UCSB Carries Four-Game Winning Streak to Fresno State for Bracket Buster Game
Feb. 19, 2010
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
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Game No. 25
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Northridge
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
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Tickets Available For All Gaucho Games
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On The Radio
All men's basketball games are broadcast live on AM 1490 again this year, and all games will also be available online, by clicking here.. Gerry Fall handles the play-by-play with Don Ford on color. Occasionally, as is the case with the Fresno State game, the public is blessed with the opportunity to hear Bill Mahoney handle the color. Ford has opted to handle color on Saturday's women's basketball broadcast against Cal State Fullerton.
First-Place Gauchos Clinch Spot In Big West Tournament Semifinals
By virtue of its 73-65 win at Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday, UC Santa Barbara has clinched a spot in the Big West Tournament's semifinal round on Mar. 12. The Gauchos are 10-3 and in first-place in the league standings, one-half game ahead of Pacific and three games ahead of Fullerton and UC Davis. It is conceivable that either the Titans or Aggies could catch UCSB with a record of 10-6, but the Gauchos swept the season series from both schools. In addition, they swept the two-game series with Pacific and thus if tied with the Tigers, they would win that tiebreaker too.
Big West Standings
Big West Overall Team W L Pct. W L Pct. UCSB 10 3 .769 15 8 .652 Pacific 9 3 .750 17 8 .680 CS Fullerton 7 6 .539 13 12 .520 UC Davis 6 6 .500 10 15 .400 Long Beach State 6 7 .462 12 14 .462 Cal Poly 6 7 .462 9 16 .360 CS Northridge 5 7 .417 10 16 .385 UC Irvine 4 9 .308 11 15 .423 UC Riverside 4 9 .308 10 15 .400
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 Gaucho Record
UCSB enter Saturday's game at Fresno State with an overall record of 15-8 and a Big West mark of 10-3. Considering that the Bulldogs are in the Western Athletic Conference, the Gauchos league mark is unlikely to change following Saturday's encounter. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, UCSB has won 16 of its last 20 Big West Conference games.
UCSB Equals Longest Winning Streak Of Season
The Gauchos current four-game winning streak equals their longest of the season. Santa Barbara began the year with consecutive wins over Cal State Los Angeles, Weber State, San Francisco, and Loyola Marymount. The current four-game streak includes road wins at Pacific, UC Davis, and Cal State Fullerton, and a home win over Long Beach State. Not only has UCSB won four consecutive games, but the Gauchos have won seven of eight and 10 of their last 12.
Gauchos Continue Winning Road Ways, 73-65 Over Cal State Fullerton
Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally each scored 18 points, and Jaimé Serna added 13 as UCSB rallied from a five-point deficit in the second half to win at Cal State Fullerton, 73-65, on Wednesday night. The Gauchos were ahead 25-15 in the first half, but the Titans pulled to within 35-34 by halftime. Fullerton took its first lead of the second half on a dunk by Jer'Vaughn Johnson with 9:30 to play. A 3-pointer by Aaron Thompson extended the lead to 54-49. UCSB went on an 13-4 run to reclaim the lead. A 3-pointer by Justin Joyner, his first points of the season, put the Gauchos up for good, 60-58, and then a breakaway lay-up by Nunnally capped the run and extended the lead to 62-58. The Titans narrowed the gap to 62-60, but they never got closer than that. UCSB made its last seven free throws to put the game away. While the Gauchos were outrebounded 44-28, they committed just nine turnovers while forcing Fullerton into 17. Also, Santa Barbara made 18-of-22 free throws, 81.8%. Fullerton made 9-for-9 in the first half but just 6-of-13 in the second half.
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 and Cal State Northridge have played 40 times since the first game between the schools in 1959. UCSB holds a 27-13 all-time advantage but the Matadors have won the last four meetings, including a 76-69 decision on Jan. 30 at Northridge. Santa Barbara has won 16 of its last 20 Big West Conference games dating back to the 2008-09 season and the Matadors represent two of the losses. If league tournament games are included, the Gauchos have gone 17-5 against Big West opponents and three of the losses have been to Northridge.
The Gauchos Away From Home
The Gauchos are 5-6 in true road games this season and 6-6 in all games away from home. They have won their last three road games. Including Wednesday night's 73-65 win at Cal State Fullerton. On Feb. 4, UCSB handed Pacific a 61-48 defeat in Stockton. It was the Tigers first loss at the Spanos Center since 2008. On Feb. 6, the Gauchos won at UC Davis, 81-77. It was the Aggies only home loss to 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 in Berkeley.
Dome, Sweet Dome
UCSB is 9-2 at home in 2009-10. The Gauchos have won six straight home games, defeating UC Davis, Pacific, UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly, and Long Beach State. 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 15 of its last 17 games at the Thunderdome, including 11 straight games against Big West opponents.
Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Gauchos are 4-0 when he is in the starting lineup.
G 20 Will Brew, Jr. - Made 10-of-16 shots (62.5%) and averaged 9.7 points in last three games.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Only Gaucho to score in double-figures in all 23 games.
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Averaging 15.0 points per game in the last two games
F 21 James Nunnally - Attempted a career-high 17 shots in Feb. 17 win at Fullerton.
Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1 Chris Brew - Has not played in the last five games.
G 4 Paul Roemer - Has totaled seven minutes in two games since returning from foot injury.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Has 40 assists and 12 turnovers in 220 mintues this season.
F 15 Sam Phippen - Had season-high 14 twice this season, vs. CSLA and at LMU.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Didn't play vs. LBSU, but returned and played 11 minutes at Fullerton.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Has played 12 or more minutes in four straight games.
G 42 James Powell - 204 career 3-pointers ranks him second in school history.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Tied his career-high with five blocked shots on Feb. 13 vs. LBSU.
Leading Or Tied At Half? It's In The Book
UCSB has led at halftime 12 times this season and been tied once. In those 13 games, the Gauchos are a perfect 13-0. 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 Feb. 13, Santa Barbara trailed Long Beach State 33-30 at the half before coming from behind to win, 64-62.
The Roaring 20s
UCSB leads the Big West in 3-point field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage defense. Gaucho opponents are making just 30.2% of their 3-pointers. On Wednesday, Cal State Fullerton hit 6-of-22 shots from outside the arc, 27.3%. The Titans were the sixth opponent in the last seven games to shoot 30-percent or less from 3-point range. In all, 15 of UCSB's 23 opponents have been at or below the 30-percent mark.
Free At Last
While they are shooting just 67.0% from the free throw line this season, the Gauchos have been better in recent games. On Wednesday, they made 18 of their 22 attempts, 81.87%. In the last six games, Santa Barbara has gone 107-of-147, 72.7%.
Turning Over A New Leaf?
UCSB has struggled with turnovers off-and-on all season but on Wednesday, the Gauchos tied their season-low with nine in a win at Cal State Fullerton. The Titans, on the other hand, had 17 turnovers, and Santa Barbara has now forced nine straight opponents into 15 or more turnovers with three of those committing 20 or more.
What's Wrong With This Picture?
The Gauchos are winning of late, but one can crunch the numbers any way they want, and it is tough to get past the fact that UCSB is not a good rebounding team. Opponents are outrebounding the Gauchos by a margin of 2.3 per game this season. In the last three games, all Santa Barbara wins, opponents have won the battle of the boards by 12 or more. Wednesday, Fullerton had a 44-28 rebound margin, the second largest by a UCSB opponent this season.
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 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.
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.
Sophomores Of The World Unite!
UCSB's sophomores continue to dominate the team's statistics. In Wednesday's win over Cal State Fullerton, Orlando Johnson, James Nunnally, Jaimé Serna, Will Brew, and Greg Somogyi combined for 58 of the team's 73 points. On the season, they have scored 1,173 of 1,560 points, 75.2%. If you include freshmen Lucas Devenny and Chris Brew, UCSB's underclassmen have scored 1,252 points, 80.2% of the team's total.
Production By Class
Class Pts. Rebs. Asts. Stls. BS Senior 229 65 50 23 2 Junior 163 110 76 36 9 Sophomore 1,173 445 164 91 54 Freshman 79 60 24 13 2
Super Sophomores Leaving Their Marks
Orlando Johnson enters Saturday's game at Fresno State 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 15.1 points per game, seventh in league. 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 32.6 points per game, 48.1% of the team's total. In Big West games, the Johnson-Nunnally duo is averaging 35.4 of the Gauchos' points, 52.8% of the team's 67.0 points per game average.
Top-Scoring Sophomore Duos
The sophomore duo of Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally combine to average 32.6 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. Incidentally, Wyden is now a U.S. Senator from Oregon.
Players Avg. Year James Nunnally/Orlando Johnson 32.6 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
Speaking Of Orlando
Orlando Johnson continues to lead UCSB in scoring at 17.5 points per game. On Wednesday at Cal State Fullerton, Johnson had 18 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. He also had a key block late in the second half that preserved a two-point Gaucho lead. On Feb. 13 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, one more than the 27 he scored in a Jan. 23 home win over 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 23 games. The streak of 23 consecutive double-figure scoring games are two longer than Alex Harris put together in 2006-07. The only UCSB 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 also leads UCSB in rebounding at 5.6 per game. He has a pair of double-doubles this season. His first came on Nov. 17 against Weber State when he had 19 points and career-high 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. He now has 51 assists, second on the team. Johnson has led the Gauchos in scoring 11 times this season. He led the way in the first three games of the year, becoming the first Gaucho newcomer ever to do so. Finally, if there had been one chink in his armor it was free throws, but that is not the case anymore. While he is shooting 67.1% overall from the free throw line, he has made 47 of his last 55, 85.5%.
Second To Nunnally
James Nunnally bounced back from a subpar offensive game against Long Beach State with a very good game at Cal State Fullerton. After making just 1-of-9 shots and scoring nine points on Feb. 13 against Long Beach, Nunnally made seven of a career-high 17 field goal attempts and scored 18 points, including 14 in the second half, against the Titans. He also added seven rebounds in the win over Fullerton. Nunnally had a team-high seven rebounds against Long Beach and is second on the team at 5.5 per game. Overall, he is averaging 15.1 points per game, but in the last eight games, including Long Beach, he has averaged 19.5 per game. Also, despite making just 8-of-25 shots in the last two games, Nunnally has hit 47-of-97 (48.4%) overall in the last eight games and 19-of-36 (52.8%) from 3-point range. His current 3-point percentage of 46.8% 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 and tied his career-high with 10 rebounds in a Jan. 23 win over Cal State Fullerton. He also had a double-double on Jan. 4 when he scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds at UC Riverside. He has scored 20 or more a team-high eight times, including five of the last eight games.
Old Buddy, Old Powell
James Powell is third on the team in scoring at 8.6 points per game. He scored five points in the Gauchos' last game at Cal State Fullerton. Powell has attempted just 17 shots (making seven) and scored 22 points (5.5 per game) in the last four 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 Fresno State with 1,107 points, 20th all-time. He needs 10 to move into 19th and 24 to move into 18th. In addition, he has 204 career 3-point baskets, second all-time and 13 behind Mark Hull for the top spot. He has attempted 538 3-point shots in his career, second all-time. He needs 22 more to pass Hull for the number one spot in that category as well. Powell has made at least one 3-point basket in 12 straight games and 21 times in 23 games this season. He has made two or more 13 times.
Jaimé Serna is averaging 7.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. While he has been battling back spasms, he has been at his best offensively in the last three games. On Wednesday at Cal State Fullerton, Serna made 4-of-7 field goal attempts and 5-of-6 free throws en route to 13 points, 11 of which were scored in the second half. On Feb. 13 against Long Beach State, he made 8-of-9 shots and scored a season-high 17 points. 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 last two games, Serna has scored 38 points in his last five halves of action, hitting 16-of-20 shots (80.0%), 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 six times. While he is shooting 50.4% overall, he has made 35 out of 56 shots in the last nine games, 62.5%. Over that same span, Serna has made 26 out of his 32 free throw attempts, 81.2%. Finally, the Laguna Beach, Calif., is second on the team in steals (21) and third in blocked shots (12). He tied his season-high with three steals in the win over Long Beach and he tied his season-high with two blocked shots in the win at Fullerton.
Where There's A Will...
Will Brew leads the team in assists at 2.6 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 three games, Brew has made 10-of-16 shots overall, 3-of-5 from 3-point range, and averaged 9.9 per game. He has had just four assists in the last four games, going without one in two fo the four. Brew has, however, had three or more 13 times in 23 games and 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 four games and now leads the team with 34. He has had at least one steal in eight straight, and two or more in seven of eight and 13 times this season. Brew had a season-high three steals on Jan. 28 against Cal Poly. Finally, the sophomore is the only Gaucho to start all 23 games in 2009-10. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, Brew has started 42 games in a row and 46 of the last 47.
The Jordan Rules
Jordan Weiner has started the last four games for UCSB. He had three points in the win at Cal State Fullerton. In the last three games, Weiner has averaged 6.3 points per game while making 7-of-11 shots overall and 5-of-9 from 3-point range. On Feb. 6 at UC Davis, he 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 13.2 minutes in his 21 games, he has played at least 13 in 11 straight, averaging 18.3 over that span. He has played 18 or more in four straight. Weiner has averaged 4.0 points over the last 11 games. Finally, despite ranking sixth on the team in minutes played, he is third in steals with 19.
Justin Joyner returned to action in the Jan. 23 game against Fullerton and he has played a significant role in the last seven games. Joyner has played in 15 games this season, averaging 2.7 assists per game. In the Gauchos' Feb 6 game, at UC Davis, he had eight assists in just 15 minutes. In the seven games since returning from a sprained ankle, Joyner has 24 assists (3.4 per game) and just six turnovers. In fact, on the year he has a 3.3-to-1.0 assist to turnover ratio with 40 assists and 12 turnovers in 220 minutes. In his career, Joyner now has 237 assists and 122 turnovers, a 1.9-to-1.0 ratio. He has moved into 10th on UCSB's all-time career assist list. Finally, Joyner made a 3-point basket to give the Gauchos the lead for good in Wednesday's win over the Titans. It was his first three points of the season.
Greg Somogyi got into foul trouble and was limited to seven minutes at Cal State Fullerton, but in the previous game - against Long Beach State - he was a game-changer. In 16 minutes, the sophomore from Budapest scored seven points, grabbed six rebounds, had one steal, and tied a career-high with five blocked shots - including a key swat in the final minute. In the last three games, Somogyi has averaged 4.0 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.
Taking A Pastorek
Junior forward Jon Pastorek has emerged as the primary backup at the power forward spot. After not playing in games against Cal Poly and Cal State Northridge, Pastorek has played at least 12 minutes in each of the last four games. In Wednesday's win at Cal State Fullerton, he scored four points, equaling his highest total since he had five against UC Davis on Jan. 8, and he had a pair of assists.
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 194-154 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 118-75 in Big West games and his .611 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 383-254 (.601) at four-year schools.