Unbeaten UCSB (4-0) Hosts Unbeaten San Diego State (6-0) Saturday Afternoon in the Thunderdome
Nov. 24, 2006
Game No. 5
Saturday, November 25, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. San Diego State Aztecs
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Note: Game broadcast on KIST 1340-AM, NOT KTMS 990-AM
Game No. 6
Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Loyola Marymount Lions
at UCSB's Thunderdome
On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on KTMS, 990-AM. KEYT-TV Sports Director Gerry Fall is in his third 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 games, home and road. When Ford is not available for road games, Bill Mahoney, yours truly, will handle the task. Steve Wendt, the voice of the UCSB women's basketball team, will handle the play-by-play for a handful of men's games this season.
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.
The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters Saturday's game against San Diego State with a record of 4-0. The Gauchos opened the 2006-07 season on Nov. 10 with a 75-67 home win over San Jose State and then posted road wins at Montana State (88-56), UNLV (79-76) and Pepperdine (89-80 in double overtime). UCSB posted a 2-0 record in the exhibition season. The Gauchos recorded wins over UC San Diego (62-51) and Westmont College (76-68). Dating back to last season, UCSB has won 12 of its last 15 games overall and eight of its last 10 road games.
UCSB Goes 4-0 For The First Time In A While
The Gauchos are off to a perfect 4-0 start for the first time in a while. The last time a UCSB team opened the season with a 4-0 record was in 1992-93. Fourteen years ago? Yeah, that's a while. With Jerry Pimm as the head coach, Santa Barbara recorded home wins over Cal State Northridge and Stephen F. Austin, and road wins at Pepperdine and St. Mary's. That season, the Gauchos ultimately went 6-0. The 4-0 start is also the first in nine seasons under head coach Bob Williams. Finally, the Gauchos have opened the year with a 3-0 record on the road. The last time they went 3-0 in true road games was also in 1992-93 when they won at Pepperdine, St. Mary's and Sacramento State.
San Diego State Will Arrive Without A Loss
Saturday's UCSB-San Diego State match-up will be a battle of unbeaten teams. While the Gauchos will enter the game at 4-0, the Aztecs are a perfect 6-0 on the season. San Diego State, which is on the fringe of the top-25, has posted wins over Cal, St. Mary's, Murray State, UC Riverside, Seattle Pacific and UC San Diego. The Aztecs, who are picked to win their second straight Mountain West Conference title, are led by senior guard Brandon Heath who is averaging 19.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Forward Mohamed Abukar is at 16.8 points and 6.0 rebounds while Lorrenzo Wade is scoring 11.0 per game and Kyle Spain is at 10.8 and 5.8 rebounds. As a team, San Diego State is shooting 53.5% for the season overall and 53.4% from three-point range. The Aztecs are also dominating the rebound category with a margin of +6.0.
Devine Named Big West Player Of The Week
On Monday, junior forward Chris Devine was selected Big West Player of the Week after leading the Gauchos to road victories at Montana State and UNLV. The 6-foot-8 native of Eagle River, Alaska, averaged 18.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the two games. In the win at Las Vegas, the program's first since January of 1988, Devine had 25 points. He was the second Gaucho in as many weeks to earn the Big West Player of the Week award. Junior guard Alex Harris won the honor last week.
Career Nights Lead Gauchos To Double-OT Win Over Pepperdine
Junior forward Chris Devine had a career-high 28 points and 13 rebounds, junior guard Alex Harris had a career-high 27 points and freshman guard James Powell had a career-high 18 points, to lead UCSB to an 89-80 double-overtime win at Pepperdine on Tuesday. The Gauchos trailed by as many as seven points in the first half, but fought back to take a four-point lead near the end of regulation. The Waves, however, tied the score with three seconds left on a jumper by Jason Walberg. Walberg made a three-pointer with 15 seconds left in the first overtime to send the game into a second overtime and that's when UCSB took control. Powell scored nine of the team's 17 points in the second overtime, making all five of his free throw attempts in the process. Junior forward Ivan Elliott finished the game with eight points, and he also set career-highs with 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Probable Starters - Notes
G - James Powell - Had career-high 18 at Pepperdine and has averaged 17.5 in last two games.
G - Alex Harris - First Gaucho to score 20 or more in four straight since 1997-98 season.
G - Justin Joyner - Had a high of three steals in the win over Pepperdine.
F - Chris Devine - His 28 points at Pepperdine was career-high.
F - Tom Garlepp - Set a career-high with three blocked shots at Pepperdine.
Probable Reserves - Notes
G - Paul Roemer - Pulled-down a personal best three rebounds at Pepperdine.
G - Trevor Bing - Has attempted only three-pointers through four games, going 4-of-7.
G - Ivan Elliott - Had 10 rebounds at Pepperdine after grabbing eight in first three games.
F - Emmanuel Bidias a Mouté - Had three rebounds in just four minutes at Pepperdine.
F - Beau Gibb - Is the only active Gaucho who has yet to make a field goal.
F - David Massey - Scored his first points and had his first rebound at Montana State.
F - Sam Phippen - Freshman forward will redshirt the 2006-07 season.
The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his ninth season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. Last year his team overcame a slow start to finish over the .500 mark for the fourth time in five seasons. UCSB was 15-14 overall and 6-8 in the Big West. Prior to the 2004-05 season, when an injury-ravaged Gaucho team finished below .500, Williams had guided the program to three straight winning seasons for the first time since the late 1980s. 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 trip to the postseason 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. Including this season, Williams' UCSB teams have posted a 126-111 (.532) overall record and a 79-55 (.590) 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
The Gauchos and San Diego State have played 78 times over the years. The Aztecs hold a 42-36 advantage in the series that dates back to 1937. The teams met last season on Dec. 17, 2005, at Cox Arena in San Diego, and SDSU recorded a 66-54 win. In 2004-05, the teams split a pair of games with each team winning on the other's home court. UCSB and Loyola Marymount have played 78 times in a series that dates back to 1937. The Lions hold a 45-33 edge all-time, including an easy 77-60 home win last season. The last time the Gauchos and Lions met at the Thunderdome was on Dec. 30, 2000, and UCSB posted an 85-69 victory.
The Gauchos At Home
UCSB is 1-0 at home in 2006-07. The Gauchos defeated San Jose State on Nov. 10. UCSB went 9-4 in home games during the 2005-06 season and it was a perfect 6-0 in non-conference home games last season. Since Bob Williams became head coach in 1998-99, Santa Barbara has gone 74-30 in home games overall and 30-11 in non-conference home games. Since the 2000-01 season, UCSB has gone 22-5 in non-conference games at the Thunderdome. The Gauchos went 8-4 in home games in 2004-05, but in each of the three years before that, they finished 10-2 in home games.
Brown Is Almost Ready, Turner Still Indefinite
Senior guard Cecil Brown and senior forward Glenn Turner have each missed the two exhibition games and all four regular season games. Brown, who suffered a stress fracture in his right foot before the start of practice on Oct. 13, has started running and taking part in some portions of practice. He is unlikely to return for the game against San Diego State, but Loyola Marymount is a possibility. Turner had a procedure to repair a hernia on Thursday, Nov. 9, and is not expected back for another couple of weeks. Both Brown and Turner were penciled in as starters before the injuries short-circuited those plans.
In Tuesday's win at Pepperdine, UCSB made 49.2% of its shots overall, and that included a dismal 3-of-19, 15.8%, from outside the three-point line. The Gauchos made an excellent 27-of-42, 64.3% from two-point range against the Waves. On the season, Santa Barbara has now made 116-of-232 from the field overall, exactly 50.0%. From three-point range, the Gauchos are shooting a rather pedestrian 33.3%, but from two-point range, they have made 89-of-151 attempts, 58.9%.
Gauchos Enter 2006-07 With Extreme Makeover
UCSB has opened the 2006-07 season with a vastly different roster than it finished the 2005-06 season. Gone are eight of the 13 players from last season's team. In their place are two redshirt freshmen, a transfer from a four-year school, two junior college transfers and four true freshmen. In fact, due to injuries, the Gauchos has had only three returnees play in the season's first three games. On the season, 465 of the 850 minutes logged by UCSB players thus far have been logged by newcomers, 54.7%.
25-Point Duo A Gaucho Rarity
In Tuesday's double-overtime victory over Pepperdine, two UCSB players eclipsed the 25-point mark. Junior forward Chris Devine poured in a career-high 28 points, while junior guard Alex Harris had a career-best 27. It was the first time in more than 18 years that two Gauchos had scored 25 or more points in the same game. Several duos came close during those 18 years, but none hit the mark. The last time was at Long Beach State on Feb. 25, 1988, when sophomore forward Mike Doyle scored 31 points and senior guard Brian Shaw scored 26.
UCSB blocked 12 shots in Tuesday's win at Pepperdine. Not only were the 12 blocks a season-high, it was the highest total since the Gauchos also blocked 12 in a win over Pepperdine during the 1991-92 season. The last time Santa Barbara had more than 12 blocked shots was in December of 1987 when it swatted 13 in a win over Penn. The game at Pepperdine also marked the first time on record that three different players had at least three blocked shots in the same game for the Gauchos. Chris Devine, Tom Garlepp and Ivan Elliott each had a trio of blocks against the Waves. Entering the game on Tuesday, the Gauchos had a total of seven blocks in three games.
Through its first two games in 2006-07, the Gauchos were a near-perfect 29-of-31 from the free throw line, 93.5%. Although they have a dropped-off in the last two games, they did make them when they needed them the most in wins at UNLV and Pepperdine. After making its first six at Las Vegas to improve to 35-of-37 (94.6%) on the year UCSB finished the game at 17-of-23, 73.9%. On Tuesday, the Gauchos made 26-of-33, 78.8%, including all seven attempts in the second overtime. On the year, Santa Barbara remains above the 80.0% plateau at 82.8%.
UCSB defeated Pepperdine in double-overtime on Tuesday night in Malibu. It marked the fourth consecutive overtime victory for the Gauchos, a streak that dates back to the 2003-04 season.
A Marginal Win
On Nov. 13, UCSB blasted Montana State by a score of 88-56. The 32-point margin was the Gauchos' largest margin of victory for a road game since they trounced St. Mary's 79-37 in Moraga on Dec. 19, 1992. The margin was also the largest in any game, home or road, since an 82-50 home win over Long Beach State on Jan. 26, 2002, and it equals the largest margin by a Bob Williams-coached UCSB team. The last time the Gauchos beat any team by more than 32 points was on Dec. 6, 1997, when they topped San Francisco State, 92-50, at the Thunderdome.
Seniority Means Little
UCSB has yet to play a senior in a game this season. The recently concluded run of road games at Montana State, UNLV and Pepperdine marked the first time since Bob Williams became head coach in 1998 that a Gaucho team had gone on the road without a senior in the traveling party. Santa Barbara's only two seniors, guard Cecil Brown and forward Glenn Turner, have yet to play this season. UCSB's 11-man active roster consists of four juniors, two sophomores and five freshmen.
That's The Point, You Score
Through four games, UCSB is averaging 82.7 points per game. Last year, the Gauchos had trouble scoring consistently and finished at 66.6 points per game. The last time Santa Barbara averaged better than 82.7 points per game through four games was in 1973-74 when it was scoring at a 90.5 points per game clip. That team was also 4-0. The 89 points scored by the Gauchos at Pepperdine was more than they scored in any game last season and it was the most since they tallied 89 against Long Beach State on Mar. 6, 2004. Finally, UCSB has scored 79 or more points three times in four games this season. In 2005-06, the Gauchos scored 79 or more just four times in 29 games.
These Turnovers Aren't Sweet
UCSB had a season-high 27 turnovers in the win over Pepperdine on Tuesday. The Gauchos entered the game averaging just 14.7 per game but had nearly twice that many against the Waves. UCSB is now averaging 17.7 miscues per outing.
The Harris Poll
Junior guard Alex Harris was named Big West Player of the Week after leading the Gauchos with 25 points in a season-opening win over San Jose State and he has only gotten better-and-better in the last three games. In Tuesday night's double-overtime win over Pepperdine, Harris played 48 of a possible 50 minutes and set a new career-standard with 27 points. He also tied his career-high with five assists, pulled down a season-high seven rebounds and had his first blocked shot of the season. Harris has now scored 20 or more points in four straight games, the first Gaucho to do so since Raymond Tutt ended the 1997-98 season with five consecutive games of 20 or more. Harris scored 21 in a win at Montana State and 20 more in the win at UNLV. His outputs in the season's first four games are the four highest scoring efforts of his career. He leads the Big West in scoring at 23.2 points per game. Harris has set a couple of other career-highs in the early going. He went for five three-point baskets against San Jose State, one more than his previous career-best, and he had five steals against Montana State, also one more than his previous high. Harris has, in fact, already made 12 three-point baskets after making 28 in 29 games last season. He has been on fire in all aspects of his shooting. He has made 12-of-24 from three-point range, 50.0%, 19-of-28 from two-point range , 67.9%, and he has hit 23-of-26 free throws, 88.5%. Harris made his final 14 free throws in 2005-06 and he made 19 straight to start this season, including his first five at Pepperdine, giving him 33 straight over two seasons, a new school record. The previous record of 32 in a row was set by Frank Horwath during the 1982-83 season.
The Devine File
Junior forward Chris Devine was solid in UCSB's first two games. In the Gauchos' last two games, at UNLV and Pepperdine, he was tremendous. Devine tied his career-high by scoring 25 points against the Runnin' Rebels and then on Tuesday, he set a new career-high with 28 in the double-overtime win against Pepperdine. While he is now averaging 19.7 points per game, Devine is averaging 26.5 per game in the last two. He also had a season-high 13 rebounds in on Tuesday night, a season-high. It was the fifth double-double of his career. Since Devine made 7-of-16 shots from the field in the season's first game, he has made 27-of-39 field goal attempts, 69.2%, and 26-of-35 from inside the three-point arc, 74.3%. Overall, he is now making 61.8% of his shots. In addition to achieving his career-high for points in a game this season, the Eagle River, Alaska, native had a career-high five steals on Nov. 10 against San Jose State. He also leads the Gauchos in rebounding at 8.0 per game Also, after attempting just one free throw in the first two games, Devine has taken 13 in the last two, a more natural total for a guy who led the team with 103 attempts in 2005-06. A Second Team All-Big West choice last season, Devine was selected to the league's preseason all-conference team this year and through four games he is showing why.
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oye, Oye, Oye!
Sophomore forward Tom Garlepp has started the first four regular season games and in each he has set a new career-high in at least one statistical category. In the first game against San Jose State he scored eight points, his fourth-highest total ever. Garlepp also had eight rebounds and two steals against the Spartans, both career-highs. Garlepp had nine points in the win at Montana State, a figure that is actually the third-highest of his career, but he had a team-high five assists, a career-high. At UNLV, he had just two points, but he also had three assists, one steal and a career-high two blocked shots. On Tuesday at Pepperdine, he went one better on the blocked shot career-high with three. In his four outings, the native of Perth, Australia, has made just 34.8% of his field goal attempts, but after making just 2-of-9 in the first game he has gone 6-of-14, 42.9%. Also, he ranks second on the team with 11 assists. Garlepp has just three turnovers in 103 minutes of play. Finally, after averaging just 9.3 minutes per game as a freshman, he has played an average of 25.7 per game this season. Last year, he never played more than 22 minutes in a game and this year he has not played fewer than 22.
Old Buddy, Old Powell
Freshman guard James Powell grew-up in UCSB's win at at UNLV and his growth continued in the win at Pepperdine. After scoring 17 points in the win at UNLV, including five consecutive free throws down the stretch, Powell scored a season-high 18 in the win at Pepperdine, including nine of the team's 17 points in the second overtime. He also made five straight pressure-packed free throws in that second overtime. In the last two games, Powell has averaged 17.5 points while making 12-of-21 shots overall, 57.1%, 4-of-10 from three-point territory, 40.0%, and 11-of-13 from the free throw line, 84.6%. In the win at Pepperdine, he also had season-highs of four assists and six rebounds. Powell's 18 points were the most scored by a UCSB freshman since Branduinn Fullove scored 22 in a game at Boise State on March 3, 2001. In the last three games he has teamed with fellow-freshman Justin Joyner to give UCSB its first all-freshmen starting backcourt since the 2000-01 season when Jacoby Atako and Nick Jones were starting. Powell has now scored in double-figures in three straight games.
Freshman Justin Joyner joined the starting lineup for the first time on Nov. 13 at Montana State and he does't look like he wants to leave anytime soon. While he has had some struggles with his shot, Joyner has become one of the team's best defenders and, with little question, its top playmaker. Through four games, he leads the team with 17 assists, 4.2 per game. On Tuesday night, he did struggle with Pepperdine's press, turning the ball over five times, the same total that he had in the first three games combined, but he did set a career-high with three steals. In the Nov. 17 win at UNLV, he had a career-high seven assists, more than any UCSB player had in a game last season, and the most by a freshman since Branduinn Fullove had seven against Boise State on Jan. 4, 2001. Joyner also had six assists in the Gauchos' Nov. 10 win over San Jose State. He has made just 5-of-19 shots overall and he has missed all 12 of his three-point attempts. On the bright side, when he drives inside the three-point stripe, he has gone 5-of-7, 71.4%.
Ivan The Pretty Good
Junior forward Ivan Elliott did what he does best in UCSB's win over Pepperdine. In a career-high 33 minutes, he scored eight points, his second-highest total of the season, but he also had personal-bests of 10 rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots. Elliott entered the game against the Waves with just eight total rebounds, two blocked shots and no steals. On Nov. 13 at Montana State, Elliott played 17 minutes, made 5-of-6 field goal attempts, 4-of-4 free throws, and scored a personal-best 14 points.
On The Horizon
Following its Nov. 29 game against Loyola Marymount, UCSB will head out on the road again. The Gauchos play at the University of Portland on Saturday, Dec. 2, before playing one last home game before the start of final exams. Santa Barbara hosts Fresno State on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7:00 p.m.