steal leader, Chris Devine. The Gauchos also had 16 steals on Dec. 5 against Pepperdine. They have had 10 or more steals six times in 2007-08. On the year, UCSB now has 209 steals, equaling the fourth most in school history. Last year, in 29 games, UCSB had a total of 180 steals.
Plenty Of Turnover
UCSB opponents are averaging 18.4 turnovers per game in 2007-08, an increase of 5.0 per game over the 13.4 per game they averaged in 2006-07. Last year, a Gaucho opponent had 20 or more turnovers just once, 21 by Pepperdine in a double overtime game. In 2007-08, UCSB has forced 20 or more turnovers nine times in 25 games and only three opponents have had fewer than 16. On Saturday night, the Gauchos forced UC Davis into 17 turnovers, and in the game prior to that, they forced Cal Poly into 24, the most by an opponent since Pepperdine had 25 on Dec. 5. The highest total of turnovers by a UCSB opponent this season was 28, in the opener against Northwestern State.
On The Rebound
In its last game, a win at UC Davis, UCSB won the rebounding battle with the Aggies, 30-26. While the rebounding effort was not cause for celebration, it was kind of a big deal. The Gauchos are outrebounded, on average, by 3.8 rebounds per game and have outrebounded their foe just 10 times through the first 25 games this season. In the game prior to Davis, a win over Cal Poly, they were outrebounded by a 39-22 count. The 17 rebound margin equaled the second largest this season. The largest margin of rebounding defeat came at North Carolina when the Tar Heels finished with a 57-30 edge. In all, UCSB has been outrebounded by 10 or more rebounds four times. The Gauchos' largest rebounding margin this season was nine, in a Jan. 19 win at Cal Poly.
While UCSB continues to lead the Big West Conference in three-point field goal percentage at 41.5%, the Gauchos have had their problems from beyond the arc in recent games. In Saturday's win at UC Davis, UCSB made just 4-of-15 shots from three-point range, 26.7%. In the last three games, Santa Barbara has made just 17 out of its 56 three-point attempts, 30.4%. Also, the four were the fewest threes that the team made against the Aggies were the fewest since it also made four on Jan. 5 against Cal State Northridge.
On The Bright Side...
While UCSB had its problems from outside the arc in the win at UC Davis, the story inside the arc was far different. Overall, the Gauchos hit 52.7% from the field against the Aggies, their highest percentage since they made 64.8% on Jan. 12 at Cal State Fullerton. Also, they hit 25 out of 40 two-point shots, 62.5%, and scored a season-high 44 points in the paint.
Out Of The Red, Into The Black
With 68 assists and just 46 turnovers in the last four games, UCSB has gone into the black in the assist-to-turnover ratio. Entering Wednesday's game at Pacific, the Gauchos have totaled 379 assists as compared to a mere 367 turnovers. The current streak of four straight games with more assists than turnovers equals the longest such streak of the season.
Free, But Valuable
Despite making just 15 out of 24 in Saturday's win at UC Davis, UCSB has been outstanding from the free throw line this season. The Gauchos are making 77.5% on the season, tops in the Big West. On Jan. 19 at Cal Poly, UCSB posted season-highs for makes and attempts by hitting 25 out of 30, 83.3%. In 25 games this season, the Gauchos have made 80.0% or better from the free throw line 12 times. The school's all-time record of 77.2% was set during the 1982-83 season. Last year's mark of 72.5% was the ninth best ever.
Assuming the Gauchos make the Big West Tournament and play a 31st game, they are on a record pace in a couple of statistical categories. UCSB is on pace to break school records for steals and three-point baskets. The Gauchos are averaging 8.36 steals per game and, if they play 31 games, that pace would put them at about 259 steals, 23 more than the current school record of 236. They are also averaging 7.68 three-pointers per game and, if they could average that the rest of the way, they would finish with right around 238, 19 more than the current record of 219 set in 2002-03.
UCSB has started Big West play with a 8-4 record this season. Three of the four losses in conference action have come by six points or less. The only double-figure margin of defeat came at the hands of Pacific on Jan. 24, 71-58. Of the eight wins in league play, six came by way of double-digit margins. Four of the wins (Long Beach State, the first Cal State Fullerton game, the first Cal Poly game, and UC Davis) came by 15 points and the other, UC Riverside, was an 11-point decision. UCSB's 83-80 win over Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 7, and 77-73 win at UC Davis on Feb. 16, were the only close league victories that the team has had this season. In all, 16 of 25 Gaucho games have been decided by 10 or more points this year and UCSB has gone 13-3 in those games.
Among The Ranks
In terms of team statistics, here is how the Gauchos rank in the Big West Conference:
Category Stat Rank Scoring Offense 71.0 4th Scoring Defense 64.4 1st Scoring Margin +6.6 ppg 3rd Field Goal % 45.9% 4th Field Goal % Defense 43.5% 3rd Free Throw Percentage 77.5% 1st 3-pt. FGs Made 7.68 pg 2nd 3-pt. FG % 41.5% 1st 3-pt. FG % Defense 30.8% 1st Rebounding Margin -3.0 rpg 7th Blocked Shots 2.40 bpg 3rd Assists 15.16 apg 3rd Assist/Turnover Ratio 1.03 2nd Opp. Turnovers 18.3 tpg 2nd Turnover Margin +3.64 pg 2nd Steals 8.36 spg 3rd
The Harris Poll
Senior guard Alex Harris continues to lead the Gauchos at 20.4 points per game, a figure that ranks second in the Big West Conference. In Saturday's win at UC Davis, Harris scored 13 points, equaling his season-low. He was 4-for-12 from the field overall and 2-for-6 from three-point range. In the previous game, a win over Cal Poly, he had a game-high 21 points, making 6-of-14 shots overall and 2-of-5 from three-point range. Harris has scored 13 or more points in all 24 of his appearances this season and he has scored in double-figures in 31 straight dating back to the 2006-07 season. He has led or tied for the team-lead in scoring 18 times this year, going for 20 or more 12 times and 25 or more six times. He scored a season-high 31 points on Jan. 19 at Cal Poly. The senior from Alameda, Calif., has now scored 1,558 points in his career. On Feb. 7, in a win over Cal State Fullerton, Harris became the third player in school history to move past the 1,500 point barrier. He enters Wednesday's game at Pacific needing 23 points to move past Mark Hull (1,580) and into second-place on the all-time list. The Gauchos' all-time leading scorer is Carrick DeHart, who finished his career with 1,687 points. In addition to scoring, Harris is leading the team in three-point baskets. By making 2-of-6 on Saturday, he is now made 62 out of his 130 attempts, 47.8%. His percentage actually ranks second on the team to Ivan Elliott. Harris has made at least one three-point basket in 23 of 24 games. In addition, he has hit two or more 20 times, and three or more nine times. Harris made a career-high six three-point baskets, in eight attempts, on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley. In his career, he has now hit 182 out of 438, 41.6%. the fourth most makes and the third highest percentage in UCSB history. Prior to his 31-point game at Cal Poly, Harris' season-high was 29 points on Nov. 24 against Montana State. In that game, he had career-highs for free throws, 15, and free throw attempts, 18. On the year, Harris has gone to the free throw line 162 times, an average of 6.7 times per game. He has made 83.3% of his attempts overall, but has gone 46 out of his last 51, 90.2%. Harris is now 430-of-545 in his career, 78.9%. He is the school's all-time leader in free throws and free throw attempts. Overall, he has been in a bit of a shooting slump recently. In the last four games, Harris has made 19-of-52 shots from the field, 36.5%. He is fourth on the team in rebounding at 3.5 per game, and he has had at least three in five straight games. He had a season-high eight on Nov. 24 against Montana State. Finally, Harris was a Preseason All-Big West and Mid-Major All-America selection.
The Devine File
Junior forward Chris Devine has had three consecutive solid offensive outings. In the win at UC Davis, Devine made 5-of-9 shots from the field, 5-of-8 from the free throw line, and finished with 15 points. He also contributed seven rebounds. While he is averaging 13.0 points per game, he has averaged 15.3 per game in the last three. He had 16, making 5-of-9 shots, on Feb. 14 against Cal Poly. The 16 points were the most he has had since going for 18 on Jan. 12 against Cal State Fullerton. Devine has scored in double-figures in three straight games, his longest streak since he opened the year by scoring 10 or more in his first 10 appearances. His current average of 13.0 points per game ranks second on the team. Devine has scored 10 or more points 18 times in his 24 appearances this year, but just eight times in the last 14 games. He scored a season-high 24 on Jan. 5 against Cal State Northridge, and his other 20 point game came when he had 22 at Ball State on Dec. 19. On Jan. 24 against Pacific, Devine became the 22nd player in UCSB history to move past the 1,000 point mark. He enters Wednesday's game with a career total of 1,076, a figure that ranks 19th all-time. He needs 41 to move into 18th-place. Devine is second on the team in rebounding at 5.4 per game. He has had seven or more 10 times and he had a season-high nine on Dec. 1 at Loyola Marymount. He had eight on Feb. 7 against Cal State Fullerton and that is his highest total in the last 10 games. He also had eight in consecutive games to open Big West play in early-January. Devine is second on the team in field goal percentage at 52.1%, but he has made 16-of-26 shots in the last three games, 61.5%. A Preseason All-Big West selection, Devine paces the team in steals with 30, although he has just four in the last seven games. He has had two or more steals nine times and he had a season-high four in a Dec. 22 game at North Carolina.
Old Buddy, Old Powell
After scoring fewer than 10 points in consecutive games for the first time since the first three games of the year, sophomore guard James Powell bounced back with 12 points in the Feb. 16 win at UC Davis. He scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half. Powell had scored six points in consecutive games prior to Saturday. In the win over the Aggies, he made 2-of-6 shots from three-point range. Powell is now averaging 11.6 points per game. He scored a career-high 25 on Jan. 30 at UC Riverside. In the game against the Highlanders, he made a career-high six three-point baskets, in nine attempts. In all, he has been in double-figures 15 times this season, all in the last 22 games, and he has scored 20 or more four times, including three times in the last nine games. Since scoring a total of 17 points through the first three games, he has averaged 12.5 points per game. He is now shooting 42.1% from outside the three-point line, but since opening the year by going 2-for-12, Powell has made 51 out of his last 114 attempts, 44.7%. Prior to draining six three-pointers against Riverside, his career-high was five, set on Nov. 27 against UNLV. He made all five three-pointers in the second half against the Runnin' Rebels, including one with less than a second remaining to give the Gauchos the win. Powell has made at least one three-point basket in 12 straight games and 22 times in 25 games this season. He has made two or more in five straight and 17 times. Powell is averaging 2.4 assists per game, second on the team, and he has had two or more in eight of the last nine games. He tied a career-high with six on Jan. 5 against Cal State Northridge. He is also second on the team with 29 steals and he tied his career-high with three on Feb. 14 against Cal Poly.
Justin Joins In
After averaging 12 points over a two-game period, sophomore guard Justin Joyner was scoreless in UCSB's win at UC Davis on Feb. 16. Joyner did have three assists, four rebounds and one steal in the victory over the Aggies, and their was a good reason that he was scoreless: he didn`t attempt any shots. Joyner had one of the best overall games of his career in UCSB's loss to UC Irvine on Feb. 9. Joyner scored a career-high 16 points, making 6-of-10 shots overall and a career-best 4-of-6 from three-point territory. In addition, he tied his season-high with seven assists and had just one turnover. He followed up that effort by scoring eight points, grabbing three rebounds, passing off for two assists and producing three steals in the Feb. 14 win over Cal Poly. Joyner is now averaging 3.8 points per game, but he leads the team in assists at 3.8 per outing, and he paces the team and the Big West in assist to turnover ratio at 2.2-to-1.0. He has had more turnovers than assists in just one game this season (Four turnovers and two assists on Nov. 11 at Stanford), and in his last 18 games, he has 70 assists and just 27 turnovers. He has had just nine turnovers in the last seven games, a span of 193 minutes. Joyner also achieved his season-high seven assists on Dec. 7 against Utah Valley. In addition to his pair of seven assist games, he has had two games with six assists and three games with five assists. In all, Joyner has produced four or more 14 times this season and UCSB has gone 11-3 in those games. Also, after going 0-for-5 from the field over a five game span, he has gone 10-of-17 in the last three games, 58.8%. He has improved his overall field goal percentage to 39.3%. In fact, since opening the year by making just 10 of his first 37 shots in the first nine games, he has hit 25-of-52, 48.1%, in the last 16. Joyner has made 14 out of 42 three-pointers this season, but 11 have come in four games, two apiece against UNLV and Ball State, three at Fullerton and a career-high four against UC Irvine. He has made seven of his last 13 attempts from outside the stripe, 53.8%. Joyner also has 24 steals, including four in the last two games.
Ivan The Good
After scoring a career-high 22 points in a Feb. 7 win over Cal State Fullerton, senior forward Ivan Elliott went into a scoring slump. In the two games following his 22 point outing, against UC Irvine and Cal Poly, Elliott scored a total of just six points, 3.0 per game, on 3-of-8 shooting from the field, including 0-for-2 from three-point range. In Saturday's win at UC Davis, despite being limited to 22 minutes because of fouls, Elliott made 8-of-9 shots and scored 18 points, the second highest total of his career. He also added a game-high eight rebounds and three steals. Elliott is now averaging 9.5 points and a team-leading 5.9 rebounds per game. He has scored 10 or more points 12 times this season. He leads the Gauchos in three-point field goal percentage at 47.8% and he leads in field goal percentage at 56.4%. Although he has slumped from three-point range in recent games, making just one out of nine attempts in the last six. Elliott made a career-high three three-pointers on Nov. 24 against Montana State, and he has made two on five other occasions. In 2006-07, the San Franciscan made just 5-of-13 shots from outside the arc, but this year he has drilled 22 out of his 46 attempts. Overall, in the last five games, Elliott has gone 24 out of 33 from the field, 72.7%. In the last six games, he has made 26 out of his 31 two-point attempts, 83.9%. Elliott also leads the team in blocked shots with 25, and in recent games he has emerged in the steal category as well. While he has 25 steals on the season, 10 have come in the last four games, and seven in the last two. He had career-highs of four steals and four assists on Feb. 14 against Cal Poly. Elliott has had a season-high nine rebounds twice this year, on Dec. 29 at Eastern Washington and then again on Jan. 24 against Pacific. He has had six or more 17 times in 25 games.
A Piece Of The Pajevic (Pronounced Pie-uh-vich)
Senior forward Nedim Pajevic is averaging 5.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. He had eight points, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals in Saturday's win at UC Davis. The eight points were one short of his high in Big West play. On Feb. 7 against Cal State Fullerton, Pajevic had one of his best all-around games of the year. He had nine points, seven rebounds and he tied his career-high with five assists in the win over the Titans. The nine points were the most he has scored since he went for 12 on Dec. 22 at North Carolina, and the seven rebounds were his highest total since he had a season-high 10 on Nov. 20 against San Francisco. Not coincidentally, Pajevic played 24 minutes against Fullerton, the most he has logged since Nov. 24 against Montana State. He played 23 more on Saturday at UC Davis. He has scored 10 or more points six times this season, but he has not done so since the North Carolina game. He went for a season-high 16 points on Nov. 10 against Harvard. In addition, he had a personal-best 10 rebounds on Nov. 20 against San Francisco, recording a double-double in the process as he also scored 10 points. Pajevic's double-double against the Dons is the only one recorded by a Gaucho player this season and, in fact, it was the only double-figure rebounding game by a UCSB player this season. Pajevic has had three or more assists eight times this year, going for a season-high five on Nov. 15 against Cal Poly Pomona, in addition to Feb. 7 against Fullerton. He has had four or more 11 times this year. Finally, while he is shooting 48.6% overall, Pajevic is making 53.9% from two-point range.
Sophomore guard Paul Roemer continues to give the Gauchos valuable minutes as a reserve in the backcourt. In Saturday's game at UC Davis, Roemer played 13 minutes, but he made all three of his field goal attempts and all three of his free throw attempts en route to nine points. He also had two assists, two steals and a rebounds. Roemer's five points on the night came in crunch time, including an acrobatic lay-up which he was fouled on, resulting in a three-point play. The nine points were his highest total since he had a career-high 12, on four three-pointers, on Jan. 10 at UC Irvine. Roemer is averaging 2.5 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. He also has 22 steals. On Feb. 7, in a win over Cal State Fullerton, he had one of his best all-around games. Roemer played 13 minutes in the win over the Titans, and while he scored just two points, making his only field goal attempt, he had a career-high five assists, a career-high two blocked shots, and two steals. He has actually blocked five shots this season. In addition to his 12-point game at UC Irvine, Roemer went for 10 in the season-opener against Northwestern State, his only other double-figure game this season. Finally, in 2006-07, Roemer played 132 minutes in 16 games. This year, Roemer has played in all 25 games, logging 384 minutes.
Strike A Posley
Junior guard D.J. Posley missed the last two games with the flu. He is expected to play on Wednesday at Pacific. Posley has gone scoreless in each of his last three appearances, missing his only four field goal attempts over that span. He is averaging 2.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. He tallied a season-high seven on Dec. 5 against Pepperdine. He has also had six points three times, including Jan. 26 against UC Davis, the last time he scored. Despite ranking seventh on the team in minutes played, Posley is third with 25 steals. In one of his best games this season, he had six assists and no turnovers in a Jan. 12 win at Cal State Fullerton.