UCSB Hosts Cal Poly in Blue-Green Rivalry to Complete Regular Season Saturday

UCSB Hosts Cal Poly in Blue-Green Rivalry to Complete Regular Season Saturday

March 2, 2011

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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: News-Press Radio
Game available on Gametracker

Game 29
Big West Tournament - First Round
Thursday, March 10 , 2011 at TBA.
UC Santa Barbara vs. TBA

at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: News-Press Radio

Tickets Available For Cal Poly Game
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• UCSB-Cal Poly Game Time Moved For TV
The tip-off time for Saturday's renewal of the Blue-Green Rivalry Series between Cal Poly and UCSB has been moved from 7:00 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. to accommodate CBS 12 KCOY, which will televise the game live to the Central and South Coasts.

• Seniors Will Be Saluted Before Cal Poly Game
UCSB will recognize four senior players and two senior managers prior to Saturday's game against Cal Poly. Justin Joyner, Jordan Weiner, Jon Pastorek and Seth Kamphoefner will be honored in a pregame ceremony. In addition, team managers Jason Levy and Brian Yam, both of whom have been with the program for four years, will be saluted. The ceremony will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters Saturday's game against Cal Poly with an overall record of 14-13 and a Big West mark of 7-8. The Gauchos have lost three straight games and four of their last five. The current three-game losing streak is the team's first this season and, in fact, its first since December of 2009. In its last game, Santa Barbara lost at Long Beach State by a 71-53 count.

• If The Season Were To End Today...
As the final weekend of Big West play begins, UCSB sits in fifth-place in the standings. If the season were to end today, the Gauchos would play fourth-place Cal State Northridge in the first round of the Big West Tournament on March 10. It is, however, not out of the question that could change. The only thing certain is that UCSB cannot move up in the league standings.

• The Last Time Out: Long Beach Uses Big 2nd Half Run To Beat UCSB, 71-53
Casper Ware scored 26 points and T.J. Robinson added 19 points and 19 rebounds to pace Long Beach State past visiting UC Santa Barbara Saturday, 71-53. The loss was the third in a row for the Gauchos. Ware scored 17 of his points in the first half, but the 49ers were on top of UCSB by just three at the break, 32-29. Greg Plater hit back-to-back three-pointers to start the second half and spark an 8-0 run that pushed the Long Beach lead to double-figures for the first time, 40-29. But the Gauchos hung around and a basket by Kyle Boswell and then a fastbreak lay-up by Justin Joyner brought them within two, 51-49, with 7:20 left. The 49ers responded with a 20-0 run to put the game away. A follow by Robinson started the run and his follow ended it, giving Long Beach a 71-49 lead with 1:20 remaining. UCSB was led by Orlando Johnson who finished with 18 points before fouling out. Jaimé Serna had six points and eight rebounds while Troy Leaf added six points. The Gauchos were held to 22-of-61 from the floor, 36.1%, and 4-of-16 from three-point range, 25.0%. They were also outrebounded by the 49ers, 49-29.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Collected eight rebounds at Long Beach, his high since returning from injury.
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Made his only field goal attempt, a three-pointer, at Long Beach State.
G 11 Justin Joyner - His 128 career steals rank fifth all-time. Needs six to move into second.
F 21 James Nunnally - Now has 123 career three-pointers, ninth in school history.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - With 562 points he has passed himself for sixth on UCSB single-season list.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Scored four points at Long Beach, his first points in three games.
G 20 Will Brew - Has missed all eight of his field goal attempts over the last two games.
G 24 Christian Peterson - Has 10 rebounds in 30 minutes over his last six appearances.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Played eight minutes at Long Beach, his high since going 14 at Pacific on Jan. 8.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Recorded a career-high four steals in loss at Long Beach State.
G 43 Troy Leaf - Has scored 21 of his 49 points in the last three games.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Has 122 career blocked shots rank him third in school history.

• The Gauchos And Mustangs
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 At Home
The Gauchos are 8-4 at home this season. In their last home game on Saturday, Feb. 19, they lost a 78-76 overtime decision to Boise State. In its last Big West home game on Feb. 16, UCSB defeated Cal State Fullerton by a score of 86-71. On Feb. 5, they defeated UC Davis in overtime, 93-86, and currently have a two-game winning streak in league home games.

• Stolen Moments
UCSB had 12 steals in its Feb. 26 game at Long Beach State. It was the team's highest total since it also had 12 in a Jan. 6 win at UC Davis. The Gauchos lead the Big West in steals at 7.6 per game. Their 27-game total of 205 is tied for the eighth most in school history. They need just 12 to move into third on the single-season list.

• Johnson-Nunnally Threatens All-Time One-Two Punch Record
Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally continue to rank 1-2 on the team in scoring. Johnson leads the Big West Conference at 20.8 points per game while Nunnally is now fourth at 16.7 per game. As a duo, Johnson and Nunnally have combined for 1,013 points, an average of 37.5 points per game. In the Feb. 24 loss at Cal State Northridge, they surpassed their combined total of 2009-10 when they had 965 points. On Feb. 26 at Long Beach State, they combined for 23 points to push their 2010-11 total to 1,013. The all-time record of 1,019 is clearly within reach. The current record was set in 2007-08 by Alex Harris and James Powell and in 2006-07 by Harris and Chris Devine. 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 57 times in his 57 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.

• Williams Wins 400th Career Game
UCSB's 93-86 come-from-behind overtime win over UC Davis on Feb. 5 was the 400th win of head coach Bob Williams' career. Williams is now 402-269 overall after the Gauchos' loss at Long Beach State on Feb. 26. When the Gauchos opened the season with a win over Denver, he became the third coach in school history to record 200 or more wins. On Dec. 31, when the Gauchos defeated Fresno Pacific, it was his 206th win and it moved Williams past Willie Wilton (205-163) and into second on the school's all-time victory list. Williams now has 213 wins. Jerry Pimm (1983-98) went 222-202 in 15 seasons at the helm of the Gauchos.

• Looking To Rebound
On Feb. 26, UCSB was beaten 71-53 by Long Beach State. To make matters worse, the Gauchos were beaten even worse on the boards than on the scoreboard. The 49ers outrebounded Santa Barbara by a 49-29 count. The 20 rebound margin was - by far - the largest of the season. Previously, the Gauchos were outrebounded by seven in wins at Santa Clara and UNLV.

• 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 76.6% from the free throw line, a figure that ranks12th in the nation. Three out of five Santa Barbara starters are shooting 82.2% or better. The Gauchos, who shot better than 80.0% in a game just three times last season, have done so 12 times in 27 games in 2010-11. The all-time record for free throw percentage of 77.2% was set in 1982-83.

• The Dark Side Of Free Throws
While UCSB is enjoying one of its best seasons ever at the free throw line, the last three games have seen the opponents record a major free throw advantage. While the Gauchos have hit 42-of-55 over the last three games, 76.4%, opponents have made 80-of-104, 76.9%. UCSB has been outscored by 38 points at the free throw line in the last three games, an average of 12.7 per game. On the other hand, they have outscored their last three opponents by 10 when only field goals are counted.

• Gauchos Left Shooting Touch At Home
Apparently, when UCSB went on the road for its most recent two games, it left its shooting touch in Santa Barbara. In losses at Cal State Northride and Long Beach State, the Gauchos made just 42-of-116 field goal attempts, 36.2%. They shot below 40% in consecutive games for the first time this season. In addition, after going 8-of-16 from three-point range in the first half at Northridge, UCSB was 5-of-27 over the next three halves, 18.5%.

• Blocking Access
In its Feb. 19 overtime loss to Boise State, UCSB had a season-high nine blocked shots. The Gauchos' previous high of eight blocked shots came in games at Portland on Nov. 27 and at Santa Clara on Dec. 4. UCSB had one block in the Feb. 26 game at Long Beach State and now have 106 for the season. The 106 swats are the seventh most in school history and the nine blocks against the Broncos were the most by a Gaucho team since they blocked the same total at Fresno State on Feb. 20, 2010, also in a BracketBuster game. In the game against the Bulldogs, Greg Somogyi set a school record with eight blocks.

• A Passing Fancy
The Gauchos' Feb. 16 win over Cal State Fullerton was, in a way, a coach's dream. UCSB had assists credited on 26 of 28 baskets, a school record 92.9%. In fact, in the first half of the game against the Titans, the Gauchos had a perfect 17 assists on 17 baskets. Senior point guard Justin Joyner had a career-high 12 assists in the game, the most by a UCSB player since Phillip Turner had 12 on Feb. 24, 1996, against Pacific. The 12 assists are tied for the sixth most in school history. James Nunnally and Orlando Johnson each added four assists in the game. As a team, the 26 assists tied for the eighth most ever and they were the most since Santa Barbara had 26 in a Jan. 4, 1997 game vs. Loyola Marymount.

• 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. He has now scored 1,092 in his career, 22nd all-time, and 562 on the season, sixth all-time. Johnson needs just three points to move into fifth on UCSB's single-season list. On Feb. 24 at Cal State Northridge, he had 15 points and 13 rebounds, his second highest total ever. It was also his fourth double-double of the season. He continues to lead UCSB and the Big West in scoring at 20.8 points per game, figure that ranks him 14th in the nation. With 18 points in the Feb. 26 game at Long Beach State, he has extended his streak of double-figure scoring to a school record 57 games. Johnson continues to lead the team in rebounding as well at 6.6 per game. The 70 points Johnson scored over a two-game stretch against UC Davis (Feb. 5) and UC Riverside (Feb. 10) 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 scored 20 or more points in 10 of the last 15 games and 14 times this season. He has scored 349 points in his last 15 games, 23.3 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 10 games, Johnson has attempted 10 or more free throws six times, going 81-of-94, 86.2%, over that span. In doing so, he has lifted his percentage on the season to 82.5%. On Feb. 12, in a loss at UC Irvine, Johnson became the first UCSB player in recent years 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, he has scored 1,486 as a collegiate player and needs just 14 more for 1,500.

• The Flying Nunnally
Junior James Nunnally equaled his season-low with five points in UCSB's Feb. 26 loss at Long Beach State. He also added six rebounds. After scoring 48 points in games against Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 16) and Boise State (Feb. 19), Nunnally has totaled just 18 in the last two games, 9.0 per game. Over that span, he has made 5-of-16 shots overall, 31.2%, and 3-of-9 from three-point range, 33.3%. Despite his recent struggles, he continues to rank second on the team in scoring at 16.7 points per game and rebounding at 5.4 per game. Nunnally is now fourth in the Big West in scoring average. 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 has 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 five times and they have gone 0-5 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 1,120 points in his career the 20th most in school history. He needs 11 to move into 19th. Nunnally has scored in double-figures in 22 of 27 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 has had six or more rebounds 13 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 55 and he has made a season-high four four times. He has 123 in his career and is now ninth in school history.

• Just In Time
Senior Justin Joyner had scored five points and added three steals in the loss at Long Beach State. He also had one assist and it was the first time in seven games that he registered fewer than four assists. Joyner leads the team in assists at 3.6 per game and, despite having just one in the last game, he has averaged 6.0 in the last five contests. In fact, he has four or more assists in 11 of the last 14 games and his average of 4.0 per game in Big West play ranks him second in the league. In the past 14, he has 66 assists and just 22 turnovers, a 3.0-to-1.0 ratio. He leads the team in assist-to-turnover ratio with 89 assists and just 38 turnovers, a 2.3-to-1.0 ratio. 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 player since Feb. 24, 1996, when Phillip Turner had 12 against Pacific. In his career, he now has 332 assists, the eighth most in school history. By comparison, he has just 169 career turnovers, a 1.97-to-1.0 career assist-to-turnover ratio. Overall, Joyner has emerged as a key part of the Gauchos' lineup and has started the last 10 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 20 games since he returned, he has scored 94 points, a modest 4.7 per game, while making 33-of-67 shots overall, 49.2%, and 25-of-50 from three-point range, 50.0%. Joyner made at least one three-point basket in five straight, 12 of the last 13, and 18 of 20 since returning. His 25 total three-point baskets are seven more than his previous career-high of 18 set during his freshman season in 2006-07. Finally, Joyner has 45 steals, an average of 1.8 per game, and he needs just one to move into the single-season top-10. If he can get five more steals this season, he would move into seventh on the single-season list. Joyner has 128 steals in his career, fifth in school history. With three more he would move into third all-time and with six he would be second. He has had at least one steal in 16 of the last 19 games and he had a season-high four in wins over UNLV, UC Davis, Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine.

• Serna Continues To Get Back On Track
It had not been a smooth ride for junior Jaimé Serna after he missed six of seven games with a strained groin, but the last four games have seen him begin to turn things around. In the Feb. 26 game at Long Beach State, Serna made 3-of-5 shots and scored six points. He also had eight rebounds, his high since he went for a career-high 10 on Dec. 4 at Santa Clara. In the Feb. 24 game at Cal State 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. In the last four games, Serna has made 14-of-23 field goals, 60.9%, and averaged 9.5 points and 6.2 rebounds. He has played 101 minutes in the last four games, his highest total over a four-game span this season and the first time he has played 20 or more in four consecutive games. 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%. 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 7.2 points per game and second in field goal percentage at 53.2%. 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.

• Taking A Pass, A Pastorek That Is
Senior Jon Pastorek has seen his minutes go down and, thus his production, in the last four games. After playing 20 or more minutes in 10 of 12 games, Pastorek has logged fewer than 20 in each of the last four. He has averaged 2.5 points and 2.0 rebounds while making just 4-of-14 (28.6%) from the field over that span. Overall, he is at 4.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game and he continues to rank third on the team at 51.6% shooting from the field. In fact, despite his four-game shooting respite, Pastorek has made 30 out of 52 shots over the last 15 games, 57.7%. After scoring in double-figures just once last season, he has done so three times this year, including a career-high 12 on Feb. 3 vs. Pacific. Pastorek is also one of four Gauchos to have 10 or more rebounds in a game as he had 10 on Jan. 13 against UC Irvine.

• Turning Over A New Leaf
Troy Leaf had a tough go of it for much of the year, but he has been a pleasant surprise in the last three games. While the freshman is averaging 2.0 points per game in 24 appearances this season, he has scored 21 points in the last three games, 7.0 per game. In fact, Leaf has scored 21 points in the last three games, a total of 46 minutes, after scoring 28 in his first 21 games, a total of 177 minutes. He scored a high of 11 on Jan. 24 at Cal State Northridge, making a career-best trio of three-point baskets in the process. Finally, while he is shooting 32.1% on the season, he's made 9-of-15 in the last three, 60.0%.

• Air Jordan
Senior Jordan Weiner equaled his season-low with 13 minutes in the Feb. 26 loss to Long Beach State. In the game against the 49ers, Weiner made his only field goal attempt, a three-pointer, and finished with three points. In his last three games, the former walk-on's offense has diminished. He has scored six total points in the three games, 2.0 per game, and made just 2-of-6 shots, 33.3%. The six attempts in his 55 minutes are one fewer than he had in the Feb. 16 game against Cal State Fullerton, the game that preceded the current run. 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. Weiner is now averaging 5.7 points per game, fourth on the team. He is second on the team in steals with 39 and third in three-pointers with 35. He needs one three-point baskets to reach 100 in his career. He had a career-high five steals on Dec. 1 vs. Loyola Marymount and has had two or more nine times.

• The Big Fella
Junior Greg Somogyi scored nine points on 4-of-6 shooting on Feb. 16 against Cal State Fullerton, but since that game, he has totaled just four points in three games, 1.3 per game. 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 18 games and 22 times this season. Last year, he set a school record with eight blocked shots in a game at Fresno State. He also leads UCSB in field goal percentage at 53.7% and he has made 36 of his last 63 shots, 57.1%. Somogyi scored a career-high16 on Jan. 31 vs. Fresno Pacific.

• The Bob Williams File
2010-11 is Bob Williams' 13th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. On Feb. 5, he recorded his 400th career win when his team defeated UC Davis in overtime, 93-86. In 2009-10, he guided the Gauchos to a 20-10 overall record, their second Big West Tournament title, and fourth NCAA Tournament berth ever. It was the program's second NCAA Tournament bid and its fifth regular season title in his 12 seasons. Following the season, Williams was named Big West Coach of the Year for the third time.

Last year also marked the third Williams coached Gaucho team to win 20 or more games and the 10th overall in program history. It was the second time in the three seasons that the UCSB won 20 or more.

In 2008-09, Williams coached 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 led 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 title and played in the NIT.

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 213-169. He guided the program to 10 winning seasons in his first 12 years - including the last five in a row - and three 20 win seasons. He has a career record of 126-84 in Big West games and his .604 winning percentage in league games is tops 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' 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 402-269 (.601) at four-year schools.