Gauchos Host Cal Baptist in Final Pre-Christmas Game, Long Beach State is Next

Dec. 20, 2010

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Game 10
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal Baptist

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

Game 10
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Long Beach State

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

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• Gaucho Update
UC Santa Barbara enters its game against Cal Baptist with an overall record of 5-4. The Gauchos had a three-game winning streak snapped on Saturday, Dec. 18 when they dropped a 90-64 decision at 7th-ranked San Diego State. In its previous game on Dec. 15, UCSB won at No. 22 UNLV, 68-62.

• UCSB Returns Home After Successful Road Trip
While it wasn't actually a three-game road trip - UCSB did have 10 days off between the first and second games - the Gauchos' recent run of road games was a success. After defeating Loyola Marymount 77-67 in their last home game on Dec. 1, they went on the road for a Dec. 4 win at Santa Clara and then a Dec. 15 victory at No. 22 UNLV. While the trip ended with a loss at San Diego State on Saturday, the Gauchos can take solace in the fact that the Aztecs are now ranked seventh in the nation. The wins at UNLV and Santa Clara were UCSB's first two true road wins of the season.

• Win Over Ranked Rebels Was The First In A While
UCSB's win at UNLV on Dec. 15 was the program's first victory over a ranked opponent since January of 1993. The victory over the Rebels was also the first road win over a ranked team since early-January of 1988 when the Gauchos defeated, you guessed it, UNLV.

• Strained Groin Leaves Serna Questionable
Junior forward Jaimé Serna is questionable for Tuesday's game against Cal Baptist with a strained groin. Because of the injury, Serna was limited to 12 minutes in Saturday's game at San Diego State, barely playing in the second half. Despite playing just 12 minutes, he did score 10 points against the Aztecs.

• Nunnally Named Big West Player Of The Week
Junior James Nunnally was named Big West Player of the Week for the second time this season after leading UCSB to a win at 22nd-ranked UNLV last week. Nunnally scored a game-high 23 points and had seven rebounds in the win over the Rebels. He made 7-of-12 shots overall, 3-of-6 from three-point range and all six of his free throws. Nunnally made the six free throws in the second half with four coming in the waning seconds. On Saturday at San Diego State, he had 15 points and three rebounds.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Has attempted just four shots in his last 41 minutes of action.
G 20 Will Brew - Has totaled just 37 minutes in the last two games.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Has scored 10 or more points in 39 straight games, a school record.
F 21 James Nunnally - Named Big West Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Tied his career-high with eight rebounds at San Diego State.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Has averaged 11.0 points and made 14-of-21 shots in the last three games but strained groin may sideline him.
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Made at least one three-point basket in six of the nine games.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Went 3-for-3 from three-point range in the games at UNLV and San Diego State.
G 24 Christian Peterson - Has not played since Nov. 20 game against Fresno State.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Scored two points at San Diego State, his first points since Nov. 20 vs. Fresno State.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Produced at least one steal in five of the last six games.
G 43 TroyLeaf - Scored season-best five points and made a three-pointer in game at San Diego State.

• The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his 13th season as head coach at UCSB. He enters the game against Cal Baptist with a Gaucho record of 204-160 (.561). Williams is in his 23rd season as a coach at four-year schools. He coached two seasons at Menlo College (31-24) and eight seasons at UC Davis (158-76). Overall, he has posted a record of 393-260 (.600). Williams has guided the Gauchos to four Big West regular season titles, two Big West Tournament championships, two NCAA Tournaments and two National Invitation Tournaments. He is a three-time Big West Coach of the Year and he has also been named District Coach of the Year. Williams was named Big West Coach of the Year in 2010 after guiding the Gauchos to the Big West's regular season and tournament titles.

• The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 2-0 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 Santa Barbara went unbeaten at home in league play. The Gauchos have won 11 consecutive home games and, dating back to the 2008-09 season, they have won 19 of their last 21 Thunderdome appearances.

• As Long As They're Free, We'll Take A Bunch
UCSB has been outstanding at the free throw line in 2010-11. There is no getting past the fact that free throws were an issue for the Gauchos in 2009-10. As a team, they hit just 68.1% for the season and on just two occasions they made 80.0% or better in a game. Fortunately for last year's Gauchos, one of the two times they made 80-percent or better was in the Big West Tournament championship game against Long Beach State. Through nine games this year, UCSB is shooting a sparkling 81.0% from the charity stripe. In addition, the Gauchos have made 80.0% or better in seven of the nine games and only once have they been below 78.1%. In fact, Santa Barbara not only leads the Big West in free throw percentage but, as of Monday, ranked third out of 336 schools on a national level. James Nunnally has been the Gauchos' best free throw shooter this season. He has made 55-of-60, 91.7%.

• Nunnally/Johnson Rank 1-2 And 19-35
With his recent surge in scoring, James Nunnally has taken over the team and Big West lead in scoring from teammate Orlando Johnson. Nunnally has scored 191 points in his nine games, 21.2 per game. Johnson has 177 points and is averaging 19.7 points per game. Not only does the dynamic duo rank 1-2 in the Big West Conference in scoring, they also rank among the nation's top-35. Nunnally began the week as the 19th leading scorer in the country while Johnson is 35th.

• Johnson's Double-Figure Streak Continues
Orlando Johnson has scored in double-figures 39 times in 39 games as a Gaucho. It is the longest streak of consecutive double-figure scoring in school history. Last year, Johnson became just the second UCSB player on record to score in double-figures in every game over an entire season. Previously, only Raymond Tutt (1996-97) had done so.

• Thirtysomethings
On Nov. 20, Orlando Johnson scored 35 points in a home win over Fresno State. James Nunnally scored 34 points in UCSB's Dec. 4 win at Santa Clara and when he did so, it marked the first time since the 2001-02 season that two Gauchos have scored 30 or more points in a game in the same season. In 2001-02, Adama Ndiaye had a 31-point game in a win an Cal Poly and Mark Hull poured in 32 in UCSB's NCAA Tournament game against Arizona.

• Serna Becomes The Third Wheel
Being the third wheel on a date isn't a good thing. Being the third wheel in UCSB's offensive attack isn't a bad thing at all. Junior forward Jaimé Serna has become the Gauchos third option. After scoring 12 points in the season-opener against Denver, Serna averaged just 5.4 per game over the next five games. In the last three games, he has turned things around. Serna scored 10 in just 12 minutes at San Diego State on Saturday. It marked the third straight game in which he has scored in double-figures. In the last three games, Serna has averaged 11.0 points while making 14-of-21 shots from the field, 66.7%. Overall, despite an 0-for-7 performance in the second game of the season, Serna is shooting a team-leading 55.8%. In the last seven games he has made 26-of-40 field goal attempts, 65.0%. Finally, in a Dec. 4 win at Santa Clara, he became the first Gaucho without the last name Johnson or Nunnally to post a double-double as he had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

• Nunnally Continues To Fly High
As mentioned earlier, James Nunnally has emerged as UCSB's leading scorer at 21.2 points per game, but he has been even better in the last five games. Nunnally has scored 20 or more points five times this season, including four times in the last five games. In the five-game span, he has scored 123 points, 24.6 points per game, while making 37-of-63 (58.7%) field goal attempts overall, 15-of-28 (53.6%) from three-point range and 34-of-36 (94.4%) from the free throw line. Also, during the five games, he set a new career-high for points twice, including most recently at Santa Clara when he had 34 points. In addition, Nunnally had a double-double on Nov. 27 at Portland when he had 22 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Finally, barring injury, he stands to become the 24th UCSB player to exceed the 1,000 point mark. He enters the game against Cal Baptist with 861 career points.

• Johnson Looks To Rebound
Orlando Johnson is averaging 19.7 points per game, second on the team, and he leads the Gauchos in rebounds at 6.8 per game. In the Dec. 15 win at nationally-ranked UNLV, Johnson had his second double-double of the season when he went for 12 points and 15 rebounds. The 15 rebounds were a career-high and he had 10 of them in the pivotal second half. Since averaging 4.7 rebounds through the first three games this season, Johnson has averaged 7.8 per game. In addition to assuming the team-lead in rebounds, he is also leading the way in assists. Johnson's 25 assists (2.8 per game) are nine more than he next closest Gaucho. On Saturday at San Diego State, he had a season-high six assists and he has had three or more in six straight games, averaging 3.7 over that span. Finally, while his field goal percentage is 47.0% for the season, the Seaside, Calif., native has struggled with his shooting in the last three games as he has made 14-of-41 overall, 34.2%, and 3-for-12 from three-point range, 25.0%.

• Somogyi On The Block
Junior Greg Somogyi continues to lead the Big West in blocked shots. He enters the game against Cal Baptist with 18 on the year and has had at least one in seven of nine games and two or more six times. He had a season-high five on Nov. 27 at Portland and now has 93, fifth in school history. In addition, Somogyi had eight rebounds in the game at San Diego State, tying his career-high. He also equaled his season-high with seven points.

• Random Notes
San Diego State shot 56.1% from the field against the Gauchos, the highest by an opponent this season...The Aztecs also became the second team to make 12-of-24 shots from three-point range against UCSB, joining Portland...After scoring three points in his first five games this season, a span of 86 minutes, Justin Joyner made three three-point baskets and scored 11 points in the last two games, a total of 43 minutes...Joyner had missed the previous two games with a bruised hip...Santa Barbara outrebounded SDSU on Saturday. It was just the second time this season that the Gauchos have outrebounded their opponent...While UCSB is shooting 81.0% from the free throw line on the season, they have made 73-of-86 in the last five games, 84.9%...The Gauchos had a season-low two steals at SDSU...UCSB has made at least five three-point baskets in all nine games this season.

• On The Horizon
UCSB will remain at home for two more games following Tuesday night's game against Cal Baptist. The Gauchos will open Big West play on Tuesday, Dec. 28 when it hosts Long Beach State in a game that is scheduled to tip-off at 8:00 p.m. The Gaucho-49er battle will be televised on ESPNU. Santa Barbara will remain at home to host Fresno Pacific on Saturday, Dec. 31. The New Year's Eve special is scheduled for 2:00 p.m., easily allowing attendees the opportunity to proceed with their festivities.