UCSB Hosts Weber State Tuesday Night, Looks to Keep Fast Start Going

Nov. 16, 2009

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• The Schedule
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Weber State
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker

Monday, November 23, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. San Francisco
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker

• Tickets Still Available
To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.

• Free T-Shirts To First 250 Students
The first 250 students at Tuesday night's UCSB-Weber State game will receive a free t-shirt, courtesy of the UCSB Athletics Department. Gates open at 6:00 p.m.

• On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on KIST AM 1490 and will stream live online at UCSBgauchos.com. Gerry Fall is in his sixth year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB star Don Ford handles the color commentary for the majority of men's and women's games.

• Talk'n Gauchos
UCSB Athletics has a new weekly radio show called Talk'n Gauchos which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1490 KIST. The show is broadcast live from State & A Bar and Grill, located on the corner of State Street and Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways or to 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.

• The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara opened the 2009-10 season with a resounding 85-57 win over Cal State Los Angeles. The Gauchos are 1-0 for the seventh consecutive year. The last time they opened the year with a 2-0 record was in 2007-08. UCSB finished the 2008-09 season with a 16-15 overall record and an 8-8 record in Big West Conference play. At one point last season, the Gauchos had records of 8-13 overall and 2-7 in the Big West before ending with eight wins in 10 games.

• The Opponents
UCSB and Weber State have met just twice with the Wildcats winning both meetings. The teams first played in the Top of The World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska in 2002, and then again in Ogden, Utah last year. Weber State won last year's game between the schools 70-63. The Gauchos and San Francisco have played 35 times in a series that began in 1961. The Dons came from behind to edge visiting UCSB last season, 73-72. The win ended a three-game Santa Barbara winning streak in the series.

• Gauchos Open Regular Season With 85-57 Win Over Cal State Los Angeles
Orlando Johnson scored 19 points to lead four players in double-figures, and UC Santa Barbara outscored Cal State Los Angeles by a 45-21 count in the second half, en route to an 85-57 win on Saturday night. The game was the regular season opener for the Gauchos. Johnson, making his debut with UCSB, made all seven of his field goal attempts and added five rebounds and two assists. James Powell and Sam Phippen each had 14 points, while Jon Pastorek added 11 and a team-high six rebounds. Powell also had a game-high five assists. As a team, the Gauchos made 53.7% of their shots, including 61.5% in the second half. The Golden Eagles were limited to 37.0% shooting and had 26 turnovers.

• UCSB Picked To Finish Second In Big West
A panel of media members has picked UCSB to finish second in the Big West Conference in 2009-10. Long Beach State has been tabbed as the league favorite. The Gauchos received six first-place votes and totaled 179 points in the poll while Long Beach received 17 first-place votes and 209 points. Defending league champion Cal State Northridge finished third in the poll with 130 points. UC Riverside and Pacific finished fourth and fifth. Pacific received the only other first-place vote.

• Nunnally Expected To Return Tuesday
Sophomore James Nunnally is expected to make his 2009-10 debut on Tuesday when the Gauchos host Weber State. He was suspended from the opener against Cal State Los Angeles because of "time-related issues." As a freshman in 2008-09, Nunnally averaged 7.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. By the end of the season, however, he was consistently the team's second-leading scorer and he averaged 15.6 points and shot 63.2% from the field over the final five games. Nunnally scored 14 points in an exhibition win over Sonoma State.

• Something Is Brewing
Freshman Chris Brew did not play against Cal State Los Angeles and he will not play against Weber State. The UCSB coaching staff is waiting until the end of this week to make a decision regarding a possible redshirt year for Brew, the brother of Gaucho guard Will Brew, Jr. The staff will determine Brew's status in time for the Monday, Nov. 23 game against San Francisco.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G - 4 - Paul Roemer - Had five points, four assists and four rebounds in opener.
G - 33 - Orlando Johnson - Made all seven field goal attempts and had 19 vs. CSLA.
G - 42 - James Powell - Hit 6-of-9 shots and had 14 vs. CSLA. Had team-high five assists.
F - 0 - Jaimé Serna - Came off the bench in his return from injury. Had two vs. CSLA.
F - 32 - Jon Pastorek - Had 11 points and a team-high six rebounds in opener.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G - 1 - Chris Brew - Will not play as a decision is being made on possible redshirt year.
G - 3 - Jordan Weiner - Had four assists and three steals vs. CSLA.
G - 11 - Justin Joyner - Could play vs. Weber, more likely San Francisco.
G - 12 - Jacob Mercer - Walk-on guard had four points in seven minutes vs. CSLA.
F - 15 - Sam Phippen - Had career-high 14 points in opener vs. CSLA.
G - 20 - Will Brew, Jr. - Started the opener and had four assists.
G - 21 - James Nunnally - Suspended for season opening game.
F - 25 - Lucas Devenny - Had six points and four rebounds in his debut.
C - 55 - Greg Somogyi - Started opener but was scoreless in 13 minutes.

• Joyner Will Rejoin The Gauchos...Eventually
Justin Joyner never actually left the Gauchos, but he was forced to miss the entire 2008-09 season as he recovered from surgery on his right wrist. His return to active duty has been delayed because of a sprained ankle. Joyner's ankle has improved, but he did not play in the opener against Call State Los Angeles. He is also not likely to play against Weber State on Tuesday night, but should return by Nov. 23 when UCSB hosts San Francisco. In 2008-09, UCSB felt the effects of Joyner's absence as it struggled holding leads, particularly through the first two-thirds of the season. In his first two years in Santa Barbara, Joyner played in 60 of a possible 61 games, starting 58 times. He averaged 3.3 assists in those 60 games and just 1.8 turnovers. As a sophomore in 2007-08, he started all 32 games and quarterbacked a Gaucho team that set a school record with 23 wins. That year, Joyner had a Big West-leading 2.1-to-1.0 assist to turnover ratio with 116 assists and only 56 turnovers.

• Johnson's Real Debut Is Real Solid
The same media panel that picked the Gauchos to finish second also selected sophomore swingman Orlando Johnson to the Preseason All-Big West Team and based on his first two appearances in a UCSB uniform, the panel might know what they are talking about. In the exhibition win over Sonom State, Johnson made 7-of-9 shots, including all three of his three-point attempts, and scored 21 points. In the regular season opener against Cal State Los Angeles on Saturday, Johnson was just as impressive as he made all seven of his field goal attempts, including his only three-point attempt, and scored a game-high 19 points. He also grabbed five rebounds and handed out two assists. In the win over the Golden Eagles, Johnson picked-up his fourth foul early in the second half and was forced to the bench, but in all, it was a very good debut.

• Powelling Around
Senior James Powell struggled throughout much of his junior season. After averaging 12.3 points per game and making 46.7% of his three-pointers as a sophomore, Powell slumped to 9.0 points per game and 29.1% from three-point range as a junior. On Saturday, the Pomona, Calif., native gave an inkling that he might be in for a nice bounce-back year. Powell made 6-of-9 shots, including both of his three-point attempts. and finished with 14 points. He also led the Gauchos with five assists. The 14 points gives Powell 924 for his career. If he can get to 1,000, he would become the 23rd player in school history to do so.

• Another Transfer Of Note
While there is much attention being given to Loyola Marymount transfer Orlando Johnson, UCSB has another transfer who is off to a good start. Junior Jon Pastorek, a transfer from San Diego State, was in the starting lineup for the game against Cal State Los Angeles and he did not disappoint. The 6-foot-10 Pastorek had 11 points and a team-high six rebounds in just 16 minutes. He made 3-of-5 field goal attempts and 5-of-6 free throws.

• Sam, I Am
Junior forward Sam Phippen didn't waste time setting a new career-high in scoring. Phippen came off the bench to score 14 points in 22 minutes against Cal State Los Angeles. Phippen made 5-of-12 shots from the field, including a three-pointer. The 14-point performance was four points better than his previous career-high of 10, set against Cal State Fullerton in last year's Big West Tournament. Phippen, who is a very good outside shooter, did most of his damage on the inside against the Golden Eagles. He also had three rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot and a steal. in the UCSB victory.

• Looking For A Rebound Rebound
Not everything went perfectly for UCSB in the opener against Cal State Los Angeles. The Gauchos were outrebounded by the Golden Eagles, 33-32. A one rebound margin may not be that alarming, but the halftime margin of 24-12 was. UCSB did outrebound Cal State L.A. in the second half by a 20-9 margin, a step in the right direction. Santa Barbara was led in rebounding by Jon Pastorek who had six.

• One More Thing...
Another area of struggle for the Gauchos in the opener, and the exhibition game for that matter, was free throw shooting. Santa Barbara hit just 20-of-31 free throw attempts, ,64.5%. In the team's only exhibition game, a win over Sonoma State, they made just 15-of-25, 60.0%. Leading the struggles (does that make any sense?) has been Orlando Johnson. While he has done just about everything else well, his free throw shooting has been a little iffy. Johnson was 4-for-8 against Cal State L.A., and 4-for-9 against Sonoma State.

• Passing Fancy
As a team, the Gauchos assisted on 21 of their 29 baskets against Cal State Los Angeles. James Powell led the way with five, but three other players - Will Brew, Jr., Jordan Weiner, and Paul Roemer - hadf four assists apiece.

• Who Were Those Guys?
Walk-on guards Jacob Mercer and Christian Peterson each got into the game against Cal State Los Angeles. Mercer, who played at San Marcos High School and Santa Barbara City College, was on the team in 2008-09, but only participated in practices, often times as part of the scout team. On Saturday, he played the final seven minutes and scored four points. He made his only field goal attempt and both of his free throw attempts. Peterson, a native of Carlsbad, played the final minute and scored a pair of points, making his only field goal attempt. He also picked-up one of UCSB's 12 steals. Another walk-on, forward Seth Kamphoefner, played in the exhibition game against Sonoma, but not Saturday.

• The Bob Williams File
2009-10 is Bob Williams's12th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. In 2008-09, Wiliams 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 180-146. 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 108-72 in Big West games.

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 369-246 (.600) at four-year schools.