Gauchos Put Three-Game Winning Streak on the Line in BracketBusters Game at Utah State

Gauchos Put Three-Game Winning Streak on the Line in BracketBusters Game at Utah State

Feb. 21, 2008

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The Schedule
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
Television: ESPNU
Internet: None

Game No. 28
Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Riverside Highlanders
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KTMS 990/1490-AM
Television: None

UCSB Travels To Utah State For ESPNU O'Reilly BracketBusters
UCSB will play at Utah State on Friday 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.

On The Record
UC Santa Barbara enters Friday's game at Utah State with an overall record of 20-6 and a Big West mark of 9-4. The Gauchos have won three straight and six of their last seven games, including Wednesday's road victory at the University of the Pacific. The victory over the Tigers moves UCSB into third-place all alone in the Big West. Since opening league play with a 1-2 record, UCSB has gone 8-2 with five of the eight wins coming on the road and both losses coming at home.

Gauchos Get To 20 For Eighth Time
Wednesday night's win at Pacific gave UCSB its 20th victory of the 2007-08 season. This marks the ninth time in school history that the Gauchos have won 20 games in a season, and the first time since the 2001-02 campaign. For head coach Bob Williams, it is the second time that he has guided the program to 20 wins in a season, the first being in 2001-02. Santa Barbara also hit the 20 victory plateau in 1991-92, 1989-90, 1988-89, 1987-88, 1970-71, 1960-61 and 1940-41. Williams joins Jerry Pimm as the only coaches in school history to lead more than one team to 20 wins. The all-time UCSB record for wins in a season came in 1987-88 when the Gauchos won 22.

Gauchos Go 14 Over Break Even
UCSB's win at Pacific on Wednesday night gave it a 20-6 overall record. The Gauchos are 14 games over the .500 mark for the first time in a long time. The last time Santa Barbara was 14 games above break-even was at mid-year during the 1988-89 seaon when it had a 15-1 record through 16 games. That Gaucho team finished 21-9. The 1987-88 team finished the year 14 games over .500 with a 22-8 overall record.

UCSB Gets Defensive To Defeat Pacific, 60-53
Alex Harris scored a game-high 17 points to lead UC Santa Barbara to a 60-53 victory over Pacific on Wednesday night. Harris scored twice on driving layups to give Santa Barbara its biggest lead at 19 points early in the second half and the Gauchos cruised to the finish. Santa Barbara's lead never fell below 13 points again until the game's final minute. Santa Barbara forced 18 turnovers and limited Pacific to 41.7 percent shooting from the field to hold the Tigers to their lowest scoring total of the season. The Gauchos avenged a 71-58 home defeat to Pacific last month - Santa Barbara's worst league loss of the season. James Powell scored 13 points for Santa Barbara, which moved into sole possession of third place in the Big West. Chad Troyer scored 13 points and Anthony Brown had 13 points and eight rebounds for Pacific, which lost its third consecutive game. Bryan LeDuc had a game-high 10 rebounds off the bench for the Tigers, who made just 9 of 19 free throws. The lead changed hands six times in the game's first eight minutes before Santa Barbara took command with a 13-0 run midway through the first half. The Gauchos forced 10 turnovers and limited Pacific to 30 percent shooting from the field in the first half on their way to a 30-17 halftime advantage. Pacific was just 7 of 23 from the field and 2 of 7 from the free throw line during the first half. Santa Barbara then began the second half with an 8-2 spurt to turn the game into a rout.

Probable Starters - Notes
G - Justin Joyner - Has had more turnovers than assists just one time in 26 games.
G - Alex Harris - Became first UCSB player to record two 500-point seasons.
G - James Powell - Has made at least one three-pointer in 13 straight games.
F - Chris Devine - 22nd Gaucho to hit 1,000 career points. Has 1,083 in career, 19th all-time.
F - Ivan Elliott - Has 11 steals in the last four games, going for two or more in each.

Probable Reserves - Notes
G - Nick Quick - Has attempted eight shots in just 13 minutes of action.
G - Jordan Weiner - 14 out of his 16 field goals are from three-point range.
G - Paul Roemer - Played 22 minutes at Pacific, second-highest total of season.
G - D.J. Posley - Missed the last three games with the flu. Will not play at Utah State.
F - Nedim Pajevic - Five rebounds at Pacific were his highest total in five games.
F - Sam Phippen - Has played in each of the last three games.
F - Beau Gibb - Has played in 24 of 26 games.
F - Peter Jordan - Walk-on freshman has played in two games this season.

Posley Will Not Play At Utah State
Reserve guard D.J. Posley, who has missed the last three games with a severe case of the flu, will not return for Friday's game at Utah State. He did not accompany the team to Pacific and will not be in Logan for the game against the Aggies. Posley, a transfer from John A. Logan College, had played in all 23 Gaucho games prior to being struck with the flu. He is averaging 2.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals in an average of 17.0 minutes per game.

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 160-128 (.556) overall record and an 95-63 (.601) 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 349-228 (.604) at four-year schools. Finally, dating back to the end of the 2005-06 season, Williams' Gauchos have posted a 46-20 (.697) overall record.

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 seven steals in its Feb. 20 win at Pacific. In the game prior to that, Feb. 16 at UC Davis, the Gauchos had 12 steals, and on Feb. 14 against Cal Poly, they 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 two steals, giving him nine in the last three games, while Chris Devine and Justin Joyner each had a pair. In the win at Davis, eight different UCSB players had at least one steal, and 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 three games. 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 216 steals, the second-highest toal in school history. Last year, in 29 games, UCSB had a total of 180 steals. The school record of 236 was set in 1998-99, Bob Williams' first year as head coach.

UCSB has gone 9-4 in Big West games 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 nine 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, 77-73 win at UC Davis on Feb. 16, and 60-53 win at Pacific on Feb. 20, were the only close league victories that the team has had this season. In all, 16 of 26 Gaucho games have been decided by 10 or more points this year and UCSB has gone 13-3 in those games.

Plenty Of Turnover
UCSB opponents are averaging 18.3 turnovers per game in 2007-08, an increase of 4.9 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 26 games and only three opponents have had fewer than 16. On Wednesday night, the Gauchos forced Pacific into 18 turnovers, five more than its season average. On Feb. 14, 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 Pacific, UCSB its one-game streak of outrebounding opponents ended. The Tigers collected 34 rebounds to 26 for the Gauchos. In its previous game, Santa Barbara won the rebounding battle with UC Davis, 30-26, andit was kind of a big deal. The Gauchos are outrebounded, on average by 3.2 rebounds per game and have outrebounded their foe just 10 times. In the game prior to Davis, a win over Cal Poly, they were outrebounded 39-22. 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.

The Opposition
UCSB 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. UCSB and UC Riverside have played 22 games in a series that dates back to 1955. The Gauchos hold an all-time edge of 18-4 and they have won the last five consecutive meetings. UCSB defeated the Highlanders in the first game between the schools this season, 64-53 on Jan. 30 in Riverside.

The Gauchos On The Road
The Gauchos are 8-3 in true road games this season. They have won their last five road games, all in conference play. On Wednesday, UCSB posted a 60-53 victory over the University of the Pacific in Stockton. Prior to the win over the Tigers, the Gauchos won at UC Davis, 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 22-9 in its last 31 true road games.

Three-Point Respite
While UCSB continues to lead the Big West Conference in three-point field goal percentage at 41.4%, the Gauchos have had their problems from beyond the arc in recent games. In Wednesday's win at Pacific, UCSB made just 5-of-13 shots from three-point range, 38.5%. In the last four games, Santa Barbara has made just 22 out of its 69 three-point attempts, 31.9%.

On The Bright Side...
While UCSB had its problems from outside the arc in the win at Pacifc, the story inside the arc was different. Overall, the Gauchos hit 47.7% from the field against the Tigers, but they were 16-of-31 from two-point range, 51.6%. In the last three games, while it has struggled from three-point range, Santa Barbara has been very good inside the arc. In wins over Cal Poly, UC Davis and Pacific, the Gauchos made 57 out of 103 shots from two-point range, 55.3%.

Out Of The Red, Into The Black
With 78 assists and just 61 turnovers in the last five games, UCSB has gone into the black in the assist-to-turnover ratio. Entering Friday's game at Utah State, the Gauchos have totaled 389 assists as compared to a 'mere` 382 turnovers. the Gauchos had a streak of four straight games with fewer turnovers than assists ended on Wednesday at Pacific when they had 10 assists and15 turnovers.

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.

Record Paces
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 8.31 steals per game and, if they play 31 games, that pace would put them at about 257 steals, 21 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 234, 15 more than the current record of 219 set in 2002-03.

The Harris Poll
Senior guard Alex Harris continues to lead the Gauchos at 20.2 points per game, a figure that ranks second in the Big West Conference. In Wednesday's win at Pacific, Harris scored a game-high 17 points. He was 6-for-13 from the field overall and 1-for-4 from three-point range. By scoring 17 against the Tigers, he has now scored 506 points on the season. It marks the sixth time in UCSB history that a player has scored 500 or more points in a season and Harris is the only player to have accomplished the feat twice. He had 611 last season. Harris has scored 13 or more points in all 25 of his appearances this season and he has scored in double-figures in 32 straight dating back to the 2006-07 season. He has led or tied for the team-lead in scoring 19 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 1,575 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 Friday's game at Utah State needing six 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 1-of-4 on Wednesday, he is now made 63 out of his 134 attempts, 47.0%. His percentage ranks first on the team, narrowly ahead of Ivan Elliott's 46.8%. Harris has made at least one three-point basket in 24 of 25 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 183 out of 442, 41.4%. 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 168 times, an average of 6.7 times per game. He has made 82.7% of his attempts overall, but has gone 50 out of his last 57, 87.7%. Harris is now 434-of-551 in his career, 78.8%. He is the school's all-time leader in free throws and free throw attempts. He is fourth on the team in rebounding at 3.6 per game, he had a team-high five at Pacific and at least three in six 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 had just seven points, two rebounds and a pair of steals in Wednesday's win at Pacific. He was coming off of three consecutive solid offensive outings. In the Feb. 16 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 12.8 points per game, he has averaged 14.5 per game in the last four. He had 16, making 5-of-9 shots, on Feb. 14 against Cal Poly. The 16 points were the most he has scored since going for 18 on Jan. 12 against Cal State Fullerton. Devine's streakof three straight double-digit scoring games, which ended on Wednesday, was his longest streak since he opened the year by scoring 10 or more in his first 10 appearances. His current average of 12.8 points per game ranks second on the team. Devine has scored 10 or more points 18 times in his 25 appearances this year, but just eight times in the last 15 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 Friday's game with a career total of 1,083, a figure that ranks 19th all-time. He needs 34 to move into 18th-place. Devine is second on the team in rebounding at 5.2 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 11 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 51.8%, but he has made 18-of-31 shots in the last four games, 58.1%. A Preseason All-Big West selection, Devine paces the team in steals with 32. He has had two or more steals 10 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 consecutive games in double-figures. He had 13 points, making 4-of-7 shots overall and 2-of-2 from three-point range, in the win at Pacific. On Feb. 16 at UC Davis, he had 12 points, 10 of which came in the second half. In the win over the Aggies, he made 2-of-6 shots from three-point range. Powell is now averaging 11.7 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 16 times this season, all in the last 23 games, and he has scored 20 or more four times, including three times in the last 10 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 43.0% from outside the three-point line, but since opening the year by going 2-for-12, Powell has made 53 out of his last 116 attempts, 45.7%. 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 13 straight games and 23 times in 26 games this season. He has made two or more in six straight and 18 times. Powell is averaging 2.3 assists per game, second on the team, and he has had two or more in eight of the last 10 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 going scoreless, shotless actually, in UCSB's win at UC Davis on Feb. 16, sophomore guard Justin Joyner bounced back with seven points in the win at Pacific. Prior to going scoreless at Davis, Joyner had averaged 12 points over a two-game period. 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 4.0 points per game. He leads the team in assists at 3.7 per outing, and he paces the team and the Big West in assist to turnover ratio at 2.1-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 19 games, he has 72 assists and just 29 turnovers. He has had just 11 turnovers in the last eight games, a span of 220 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 13-of-23 in the last four games, 56.5%. He has improved his overall field goal percentage to 40.0%. In fact, since opening the year by making just 10 of his first 37 shots in the first nine games, he has hit 28-of-58, 48.3%, in the last 17. Joyner has made 14 out of 44 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 is averaging 2.8 rebounds per game and tied his season-high with five at Pacific. Joyner also had two steals and now has 24, including six in the last three games.

Ivan The Good
Senior forward Ivan Elliott had just five points, four rebounds and two steals in the win at Pacific. In his previous game, a win at UC Davis, Elliott had one of the finest games of his career. Against the Aggies, he had 18 points, making 8-of-9 shots from the field, had eight rebounds and three steals. The 18 point performance was the second-highest total of his career. Elliott scored a career-high 22 points in a Feb. 7 win over Cal State Fullerton. Elliott is now averaging 9.3 points and a team-leading 5.8 rebounds per game. He has scored 10 or more points 12 times this season. He is second on the Gauchos in three-point field goal percentage at 46.8% and he leads in field goal percentage at 55.9%. He has slumped from three-point range in recent games, making just one out of 10 attempts in the last seven. 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 47 attempts. Overall, in the last six games, Elliott has gone 26 out of 38 from the field, 68.4%. In the last seven games, he has made 28 out of his 35 two-point attempts, 80.0%. 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 27 steals on the season, 12 have come in the last five games, and nine in the last three. 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 26 games.

A Piece Of The Pajevic (Pronounced Pie-uh-vich)
Senior forward Nedim Pajevic is averaging 5.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. He had two points, five rebounds, two assists, and one steal in Wednesday's win at Pacific. The five rebounds were two short of his high in Big West play. In the previous game at UC Davis, Pajevic had eight points. 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. 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 Feb. 16 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 had a season-high five assists 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 47.1% overall, Pajevic is making 52.8% from two-point range.

Roemer Charges
Paul Roemer continues to give the Gauchos valuable minutes as a reserve in the backcourt. In Wednesday's game at Pacific, Roemer played 22 minutes, scoring three points, on a key three-pointer in the second half, had two assists and a blocked shot. On Feb. 16 at UC Davis, Roemer played just 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. 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 six 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 26 games, logging 406 minutes.

Strike A Posley
Junior guard D.J. Posley missed the last three games with the flu. He will not play on Friday at Utah State. 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.