November 20, 2005

Gauchos Host San Diego at the Thunderdome Monday Night, Hope to go 2-0 for First Time Since 2001-02 Season

Nov. 20, 2005

The Schedule
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

Game No. 3
Friday, November 25, 2005 at 5:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at University of North Carolina Tar Heels
UNC's Smith Center
Radio: KIST 1340 AM

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters its Monday night encounter against the University of San Diego with a 1-0 record. The Gauchos went 2-0 during the exhibition season, but that and $3.40 will get you a double, non-fat mocha at the Java Station on Hollister Avenue. On Friday night, at the Thunderdome, UCSB posted a solid 82-59 regular season win at the Thunderdome over visiting University of San Francisco.

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 Opens Regular Season With 82-59 Win Over San Francisco
What a difference a year makes. In 2004-05, UCSB lost a 72-56 decision at the University of San Francisco two days after Thanksgiving. On Friday night, the Gauchos used a pivotal 19-2 run in the second half and then cruised to a season-opening 82-59 decision over USF at the Thunderdome. Sophomore forward Chris Devine, making his first regular season appearance as a Gaucho, had 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists and one steal to lead the way. Senior guard Joe See came off the bench to tie for team-high scoring honors with 17 points. He made 5-of-6 shots from the floor, all three-point attempts. Freshman forward Tom Garlepp, a native of Perth, Australia, had 16 points and seven rebounds in his debut and sophomore guard Alex Harris, a Big West All-Freshman Team honoree following the 2004-05 season, had 14 points, five assists and five rebounds. Harris was 4-of-5 from three-point range. UCSB won easily despite the offensive struggles of seniors Cecil Brown (2-of-10 from the field, four points) and Josh Davis (2-of-6 from the field, six points). The Gauchos shot 50.0% overall and 68.8% (11-of-16) from three-point range. The Dons, who were led by point guard Armondo Surratt (20 points) and guard Dommanic Ingerson (17 points) were limited to 33.9% shooting from the field.

Injury Update
UCSB played without a pair of regulars in its season-opening win over San Francisco. Junior forward Glenn Turner, projected as the starter at the five spot, missed the game with a subluxation of the right patella. He had started running last week and was expected to begin regular practice this weekend. It is possible that Turner will see some action on Monday night against San Diego. Sophomore swingman Derek Rasp is suffering with back pain. An x-ray and MRI proved negative, but the pain remains and Rasp is not expected to play against San Diego on Monday and he may not make the Thanksgiving weekend trip to North Carolina and Arizona State. Last season UCSB players missed 125 games because of injuries.

Possible Starters - Notes
G - Cecil Brown - Tied his career-high with six rebounds against San Francisco.
G - Josh Davis - Not much has changed as Davis led the team with 32 minutes played vs. USF.
G - Alex Harris - Set a career-high with four three-point baskets in season-opener.
F - Chris Devine - Led or tied for team-lead with 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists vs. USF.
F - Cameron Goettsche - Attempted just two shots in 21 minutes on Friday.

Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Lance Hurdle - Played five minutes in his debut and scored four points, all from FT line.
G - Derek Rasp - Missed exhibition season and season-opener with back pains.
G - James Powell - Did not play in win over USF. A likely candidate to redshirt.
G - Joe See - After shooting struggles in exhibitions, he made 5-of-6 three-pointers vs. USF.
G - Michael Chambers - Played five minutes vs. USF and did not attempt a shot.
F - Chidi Ajufo - Had two points and three rebounds in nine minutes vs. USF.
F - Tom Garlepp - Set UCSB record for points by freshman in his debut with 16.
F - Chris Moore - Ineligible until the end of the fall quarter at UCSB.
F - Glenn Turner - Was slated to return to practice Saturday and could play on Monday.
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 in 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 108-97 (.527) 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 297-197 (.601) at four-year schools.

Who Were Those Guys?
In UCSB's season-opening win over San Francisco, the Gauchos received some major contributions from players who either did not play last season or had never played for UCSB at all. Of the team's 82 points, 43 were scored by players who did not suit up last season, including 39 by players who had never suited up period. Chris Devine, Tom Garlepp, Lance Hurdle and Chidi Ajufo combined for 39 points. Senior Cecil Brown, who missed all of last year, had four points.

Garlepp Sets A Record
In last year's season opener, an overtime win at San Diego State, Alex Harris set a school record for points by a UCSB freshman in his debut with 15. On Friday night, Tom Garlepp broke the record by scoring 16 points. The native of Perth, Australia, scored 12 of his points in the decisive second half, including back-to-back three-point baskets during the rally that keyed the win. Overall, he made 5-of-7 shots from the field and both of his three-point attempts. Garlepp also tied for team-high honors with seven rebounds.

Devine Was Worth The Wait
Sophomore forward Chris Devine proved that the wait was worth it. Devine last played in a basketball game that counted as a high school senior in the spring of 2003. He missed the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons at UCSB after suffering knee and wrist injuries. Expected to be a key contributor and likely starter last season, he had knee surgery prior to the opening of practice and did not return. In Friday's season-opener against USF, Devine showed that the Gaucho coaching staff may not been full of hot air as they extolled his virtues over the past two years. The native of Eagle River, Alaska made 6-of-9 shots from the field, 5-of-7 from the free throw line and he tied Joe See with a team-high 17 points. He also tied for the team-lead in rebounds with seven and he led the Gauchos with six assists. He also had a steal in his 26 minutes.

Making Their Points
Last year, UCSB scored a season-high 80 points in the a season-opening overtime win at San Diego State. The Gauchos bettered that total by two in this year's season-opener and they did so in regulation. In addition, the 23-point winning margin was the largest margin since UCSB beat Long Beach State by 28 points on March 6, 2004. The most decisive margin of victory last year was 20 points as the Gauchos topped Cal Poly 76-56 at the Thunderdome. Finally, four UCSB players scored in double-figures against San Francisco. Last year, the Gauchos turned that trick just twice in 29 games.

The Opponents
UCSB and the University of 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. UCSB has never played the University of North Carolina.

The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 1-0 at home this season. 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. Including its season-opening win at home over USF, UCSB is 65-26 at home since Williams arrived for the 1998-99 season.

The Return Of The Three-Pointer
UCSB had its ups-and-downs from beyond the three-point line last season. In Friday night's opener the Gauchos had an up as they made 11-of-16 shots from three-point range, 68.8%. Senior guard Joe See led the way by making 5-of-6 three-point attempts. Sophomore Alex Harris was 4-of-5 and freshman forward Tom Garlepp was 2-for-2. For See and Harris it was a very good start to the regular season and, in a way, it allowed them to each get a monkey off their back. In his first three seasons as a college player, two at UCSB and one at Oregon State, See had been a notoriously slow starter. In fact, last season he began the season by making just 2-of-20 shots overall and missing his first 16 three-point attempts. A 5-of-6 season-opening performance could be a good omen. As for Harris, he started last season okay, but seemed to hit a wall with six games to go. In the final six games, Harris made just 6-of-37 shots overall and 1-of-14 from three-point territory. The performance by Harris on Friday was one of the best of his career. His four three-point baskets set a new career standard, his five assists tied a career-high and the 14 points and five rebounds rank as his fifth-most ever.

A Balanced Approach To Rebounds
One of the areas of greatest angst for the UCSB coaches last season was rebounding. The Gauchos were outrebounded on the season by an average of 4.3 rebounds per game. Santa Barbara got off on the right foot in the rebounding category on Friday night against USF. Not only did the Gauchos outrebound the Dons 41-30, but they did so with great balance as six players chipped-in with five or more rebounds. Two players had seven rebounds (Devine and Garlepp), two had six (Brown and Davis) and two had five boards (Goettsche and Harris). At no point last season did UCSB have even five players with five or more rebounds in the same game. Finally, the Gauchos received a strong rebounding effort from their starting backcourt as Brown, Davis and Harris combined for 17 rebounds.