November 15, 2005

After Perfect 2-0 Exhibition Season, UCSB Opens Regular Season at Home Friday Against San Francisco

Nov. 15, 2005

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The Schedule
Game No. 1
Friday, November 18, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. the University of San Francisco Dons
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KTMS 990 AM

Game No. 2
Monday, November 21, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. the University of San Diego Toreros
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KIST 1340 AM

On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara radio games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara by Clear Channel Santa Barbara. The games are carried either on KIST 1340-AM or KTMS 990-AM. Note the schedule above for the station breakdown. KEYT-TV Sports Director Gerry Fall, not to be confused with Niagra Fall, is in his second season as the play-by-play voice of UCSB basketball. He is assisted by Color Announcer Supreme Don Ford, the former UCSB and Cleveland Cavalier superstar. Much to the horror of the entire Central Coast, UCSB Assistant Athletics Director Bill Mahoney handles the color at selected road games. Mostly when Ford is not available.

The Bob Williams Show
The Bob Williams show will be aired each Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on KTMS 990 AM in Santa Barbara. Coach Williams will talk about past and upcoming games, interview Gaucho players and welcome guests from the Santa Barbara sports community.

Opener Will Benefit Santa Barbara United Way
As part of UCSB's "Project Team-Up", the Gauchos season-opening game against the University of San Francisco will benefit the Santa Barbara Chapter of the United Way. The United Way is selling 2,000 tickets at the discounted price of $10.00 and they will keep half of all revenue. Information regarding the purchase of the designated United Way tickets can be obtained by calling the United Way office at (805) 965-8591.

The Gaucho Record
The exhibition games were a case of good news and bad news. The good news is that UCSB was a perfect 2-0, posting a 57-36 win over UC San Diego and a 96-56 win over Westmont College. The bad news? The games don't count. Oh well. Such is life. In 2004-05, the Gauchos finished the regular season with an overall record of 11-18 and a Big West mark of 7-11. UCSB defeated Long Beach State in the first round of the 2005 Big West Tournament but lost to Cal State Fullerton in the second round.

Gauchos Picked Third In Big West Preseason Polls
UCSB was tabbed to finish third by both the coaches and the media at last week's Big West basketball media day. Cal State Fullerton, which advanced to the third round of the 2005 Postseason National Invitation Tournament, was picked to win the 2005-06 league title by both the coaches and media. Pacific, which won the 2004-05 Big West crown and has won 35 of its last 36 conference games, was picked to finish second. The Gauchos were picked third by the coaches and, along with Cal State Northridge, they were picked to finish third by the media. Northridge was picked fourth by the coaches.

UCSB Completes Sweep Of Exhibition Games, 96-56 Over Westmont
The games may not have counted, but it is a heck of a lot better to win the exhibition games than to lose them. UCSB opened its 2005-06 season with a 57-36 exhibition win over visiting UC San Diego on Thursday, Nov. 3. In their second exhibition game, the Gauchos blasted crosstown opponent Westmont College, 96-56. UCSB jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. The Gauchos made 37-of-70 shots from the field, 52.9%, and they limited the visitors to just 22-of-52 from the floor, 42.3%. In addition, the Gauchos forced the Warriors into 28 turnovers. Santa Barbara was paced by senior guard Cecil Brown who poured in 25 points, eight more than his regular season career-high. Freshman guard James Powell added 12 points and three assists while senior Josh Davis had 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. Another freshman guard, Lance Hurdle, who did not play in the first exhibition game because of a sore back, made all four of his field goal attempts, scored eight points, grabbed four rebounds, handed-off four assists and produced six steals in just 15 minutes.

Injuries Begin To Subside As Regular Season Nears
In 2004-05, UCSB players missed 125 games because of injuries. In the exhibition opener against UCSD, four Gaucho players were sidelined because of injuries. In the second exhibition game, the number was down to two. Senior forward Cameron Goettsche (ankle) and freshman guard Lance Hurdle (back) returned to the active list. Only junior forward Glenn Turner (subluxed right patella) and sophomore swingman Derek Rasp (back) were sidelined for the game against Westmont. Rasp has not practiced in nearly a week and his status is up-in-the-air for Friday's opener against USF. Turner could miss up to another 10 days and he may not make his first appearance until UCSB's third game of the season, a Nov. 25 contest at North Carolina.

Possible Starters - Notes
G - Cecil Brown - Had 25 points vs. Westmont, eight more than regular season career-high.
G - Josh Davis - Averaged 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in two exhibition games.
G - Alex Harris - Made just 2 of 8 shots from the field in exhibition season.
F - Chris Devine - Led the team with 53 minutes played in two exhibition games.
F - Cameron Goettsche - After missing first exhibition, hit all 4 shots in 13 minutes vs. Westmont.

Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Lance Hurdle - Had 8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 steals in 15 minutes vs. Westmont.
G - Derek Rasp - Missed both exhibition games with a sore back. Not likely to play vs. USF.
G - James Powell - Was perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range vs. Westmont. Had 12 points.
G - Joe See - Made just 1-of-7 shots from the field in two exhibition games.
G - Michael Chambers - Averaged 4.5 points and 14.0 minutes in two exhibition games.
F - Chidi Ajufo - Averaged 10.0 points per game in exhibitions. Made 7-of-13 shots from field.
F - Tom Garlepp - Averaged 8.0 points and 23.5 minutes per game in two exhibitions.
F - Chris Moore - Ineligible until the end of the fall quarter at UCSB.
F - Glenn Turner - Subluxation of right patella has him out for 10 days to two weeks.
C - David Massey - At 7-foot-3 his the tallest player in program history. Will redshirt the year.

The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is entering 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. Williams' UCSB teams have posted a 107-97 (.525) overall record and a 73-47 (.608) 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 296-197 (.601) at four-year schools.

Opening With Two At Home Is A Rarity
UCSB opens the season with a home game for the first time since the 2001-02 season when it opened with a win over Westmont College. 2005-06 marks just the third time that the Gauchos have opened at home under Bob Williams. In addition, this will mark the first time that a Williams-coached UCSB team will open with two consecutive home games. The last time any Gaucho team opened the year with back-to-back Thunderdome contests was at the beginning of the 1994-95 campaign when they hosted Delaware and Wagner in the defunct Gaucho Classic.

The Gauchos In Openers
Santa Barbara has recorded a 3-4 mark in season-openers under Bob Williams. The 3-4 record includes last season's 80-72 overtime win at San Diego State. Since losing season-openers in Williams' first three seasons on the job, the Gauchos have won two straight and three out of four. In addition to last year's win at San Diego State, UCSB opened the 2003-04 season with a 57-51 win at Hawaii. Over the years, the Gauchos have gone 42-23 in season-openers under seven different coaches dating back to the 1937-38 season. Because of World War II, UCSB did not play basketball from 1943 through 1946.

The Opponents
UCSB will open its 2005-06 schedule with home games against a pair of traditional opponents from the West Coast Conference, the University of San Francisco and the University of San Diego. The Gauchos open the season against USF. The Dons hold a sizable 23-8 edge over UCSB in a series that dates back to 1961. Last season, USF drubbed the Gauchos in San Francisco, 72-56. Prior to that defeat, Santa Barbara had won consecutive games in the series. The last time the teams met at the Thunderdome, Nov. 30, 2002, UCSB recorded a 70-47 win. The Gauchos and San Diego have played 17 times with Santa Barbara holding a 12-5 advantage. Last year, however, the Toreros won the match-up in San Diego by a score of 71-63. The last time UCSB and USD played at the Thunderdome, in December of 2004, the Gauchos rolled to a 90-70 win.

The Gauchos At Home
Although UCSB struggled through the 2004-05 season, things were not that bad at home. The Gauchos 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. UCSB is 64-26 at home since Williams arrived for the 1998-99 season.

The Return Of The Three-Pointer
While UCSB won its first exhibition game, a 57-36 defensive battle against UC San Diego, they did not make a three-point basket. Not only did the Gauchos not make a three-point basket, they attempted just three. Last season, UCSB never attempted fewer than 12 in a game and never made fewer than three. In the second exhibition game, a 96-56 rout of Westmont, the three-point shot made its return. Santa Barbara went 10-of-19 from three-point territory in the win over the Warriors, 52.6%. Senior guard Cecil Brown made four (out of five) and freshman guard James Powell made three (out of three). Combined, the Brown-Powell duo made 7-of-8 from three-point range, 87.5%. On the other side of the coin, or actually the other side of the court, UCSB limited its two exhibition opponents, UC San Diego and Westmont, to a combined 10-of-41 from beyond the three-point arc, 24.4%.

Taking Care Of The Ball
Periodically last season UCSB had its problems taking care of the basketball. The Gauchos averaged 12.5 turnovers per game. In the two exhibition games, they had a total of just 19 turnovers, 9.5 per game. The exhibition opponents had 47 turnovers in two games, an average of 23.5 per outing. Additionally, the Gauchos had 44 assists in the two exhibition games. In the win over Westmont, UCSB had 25 assists on 37 baskets. The 25 assists were more than the Gauchos had in any game last season. Santa Barbara produced a season-high 22 assists in a home victory over Cal Poly. Overall in 2004-05, UCSB had significantly more turnovers (363) than assists (308). It was the worst ratio in the Bob Williams era.

Brown Gives A Glimpse
In UCSB's first exhibition game, senior guard Cecil Brown returned to game-action after missing the entire 2004-05 regular season with knee and ankle injuries. In 27 minutes against UC San Diego, Brown was 2-for-6 from the field with six points. He also had seven rebounds, two assists and a steal. In the Gauchos' second exhibition game, a 96-56 win over Westmont College, Brown gave a glimpse of what he is capable of. In just 23 minutes he made 9-of-13 shots from the field, including 4-of-5 from three-point range, to score a game-high 25 points. Brown's regular season career-high of 17 points was recorded during his sophomore season in an overtime win at Cal State Fullerton in February of 2004. As a sophomore in 2003-04, his last season of activity, Brown averaged 7.7 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. He made 24 three-point baskets in his 27 games, including 11 starts. This year, if his health permits, he is expected to be a staple in the starting lineup and a focal point of the Gaucho offense. In the two exhibition games, Brown made 11-of-19 shots overall, 57.9%, 4-of-5 from three-point range, 80.0%, and 5-of-7 from the free throw line, 71.4%. He averaged 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.

The Ironman Returns
Senior swingman Josh Davis was the only player to start all 29 games for UCSB last season. He also easily paced the team in minutes played with 939, an average of 32.4 per game. He is the team's top returning scorer at 10.1 points per game and although he missed about a week of practice in late-October with a sore foot, Davis was in the starting lineup for both of the Gauchos' exhibition games. In the win over Westmont, he scored 11 points, had five rebounds and three assists. In the two games, he made 5-of-13 shots and averaged 7.5 points per game. Davis did, however, lead the team in rebounding during the exhibition season at 6.0 per game. He also had six assists, two steals and no turnovers in 51 minutes. Probably the most versatile UCSB player, Davis has spent time at the point, the two, the three and the four spots during his career. This year, his role should be more well defined and his playing time should come primarily at the two and the three spots.

Talk About Long Layoffs
Cecil Brown missed the entire 2004-05 regular season but he's got nothing on sophomore forward Chris Devine. When Devine put on his uniform for the Nov. 3 exhibition opener against UC San Diego, it marked the first time he had played in an organized game since the end of his senior year in high school in the spring of 2003. The 6-foot-8 native of Eagle River, Alaska, redshirted the 2003-04 season with wrist and knee problems and then he was forced to sit-out the entire 2004-05 campaign after undergoing surgery for Osteochondritis Dissecans prior to the opening of practice. Although he was expected to return at mid-season last year, Devine's recovery went slower than expected and he ultimately missed the entire year. Now healthy, he started both of the exhibition games and led the team in minutes played with 53. In the wins over UC San Diego and Westmont, Devine averaged 9.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He hit 6-of-13 shots from the field, 46.2%, and 6-of-11 from the free throw line, 54.5%. In the second exhibition, Devine struggled with his shooting, making just 3-of-10 shots, but he did have exhibition highs of six rebounds and five assists. As a senior at Chugiak High School in 2002-03, he averaged 22.1 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.0 blocked shots, 4.1 steals and 3.0 assists per game.

The Old Guard
Sophomore guard Alex Harris started 24 of 29 games as a freshman. He also started each of the exhibition games. Harris led UCSB in assists in the wins over UC San Diego and Westmont with a total of eight. He had six in 21 minutes against Westmont, one more than his regular season career-high. He also had 10 rebounds in the two games, 5.0 per game. Harris, however, struggled with his shooting in the exhibition games making just 2-of-8 shots overall and 1-of-2 from three-point territory. Senior Joe See, who shared time with Harris at the point, also had his shooting problems in the two exhibitions. See has struggled with his shooting at the outset of each of his three collegiate seasons and he made just 1-of-7 shots from the field in the two exhibition games, 14.3%. He also missed all three of his three-point attempts. Last season, See went just 2-for-20 overall and 0-for-16 from three-point range in the first three games of the year.

The New Guard
Freshmen guards James Powell and Lance Hurdle are forcing the UCSB coaching staff to make some tough decisions. At the beginning of the week, the Gaucho staff had yet to decide if either, neither or both of the team's first-year backcourt players will redshirt the 2005-06 season. In the first exhibition game, against UC San Diego, Hurdle sat-out with a sore back and Powell had four points in 14 minutes, making just 1-of-5 shots from the field. In the second game, however, the duo was outstanding. Powell made all three of his field goal attempts, all from three-point range, and 3-of-4 free throws. He finished with 12 points, three assists and one steal in 16 minutes. Hurdle, making his debut, was 4-for-4 from the field with eight points. In addition, in just 15 minutes of play, he added four rebounds, four assists and six steals. In 31 combined minutes, the freshmen guards were 7-of-7 from the field, 3-of-3 from three-point range, had five rebounds, seven assists, seven steals and 20 points.

Post Haste
If Glenn Turner is not ready for the season-opener against San Francisco, UCSB's three-headed monster at the five spot will become a two-headed monster with a third on loan from the four-spot. Senior Cameron Goettsche, who missed the first exhibition with a sprained ankle, made his season debut in the win over Westmont. He made all four of his field goal attempts, scored eight points and had three rebounds in 13 minutes. Sophomore Chidi Ajufo, a transfer from Pensacola Community College, played 38 minutes in the two exhibition games and averaged 10.0 points and 4.0 rebounds. He also made 7-of-12 shots from the field, 58.3%. The third option in the post would be Aussie freshman Tom Garlepp, who expects to play mostly at the four spot. In his 47 exhibition minutes, he averaged 8.0 points per game. Garlepp, however, had just three rebounds in the two games. He did produce two of the team's three blocked shots and he did make a solid 7-of-15, 46.7%, of his shots.

On The Horizon
Following its two home games to open the season, UCSB will go on the road for three straight games. The Gauchos first road game will on Friday, Nov. 25 at defending NCAA Champion North Carolina. After the game against the Tar Heels, the Gauchos will not return to Santa Barbara, instead they will stop in Tempe for a game at Arizona State on Monday, Nov. 28. The season's first road trip will conclude on Saturday, Dec. 3 with a game at Loyola Marymount.