Gauchos Travel to Arizona State Monday for Final Pre-Christmas Game

Dec. 20, 2009

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• This Week
Monday, December 21, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Arizona State Sun Devils
Wells Fargo Arena (14,198)
Radio: KIST AM 1490 in Santa Barbara
Internet Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker

• The Gauchos On The Radio
All men's basketball games are broadcast live on AM 1490 KIST and available for free online via audio streaming. Fans from all over the world can also hear the Gauchos' online by clicking here.

• Legends Of The Dome
For years, the Gauchos have been exciting crowds in the Thunderdome. Through the years, legends were made in the `Dome. Now, five former UCSB standouts are being saluted as "Legends of the Dome." The first legendary women's volleyball star, Roberta Gehlke, was unveiled Oct. 19, 2009. The first men's basketball legend will be unveiled on Jan. 23 before a 7:00 p.m. game against Cal State Fullerton. Three other legends will be introduced this year. The second men's hoops legend will be unveiled prior to UCSB's 4:00 p.m. Feb. 13 game against Long Beach State. Women's basketball legends will be honored on Feb. 11 before a 7:00 p.m. game against UC Riverside, and on Feb. 27 before a 2:00 p.m. Blue-Green Rivalry Series game against Cal Poly.

• Single Game Tickets Available For All Gaucho Games
Single game tickets for all UCSB men's basketball games are available. To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.

• Buying Tickets For Gaucho Games Is As Easy As...
The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters its game at Arizona State with a record of 4-3. In their last game on Friday night, the Gauchos dropped a 76-64 decision at Montana State. It was their third consecutive loss. UCSB also lost at home on Dec. 5 to San Diego State (69-61) and Dec. 1 to Santa Clara (79-68). The Gauchos began the season with four consecutive victories, all at home. UCSB is 1-1 on the road this season.

• The Last Time Out
On Friday night at Montana State, UCSB lost a 76-64 decision to the Bobcats. The Gauchos led by as many as seven in the first half (23-16), but then went cold on the offensive end. After making seven of its first 13 shots (53,8%), UCSB made just 16 out of 45 the rest of the way, 35.6%, to finish at 41.4% for the game. The Gauchos also had their problems from the free throw line, going 11-for-22, 50.0%. Santa Barbara was led by James Nunnally who came off of the bench to make 6-of-10 shots and score 13 points. Nunnally also had six rebounds. Orlando Johnson added 12 points, but after scoring the team's first seven he was held scoreless until the final minutes. Jaimé Serna had nine points and a season-high nine rebounds for the Gauchos.

• The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his 12th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. He enters the game against Arizona State with a Gaucho record of 183-149 (.551). Overall, Williams is in his 22nd season as a coach at four-year schools. He coached for two seasons at Menlo College (31-24) and for eight seasons at UC Davis (158-76). Overall he has posted a four-year coaching record of 372-249 (.598). Williams has guided the Gauchos to three Big West regular season titles, one Big West Tournament championship, one NCAA Tournament and two National Invitation Tournaments. He is a two-time Big West Coach of the Year and he has also been named District Coach of the Year.

• The Gauchos And Sun Devils
The Gauchos and Arizona State have played eight times since the first game of the series in 1957. The Sun Devils hold a 6-2 advantage all-time and they have won the last two games between the schools. The last time the teams met was on Nov. 28, 2005 and ASU won that game by a score of 73-57.

• Possible Starters - Notes
G - Will Brew - Has a better than 3-to-1 assist to turnover ration with 25 assists and just eight turnovers.
G - Orlando Johnson - Is the only Gaucho player to score in double-figures in all seven games.
G - James Powell - Needs just 10 points to become the 23rd UCSB player to score 1,000 in his career.
F - Jaimé Serna - Second on the team in rebounding at 5.0 per game, 6.0 per game in the last five.
F - Sam Phippen - Drilled two three-pointers on at Montana State and is now 5-for-11 on the year, 45.5%.

• Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Chris Brew - Has averaged 8.3 points per game in the last three.
G - Jordan Weiner - Was a DNP at Montana State, a first this season.
G - Paul Roemer - For the second straight game he did not play until the second half.
G - Justin Joyner - Has not scored in 54 minutes of action this season.
F - Jon Pastorek - Has played a combined 20 minutes in the last three games.
F - James Nunnally - Led the team in scoring with 13 points at Montana State.
F - Lucas Devenney - Posted career-highs of seven points and five rebounds at Montana State.
C - Greg Somogyi - Was a DNP for the first time this season in the game at Montana State.

• Not The Better Half
UCSB has scored 222 points in the first half of games this season and 287 in second halves. During their current three-game losing streak, the Gauchos have scored just 84 first half points, an average of 28.0 per game. Over that same span, they scored 109 in second halves, 36.3%.

• Offensive Woes Continue
In its first four games this year, UCSB averaged 79.0 points per game and scored 80 or more twice, including as season-high 89 on Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount. In the last three games, the offense has not been nearly as productive. The Gauchos have been below 70 points in three straight games - all losses - averaging 64.3 per game over that span. In addition, after shooting 47.1% or better three times in the first four games - including 56.0% at Loyola Marymount - UCSB has been at 43.1 or below in the losses to Santa Clara, San Diego State, and Montana State. In the last three, Santa Barbara has made just 64 out of its 160 field goal attempts, 40.0%. At Montana State on Friday, the Gauchos were actually solid in the early going, making 7-of-13 shots, but they finished by hitting 16 of their last 45, 35.6%.

• The Kids Are Alright
Through seven games, UCSB's underclassmen - the freshmen and sophomores - have been pretty produtive. As a group, they have scored 330 of the team's 509 points, 64.8%. In addition, the group of seven has 154 rebounds (61.1%), 56 assists (54.9%), and 27 steals (52.7%). Perhaps the most extreme example of the contributions by the underclassmen came on Nov. 23, when UCSB defeated San Francisco, 76-65. In that game, sophomores Orlando Johnson, James Nunnally, Jaimé Serna, Will Brew, and Greg Somogyi combined for 65 of the team's 76 points., 85.5%.

• Taking The Lead
During its four-game winning streak to open the season, UCSB trailed to just two teams, Cal State Los Angeles and Loyola Marymount. The only time the Gauchos were behind in the second half - albeit briefly - was to LMU. During their three-game losing streak, Santa Barbara has led just one team, Montana State. They have not led in the second half of any of the last three games, although they did pull to within one of San Diego State with just under 10 minutes to play.

• Powell Creeps Up A Couple Of Lists
Senior guard James Powell had nine points, all on three-point baskets, in Friday's game at Montana State. The nine points gives Powell 990 for his career and puts him within 10 points of becoming the 23rd Gaucho player to hit the 1,000-point mark. Additionally, his three three-point baskets gave him a team-high 18 on the season and 178 for his career, fifth in school history. Powell needs 13 to move into fourth (Idris Jones), 17 to move into third (Alex Harris), 19 to move into second (Carrick DeHart), and 40 to pass Mark Hull for first all-time.

• Around The Key: Notes
✔ The Gauchos three-game losing streak is their longest since they lost four in a row from Jan. 22-Feb. 5 last season.
✔ UCSB tied its season-low with 10 turnovers in the game at Montana State.
✔ The Gauchos have no blocked shots in their last two games and just one in their last four.
✔ In the last three games, Santa Barbara has made 43 out of 70 free throws, 61.4%.
✔ The 22 three-point attempts against Montana State equaled a season-high for UCSB.
✔ Prior to the two-steal total at Montana State, the Gauchos low for the year was five in a win over Weber State.
Orlando Johnson remains UCSB's leading scorer (16.0 ppg), but he has averaged just 11.0 per game in the last three. Also, Johnson has made 47.9% of his shots, but has gone 11-of-32 in the last three, 34.4%.
✔ UCSB's point guard trio of Will Brew, Justin Joyner, and Paul Roemer, has combined for 46 assists and just 17 turnovers, an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.7-to-1.0.
Jaimé Serna's nine rebounds at Montana State were a career-high.
Sam Phippen has made 14-of-27 three-point attempts over the last two seasons, 51.9%.
✔ Freshman Lucas Devenny has averaged 15.5 minutes in the last four games after averaging 10.0 in the first three.
Justin Joyner has yet to score in 54 minutes of play this season.

• Next Up...And After That...And After That...
Following a brief respite for Christmas, UCSB will return to the road. The Gauchos travel to Berkeley, Calif., to take part in the Golden Bear Classic, hosted by Cal. They will play Furman in a first round game on Dec. 28. The winner of the game between UCSB and Furman will play the winner of Cal-Utah Valley on Dec. 29. After that all-to-familiar bus ride south on the 101 on Dec. 30, the Gauchos will not play again until they open Big West Conference play on Jan. 2 at UC Irvine. They will travel to UC Riverside on Jan. 4 before returning home on Jan. 8 for an ESPNU-televised game against UC Davis. By the time the Davis game rolls around, Santa Barbara will not have played a home game in 33 days.

• 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.