Gauchos Renew Old Rivalries, Travel to Loyola Marymount Saturday, Host Pepperdine Wednesday
Dec. 1, 2005
Game No. 5
Saturday, December 3, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Loyola Marymount Lions
at LMU's Gersten Pavilion
Radio: KIST 1340 AM
Game No. 6
Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Pepperdine Waves
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KTMS 990 AM
The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters the week with a record of 4-4. After opening the 2005-06 season with home wins over the University of San Francisco (82-59) and the University of San Diego (67-65), the Gauchos went on the road for an extended trip to North Carolina and Arizona State. The day after Thanksgiving, UCSB lost its games at Carolina by a score of 83-66 and then three days later, on Monday night, it lost at ASU by a 73-57 count.
The Week On Tap
UCSB will renew a pair of traditional rivalries in the next week. On Saturday, the Gauchos will travel to Los Angeles, Westchester to be specific, to take on Loyola Marymount. The Lions are 1-4 on the season. Since a season-opening win at BYU, LMU has dropped games to Montana, Washington, South Alabama and Long Beach State. The Gauchos will return home on Wednesday, Dec. 7, to host Pepperdine. The Waves have opened the season with a 1-2 record, posting a win over UC Irvine and losses to Connecticut and Cal State Fullerton. They will travel to Dayton and Wisconsin before playing the Gauchos at the Thunderdome.
On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara radio games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara by Clear Channel Santa Barbara. The games are carried either on KIST 1340-AM or KTMS 990-AM. Note the schedule above for the station breakdown. KEYT-TV Sports Director Gerry Fall, not to be confused with Niagra Fall, is in his second season as the play-by-play voice of UCSB basketball. He is assisted by Color Announcer Supreme Don Ford, the former UCSB and Cleveland Cavalier superstar. Much to the horror of the entire Central Coast, UCSB Assistant Athletics Director Bill Mahoney handles the color at selected road games. Mostly when Ford is not available.
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 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. Including this season, Williams' UCSB teams have posted a 109-99 (.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 298-199 (.601) at four-year schools.
Long Trip Ends With 0-2 Record For UCSB
UCSB left for its road trip at North Carolina and Arizona State early on Wednesday, Nov. 23, the day before Thanksgiving. The Gauchos spent three nights in Chapel Hill, N.C., and three in Tempe, Ariz., before returning to Southern California on Tuesday afternoon. The trip, which totaled nearly 150 hours from alarm clock on Wednesday to baggage collection on Tuesday, ended with an 0-2 record. The Gauchos played the Tar Heels close for about 27 minutes. UCSB trailed 49-43 before a 16-2 run over a five minute span midway through the second half made the score 65-45. The Gauchos never got closer than 16 the rest of the way, eventually losing by 17, 83-66. Santa Barbara stayed in the game by making three-point shots. The Gauchos hit 10-of-24 in the game, including eight in the first half. Sophomore Alex Harris led the way with 13 points and seven rebounds against UNC. In the game at Arizona State, UCSB led by as many as six points in the first half, but the Sun Devils opened the second half with a three-point basket to snap a 29-29 tie and they never trailed again. The Gauchos struggled with their shooting all night, finishing at 35.0%, a season-low. After struggling early, ASU shot 57.7% in the second half to pull-away for a 73-57 win. UCSB was paced by senior guard Cecil Brown who had 14 points, including a season-high four three-point baskets.
Possible Starters - Notes
G - Cecil Brown - Has scored in double-figures in three straight games, 12.7 ppg over that span.
G - Josh Davis - Has had shooting troubles early in the season, missed all six shots at ASU.
G - Alex Harris - Had season-lows of six points and one rebound at ASU.
F - Chris Devine - Has had seven or more rebounds in three of four games.
F - Cameron Goettsche - Has blocked at least one shot in each of the last three games.
Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Lance Hurdle - Made first three-pointer of his career at Arizona State.
G - Derek Rasp - Missed exhibition season and first four games with back injury.
G - James Powell - Freshman guard will redshirt the 2005-06 season.
G - Joe See - Despite missing only three-point attempt at ASU, he is still 9-of-16, 60.0%.
G - Michael Chambers - After not making a three in first two games, had three in last two.
F - Chidi Ajufo - Scored a season-high seven points at Arizona State.
F - Tom Garlepp - Was perfect 4-for-4 from three-point range before going 0-for-2 at ASU.
F - Glenn Turner - Played a season-high 12 minutes in game at Arizona State.
F - Chris Moore - Ineligible until the end of the fall quarter at UCSB.
C - David Massey - At 7-foot-3 his the tallest player in program history. Will redshirt the year.
UCSB and Loyola Marymount have played 77 times in a series that dates to 1937. The last time the teams played, in December of 2001, the Lions posted a 77-70 win in Los Angeles. The Gauchos' last victory in the series came in December of 2000 in Santa Barbara by a score of 85-69. Santa Barbara and Pepperdine have played 65 times in a series that dates to 1940. The Waves hold a 35-30 advantage over the Gauchos. Last season UCSB and Pepperdine played in Malibu and the host Waves recorded a 62-56 victory. The Gauchos have won the last two games played in Santa Barbara. In December of 2003, UCSB used a three-pointer at the buzzer to post a narrow 65-62 win.
The Gauchos On The Road
The road was a scary place for UCSB in 2004-05 and the trend has continued into the 2005-06 campaign. After losing games at North Carolina and Arizona State, the Gauchos are 0-2 on the road this season. UCSB was 2-13 in true road games last season and 1-1 in neutral site games. After opening the 2004-05 regular season with an overtime win at San Diego State, UCSB rattled-off 11 straight losses away from home. The 11 consecutive road losses was the longest streak since the final two games of the 1995-96 season and the first 10 of the 1996-97 season. The Gauchos' only other road win last season came at Cal Poly. Including the first two road games this season, UCSB has lost 15 of its last 17 true road games and 13 of 14.
The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 2-0 at home this season. UCSB has won games against San Francisco and San Diego. Although Santa Barbara 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 wins over USF and USD, UCSB is 67-26 at home since Bob Williams arrived for the 1998-99 season.
With the exception of sophomore swingman Derek Rasp, UCSB is fairly healthy at the present. Rasp, who set a Gaucho freshman record in 2004-05 by shooting 40.5% from three-point range, remains sidelined indefinitely with a strained lower back. He has not played in any of UCSB's four regular season or two exhibition games and, in fact, has been out since a week before the first exhibition game on Nov. 3. Junior post player Glenn Turner missed Santa Barbara's two exhibition games and its first regular season game with a knee injury, but he has played in the last three games and is slowly approaching full strength. Last year, Gaucho players missed a total of 125 games due to a vast array of injuries.
Offense Goes AWOL On Road Trip
After averaging 74.5 points and shooting 48.5% in its first two games of the regular season, UCSB's offense had its problems in road games at North Carolina and Arizona State. In the two games over Thanksgiving weekend, the Gauchos scored a total of 123 points, 61.5 per game, and made just 45-of-118 field goal attempts, 38.1%.
Last season UCSB averaged 6.3 three-point baskets per game and shot 33.9% from beyond the arc. This season the Gauchos are off to an outstanding start from three-point range. In its loss at Arizona State on Monday, Santa Barbara made 8-of-24 shots from three-point territory, 33.3%. Through four games, the Gauchos are averaging 8.5 three-point baskets per game and they have made 43.6% of their attempts. In fact, at 43.6% UCSB is shooting better from three-point territory than overall (43.0%) and from two-point territory (42.7%). Finally, when freshman guard Lance Hurdle made a three-point basket during the second half of UCSB's game at Arizona State, he became the eighth Gaucho to make a three-point basket this season. In fact, the only players who have not made, or attempted three-point shots, are the three post players and chances are if they did launch a three, they would never return to the court.
UCSB made 65.6% of its free throws in 2004-05, the lowest figure that the program has recorded since Bob Williams became head coach. One had to figure it couldn't get any worse. One would be wrong. Through four games in 2005-06, the Gauchos are shooting just 60.8% from the free throw stripe. In fact, since opening the season by making 70.8% in a win over San Francisco, UCSB has shot under 60.0% in three straight games, going a combined 31-for-54, 56.4%. Taking things one step further, in the last two games, the Gauchos have made just 15 total free throws as compared to 18 three-pointers.
Almost Conference Games
UCSB plays so many games against West Coast Conference opponents that games against Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine almost feel like conference games. The Gauchos opened the regular season with games against San Francisco and San Diego, they play Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine this week, and on Dec. 28, they will host the University of Portland. The only three WCC teams that UCSB will not play are Gonzaga, St. Mary's and Santa Clara.
Although UCSB has seen its field goal percentage drift down in the last two games, the team is still shooting better than it did last year at 43.0%. The Gauchos have five players who are shooting 50.0% or better, including their two foreign imports, forward Tom Garlepp and post player Chidi Ajufo. Garlepp, a freshman from Perth, Australia who has played primarily at the four spot while seeing some time at the five, has made 9-of-14 shots overall, 64.3%, and 4-of-7 from three-point range. Ajufo is a sophomore who played one season at Pensacola Community College in Florida. He hails from Lagos, Nigeria, but spent much of his life in London. Ajufo has been one of the team's most pleasant offensive surprises averaging 4.3 points per game. He has made 8-of-11 shots from the field, 72.7%, and has yet to attempt a three-pointer. Combined, Garlepp and Ajufo have made 17-of-25 shots, a gaudy 68.0%.
The Harris Poll
Through four games, sophomore guard Alex Harris is UCSB's leading scorer at 11.8 points per game and its second-leading rebounder at 5.8 per game. Harris scored 13 or more points in each of the first three games of the season but struggled in Monday's game at Arizona State. Although he did make two three-point baskets at Tempe, Harris had a season-low six points and a season-low one rebound. In two games prior to the game against the Sun Devils, he had averaged 8.5 rebounds per game. After making 11-of-19 shots (57.9%) in the first two games, Harris made just 7-of-24 (29.2%) in the recent games at North Carolina and Arizona State. He is the only UCSB player to make at least one three-point basket in each of the first four games. Harris has made nine three-pointers and nine two-pointers on the year, but he is shooting a much higher percentage from beyond the three-point arc than he is from inside the arc, 47.4% to 37.5%. Finally, Harris is the only UCSB player to log a double-double this season. He had 14 points and 10 rebounds on Nov. 21 against San Diego. In fact, he is the first Gaucho guard since 2002-03 to post a double-double.
Brown's Real Return
Cecil Brown missed the entire 2004-05 regular season and despite two exhibition tune-ups, he looked somewhat rusty, or perhaps a little nervous, in the Gauchos' season-opening win over San Francisco. Against the Dons, Brown made just 2-of-10 shots, missing both of his three-point attempts, and he scored four points. Although he did equal his career-high with six rebounds, he looked somewhat tentative. In three games since the opener, Brown has started to show glimpses of what he is capable of. He is scored in double-figures in each of the last three games, averaging 12.7 points per game over that span, and he has six three-point shots. Brown has scored a season-high 14 points twice in the last three games, in a win over San Diego and a loss at Arizona State, and in the game against the Sun Devils he equaled his career-high with four three-point baskets and six rebounds. While he is shooting just 36.2% overall, he has made 15-of-37 shots in the last three games, 41.0%. Also, despite playing just 21 minutes at North Carolina, Brown tied his career-high with three steals.
Despite missing two full seasons with a variety of leg and hand injuries, sophomore forward Chris Devine has become UCSB's workhorse on the front line. Through four games, the Eagle River, Alaska native has played 104 minutes, fourth on the team but first among front court players. Devine would have played even more minutes if he had not fouled out of two of the Gauchos' four games. Despite foul trouble, he not only leads UCSB in rebounding at 6.3 per game and assists at 3.3 per game, but he is third in scoring at 9.5 points per game. Devine scored in double-figures in the first two games, but totaled just 10 points in the games at North Carolina and Arizona State. He tallied a season-high 17 points in the season-opener against San Francisco. He has also had seven or more rebounds in three of the four games this season and among players with 20 or more field goal attempts he leads the team in shooting at 53.8%.
The Ironman Looks To Iron Out Shooting Woes
Senior swingman Josh Davis led UCSB in minutes played last year and through four games this season he ranks second with 122 minutes played. Davis, the team's top returning scorer, however, is in the grips of the worst shooting slump of his Gauchos career. In the loss at Arizona State on Monday, he missed all six of his field goal attempts, including his only three-point attempt, and he scored one point. On the year, Davis is averaging 4.5 points per game and he has made just 5-of-26 shots from the floor, 19.2%. In the last three games, despite a 2-for-4 performance at North Carolina, he made just 3-of-20 shots, 15.0%. While Davis' shooting has suffered in the first four games, he is still performing well in other areas. He is second on the team in assists at 2.2 per game, second in steals with five and he is averaging 4.3 rebounds per game. In the game at ASU on Monday, Davis recorded a season-high three steals and three assists.
Although he missed his only three-point attempt in the game at Arizona State on Monday, senior guard Joe See remains UCSB's leading three-point shooter at 60.0%. See, who made 5-of-6 three-point attempts in the season-opener against San Francisco and 3-of-6 in last week's loss at North Carolina, is averaging 8.3 points per game. He was averaging 11.0 per game prior to going scoreless at ASU. In the game at North Carolina, See's three three-point baskets gave him 96 for his career, a figure that ranks ninth in UCSB history. Unless something goes haywire (I love that word), he is likely to become just the eighth player in Gaucho history to make 100 or more three-point baskets. His next target on the list is guard Erick Ashe (1998-2000) who made 99 in his career. See, incidentally, also tied his career-high with four steals at UNC.
In the words of UCSB head coach Bob Williams, the Gauchos are using a three-headed monster in the post. The three-heads are senior Cameron Goettsche, junior Glenn Turner and sophomore Chidi Ajufo. While Turner continues to battle his way back after missing three weeks, two exhibition games and the regular season opener with a knee injury, the trio is making progress. Combined, Goettsche, Turner and Ajufo is averaging 11.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots per game. They have made 18-of-27 shots from the field, 66.7%, and 9-for-18 from the free throw line, 50.0%. Perhaps the most pleasant surprise, particularly on the offensive end of the floor, has been the play of Ajufo. A native of Lagos, Nigeria, Ajufo is averaging 4.3 points per game and he has made 72.7% of his field goal attempts. In the last two games, at North Carolina and Arizona State, he averaged 6.5 points per game, including a high of seven at ASU, and he made 6-of-8 shots, 75.0%.
Garlepp Makes The Most Of His Minutes
Freshman forward Tom Garlepp is making the most of his minutes as a Gaucho. While he is playing an average of just 15.5 minutes per game, sixth on the team, the Perth, Australia native ranks fifth on the team in scoring at 7.8 points per game and third in rebounding at 4.5 per game. Garlepp has scored 31 points in four games despite attempting just 14 field goals, an average of 3.5 per appearance. He scored a career-high 16 points and had a career-high five rebounds in the season-opener against San Francisco. Garlepp also leads all UCSB regulars in field goal percentage at 64.3%.