UCSB Travels to Long Beach State for ESPN2 Game Saturday

UCSB Travels to Long Beach State for ESPN2 Game Saturday

Feb. 25, 2011

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Game 27
Saturday, February 26 , 2011 at 5:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Long Beach State
at LBSU's Walter Pyramid
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Gametracker

Game 28
Saturday, March 5 , 2011 at 7:20 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal Poly
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Gametracker

• On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on AM 1290 KZSB
and will stream live online at UCSBgauchos.com and NewsPress.com. Gerry Fall is in his seventh year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB star Don Ford and Santa Barbara News-Press legend Mark Patton handle the color commentary.

• Follow The Gauchos On Twitter
Don't forget, fans can follow UCSB Athletics on twitter by going to twitter.com/UCSBgauchos and the men's basketball program at twitter.com/UCSBbasketball.

• Talk'n Gauchos
Tune in to UCSB Athletics' weekly radio show Talk'n Gauchos, which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1290 KZSB. The show is broadcast live from the Beachside Bar & Café on Goleta Beach. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways and can even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click here to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online.

• UC Santa Barbara-Long Beach State Game Moved To 5:05 P.M. For TV
The UC Santa Barbara-Long Beach State game, originally slated for 4:05 p.m.on Saturday, Feb. 26, has been moved to 5:05 p.m. to accommodate an ESPN2 broadcast. The game was one of three Big West games selected for television that day. The Gauchos' Mar. 5 regular season finale against Cal Poly in the Thunderdome has also been moved. The game will tip-off at 7:20 p.m. to accommodate CBS 12 KCOY which will televise the game on the South and Central Coasts.

• Senior Night On The Horizon
UCSB will return home on Saturday, Mar. 5 for a 7:20 p.m. game against Cal Poly. The rematch in the Blue-Green Rivalry Series will also be senior night for the Gauchos. Three senior players (Justin Joyner, Joradan Weiner and Jon Pastorek) and two senior managers (Jason Levy and Brian Yam) will be saluted prior to the game. To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online and print at home by clicking here.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters Saturday's game at Long Beach State with an overall record of 14-12 and a Big West mark of 7-7. The Gauchos have dropped three of their last four games overall, including a 68-60 defeat at Cal State Northridge on Thursday night. Their last win was a 86-71 decision over Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 16.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Had season-high 14 points in Thursday's loss at Cal State Northridge.
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Went scoreless on Thursday night, missing both of his shots.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Averaging 7.2 assists in the last four games. Had career-high 12 vs. CSUF on Feb. 16.
F 21 James Nunnally - Now has 122 career three-pointers, ninth in school history.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Has scored in double-figures in all 56 games as a Gaucho.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Has made 10-of-17 three-pointers, 58.8%, and 5-of-16 two-pointers, 31.2%.
G 20 Will Brew - Tied season-high with two three-point baskets on Feb. 19 vs. Boise State.
G 24 Christian Peterson - Has 10 rebounds in 28 minutes over his last five appearances.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Played five minutes at Cal State Northridge, his first appearance in seven games.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Has made 28 of his last 48 field goal attempts, 58.3%.
G 43 Troy Leaf - Had career-highs with 11 points and three three-point baskets at Northridge.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Has 122 career blocked shots rank him third in school history.

• The Opponents
According to our records, the Gauchos have played Long Beach State more than any other opponent,109 times. Also, according to our files, the 49ers hold a 55-54 all-time edge. The teams played on Dec. 28 with Long Beach posting a 71-55 win at the Thunderdome. UCSB and Cal Poly have played 95 times in a series that began in 1937. Santa Barbara holds an all-time advantage of 64-31 over the Mustangs. On Jan. 27, in the first meeting between the schools this season, the Gauchos won on a buzzer-beating bank shot by James Nunnally, 71-70.

• The Gauchos On The Road
UCSB has a 6-8 record in games away from home. The Gauchos are 5-7 in true road games and 1-1 in neutral site contests. In their last road outing they lost at Cal State Northridge, 68-60, and they now have a two-game road losing streak. The five wins in true road games came at UC Riverside, Cal Poly, UC Davis, UNLV and Santa Clara.

• Dynamic Duo Enters Top-10...Again
Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally continue to rank 1-2 on the team in scoring. Johnson leads the Big West Conference at 20.9 points per game while Nunnally is now tied for second at 17.2 per game. As a duo, Johnson and Nunnally have combined for 990 points, an average of 38.1 points per game. In Thursday's loss at Cal State Northridge, they surpassed their combined total of 2009-10 when they had 965 points. Their total of 990 ranks fourth all-time. The all-time record of 1,019 (Set in 2007-08 by Alex Harris and James Powell and in 2006-07 by Harris and Chris Devine.) is clearly within reach. On Feb. 5, in an overtime win over UC Davis, Johnson tied a school record with 39 points and Nunnally added 23. The 62 points equaled the highest two-player combined output in a single game in Gaucho history, a mark first set on Nov. 30, 1985 at Montana State when Scott Fisher (39) and Conner Henry (23) also combined for 62.

• Johnson Ties UCSB Single-Game Scoring Record
Junior guard Orlando Johnson scored 39 points in UCSB's 93-86 overtime win over UC Davis on Feb. 5, tying the school record for points in a game. The mark was first set by Scott Fisher on Nov. 30, 1985 in a game at Montana State. Johnson's 39 points were the most ever scored by a Gaucho player at the Thunderdome and, for that matter, at home, breaking the record of 37 set by Don Ford on Mar. 1, 1975, in a game against Portland at Robertson Gymnasium.

• Johnson's Double-Figure Streak Continues
Orlando Johnson has scored in double-figures 56 times in his 56 games as a Gaucho. It is the longest streak of consecutive double-figure scoring in school history. Last year, Johnson became just the second UCSB player on record to score in double-figures in every game over an entire season. Previously, only Raymond Tutt (1996-97) was the only player to have done so.

• Close Encounters Of The Gaucho Kind
The Gauchos have had their problems in close games this season. While they are 5-8 in games decided by fewer than 10 points, the record slips to 1-6 in games decided by five points or less. UCSB has actually had eight games that either came down to the last possession or, at the very least, the last possession of regulation to send the game into overtime. The only game that Santa Barbara has won this season that was decided by five points or less was on Jan. 27 when James Nunnally's bank-shot at the buzzer gave them a 71-70 win over Cal Poly. The Gauchos have actually lost two games on buzzer-beaters this season. On Jan. 8, Pacific used a three-pointer at the buzzer to win in Stockton 57-54, and on Feb. 19, a put-back as the overtime ended gave Boise State a 78-76 win at the Thunderdome.

• Let Free Throws Ring!
If there is one aspect of the Gauchos game has been rock-solid this season it has been free throws. UCSB enters Saturday's game as the best team in the Big West at 76.8% from the free throw line, a figure that ranks13th in the nation. Three out of five Santa Barbara starters are shooting 82.7% or better. The Gauchos, who shot better than 80.0% in a game three times last year, have done so 12 times in 26 games in 2010-11.

• Uh, Then Again...
That free throw thing is a double-edged sword. While UCSB is shooting 76.8% from the line, its opponents have more attempts (560-491) and makes (394-377) this season. In the last two games, the difference has been pretty extreme. In losses to Cal State Northridge and Boise State, the Gauchos went 37-of-47, 78.7%, from the charity stripe while the opposition made 59-of-76, 77.6%.

• O.J. Juices The Gauchos
Orlando Johnson tied a school record with 39 points in UCSB's Feb. 5 overtime win over UC Davis, the most points ever scored by a Gaucho player in a home game. He followed-up his school record performance by making a career-high five three-point baskets and scoring 31 in a Feb. 10 win at UC Riverside, becoming the 25th player in school history to score 1,000 points in his career. The 70 points Johnson scored over the two-game stretch against UC Davis and UC Riverside were the most points scored by a Gaucho in consecutive games since Raymond Tutt scored 72 in back-to-back games during the 1996-97 campaign. Johnson has now scored 1,074 in his career, 22nd all-time, and 544 on the season, sixth all-time. In Thursday's loss at Cal State Northridge, he had 15 points and 13 rebounds, his second highest total ever, but made just 4-of-14 shots from the field. On Feb. 19, in a loss to Boise State, Johnson scored 25 points on 7-of-17 from the field, 1-of-4 from three-point range and 10-of-11 from the free throw line. He continues to lead UCSB and the Big West in scoring at 20.9 points per game, a figure that ranks 14th nationally. With 15 points in the last game, he has extended his streak of double-figure scoring to a school record 56 games. Johnson continues to lead the team in rebounding as well at 6.7 per game. Johnson has scored 20 or more points in 10 of the last 14 games and 14 times this season. He has scored 331 points in his last 14 games, 23.6 per game, and 30 or more four times this season, the most by a Gaucho since Tutt did it seven times during the 1996-97 season. Johnson has made a career-high 14 free throws twice this year. In the last nine games, Johnson has attempted 10 or more free throws six times, going 78-of-89, 87.6%, over that span. In doing so, he has lifted his percentage on the season to 83.1%. On Feb. 12, in a loss at UC Irvine, Johnson became the first UCSB player in more than a decade to play all 40 minutes. In a Dec. 15 win at UNLV, the Seaside, Calif., native had the second of his four double-doubles this season with 12 points and a 15 rebounds. The 15 rebounds were a career-high. He has six career double-doubles. Finally, if you include his one season at Loyola Marymount, when he scored a Lions' freshman record 383 points, Johnson has scored 1,468 as a collegiate player.

• The Flying Nunnally
Junior James Nunnally scored 13 points while adding five rebounds and four assists in Thursday's loss at Cal State Northridge. The four assists matched Nunnally's season-high. He remains second on the team at 17.2 points per game, a figure that also ranks him tied for second in the Big West. He had scored 20 or more points in consecutive games prior to Thursday. He had 27 points and a career-high 13 rebounds on Feb. 16 against Cal State Fullerton. It was easily Nunnally's best overall game, probably, since December. In addition to a career-high in rebounds, it was his highest scoring output since he poured in a career-high 34 on Dec. 4 at Santa Clara. He followed that game up with a 21 point effort against Boise State on Feb. 19. It marked the first time since mid-December that he had scored 20 or more in consecutive games. Nunnally has become a barometer of sorts for UCSB. When he is going well offensively, the Gauchos are far more likely to win. This year, he has scored fewer than 10 points four times and they have gone 0-4 in those games. In 14 wins, he is averaging 20.1 points while shooting 56.4% overall and 47.5% from beyond the three-point arc. On Jan. 29, in a game against Cal State Northridge, he became the 24th Gaucho over the 1,000 point mark. He now has 1,115 points in his career the 21st most in school history. He needs two to move into 20th and 16 to move into 19th. Nunnally has scored in double-figures in 22 of 26 games. During a six-game stretch that began with the Nov. 14 game at Oregon and ended with the Dec. 15 win at UNLV, he averaged 24.7 points per game and scored 20 or more five times. Three times during that span he set a new career-high in scoring, the last time coming on Dec. 4 when he went for the 34 at Santa Clara. The Stockton, Calif., native is also second on the Gauchos in rebounds at 5.4 per game. Nunnally has had six or more rebounds 12 times this season. He had 11 on Nov. 27 at Portland when he also had 18 points for his first double-double of the season. Nunnally leads the Gauchos in three-point field goals with 54 and he has made a season-high four four times. He has 122 in his career and is now ninth in school history.

• Just In Time
Senior Justin Joyner scored three-points, on a three-pointer, but added six assists in Thursday's game at Northridge. Joyner leads the team in assists at 3.7 per game and in the last four games he has averaged 7.2 per outing. In fact, he has four or more assists in 11 of the last 13 games and his average of 4.2 per game in Big West play ranks him second in the league. In the past 13, he has 65 assists and just 21 turnovers, a 3.1-to-1.0 ratio. He leads the team in assist-to-turnover ratio with 88 assists and just 37 turnovers, a 2.4-to-1.0 ratio (34th in the nation). In UCSB's Feb. 16 win over Cal State Fullerton, Joyner passed off a career-high 12 assists and tied his season-high with four steals. The 12 assists were the most by a UCSB players since Feb. 24, 1996, when Phillip Turner had 12 against Pacific. In his career, he now has 331 assists, the eighth most in school history. By comparison, he has just 168 career turnovers, a 1.97-to-1.0 career assist-to-turnover ratio. Overall, Joyner has re-emerged as a key part of the Gauchos' lineup. He has started the last nine games. On Feb. 12 against UC Irvine he equaled his season-high with 12 points and he set a new career-high with four three-point baskets. He also scored 12 points on Jan. 27 at Cal Poly. 12 are the most points he has scored since the 2007-08 season. Also, since missing two games with a hip injury in early December, he has rediscovered other parts of his game. In five games prior to the injury, Joyner scored a total of two points (0.4 ppg) on 1-for-7 from the field overall and 0-for-2 from three-point range. In the 19 games since he returned, he has scored 89 points, a modest 4.7 per game, while making 31-of-63 shots overall, 49.2%, and 24-of-48 from three-point range, 50.0%. Joyner made at least one three-point basket in 11 of the last 12 games and 17 of 19 since returning. His 24 total three-point baskets are six more than his previous career-high of 18 set during his freshman season in 2006-07. Finally, he has 42 steals, an average of 1.8 per game. He has had at least one steal in 15 of the last 18 games and he had a season-high four in wins over UNLV, UC Davis, Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine. Joyner has 125 steals in his career, fifth in school history. With six more he would move into third all-time and with nine he would be second.

• Serna Rights The Ship
It had not been a smooth ride for junior Jaimé Serna since he missed six of seven games with a strained groin, but on Thursday, he had his best game since returning and he has now had three straight solid performances. In the loss at Northridge, Serna made 6-of-9 field goal attempts and 2-of-3 from the free throw line to finish with 14 points, his season-high. He also had seven rebounds for the second straight game, his second highest total of the campaign. In the last three games, Serna has made 12-of-18 field goals, 66.7%, and averaged 10.7 points and 5.7 rebounds. He has played 80 minutes in the last three games, his highest total over a three-game span this season. In eight games prior to the last three, he averaged 5.2 points and 3.2 rebounds while making 14 out of 34 shots from the field, 41.2%. In three games prior to the injury, Serna averaged 11.0 points and 6.3 rebounds while making 14-of-21 shots from the field 66.7%, numbers similar to his last three games. Those three games were against Santa Clara, UNLV and San Diego State. Serna tried to come back on Dec. 28 against Long Beach State, playing 18 minutes and scoring eight points, but he would miss five more complete games before returning on Jan. 22 at Cal State Fullerton. He remains third on the team in scoring at 7.3 points per game and second in field goal percentage at 52.9%. On Dec. 4, in a win at Santa Clara, he recorded the first double-double of his career when he had 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Serna also had a career-high five blocked shots in the win over the Broncos. He ranks second on the team 19 blocked shots and has had two or more five times.

• Taking A Pass, A Pastorek That Is
Since returning to his role as a reserve three games ago, senior Jon Pastorek has seen his minutes go down and, thus his production. In his last three appearances, all off the bench, Pastorek has averaged 16.7 minutes per game. In the three games, he has averaged 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds while making just 2-of-10 shots from the field, 20.0%. The current slump comes on the heels of his best stretch as a Gaucho. In 12 games prior to the recent three-game stretch, Pastorek averaged 6.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 rebounds per game. Over that same span, he scored in double-figures three times, a feat he has achieved just four times in his career, and he made 29 out of 45 field goal attempts, 64.4%. Overall, Pastorek is averaging 4.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game and despite the slump, he is shooting 51.6%.

• Turning Over A New Leaf
Freshman Troy Leaf's best two games of the season have been the last two. After playing 14 minutes while scoring four points and collecting three rebounds on Feb. 19 vs. Boise State, Leaf came back with a career-high 11 points in the Gauchos' game at Cal State Northridge. In the game against the Matadors, he made 4-of-5 shots, including 3-of-4 from three-point range. In fact, the three three-point baskets that Leaf made in the first half of the game matched his previous output...for the season. While he is averaging 1.9 points per game and shooting 30.6% on the year, Leaf has averaged 7.5 points and made 6-of-8 field goal attempts, 75.0%, in the last two games.

• Air Jordan
Senior Jordan Weiner did not have a great homecoming on Thursday night. A native of the San Fernando Valley, Weiner was scoreless in 22 minutes at Cal State Northridge, missing his three field goal attempts, including two from beyond the three-point arc. Weiner has scored just three points in the last two games. In the two, he has gone 1-for-5 from the field and 1-for-4 from three-point range. A former walk-on, he remains the Gauchos' fourth leading scorer at 5.8 points paer game and he is third with 34 three-point field goals. He needs just two three-point baskets to reach 100 in his career. Weiner has scored in double-figures four times this season, including a career-high 18 on Feb. 3 vs. Pacific. In the same game, he had his career-high in rebounds (6) and blocked shots (2), as well as tying his high with four three-point baskets. He is second on the team in steals with 38. He had a career-high five steals on Dec. 1 vs. Loyola Marymount.

• The Big Fella
Junior Greg Somogyi fouled out in just seven minutes on Thursday night at Cal State Northridge. Somogyi was barely able to break a sweat, and he may not have if not for pregame warm-ups. He did make his only field goal attempt band block two shots during his brief appearance. On Feb. 19 against Boise State,Somogyi had five rebounds and two blocked shots. It was his highest rebound total since he had seven on Jan. 13 against UC Irvine. In a Feb. 16 win over Cal State Fullerton, he made 4-of-6 shots and had nine points, his highest total in 14 Big West games. He now has 122 blocked shots, the third most in school history. Somogyi leads the team and Big West with 47 blocked shots in 2010-11, a figure that ranks sixth on UCSB's single-season list. He has had at least one blocked shot in 15 of the last 17 games and 23 times this season.