November 17, 2010

Gauchos Play Fresno State in Thunderdome Opener Saturday


Nov. 17, 2010

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• The Schedule
Game 4
Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Fresno State
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Gametracker

Game 5
Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Portland
at Portland's Chiles Center
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com

Season, Single Game Tickets Available
Great seats still remain for the 2010-11 UCSB men's basketball season. For more information or 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.

One Donation Is Gold
A donation to the Gaucho Fund - regardless of the sport it supports - will be part of the One Donation is Gold system. This allows donors to purchase priority/premium seating and parking at UCSB games across several sports in addition to other benefits.

• 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.

• Talk'n Gauchos
UCSB Athletics' weekly radio show, Talk'n Gauchos, airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1290 KZSB. The show is broadcast live from The Beachside Café, located on Goleta Beach and it features UCSB coaches and athletes. Hosted by Gerry Fall, the voice of the Gauchos, the show also airs live online via audio streaming at NewsPress.com.

• UCSB Hosts Fresno State In 2010-11 Home Opener
UC Santa Barbara will host Fresno State on Saturday in its home opener for the 2010-11 season. The stay at home will be a short one as the Gauchos head back to Oregon to play at the University of Portland on Nov. 27.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB went 1-2 in the opening weekend of the regular season at the Basketball Traveler's Invitational in Eugene, Ore. The Gauchos won their opener, a 65-49 decision over Denver, before losing 68-60 to North Dakota State and then 72-70 to the host Ducks.

• The Last Time Out
The Gauchos lost their final game at the Basketball Traveler's Invitational and it wasn't an easy one to take. UCSB led much of the way but went scoreless over the final 2:29 and ultimately fell, 72-70, to Oregon. Joevan Catron scored the Ducks' last five points, including a lay-up with 2:10 left to give his team the lead for good. He made one of two free throws with 1.8 seconds left to complete the scoring. Juniors James Nunnally and Orlando Johnson paced the way for Santa Barbara with 28 and 24 points respectively. For Nunnally, the 28 points were a career-high. He also had a team-high seven rebounds. Catron led Oregon with 15. While Nunnally and Johnson combined for 52 points, the rest of the Gauchos totaled just 18. Freshman guard Kyle Boswell scored eight, making both of his three-point field goal tries and all three overall.

• Williams Posts 200th Win As UCSB Coach
Head coach Bob Williams recorded his 200th win in the opener against Portland. Williams, who is now 200-157 as coach of the Gauchos, became just the third coach in school history to record 200 or more victories. He joined Jerry Pimm (222-202) and Willie Wilton (205-163) in the exclusive club.

• Williams Approaches Three Other Milestones
Head coach Bob Williams, who is his 13th season at UCSB, reached one milestone in the season opener - he became the third coach in school history to hit the 200 win mark - and he is continuing to pursue three others. With 200 career wins, Williams needs six to move past Willie Wilton (205) and into second on UCSB's all-time list. He needs 11 wins to hit the 400 victory plateau for his overall career. Finally, he needs 23 victories to move past Jerry Pimm (222) and become UCSB's all-time leader in coaching wins.

• Possible Starters - Quick Fact
G - 3 - Jordan Weiner - Started two of the three games at the tournament in Oregon.
G - 20 - Will Brew - Missed the first game of his career in the finale at Oregon.
G - 33 - Orlando Johnson - Scored career-high 30 points against North Dakota State.
F - 0 - Jaimé Serna - Rounding back into shape after missing several practices with leg injury.
F - 21 - James Nunnally - Tallied career-high 28 points in loss to Oregon.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G - 10 - Kyle Boswell - Made a pair of three-pointers and had eight points at Oregon.
G - 11 - Justin Joyner - Started in game against Oregon, his first start since NIT game in 2008.
G - 24 - Christian Peterson - Played in two of three games at Oregon tourney.
F - 25 - Lucas Devenny - Had five rebounds in game against North Dakota State.
F - 32 - Jon Pastorek - Collected team-high seven rebounds vs. North Dakota State.
G - 43 - Troy Leaf - Averaging 11.3 minutes per game and has played in all three.
C - 55 - Greg Somogyi - Leads the team with eight blocked shots.

• Johnson Jumps Out To Quick Start
Junior Orlando Johnson didn't waste any time getting back to mid-season form. As a sophomore in 2009-10, Johnson led the Big West in scoring at 18.0 points per game and with 70 points in the three games at the Basketball Traveler's Invitational in Eugene he is averaging 23.3 points per game, tops in the league. The 6-foot-5 Seaside, Calif., native scored 16 points in the season opener against Denver, followed that up with a career-high 30 in a loss to North Dakota State and then 24 in the game against Oregon. In the last two games of the tournament, Johnson 20-of-40 shots overall, 50.0%, and 5-for-11 from three-point range, 45.5%. He also hit 11 out of his 13 free throw attempts, 84.6%.

• Nunnally Gets Career-High Too
Orlando Johnson wasn't the only Gaucho to have a career-best scoring effort in the tournament at Oregon. Junior James Nunnally had a career-best 28 points in the game against Oregon. Nunnally, who also led the team in scoring with 17 points in the opener against Denver, made 8-of-16 shots overall and 11-of-12 from the free throw line against the Ducks. The 28 points were three more than his previous career-high. The 6-foot-6 Stockton, Calif., native is averaging 18.7 points and a team-leading 5.0 rebounds per game. Nunnally has also drilled 19-of-20 free throw attempts, 95.0%.

• Johnson/Nunnally Go 20-20 Again
When Orlando Johnson (24) and James Nunnally (28) each scored more than 20 in the Nov. 14 loss at Oregon, it marked the sixth time that they have tallied 20 or more points in the same game.

• Brew Sits One Out
Junior Will Brew was the only UCSB player to start all 31 games last season. As a freshman in 2008-09, he played in every game and started the last 19 in a row. Brew was in the starting lineup for the first two games at last weekend's tournament in Oregon, but the point guard from Oakland was forced to miss the tourney finale against the University of Oregon, as well as the second half of Saturday's game against North Dakota State, after he was elbowed above the right eye and sustained a deep cut that required 11 stitches to close. In the opener against Denver, Brew was elbowed in the forehead and he was already sporting a huge knot when he had his right brow split open. He is expected back Saturday.

• Free At Last
There is no getting past the fact that free throws were an issue for the Gauchos in 2009-10. As a team, they hit just 68.1% for the season and only twice, including the Big West Tournament championship game against Long Beach State, did they make 80-percent or better. Through three games this year, UCSB is shooting a sparkling 83.1% from the charity stripe. having made 49-of-59. In addition, the Gauchos made 81.5% or better in all three games. They are led by James Nunnally who has drained 19-of-20, 95.0%.

• The Opponents
UCSB and Fresno State have played 98 times in a series that began in 1937. The Gauchos won the last two meetings between the schools. Last year, Santa Barbara won in Fresno by a score of 64-60. The game was part of the ESPNU BracketBusters series. The last time the teams met in Santa Barbara was on Dec. 6, 2006 and the Gauchos won that one, 70-42. UCSB and Santa Clara have played 24 times since the series started in 1964. The Broncos hold a 15-9 all-time edge and they won last year's meeting between the schools, 79-68, in Santa Barbara.

• The Gauchos At Home
UCSB went 11-2 at home in 2009-10, including a perfect 8-0 against Big West opponents. It marked the first time ever that the Gauchos were unbeaten at home in league play. Santa Barbara won eight consecutive home games to close out the season. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, they have won 13 straight home games against Big West teams.

• Away From Home
UCSB has opened the season with a 1-2 record in games away from home. The Gauchos are 0-1 in true road games and 1-1 in neutral site contests. In 2009-10, UCSB went 6-7 in true away games and 3-1 in neutral court games.

• Fresh Faces
Don't be surprised if some time soon, freshmen guards Kyle Boswell (Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison HS) and Troy Leaf (El Cajon, Calif./Foothills Christian HS) are see their roles increase significantly. Leaf played in all three games at last weekend's tournament in Oregon and Boswell played in the final two. Leaf averaged 11.3 minutes per game overall, but he played 14.5 minutes in the last two games. In Saturday's game against North Dakota State, he had four points, three rebounds, two assistrs and a steal. Boswell really had an impact in the final game against Oregon when he made all three of his field goal attempts, including two three-pointers, and finished with eight points, the third highest total on the team. He averaged 13.5 minutes in his two games.

• Stolen Moments
In the three games at the Basketball Traveler's Invitational in Eugene, UCSB had 32 steals, an average of 10.7 per game. In the season-opening win over Denver, the Gauchos had 17 steals, equaling the third highest total in school history. In the game against the Pioneers, eight different players had at least one steal, five had two or more and four - James Nunnally, Orlando Johnson, Will Brew and Justin Joyner - head three apiece. In the three games combined, Johnson had seven steals, 2.3 per game.

• TV Time
UCSB will be televised a minimum of four times and possibly as many as six in 2010-11. Gaucho home games on Dec. 28 against Long Beach State (ESPNU), Feb. 3 against Pacific (ESPNU) and Feb. 5 against UC Davis (Prime Ticket), as well as a Feb. 12 game at UC Irvine (Fox Sports West) are set in stone. Three of four Big West games scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 26 will also be selected for television and with UCSB scheduled to play at Long Beach State, it is likely that game will be on as well. Finally, the Gauchos' ESPNU BracketBusters game slated for Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Thunderdome, could be televised. If ESPN does choose the game, it could be moved to either Friday, Feb. 18 or Sunday, Feb. 20. The BracketBusters announcement is scheduled for Jan. 31.

• The Bob Williams File
2010-11 is Bob Williams's 13th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. 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 championship 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 200-158. 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 120-76 in Big West games and his .612 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'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 389-258 (.601) at four-year schools.

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