Gauchos Take Perfect Record on the Road to Loyola Marymount Saturday

Nov. 27, 2009

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• The Schedule
Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Loyola Marymount
at LMU's Gersten Pavilion (4,156)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Santa Clara University
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker

• Huddle Up!
There will be a Gaucho Huddle - L.A. Style! - held prior to the UCSB-Loyola Marymount game. The cost for the Huddle and a ticket to the game is just $20. For more information click here.

• Great Seats Still Available
Men's and women's basketball season tickets are still available, giving fans an opportunity to catch the Gauchos all season long. Single game tickets are now also available.

Season tickets are only $125 for men's basketball and $100 for women's basketball (35% lower than last year). Similar to the successful men's soccer family plan, a new Family Plan season ticket is now available for both men's and women's basketball. Family plans, which include five season tickets (two adults and three youth season tickets), are $300 for men's basketball, $225 for women's basketball or get the combo plan (both men's and women's) for just $400. That's just $2.66 per game! UCSB faculty/staff will also receive 50% off pricing on all season tickets.

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• Listen To Gaucho Basketball All Season
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• The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters its game at Loyola Marymount with a 3-0 record. After opening the season on Nov. 14 with an easy 85-57 win over Cal State Los Angeles, the Gauchos had to grind out a 66-57 win on Nov. 17 against Weber State. In their last game, on Nov. 23, UCSB led from start-to-finish in beating San Francisco, 76-65. 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.

• 3-0 For The First Time Since...
You have to go all the way back to the 2006-07 season for the last time UCSB began the year with a 3-0 record. That season, the Gauchos actually went 4-0 before losing their first game. Additionally, this 3-0 start is the second in the 12-year tenure of head coach Bob Williams.

• Gauchos Move To 3-0 With Start-To-Finish Win Over San Francisco
Orlando Johnson scored a UCSB career-high 25 points and added nine rebounds, and James Nunnally had a season-high 20 points as the Gauchos led from start-to-finish in a 76-65 win over visiting San Francisco on Nov. 23. Nunnally got UCSB off to a fast start by making two three-pointers in the opening two minutes and finished with 14 of his 20 points in the first half. Johnson scored 19 of his 25 in the second half. San Francisco pulled within four points at 59-55 with 5:45 remaining in the game, but the Dons got no closer. They fouled the Gauchos repeatedly down the stretch, but Santa Barbara made 11 of its last 12 shots from the free throw line to ice the victory. Jaimé Serna had his best offensive game of the season, scoring 13 points and collecting seven rebounds. San Francisco made 47.9% of its shots, but just 2-of-11 from beyond the three-point arc, 18.2%. UCSB shot 47.1% overall and 33.3% (6-of-18) from three-point territory. The Gauchos also had a season-low 10 turnovers.

• Joyner Returns In Limited Role
Junior point guard Justin Joyner, who missed all of the 2008-09 season while recovering from wrist surgery, missed the first two regular season games of 2009-10 with a sprained ankle. Joyner improved enough to make a brief, and I do mean brief, appearance against San Francisco. He played two minutes in the game against the Dons, his first action since March of 2008. Joyner will play a progressively greater role as his ankle get closer to 100-percent and his conditioning improves. 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 just 56 turnovers.

• Gauchos Look For Better Road Fortune
The Gauchos hope to be a better road team in 2009-10 than they were in 2008-09. Last year, UCSB was 3-10 in true road games. The wins came at Utah Valley, Cal Poly, and UC Irvine. The Gauchos were also 3-1 in neutral court games in 2008-09 so overall, they posted a 6-11 record in games away from the Thunderdome.

• The Opponents
UCSB and Loyola Marymount have played 81 times dating back to 1948. The Lions have gone 46-35 all-time, but the Gauchos have won the last two. On Dec. 1, 2007, UCSB won at Loyola Marymount, 63-56, and in that game current Gaucho Orlando Johnson played 17 minutes for LMU and scored seven points. Last year, on Dec. 13, 2008, Santa Barbara won at the Thunderdome, 81-61. UCSB and Santa Clara have played 23 times in a series that goes back to 1964. The Broncos hold an all-time advantage of 14-9 over the Gauchos. The teams have not played since Dec. 29, 2001, when Santa Clara defeated UCSB in the championship game of the Cable Car Classic, 61-59. The Broncos have won the last three games in the series.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 20 Will Brew, Jr. - Had career-high six assists vs. San Francisco.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - 25 points vs. USF was one short of his LMU high.
G 42 James Powell - Needs 67 points to become 23rd Gaucho to hit 1,000 for career.
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Season-highs of 13 points and seven rebounds vs. USF.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Had a game-high 11 rebounds in win over Weber State.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1 Chris Brew - Expected to redshirt the 2009-10 season.
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Seven of his eight field goal attempts have been three-pointers.
G 4 Paul Roemer - Continues to play despite torn tendon in right middle finger.
G 11 Justin Joyner - UCSB is 42-19 in games that he plays in during his career.
F 15 Sam Phippen - Had career-high 14 points in opener vs. CSLA.
G 21 James Nunnally - Started game vs. USF and had 20 points, tying his 2nd highest ever.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Played season-low four minutes vs. San Francisco.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Made his first field goal of the season in win over San Francisco.

• Gauchos Try To Stay Ahead Of The Game
In its Nov. 14 season opener against Cal State Los Angeles, UCSB fell behind by as many as five points in the first half. When James Powell made a mid-range jumps shot with 13:58 to play, it tied the score with the Golden Eagles, 14-14. A lay-up by Lucas Devenny at 13:20 put the Gauchos up for good in that game, an 85-57 win, and they haven't been behind since. If you disregard 0-0 scores as the ball went up for the tip-off, UCSB has been ahead of its opponents for the last 113 minutes and 20 seconds. In the last two games, wins over Weber State and San Francisco, Santa Barbara had very fast starts. Against Weber State, the Gauchos jumped to a 14-0 lead and against San Francisco it was 12-4.

• Sophomoric
In its win over San Francisco, UCSB scored 76 points, winning 76-65. Of the 76 points, four were scored by senior James Powell, three by junior Jordan Weiner and two apiece by juniors Jon Pastorek and Sam Phippen. The upper-class foursome combined for 11 points. The Gauchos sophomore class, however, picked up the slack. Sophomores Orlando Johnson (25), James Nunnally (20), Jaimé Serna (13), Will Brew, Jr., (5), and Greg Somogyi (2) combined for 65 points, 85.5% of the team's total. That same group, plus freshman Lucas Devenny, totaled 22 of the Gauchos' 31 rebounds, 71.0%, and eight of 13 assists, 61.5%. Through three games, UCSB's top three scorers are sophomores Johnson (21.0 ppg), Nunnally (13.5 ppg) and Serna (8.0 ppg).

• Depth Charges
Through three games UCSB has used 14 players. Ten players have played in all three games and 11 players have played in two or more games. James Nunnally sat out the opener and Justin Joyner missed the first two games, if that were not the case, the Gauchos could easily have had 12 players play in each of the first three games.

• Gauchos Try To Stay Ahead Of The Game
In its Nov. 14 season opener against Cal State Los Angeles, UCSB fell behind by as many as five points in the first half. When James Powell made a mid-range jumps shot with 13:58 to play, it tied the score with the Golden Eagles, 14-14. A lay-up by Lucas Devenny at 13:20 put the Gauchos up for good in that game, an 85-57 win, and they haven't been behind since. If you disregard 0-0 scores as the ball went up for the tip-off, UCSB has been ahead of its opponents for the last 113 minutes and 20 seconds. In the last two games, wins over Weber State and San Francisco, Santa Barbara had very fast starts. Against Weber State, the Gauchos jumped to a 14-0 lead and against San Francisco it was 12-4.

• A Three For All? Try A Three For Few
Whether it has been outstanding perimeter defense or just lousy shooting by its opponents, UCSB's three-point field goal defense has been sterling through three games. Actually, it has probably been a little of both. In the opener, Cal State Los Angeles made 4-of-17 shots from outside the three-point arc, 23.5%. That has been the high-water mark for a Gaucho opponent this season. Weber State hit 7-of-38, 18.4%, and then San Francisco made just 2-of-11, 18.2%. In the last two games, Weber State and San Francisco combined to make 9-of-49, 18.4%. Weber State's' 31 missed three-point attempts were the most by a UCSB opponent in school history.

• Freebies
In 2008-09, UCSB averaged 20.6 free throws per game and shot 69.4% from the line. It's early, but through three games in 2009-10, the Gauchos are going to the free throw line with frightening regularity. Actually, it probably hasn't frightened anyone, but they are shooting a bunch of free throws. In its first three contests, Santa Barbara has attempted exactly 100 free throws, making 69. Let me get my calculator out. Give me a second. Hmmmm. That means the Gauchos are making 69.0% of their free throws. The number that jumps out, however, are the 33.3 free throw attempts per game. Last year, the most charity shots attempted by UCSB in a game were 35 in a win over UC Davis. This year, the Gauchos have been at or over 30 in each game and they attempted a high of 39 in the win over Weber State. In that one, they made 27, the most since they hit 32 in an overtime game at Cal State Northridge on Mar. 4, 2006.

• Taking Care Of Business...And The Ball
UCSB had 17 turnovers in the first game of the season against Cal State Los Angeles, but since then the Gauchos have been pretty sure-handed with the ball. In the games against Weber State and San Francisco, they had a total of 22 turnovers, 11.0 per game. Overall, through three games, Santa Barbara is at 13.0 turnovers per game, a drop from last year's 15.6.

• Johnson Continues His Fast Start, Sets Newcomer Standard
Orlando Johnson's fast start to the 2009-10 season continues. In the Gauchos' win over San Francisco, the sophomore transfer scored 25 points and had nine rebounds. The 25 points were one shy of his career-high of 26 set during his freshman year at Loyola Marymount when he had 26 against Wagner. Johnson is leading the Big West in scoring at 21.0 points per game and he is also among the league-leaders at 8.0 rebounds per game, tops on the team. He is shooting 60.6% from the field and was a perfect 7-for-7 in the opener against Cal State Los Angeles. Also, Johnson has led UCSB in scoring in each of his first three games, the first time a newcomer has done that in program history. Finally, the Seaside, Calif., native had 19 points and 10 rebounds on Nov. 17 against Weber State, the Gauchos' first double-double of the season.

• Second To Nunnally
Sophomore James Nunnally received his first start of the season on Nov. 23 against San Francisco and responded with 20 points, four rebounds, and two assists. He made 3-of-4 three-point attempts in the game. Nunnally, who was suspended for the opener because of "time-related issues," returned against Weber State but struggled with his shooting (1-for-6 from the field) and finished with seven points. Against San Francisco, he made 6-of-10 from the floor. For Nunnally, it was the third time in his career that he has scored 20 or more points and the three three-point baskets equaled his personal best. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, Nunnally has scored 105 points in his last seven games, an average of 15.0 per game. Finally, in each of the last two games, he made 5-of-6 free throws, totaling 10-of-12.

• Something's Brewing
Sophomore Will Brew, Jr., made just 1-of-5 shots in the win over San Francisco, but the most significant part of his stat line were his six assists and just two turnovers. Brew, who is among the top-five in the Big West in assists, had a career-high six against San Francisco. He is averaging 4.0 assists per game. In his last two games, Brew has eight assists and just two turnovers and on the season he has 12 assists and just four turnovers. In each of the three games this season, he has had a better than 2-to-1 assist to turnover ratio. Brew is also averaging 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game.

• Yes, Serna!
He wears zero on his jersey, but Jaimé Serna has been anything but for UCSB. After missing several practices with an arm injury and not playing in the exhibition game against Sonoma State, Serna has started to get back in a groove. In the opener against Cal State Los Angeles, he played just 10 minutes before fouling out, scoring two points and collecting a pair of rebounds. Against Weber State, he was in the starting lineup, played 22 minutes and had nine points and three rebounds. In the win over San Francisco, Serna played one of his best games as a Gaucho. He made 6-of-7 field goal attempts and scored 13 points, equaling the second highest total of his career. He also had seven rebounds.

• 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 371-246 (.602) at four-year schools.

• It's Not `Goodbye,' It's See You Later. REAL Later!
Following the game against Santa Clara, UCSB will be off until it hosts San Diego State on Saturday, Dec. 5 in the Thunderdome. Tip-off for the game against the Aztecs is 7:00 p.m. After that game, the Gauchos will hit the road for six games in a row, not returning home until Friday, Jan. 8 when they host UC Davis at 8:00 p.m. in an ESPN-televised game. Santa Barbara will play at Montana State on Dec. 18 and at Arizona State on Dec. 21. Following a 10-second break for Christmas, the Gauchos will head to the Bay Area to take part in the Golden Bear Classic at Cal. On Dec. 28, they will play Furman and on Dec. 29, they will play either Cal or Utah Valley. After a five-second break for New Years, UCSB opens Big West play on Jan. 2 at UC Irvine and Jan. 4 at UC Riverside.

• 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.