Feb. 24, 2006
Game No. 25
Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Riverside Highlanders
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KIST 1340 AM
Game No. 26
Thursday, Mar. 2, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at University of the Pacific Tigers
at UOP's A.G. Spanos Center
Radio: KIST 1340 AM
The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters Saturday's 2005-06 home finale with an overall record of 12-12 and a Big West record of 4-7. The Gauchos had their five-game winning streak ended on Thursday night when they lost an 80-76 decision to visiting Cal State Fullerton. The loss also ended a three-game Big West winning streak and a two-game home winning streak. Despite the defeat, the 12 wins for UCSB are one more than the team had during the entire 2004-05 campaign.
UCSB Bids Farewell To Five Seniors
Saturday's game may be the final home game for five UCSB seniors. It will definitely be the final Thunderdome game for guards Joe See, Josh Davis and Michael Chambers, and forward Cameron Goettsche. It may be the final home game for guard Cecil Brown. Brown redshirted his first season in Santa Barbara with a back injury and then he missed all of the 2004-05 season as well with knee and ankle injuries. The Gauchos will appeal the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility for him but the status of that appeal will not be known until some time in the spring. Davis is a four-year UCSB player, See has been a Gaucho for three seasons of activity and a redshirt season, Goettsche has had three years of action and Chambers has played for two seasons and redshirted one.
UCSB Completes Non-Conference Portion Of Schedule At 8-5
Not only have the Gauchos battled back to the .500 mark, they have also finished a pretty solid non-conference season. The win over San Jose State last Saturday was UCSB's fourth in a row over a non-Big West opponent and its fifth in six games. The Gauchos finished the 2005-06 non-conference schedule with a record of 8-5, including 6-0 at the Thunderdome and 2-5 on the road. Last season, UCSB went 3-6 in non-conference games. Granted the team is playing fewer Big West games this season, but the last time the Gauchos won as many as eight non-conference games was in 1988-89 when they had a perfect 9-0 record in non-league encounters.
Titans Heat-Up In Second Half To Top Gauchos, 80-76
Bobby Brown scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half as Cal State Fullerton ended UC Santa Barbara's five-game basketball winning streak Thursday night, 80-76. Brown got eight of his points during a 10-point run early in second half when the Titans nudged ahead 54-53. He also had seven assists. Chris Devine led the Gauchos with 21 points and 11 rebounds. He had a double-double of 15-10 in the first half to give UCSB a 43-35 lead. In the second half, however, he made just 2-of-6 shots from the field and had one rebound. The Gauchos had won all 10 of the previous games that they had led at the break. Cecil Brown scored seven of his 16 points in the first three minutes of the second half to keep them ahead 50-44. But Jamaal Brown helped rally the Titans, getting 14 of his 18 points and nine of his 13 rebounds after the break. Frank Robinson added 17 points and five steals. Joe See's three-pointer with 3.9 seconds trimmed Fullerton's lead to 78-76, giving him 14 points. But Bobby Brown sealed the win with two free throws a second later. Fullerton shot 54.5% for the game, including 55.6% in the second half. The Gauchos finished the game at 41.9%, but after a solid first half in which they made 51.6% of their shots, they hit just 32.3% in the second half.
Possible Starters - Notes
G - Joe See - Four three-pointers vs. Fullerton were the most he's made since he hit five in opener.
G - Cecil Brown - Was 5-for-5 from FT line vs. Fullerton, has made 19 straight and 36 of last 37.
G - Michael Chambers - Has started the last six games for UCSB and the team is 5-1.
F - Chris Devine - Tied career-highs vs. Fullerton with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
F - Glenn Turner - Was not in starting lineup Thursday and played just 14 minutes due to flu.
Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Josh Davis - Has had eight points in each of the last two games.
G - Alex Harris - Has made 28-of-60 shots in the last 12 games, 46.7%.
G - Lance Hurdle - Has 16 steals in just 138 minutes this season.
G - James Powell - Freshman guard is redshirting the 2005-06 season.
G - Derek Rasp - Has scored three points in his last eight appearances.
F - Chidi Ajufo - Has played just 12 minutes in last 19 games.
F - Tom Garlepp - Played just one minute in Thursday's game against Cal State Fullerton.
F - Cameron Goettsche - Started on Thursday and had worst shooting night of season, 1-for-8.
F - Chris Moore - Has played just eight minutes in the last 12 games.
C - David Massey - Freshman center is redshirting the 2005-06 season.
The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his eighth season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Last year his team struggled with injuries and finished 11-18 overall and 7-11 in the Big West Conference. It marked the first time that a Williams-coached UCSB team finished below the .500 mark in league play. During the 2004-05 season, however, Williams became the fifth UCSB coach to record 100 wins. Prior to last season, he had guided the Gauchos to three straight winning seasons, the first time the program accomplished the feat since 1987-88 through 1989-90. In 2002-03, Williams' Gauchos went 18-14 overall and 14-4 in league. The 2002-03 Big West mark earned Santa Barbara its first-ever Big West regular season championship along with a postseason trip to the National Invitation Tournament. Additionally, the success earned Williams his second Big West Coach of the Year award, his first coming after an impressive 1999 campaign. In 2001-02, Williams guided UCSB to its first Big West Conference Tournament Championship ever and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 years. Including this season, Williams' UCSB teams have posted a 119-109 (.522) overall record and a 77-53 (.584) record in Big West games. Prior to his arrival at UCSB, he spent eight years at UC Davis and in those eight years, his teams recorded 20 or more wins five times and a 158-76 record. In Williams' final season, the Aggies went 31-2, won the NCAA Division II National Championship and he was named NABC Division II Coach of the Year. Including two seasons at Menlo College, Williams has a record of 308-209 (.595) at four-year schools. He recorded his 300th career coaching victory on Dec. 20, 2005, against Sonoma State.
Bob Williams' Gaucho teams have been particularly successful in the month of February. Although the Gauchos took it on the chin Thursday night against Cal State Fullerton, they still enter Saturday afternoon's game against UC Riverside with a solid 5-1 record this February. In his career, Williams has recorded a solid 39-19 record in February games. Last year, although they finished the year with an overall record of 11-18, the injury-riddled Gauchos were a respectable 3-4 in the second month of the year.
Free At Last
For much of the season, free throws had been anything but for UCSB. In fact, they had been quite costly. Through 24 games, the Gauchos are shooting just 69.3% from the free throw line, but in 11 Big West games, they have made 75.8%, second in the league. In the last nine games overall, UCSB has hit 124-of-155, 80.0%. In their last seven Big West games, the Gauchos have gone 87-of-105 from the line, 82.9%. In the last five games overall, Santa Barbara made 91-of-109, 83.5%. On Thursday, the Gauchos made 17-of-20 free throw attempts, 85.0%. A week ago, in the win over San Jose State, they had season-highs for makes with 29 and attempts with 35.
The Good Omen Was Nice While It Lasted
Through 23 games this season one thing was for certain. If UCSB can entered the locker room at halftime with a lead, they were going to win. The Gauchos entered Thursday's game against Cal State Fullerton with a perfect 10-0 record in games that they led after 20 minutes. So much for perfection. Against the Titans, UCSB led by eight points, 43-35, at the break, but were outscored in the second half by a 45-33 margin and dropped an 80-76 game. Oh well. Twice this season UCSB has won games that it did not lead at the half. On Dec. 7 the Gauchos were tied with Pepperdine and on Dec. 20, they trailed Sonoma State by two.
During its recently ended five-game winning streak, UCSB won two games by way of blowout and three games by way of biting nails. The Gauchos defeated UC Davis by 19 and Cal Poly by 27, but their road wins over UC Irvine, Long Beach State and San Jose State have come by a combined eight points. On the season, Santa Barbara has won five of its 12 games by double-figure margins and are 3-0 in games decided by 20 or more points. After Thursday's loss, in games decided by single-digit margins, the Gauchos have gone 7-4 and in games decided by five points or less, they have gone 6-4. Of UCSB's 12 losses on the year, eight have been by 10 or more points.
On The Rebound
In Thursday's loss to Cal State Fullerton, the Gauchos outrebounded the Titans by a 34-32 margin. In last Saturday's win, UCSB outrebounded San Jose State 35-20. The 15-rebound margin equaled the largest by the Gauchos this season and the 20 rebounds collected by the Spartans were the fewest by an opponent this season. Santa Barbara enters the game against UC Riverside having outrebounded its last two opponents. In all, the Gauchos have outrebounded nine of their last 11 opponents and 14 of 24 on the season. UCSB is outrebounding its opponents on the campaign by a margin of +0.9 per game.
The Gauchos and UC Riverside have played 14 times in a series that dates back to 1955. UCSB holds a decisive 13-4 edge all-time, but the Highlanders have given the Gauchos fits in Riverside, winning three straight, including an 81-78 decision that opened Big West play on Jan. 2. Last year, each team won on its own court, UCR posting a 54-50 in Riverside and the Gauchos winning 58-54 at the Thunderdome. The Gauchos and Pacific have met 92 times in a series that began in 1947. The Tigers hold a 48-44 all-time edge over UCSB and they have been even more dominant the last two seasons-plus. Pacific has won the last five meetings in the series, including a 65-53 decision in Santa Barbara on Jan. 28. Last year, UOP won at the Thunderdome by a score of 58-43 and in Stockton by a score of 79-56. The 43 points that the Gauchos scored in the first game between the schools last season were the fewest points they scored all year. Prior to the current five-game winning streak by Pacific, UCSB had won four in a row and 10 of 12 in the series.
The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 8-4 at home this season. After winning their first six Thunderdome games, UCSB dropped consecutive games to UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge and Pacific. They have since bounced-back to win two out of three. On Feb. 15, they defeated Cal Poly 64-37 and three weeks ago, they posted a decisive 73-54 win over UC Davis. On Thursday, UCSB did have a two-game home winning streak ended by Cal State Fullerton, 80-76. This season, UCSB has also won home games against Long Beach State, Portland, Sonoma State, Pepperdine, San Francisco and San Diego. In 2004-05, Santa Barbara went 8-4 at the Thunderdome, including 2-1 in non-conference games and 6-3 in league games. In three seasons prior to last year, Santa Barbara posted home records of 10-2 and the Gauchos have never won fewer than eight home games in a season under Bob Williams. Including its wins this season, UCSB is 73-30 at home since Bob Williams arrived for the 1998-99 season.
The Gauchos On The Road
UCSB is 4-8 on the road this season, but has won four out of five and three straight since starting the year with seven straight road losses. UCSB's win at UC Davis on Jan. 15 ended a nine-game road losing streak that dated back to the final two road games of the 2004-05 season. After a loss at Cal Poly on Jan. 21, the Gauchos won consecutive road games at UC Irvine, Long Beach State and San Jose State and thus they will take a three-game road winning streak into their game at Pacific. It marks the first time since the 1999-2000 season that UCSB has won three consecutive road games. UCSB was 2-13 in true road games last season and 1-1 in neutral site games.
Second Half Doldrums
UCSB blew an eight-point halftime lead in its loss to Cal State Fullerton on Thursday night. In the second half, the Titans scored 45 points and made 15-of-27 shots from the field, 55.6%. It was the second consecutive poor defensive second half for the Gauchos. In last Saturday's win at San Jose State, UCSB allowed the Spartans to score 52 points in the final 20 minutes. San Jose made 18-of-32 shots in its 52-point second half. In the last two games, the Gauchos have allowed 97 points in the second half, 48.5 per game, and their opponents have made 33-of-59 shots, 55.9%.
Half Good Not Good Enough
The 43 points that UCSB scored in the first half of its loss to Cal State Fullerton were the most points the team has scored in a first half this season. Overall, it was the third highest scoring half that the Gauchos have put together during the 2005-06 season. UCSB had 48 points in the second half of its season-opener against San Francisco.
Help, Cecil! Help!
Cecil Brown scored 16 points in UCSB's loss to Cal State Fullerton on Thursday. With the 16 point effort, Brown is now averaging a season-high 14.2 points per game. After a Dec. 28 win over Portland, he was averaging 14.0 points per game, his previous high. Brown has scored 20 or more points three times this season and in his career, including twice in the last four games. In the last four, he has scored 75 points, 18.7 per game, and made 22-of-43 shots from the field, 51.2%. Brown scored a career-high 28 points on Dec. 7 against Pepperdine, the most points scored by a Gaucho since the end of the 2002-03 season and he has scored in double-figures 21 times in his last 22 games, the most on the team. At one point he went 16 straight games with 10 or more points, the longest streak by a Gaucho since 1998-99. Last week, he became the first UCSB player this season to earn Big West Player of the Week honors after he averaged 18.5 points and made several key shots in road wins over UC Irvine and Long Beach State. Brown is also on fire from the free throw line. On Thursday against Fullerton, he was 5-for-5 from the line. A week ago at San Jose, he was a perfect 12-for-12 and both his total makes and total attempts were career-highs and the most by a UCSB player this season. He has now made 19 straight and 36-of-37, 97.3%, dating back to a Jan. 15 game at UC Davis. When he began the current stretch, Brown was shooting 58.6% from the free throw line and he enters Saturday at 80.3%. He also leads the team with 40 three-point baskets, but he had his streak of making at least one three-point bucket in 20 consecutive games snapped on last Saturday. He did make one on Thursday night against Fullerton. The 40 three-pointers by Brown are 16 more than his previous career-high of 24 set in 2003-04. He has also become a key playmaker for the Gauchos and his 52 assists rank second on the team. In the win at San Jose State, he had a career-high six assists. Brown also had five rebounds in each of the last three games and he is now averaging 4.0 per outing.
Sophomore forward Chris Devine snapped out of his slump on Thursday night by tying his career-highs in points with 21 and rebounds with 11. It was his third double-double of the season. In fact, Devine had a double-double at halftime with 15 points and 10 rebounds. In two previous games, he had scored a total of just 13 points and had five rebounds. After scoring 10 or more points in 14 straight games, he had been in single-digits in the two games prior to the loss against Fullerton. He has now scored 10 or more 18 times. On the season, Devine remains UCSB's second leading scorer at 12.5 points per game. He leads the team in field goal percentage at 58.3% and steals with 24. At 5.5 rebounds per game, he ranks second on the team in that category. He did rank first for most of the season but was passed last Saturday by Glenn Turner. Devine's other double-doubles this season came on Feb. 9, in a win at Long Beach State (14 points, 11 rebounds) and on Jan. 2 in a loss at UC Riverside (21 points, 11 rebounds). With his 21 points on Thursday, he has also matched Cecil Brown for the most 20 point games by a Gaucho this season with three. After seven games this year, Devine was averaging 8.4 points per game, but in the last 17 games, he has scored 242 points, 14.2 per game. He has made at least half of his shots in 19 of 24 games and has made 60.0% or better 14 times. Devine is also the only UCSB player to have started all 24 games. Finally, he has made his last 25 of his last 28 free throw attempts, 89.3%, to improve to 77.9% for the year.
First of all, for those of you who have never been to San Jose, Original Joe's is a GREAT place to eat. That is why I use Original Joe for Joe See's heading. Anyway, on to the real stuff. Senior guard Joe See bounced-back from an 0-for-4 shooting performance at San Jose State with a solid 5-of-7 game on Thursday night against Fullerton. See also made 4-of-6 shots from three-point range against the Titans. The four three-pointers were the most he had made since he drilled five threes in the season-opener against San Francisco. His 14 points were the most he had scored since he had 15 on Jan. 2 at UC Riverside. See, who has started the last 16 games, is now averaging 8.0 points per game, fourth on the team, and has taken over the team-lead in assists at 2.3 per game. He scored a season-high 17 points in the team's opener against San Francisco. See has now made 36 three-pointers on the year and 123 in his career. He now ranks seventh on UCSB's all-time list. As a starter in the last 16 games, he has averaged 9.5 points, 3.2 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game. As a starter, See has made 49-of-97 shots from the field overall, 50.7%, and 26-of-57 from three-point range, 45.6%. In last Saturday's game at San Jose, he had a career-high six rebounds in just 24 minutes.
A Turning Point
Before getting the flu and missing practices on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, junior forward Glenn Turner had started the six straight games for UCSB. On Thursday night against Cal State Fullerton, he was limited to 14 minutes off the bench and he had just two points and three rebounds. In last Saturday's win at San Jose State, Turner had a game-high 11 rebounds and two blocked shots. It was the fifth time in six games that he had double-figures in rebounds. In six games prior to his brief appearance on Thursday, he is averaged 9.7 rebounds per game. In fact, while Turner is averaging a team-high 5.7 boards per game, tops on the team, he has averaged 6.5 per game in 11 Big West games and 9.0 per game in the last nine, including Thursday. Also he is now averaging 4.8 points per game overall, but 6.8 per game in the last 10. On Feb. 2 against UC Davis, Turner had 12 points to go along with 10 rebounds. It was the first double-double of his career. The following game, Feb. 9 at UC Irvine, he had a career-high 12 rebounds. On Dec. 7 against Pepperdine, Turner scored a career-best 13 points. Turner did not have a blocked shots on Thursday, ending a streak of five straight games in which he had at least two. Still, he has 80 swats in his career, fifth all-time. He needs just four to move into fourth on the list.
The Harris Poll
Sophomore guard Alex Harris scored six points against Cal State Fullerton on 2-of-7 shooting overall and 2-of-3 from the free throw line. For the first time in six games, however, he did not make a three-point basket. Harris is averaging 8.1 points per game, third on the team. He has scored 10 or more eight times this season, most recently on Feb. 9, in an 81-78 come-from-behind win at Long Beach State. In that game he made all eight of his free throws and scored 13 points. Harris had a career-high 17 points on Jan. 7 against Long Beach State and beginning with that game, a span of 12 games, Harris has made 28-of-60 shots from the field, 46.7%, a major improvement over his season mark of 38.1%. Also, despite missing his only two attempts Thursday, he has hit 13 of his last 30 three-point attempts in the last 12 games, 43.3%. Harris has 26 three-point baskets, third on the team and five more than he made all of last year. Like many of his teammates, he has also picked things up at the free throw line. Although he is shooting 69.9% from the stripe, he has made 22-of-27 over the last eight games, 81.5%. Finally, Harris had his first career double-double, a 14-point, 10-rebound performance on Nov. 21 against San Diego. It was the first time a Gaucho guard had notched a double-double since the 2002-03 season.
Cam I Am
Senior forward Cameron Goettsche received his first start in seven games on Thursday against Cal State Fullerton and he struggled. After three straight outstanding offensive performances, Goettsche made just 1-of-8 shots and scored two points against the Titans. In his three previous games, all Gaucho wins, he scored 34 points, 11.3 per game, and made 14-of-24 shots from the field, 58.3%. Last Saturday at San Jose State Goettsche had 13 points on 5-of-11 from the field and 3-for-4 from the free throw line. The 13 points were his second-highest total of the season. On Dec. 20 in a win over Sonoma State, he scored a career-high 21 points. He has had 10 or more points four times this season. He also had five rebounds on Thursday night and he has now had five in two of the last three games and 14 times in 24 games this season. Goettsche has also blocked 24 shots and now has 62 in his career, seventh all-time at UCSB.
Senior guard Michael Chambers played 55 minutes in UCSB's first 16 games. In the last eight games, Chambers has played 148 minutes, including 114 in the last six, the first six starts of his career. In Thursday's loss to Cal State Fullerton, Chambers had seven points, all in the first half. His performance against the Titans ended a streak of three straight games in which he had scored all of his points in second halves. In three games prior to Fullerton, Chambers scored 22 points, 7.3 per game, all in the second half of each games. Chambers had a season-high 11 points in his first start on Feb. 2 against UC Davis and while he is averaging 4.5 points per game in his 17 appearances, he is averaging 7.2 per game in his six starts.
Senior guard Josh Davis has had two of his best offensive games in more than a month in the last two. Although he made just 1-of-4 from the field on Thursday against Fullerton, Davis made all six of his free throw attempts and scored eight points. Last Saturday at San Jose State. Davis made 3-of-4 shots from the field, including his only three-point attempt, and finished with eight points. He has scored more than eight only twice this season. In the game at San Jose, he also had three rebounds, three assists and a steal. He now has 104 career steals, ninth in school history. David has nine steals in his last eight games and needs just two to move into eighth-place on UCSB's all-time career list.