Eying No. 1 Seed in Big West Tournament, Gauchos Travel to Cal Poly for Blue-Green Rivalry Match-up
Feb. 26, 2010
Game No. 26
Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara at Cal Poly
at Cal Poly's Mott Gymnasium
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Video Streaming at BigWest.tv
Game No. 27
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara vs. UC Irvine
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
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Game available on Gametracker
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The Gauchos On AM 1490 KIST
All men's basketball games are broadcast live on AM 1490 again this year, and those games will also be available online, by clicking here. Gerry Fall calls the play-by-play and Don Ford handles the color.
UCSB-Cal Poly Renew Blue-Green Rivalry Series for Sustainability
As the Gauchos and Mustangs battle it out on the field, diamond, court, and in the pool, the Big West Conference rivals jointly seek to make fans and students aware of their campuses' recycling and sustainability efforts. The eco-slant to the rivalry goes hand-in-hand both the colors of sustainability (blue and green) and each schools colors (blue for UCSB and green for Cal Poly). As the two schools meet on Saturday in basketball at Mott Gym in San Luis Obispo (men) and the Thunderdome in Santa Barbara (women), the Gauchos lead the 2009-10 series, 5-3.
Some Facts About Sustainability
√ LED bulbs use 90% less electricity than traditional holiday bulbs. With their 20-year lifetimes, you don't have to replace LED light-strings as often as conventional ones. Burning 10 strands of lights with 100 lights per strand, eight hours per day for a month costs $175 for incandescent bulbs vs. about $1 for LED mini-bulbs. Incandescent lights give off as much as 90% of their energy as heat, leading to fire concerns. LEDs barely warm up.
√ Use cold water for hand washing. Every 10-degree drop in H2O temperature saves you 3%-5% on water heating costs. Most faucets spit out 2 gal per min while you're waiting for the water to warm up. With hand washing, the friction and the soap are what really get your hands clean. As far as water temp goes, you'd have to rinse your paws in boiling water to actually kill germs.
√ Every minute of every day, the U.S. loses two acres of agricultural land to development, up to 1.2 million acres per year.
√ Every year, the average American household will spend $17,000.00 on basics including food, clothing, body care, and other household items. And over the past 30 years, the waste produced in this country has almost tripled, from 88 million tons in 1960 to about 236 million tons in 2003.
√ More than 100 million trees worth of bulk mail arrives in American mailboxes each year that's the equivalent of deforesting the entire Rocky Mountain National Park every four months.
√ UCSB's trayless dining went into practice in Fall 2009. Across the UCSB residence hall dining commons system, the total waste per person per meal is down 37 percent, while the average waste per person overall is down 54 percent.
√ Composting Program in the Residence Halls: In Winter 2009, UCSB implemented a pilot program for composting both pre and post-consumer food in De La Guerra (DLG) Dining Commons. In 2008, an estimated 80 percent of DLG's waste was taken to landfills, while 20 percent was diverted. Thus far in 2009, an estimated 90 percent of the waste has been diverted, while only 10 percent winds up in area landfills.
First-Place Gauchos Clinch Spot In Big West Semis, Need One More Win For No. 1 Seedbr> By virtue of its 73-65 win at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 17, UC Santa Barbara clinched a spot in the Big West Tournament's semifinal round on Mar. 12. Their 74-69 win over Cal State Northridge on Wednesday night, combined with Pacific's loss to UC Riverside on Thursday night means that the Gauchos are within a win, or a Tiger loss, of securing the No. 1 seed in the league tournament. Either way, UCSB, 11-3, will not play in the Big West Tournament until Friday, Mar. 12.
Big West Standings
Big West Overall Team W L Pct. W L Pct. UCSB 11 3 .786 17 8 .680 Pacific 9 4 .692 17 10 .630 CS Fullerton 8 6 .571 15 12 .556 Long Beach State 7 7 .500 14 14 .481 UC Davis 6 7 .462 11 16 .407 Cal Poly 6 8 .429 10 16 .357 CS Northridge 5 7 .417 10 18 .370 UC Riverside 5 9 .357 12 15 .444 UC Irvine 4 9 .308 12 15 .444
Gauchos Extend Longest Winning Streak Of Season To Six
The Gauchos have won six straight games. UCSB has posted consecutive wins over Pacific (61-48), UC Davis (81-77), Long Beach State (64-62), Cal State Fullerton (73-65), Fresno State (64-60), and Cal State Northridge (74-69). Just two of the wins - Long Beach and Northridge - came at home with four coming on the road. The six-game winning streak is the longest of the year, two games longer than the team's season-opening four-game streak. The last time the Gauchos put together a winning streak longer than six in a row was during the 2007-08 preseason when they won eight in a row. The last time they won more than four straight road games was also in 2007-08 when they won five in a row. The last time UCSB won five straight Big West games was during the 2000-01 season.
The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters Saturday's game at Cal Poly with an overall record of 17-8 and a Big West mark of 11-3. The 17 wins are one more than the team won in 2008-09. Not only have the Gauchos won a season-best six in a row, they have won nine of 10 and 12 of their last 14. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, UCSB has won 17 of its last 21 Big West Conference games.
Johnson Named Big West Player Of The Week
Sophomore Orlando Johnson was named Big West Player of the Week after leading the Gauchos to road wins over Cal State Fullerton and Fresno State last week. It was the second time in three weeks that Johnson has earned the honor. In the two games, he averaged 20.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game in the two wins. He also made 53.6% of his field goals, 57.1% of his 3-point field goal attempts, and 87.5% of his free throws.
UCSB Holds Off Furious Northridge Rally, Wins Sixth Straight
Orlando Johnson scored 19 points and James Powell added 17, including four clutch free throws in the final minute, as UCSB defeated visiting Cal State Northridge on Wednesday night. The Gauchos led by 26 points with just over 13 minutes left in the game but the Matadors trimmed the lead to two, 69-67, with 24 seconds left. Powell, who made all eight of his free throws for the game, made two with 20 seconds left and two more with seven seconds left to ice the win. The senior also made three 3-point baskets, all in the first half, to finish with his highest point total in Big West play. Johnson scored 15 of his 19 in the second half. He also had a game-high seven assists. Jaimé Serna and James Nunnally also had 15 points apiece for UCSB. Kenny Daniels had a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds for Northridge. The game included 50 combined turnovers - 26 by the Matadors and 24 by the Gauchos - as well as 55 fouls and 70 free throws. Santa Barbara shot 47.8% for the game and limited Northridge to 41.5%. The Matadors struggled from the free throw line, making just 21-of-36, 58.3%. UCSB, on the other hand, hit 25-of-34, 73.5%. Serna had six rebounds and Nunnally five for the Gauchos. Mark Hill added 12 points and Willie Galick 11 for Northridge. UCSB led 32-17 at halftime. The 17 points scored by the Matadors were the fewest scored by a Gaucho opponent in a half this season.
UCSB and Cal Poly have played 93 times in a series that began in 1937. Santa Barbara holds a 63-30 all-time edge over its Blue-Green Rivalry Series opponent. On Jan. 28, the Gauchos defeated the Mustangs at the Thunderdome, 80-57 and have now won the last five games between the schools. Last year, UCSB won in San Luis Obispo by a score of 72-62. The Gauchos and UC Irvine have played 72 times in a series that began in 1968. UCSB holds the all-time edge, 43-29, but the Anteaters won the first game between the schools this year, 57-55 on Jan. 2 in Irvine. The first game was the Big West opener for both teams.
Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Gauchos are 6-0 when he is in the starting lineup.
G 20 Will Brew, Jr. - Fouled out in just 19 minutes on Wednesday night vs. Northridge.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Only Gaucho to score in double-figures in all 25 games.
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Averaging 12.0 points per game in the last three games.
F 21 James Nunnally - Recorded five or more rebounds in nine of the last 10 games.
Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1 Chris Brew - Has not played in the last seven games.
G 4 Paul Roemer - Has totaled 12 minutes in four games since returning from foot injury.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Has 40 assists and 17 turnovers in 253 minutes this season.
F 15 Sam Phippen - Had two rebounds in four minutes vs. Cal State Northridge.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Has not attempted a shot in last five games, a total of 49 minutes.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Has seven assists in the last three games, a total of 31 minutes.
G 42 James Powell - 209 career 3-pointers ranks him second in school history.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Set a school record with eight blocked shots in the win at Fresno State.
The Gauchos Away From Home
The Gauchos are 6-6 in true road games this season and 7-6 in all games away from home. They have won their last four road games, including Saturday night's 64-60 win at Fresno State. 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, and on Feb. 17 they won at Cal State Fullerton, 73-65. 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 10-2 at home in 2009-10, including a perfect 7-0 against Big West opponents. The Gauchos have never gone unbeaten at home in Big West play. Santa Barbara has won seven straight home games, defeating UC Davis, Pacific, UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly, Long Beach State, and Cal State Northridge. 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 16 of its last 18 games at the Thunderdome, including 12 straight games against Big West opponents.
The Game That Wouldn't End
Wednesday's game against Cal State Northridge took a while to play. It was the longest non-overtime game in recent memory. The reasons? How about 50 turnovers, 55 fouls and 70 free throws. The 55 fouls were a season-high for a Gaucho game, as were the free throw attempts. The 50 turnovers were the second most in a game this season.
Leading Or Tied At Half? It's In The Book
UCSB has led at halftime 14 times this season and been tied once. In those 15 games, the Gauchos are a perfect 15-0. When they have been behind at half, they have won 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.
Two Words: Jekyll, Hyde
Wednesday's game against Cal State Northridge really was a case of Jekyll and Hyde for UCSB. The Gauchos were ahead 32-17 at halftime. The 17 points were the fewest points that UCSB has allowed in a half this season. In the second half, Northridge scored 52 points, the second highest total by an opponent in a half this season. On Nov. 28, Loyola Marymount scored 53 points in the second half against the Gauchos.
Defending Their Honor
The Gauchos current six-game winning streak is due, in great part, to outstanding defense. In the last six games, UCSB has held five of six opponents below 70 points and 41.5% shooting or below. Just UC Davis, which the Gauchos beat 81-77, scored more than 70 points and shot better than 40.3%. Including Davis, the last six opponents have averaged 63.5 points per game while making 39.4% of their field goal attempts overall and 29.8% from 3-point distance.
What's Wrong With This Picture?
The Gauchos are winning of late, but it's not because of their rebounding. On Thursday, UCSB was beaten on the boards by Cal State Northridge, 40-31. In the previous game, a 64-60 win over Fresno State, they lost the rebound battle by a narrow 37-36 margin. Losing the rebound battle at Fresno State by one had to be considered a minor victory. Overall, opponents are outrebounding the Gauchos by a margin of 2.4 per game this season. In the three games prior to Fresno State, each opponent outrebounded UCSB by 12 or more. Overall, through 25 games, Santa Barbara has been outrebounded 16 times, including seven straight and 10 of the last 11.
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 24 games and Johnson has done so on seven occasions in his 25 appearances.
Somogyi's Block Party: Sophomore Sets New School Record
Sophomore center Greg Somogyi blocked eight shots in UCSB's 64-60 win at Fresno State on Feb. 20. The eight blocks were a new school record, two more than the previous top mark. The old record of six was jointly held by Eric McArthur, Glenn Turner, Robbie Robinson, Richard Anderson, and Cameron Goettsche. Somogyi's previous personal best of five blocks was set on three occasions, including the Gauchos' Feb. 13 win over Long Beach State and a Dec. 29 loss at Cal.
Sophomores Of The World Unite!
UCSB's sophomores continue to dominate the team's statistics. In Wednesday's win over Cal State Northridge, Orlando Johnson, James Nunnally, Jaimé Serna, Will Brew, and Greg Somogyi combined for 56 of the team's 74 points. On the season, they have scored 1,180 of 1,698 points, 69.5%. If you include freshmen Lucas Devenny and Chris Brew, UCSB's underclassmen have scored 1,259 points, 74.1% of the team's total.
Super Sophomores Leaving Their Marks
Orlando Johnson enters Saturday's game at Cal Poly as UCSB's leading scorer at 17.8 points per game, a figure that ranks him second in the Big West Conference. James Nunnally is averaging 14.8 points per game, eighth in league. If Johnson could maintain his current scoring average, it would equal the 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, 52.4% of the team's 67.5 points per game average.
Speaking Of Orlando
Orlando Johnson was named Big West Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks after leading the Gauchos to wins at Cal State Fullerton and Fresno State. Johnson averaged 20.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in the wins. On Wednesday against Northridge, he overcame a slow start to finish with a team-high 19 points and seven assists. After missing all five of his field goal attempts in the first half, Johnson made 5-of-8 in the second half when he scored 14 of his 19 points. He continues to lead UCSB in scoring at 17.8 points per game. He has scored 20 or more points seven times this season and had a career-high 28 points on Feb. 4 at Pacific. Johnson has scored 10 or more in all 25 games. The streak of 25 consecutive double-figure scoring games is four 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 is also tied for the team-lead in rebounding at 5.5 per game and, among players who have played 20 or more games, he is tied for the team-lead in assists at 2.3 per game. In fact, including the seven assists he had against Northridge, he has three of the four highest assist totals by a Gaucho this season. He has a pair of double-doubles 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 player since Justin Joyner had 10 in a late-December game in 2006. Johnson has led the Gauchos in scoring 13 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, while he is shooting 68.9% overall from the free throw line, he has made 58 of his last 67, 86.6%.
Second To Nunnally
James Nunnally has been on a rollercoaster the past few games. After scoring 18 points in UCSB's win over Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 17, Nunnally had eight in the Feb. 20 win at Fresno State. On Wednesday, he had 15 in the win over Northridge. In the game against the Matadors, he made 5-of-9 shots overall and one of his two 3-point attempts. Nunnally has scored 20 or more points eight times this season, the most on the team, and he has scored 10 or more 16 times, second on the team. He tallied a career-high 25, to go along with 10 rebounds, in a Jan. 23 win over Cal State Fullerton. Nunnally's first career double-double came on Jan. 4 when he had 19 points and 10 rebounds in a win at UC Riverside. He continues to rank second on the team in scoring at 14.8 points per game and he leads the team in 3-point field goal percentage at 44.2%. Nunnally has done an outstanding job on the boards since moving to the power forward spot. He is tied for the team-lead at 5.5 rebounds per game, but is averaging a team-best 6.4 per game in 14 Big West games. Nunnally has had five or more rebounds in nine of the last 10 games.
Old Buddy, Old Powell
James Powell is third on the team in scoring at 9.0 points per game. He scored 17 points in UCSB's Wednesday night win over Cal State Northridge. Against the Matadors, he made 3-of-5 field goal attempts, all from 3-point range, and all eight of his free throws. Four of Powell's free throws came in the final 24 seconds and iced the win. He had 10 points in the Gauchos' Feb. 20 game at Fresno State, two of which came on a pair of clutch free throws in the final seconds. Powell has scored in double-figures in two straight games for the first time since early-January. The 17 points were his highest total since he scored 20 on Dec. 5 against San Diego State. Powell scored a season-high 21 on Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount, making five 3-point baskets in the process. In his 20-point performance against San Diego State, he made six 3-pointers, the second highest total of his career. In a Dec. 28 win over Furman, Powell became the 23rd player in UCSB history to score more than 1,000 points. He enters Saturday's game at Cal Poly with 1,134 points, a figure that ranks him tied with Eric McArthur for 17th in school history. He needs eight to move into 16th. In addition, he has 209 career 3-point baskets, second all-time and eight behind Mark Hull for the top spot. Powell has attempted 547 3-point shots in his career, second all-time. He needs 13 more to pass Hull for the number one spot in that category as well. Powell has made at least one 3-point basket in 14 straight games and 23 times in 25 games this season. He has made two or more 15 times.
Jaimé Serna is averaging 7.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. He has been at his best offensively in the last five games. On Wednesday against Northridge, he scored 15 points on 6-of-9 from the field, and had six rebounds. In the last five games Serna has averaged 11.8 points per game and in the last four he has averaged 12.7. He has scored in double-figures seven times this year, including three times in the last four games. 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 hit all four of his field goal attempts in the second half and in the next game, against Long Beach, he made his first eight to run his streak to 12 straight. In the last five games Serna made 25-of-35 field goal attempts, 71.4%. Going back even further, while he is shooting 52.2% overall, he has made 44-of-69 in the last 11 games, 63.8%. Over that same span, Serna has made 29 out of his 37 free throw attempts, 78.4%. Finally, the Laguna Beach, Calif., is second on the team in steals (24) and third in blocked shots (14). He has had a season-high three steals twice and a season-high two blocked shots three times.
Something's Will Brewing
Will Brew is tied for the team lead in assists at 2.3 per game and he leads in steals at 1.4 per game. He fouled out in 19 minutes on Wednesday night against Northridge. He had one point and three assists. While he is averaging 5.2 points per game, he has scored at a 7.2 per game clip in the last five games. Also, while Brew is shooting 37.7% overall, he has made 12-of-24 shots in the last five games, 50.0%. Brew has had three or assists more 14 times in 25 games. While Brew still holds a decent 1.3-to-1.0 assist to turnover ratio on the year, he has slumped lately with eight assists and 14 turnovers in the last six games. Even with the slump, Brew's numbers are a far cry from his freshman season when he had 54 assists and 66 turnovers. Brew has had two steals in four of the last six games and now leads the team with 35. He has had at least one steal in nine of the last 10, and two or more in seven of 10 and 13 times this season. Finally, the sophomore is the only Gaucho to start all 25 games in 2009-10. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, Brew has started 44 games in a row and 48 of the last 49.
Justin Rejoins Gauchos Just In Time
Justin Joyner returned to action in the Jan. 23 game against Fullerton and has played a significant role in the last nine games. Joyner has played in 17 games this season, averaging 2.4 assists per game. In the Gauchos' Feb 6 game, at UC Davis, he had eight assists in just 15 minutes. In the nine games since returning from a sprained ankle, Joyner has 24 assists and 10 turnovers. In his career, Joyner now has 237 assists and 126 turnovers, a 1.9-to-1.0 ratio. Finally has moved into 10th on UCSB's all-time career assist list.
Greg Somogyi scored six points, making all three of his field goal attempts, in the win over Cal State Northridge. His performance against the Matadors came on the heels of one of his best games as a Gaucho in the win at Fresno State. The 7-foot-3 sophomore played a season-high 23 minutes and finished with seven points, four rebounds, one assist, and eight blocked shots, a new school record. The eight blocks were two better than the previous school record and the total was three more than Somogyi's previous career-high of five. He had five blocked shots on three occasions, including twice this season (Dec. 29 at Cal and Feb. 13 vs. Long Beach State). Somogyi is now averaging 1.3 blocked shots per game, second in the Big West. In the last four games, he has averaged 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
The Jordan Rules
Jordan Weiner has started the last five games for UCSB. He went scoreless and attempted just one shot in Wednesday's win over Cal State Northridge. Still, in the last five games, Weiner has averaged 5.0 points per game while making 8-of-15 shots overall and 6-of-13 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 13.7 minutes in his 23 games, he has played at least 13 in 13 straight, averaging 18.3 over that span. He has played 18 or more in five straight of the last six. Finally, despite ranking sixth on the team in minutes played, Weiner is third in steals with 20.
The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his 12th 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 196-154. 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 119-75 in Big West games and his .613 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 385-254 (.603) at four-year schools.