November 23, 2010

Gauchos Head North Again, Play at Portland on Saturday

Nov. 23, 2010

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• The Schedule
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
Live video available by clicking here

Game 6
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Loyola Marymount

at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Gametracker

• Tickets Available
To purchase tickets to any Gaucho home game, 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.

• It's Never Been Easier To Purchase Tickets
The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the Ticket Office, are also available during weekday hours, which are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Follow UCSB Athletics, Gaucho Basketball On Twitter
Don't forget, fans can follow UCSB Athletics on twitter by going to twitter.com/UCSBgauchos and the men's basketball program at twitter.com/UCSBbasketball.

• UCSB Heads To Oregon...Again
UC Santa Barbara, which opened the regular season at the Basketball Traveler's Invitational in Eugene, Ore., continues to blaze its own Oregon Trail as it heads north again this weekend to play at the University of Portland. The game against the Pilots will begin a run of three straight against West Coast Conference opponents. On Dec. 1, the Gauchos will host Loyola Marymount and on Dec. 4 they travel to Santa Clara. All three games are scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its game at Portland with a 2-2 record. After opening the season with a 1-2 record at the Basketball Traveler's Invitational in Eugene, Ore., the Gauchos won their home opener on Saturday against Fresno State, 69-54.

• The Opponents
UCSB and Portland have played nine games in their series. The Gauchos hold a 5-4 all-time edge on the Pilots and have won the last two. The last time the teams played was on Dec. 2, 2006 when Santa Barbara won in Portland, 75-67. The Gauchos and Loyola Marymount have played 82 times in a series that dates back to 1937. The Lions have a 46-36 all-time edge on UCSB. The Gauchos won the last game between the schools, 89-84 on Nov. 28, 2009.

• 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.

• The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 1-0 at home this season. 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.

• Johnson Named Big West Co-Player of the Week
Junior guard Orlando Johnson was named Big West co-Player of the Week after his career-best performance led the Gauchos to the win over Fresno State. Johnson recorded career-highs of 35 points and 11 rebounds in the win over the Bulldogs. In addition, he had three assists and a steal. Johnson made 13-of-19 shots overall and 4-of-5 from three-point range. It was the fourth time that he has been honored as Big West Player of the Week. Pacific's Sam Willard shared the award with Johnson.

• The Last Time Out
Orlando Johnson scored a career-high 35 points and had a career-high 11 rebounds as UCSB eased past Fresno State on Saturday, 69-54. The Gauchos jumped out to a 13-0 lead and never looked back. The Bulldogs closed to within four on two occasions in the second half but could never get closer. Leading 37-33 with 16:12 to play, Santa Barbara went on a 15-2 run to extend the advantage to 52-35 with 10:08 left and the lead never dropped below eight the rest of the way. James Nunnally added 12 points and six rebounds for UCSB. As a team, the Gauchos made a season-best 50.9% of their shots while limiting Fresno State to 40.0% overall and 22.2% (4-of-18) from three-point range. The Bulldogs were paced by Greg Smith who made 7-of-8 shots from the field and had 15 points. He also grabbed eight rebounds.

• Williams Posts 200th Win As UCSB Coach
Head coach Bob Williams recorded his 200th win in the opener against Denver. Williams, who is now 201-157 at UCSB, 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.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 20 Will Brew - Has had three steals in two of the three games in which he has played.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Had career-highs of 35 points and 11 boards vs. Fresno State.
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Had seven points and two rebounds in just 11 minutes vs. Fresno State.
F 21 James Nunnally - Tallied career-high 28 points in Nov. 14 game at Oregon.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Season-highs in minutes (26), points (6), assists (2) and steals (2) vs. FSU.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Has made at least one three-pointer in three of four games.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Made a pair of three-pointers and had eight points on Nov. 14 at Oregon.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Third on the team in minutes played at 21.5 per game.
G 24 Christian Peterson - Has played in three of the four games.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Logged a season-high 16 minutes in win over Fresno State.
G 43 Troy Leaf - Has played 11 minutes or more in each of the last three games.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Averaged 4.5 rebounds in the last two games.

• Johnson Piles-Up Career-Highs
Orlando Johnson scored a career-high 35 points in UCSB's win over Fresno State. It was the second time over a three-game span that he had notched a new career-high in points. On Nov. 13, in a loss to North Dakota State, Johnson scored 30 points. Entering the year, his career-high was 28. In addition to setting a new career-standard for points, Johnson also grabbed 11 rebounds against the Bulldogs, a career-best. It was the third double-double of his Gaucho career, the second with points and rebounds.

• Johnson's 35 Points Were The Most In A While
Orlando Johnson's 35-point game against Fresno State on Saturday night was the best offensive performance by a UCSB player in a while. The last time a Gaucho scored 35 or more points was on Feb. 22, 2007 when Alex Harris tallied 35 in a game at Cal State Fullerton.

• One More On Johnson
I probably should have put all of these into one paragraph, but I didn't, so bare with me. Not only did Orlando Johnson set a new personal standard with 35 points in the win over Fresno State, he increased his scoring average to 26.3 points per game. Granted it's early in the year, but Johnson's average ranks third in the nation. Since scoring 16 points in the season opening game against Denver, Johnson has scored 89 points over a three-game span, an average of 29.7 points per game.

• Alright, One More Orlando Note
If you include the 383 points that he scored as a freshman at Loyola Marymount, Orlando Johnson has now scored 1,028 as a collegiate player. The 35 points he scored on Saturday put him over the top. He had 540 as a sophomore at UCSB in 2009-10 and he has 105 through four games this season.

• Nunnally Continues To Double-Up As Well
Despite going down with an ankle sprain early in the game against Fresno State, junior James Nunnally returned to play 25 minutes and score 12 points. Nunnally, who also had six rebounds against the Bulldogs, has scored in double-figures in all four games this season and is averaging 17.0 points per game, second on the team. On Nov. 14 at Oregon he scored a career-high 28 points. Nunnally is also second on the Gauchos in rebounding at 5.3 per game and he has averaged 6.5 in the last two games.

• Counter Balance
The good news is that UCSB has two players averaging 17 or more points per game. The bad news is that nobody else is averaging more than 5.8 points per game. Jaimé Serna, at 5.8 points per game, is third on the team. He scored 12 points in the season opener but has scored just 11 in the last three games, 3.7 per game. Serna's 12-point effort in the opener against Denver in the opener makes him the only Gaucho player, outside of Johnson and Nunnally, to score in double-figures this season. The only other players even close have been Kyle Boswell and Jordan Weiner who have each had eight-point games.

• Like A Steal Trap
Outside of Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally, UCSB has yet to set the world on fire with its offensive assault this season. That being said, the Gauchos have been very good on the defensive end of the court. Through four games, Santa Barbara has produced 45 steals, an average of 11.3 per game. In a season-opening win over Denver, UCSB had 17 steals, tied for the third most in school history. In Saturday's win over Fresno State, the Gauchos produced 13 more. They have had nine or more in three of the four games this season. Santa Barbara is led by Will Brew who has seven steals in his three games. Orlando Johnson has seven in four games. In all, the Gauchos have 11 players with at least one steal and nine with two or more.

• 30 Rocks
UCSB has scored 30 or more points in seven of the eight halves played this season. The lone exception was the first half in a Nov. 13 loss to North Dakota State when the Gauchos scored just 24 points. Their high of 37 points came in the first half of their Nov. 14 game at Oregon. Santa Barbara's opponents have scored 30 or more points six times in a half with a high of 38 coming in the second half at Oregon.

• 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 201 career wins, Williams needs five to move past Willie Wilton (205) and into second on UCSB's all-time list. He needs 10 wins to hit the 400 victory plateau for his overall career. Finally, he needs 22 victories to move past Jerry Pimm (222) and become UCSB's all-time leader in coaching wins.

• 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 201-158. 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 390-258 (.602) at four-year schools.

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