Gauchos Look for Breakthrough on the Road, Play at Fresno State Friday Night

Gauchos Look for Breakthrough on the Road, Play at Fresno State Friday Night

Dec. 22, 2005

The Schedule
Game No. 9
Friday, December 23, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Fresno State Bulldogs
at FSU's Save Mart Center
Radio: KTMS 990 AM

Game No. 10
Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. the University of Portland Pilots
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KTMS 990 AM

Jan. 4 Game At Cal State Fullerton Moved To 2:00 P.M.
UCSB's game at Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday, Jan. 4, originally scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off, has been moved to 2:00 p.m. in an agreement between the two programs. The move is being made to allow fans the opportunity to attend the basketball game and, if their heart desires, watch The Simpsons that night. Just kidding. The move was made because of the college football National Championship game being played that night between USC and Texas at the Rose Bowl.

The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters its game at Fresno State with a record of 4-4. On Tuesday night, UCSB struggled to a 67-66 home victory over Sonoma State, an NCAA Division II opponent. After opening the regular season with consecutive home wins over San Francisco and San Diego, UCSB dropped three straight games. Since the three-game losing streak the Gauchos have won two of three. With four non-conference wins to its credit this season, UCSB has won one more non-league game than it did during the 2004-05 season.

Brown Saves Gauchos In 67-66 Win Over Sonoma State
Senior guard Cecil Brown saved the Gauchos on Tuesday night. In fact, he saved them twice as UCSB recorded a narrow 67-66 win over visiting Sonoma State. With 51 seconds remaining and the Gauchos trailing visiting the Seawolves 64-61, Brown curled off a screen on an inbounds play following a timeout and made a 22-foot three-pointer from the left side to tie the score. That was act one. After UCSB forced a Sonoma turnover with 26 seconds to go, head coach Bob Williams called another timeout. The Gauchos got the ball into guard Alex Harris baseline backcourt. Harris drove up the court, but with 10 seconds remaining he slipped on a wet spot and lost control of the ball. Sonoma State guard Vincent Inglima, who was defending Harris, picked up the loose ball and raced in for a tie-breaking lay-up with 5.8 seconds left. Following another timeout, UCSB rushed the ball into the frontcourt. Harris drove into the key but the ball was knocked out of bounds by the Seawolves with 1.8 seconds remaining. On the next inbounds pass the ball was again knocked out of bounds with 1.3 seconds to go. At that point, it was time for act two. Brown worked free deep in the right corner and immediately launched a long three-pointer that drew nothing but net as the buzzer sounded to give UCSB a 67-66 win. He finished with 18 points for the game. The Gauchos were led by senior forward Cameron Goettsche who had a career-high 21 points.

Davis Remains Sidelined, Turner Should Return
Senior Josh Davis and junior Glenn Turner were both injured in Saturday's loss at San Diego State. Early in the second half of the game, Davis went down with a severely sprained left ankle and he did not return. Midway through the second half, Turner twisted his right knee, the same knee that sidelined him for much of the preseason, two exhibition games and the season-opener. Davis and Turner each missed Tuesday's game against Sonoma State and Davis will also miss Friday's contest at Fresno State. Turner is expected to be available for the game against the Bulldogs.

Possible Starters - Notes
G - Cecil Brown - Has scored 10 or more in seven straight games, averaging 15.1 over that span
G - Alex Harris - Has had season-high five assists three times, including each of last two games.
G - Derek Rasp - Made his first start of the season in win over Sonoma State.
F - Chris Devine - Had 14 points vs. Sonoma State, his highest total since 17 in opener vs. USF.
F - Cameron Goettsche - Scored a career-high 21 points in win over Sonoma State.

Possible Reserves - Notes
G - Lance Hurdle - Has played in seven of eight games this season.
G - James Powell - Freshman guard will redshirt the 2005-06 season.
G - Joe See - Made one three-pointer vs. Sonoma State, his first three in five games.
G - Michael Chambers - Played three minutes vs. Sonoma State, his first action in three games.
G - Josh Davis - Severely sprained left ankle has him sidelined indefinitely.
F - Chidi Ajufo - Has not played in either of the last two games.
F - Tom Garlepp - Has attempted just 20 shots in 108 minutes this season.
F - Glenn Turner - Injured right knee in second half at SDSU and is doubtful for this week.
F - Chris Moore - Has played in last two games after missing the first six.
C - David Massey - At 7-foot-3 his the tallest player in program history. Will redshirt the year.

Williams Gets 300th Career Win
Bob Williams' 300th career win wasn't pretty, but at least it was. Get it? The Gauchos' eighth-year head coach posted the 300th win of his career on Tuesday, Dec. 20, when UCSB narrowly topped visiting Sonoma State, 67-66. Last season, Williams posted his 100th career win as head coach of the Gauchos. In all, he has won 111 games since arriving at UCSB for the 1998-99 season.

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 111-101 (.523) 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 300-201 (.599) at four-year schools.

The Opponents
UCSB and Fresno State will renew their long-standing, yet long-untouched, rivalry. UCSB has played the Bulldogs 95 times in a series that dates back to 1937. It has been a while since Santa Barbara and Fresno have met, however. The teams have not played since FSU departed the Big West for the Western Athletic Conference following the 1991-92 school year. The last time UCSB and FSU played was on Feb. 13, 1992, when the Gauchos posted a 77-61 win. UCSB beat Fresno twice that season and have actually won seven of the last ten meetings in the series. The Gauchos and Portland have played seven times in a series that dates back to 1975. The Pilots have won the last two games between the schools, including a 78-73 home win in 1998-99, Bob Williams first year at UCSB.

A Tale Of Two Cities
Actually for UCSB it has been a tale of five cities, Santa Barbara and the five places that the Gauchos have played on the road. UCSB has gone unbeaten at home and winless on the road and the numbers are as you might expect. The Gauchos have been significantly better in virtually every important category at the Thunderdome as opposed to the various road venues. If you look just to the right of this paragraph, and that won't take much effort, you will notice a chart with a statistical breakdown of UCSB's games at home as opposed to the road games.

Home vs. Road

Category     Home    Road
PPG          70.2    59.2
Opp. PPG     61.5    74.8
Margin       +8.7    -15.6
Reb. Margin  +3.0    -9.0
FG%          46.3%   38.6%
3-FG%        37.7%   31.7%
Opp. FG%     38.3%   46.8%
FT%          66.0%   55.6%
APG          14.7    11.0
TO Avg.      11.7    17.5	

Double The Pleasure
Senior forward Cameron Goettsche scored 21 points in Tuesday's win over Sonoma State. Goettsche became the ninth different Gaucho player to score in double-figures through eight games this season. Guard Cecil Brown has scored 10 or more points in seven games. Forward Chris Devine and guard Alex Harris have each scored 10 or more four times. Five different Gauchos have either led or tied for the team-lead in scoring.

Starter's Burden
In last Saturday's game at San Diego State, UCSB's reserves scored 23 of the team's 54 points, 42.6%. On Tuesday, the Gaucho reserves were not nearly as productive. Granted Derek Rasp, one of the key reserves Saturday, became a starter because of an injury to Josh Davis, and another, Glenn Turner, was out with a knee injury, but either way, the UCSB reserves scored just six of the team's 67 points, 9.0%.

The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 4-0 at home this season. UCSB has won games against Sonoma State, Pepperdine, 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 Pepperdine, USF and USD, UCSB is 69-26 at home since Bob Williams arrived for the 1998-99 season.

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. With losses at North Carolina, Arizona State, San Diego State and Loyola Marymount, the Gauchos are 0-4 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 three road games this season and the final road game of the 2003-04 season, UCSB has lost 18 of its last 20 and 16 of its last 17 true road games.

Shooting Uptick
In the second half of last Saturday's loss at San Diego State, UCSB 14-of-27 shots, 51.9%. On Tuesday night, the Gauchos made 23-of-50 overall, a decent 46.0%. In the last three halves, UCSB has made 37-of-77 shots, 48.1%, a major improvement over the 42.3% that the Gauchos shoot as a team.

Close Calls Go To UCSB
UCSB has four wins this season. The first win was an 82-59 blowout of San Francisco, but the three since have not been as comfortable. In their second win of the year, the Gauchos held-off the University of San Diego 67-65. On Dec. 7, UCSB topped Pepperdine 65-56 and on Tuesday night, the Gauchos edged Sonoma State, 67-66. After winning its season-opener by 23, UCSB has put together three wins by a combined total of 12 points, an average of 4.0 points per game. The Gaucho losses have not been as close. Santa Barbara has lost its four games by a total of 62 points, 15.5 points per defeat.

Help, Cecil! Help!
Senior guard Cecil Brown has seized control of UCSB's scoring lead at 13.8 points per game. On Tuesday night, he scored 18 points, the second-highest total of his career. He scored six of the points on a pair of clutch three-pointer in the final 51 seconds. The first of the three-pointers tied the game with Sonoma State at 64-64. The second three-pointer came at the buzzer and gave the Gauchos a 67-66 win. Brown scored a career-high 28 points in a Dec. 7 win over Pepperdine, making 11-of-17 shots overall and 3-of-6 from three-point range. In seven games since opening the season by scoring four points and making just 2-of-10 shots in a win over San Francisco, Brown has averaged 15.1 points per game and made 41-of-91 shots, 45.1%. He has also made at least one three-pointer in each of the last seven games, going 13-of-36 over that span, 36.1%. Brown enters the week averaging 4.1 rebounds per game and he has had four or more six times in eight games, including each of the last three. Brown, who played a season-high 36 minutes on Tuesday against Sonoma, had a season-high six rebounds twice this season, once each against USF and at Arizona State. He has had a season-high three assists three times, including last Saturday at SDSU.

The Harris Poll
Sophomore guard Alex Harris is struggling with his shooting, but he has become the team's best playmaker. Harris has taken-over the team-lead in assists with 21, an average of 2.6 per game. On three occasions this season he has tied his career-high with five assists, including each of the last two games. In addition to his five assists on Tuesday against Sonoma State, Harris tied his career-high with four steals and he had four rebounds. It marked the sixth time in eight games that he has had at least four rebounds in a game and he is now averaging 5.0 per game. On Nov. 21 in a win over San Diego, Harris became the first UCSB guard since the 2002-03 season to log a double-double when he had 14 points and 10 rebounds. While much of his game is picking-up, Harris' shooting has fallen off. He started the season by making 11-of-19 shots, 57.9%, in the first two games, but he has had his problems since then. In the last six games Harris has made just 16-of-58 shots, 27.6%. Also, since making 5-of-8 from three-point territory in the first two games, he has hit just 6-of-27, 22.2%. While he is averaging 9.6 points per game and has scored in double-figures four times overall, he is averaging 7.2 per game and has scored in double-figures just once in the last five games. Harris scored a season-low one point against Sonoma State.

Devine Is Fine
After suffering through his worst offensive game of the season in a loss at San Diego State, sophomore forward Chris Devine bounced back with a solid offensive performance against Sonoma State. Devine played a career-high 33 minutes, made 5-of-6 shots, all four of his free throw attempts and scored 14 points. It was his highest point total since scoring 17 in the first game of the season. Devine is now averaging 9.1 points per game and he is leading the team's regulars in field goal percentage at 56.9%. In four home games this season, Devine is averaging 12.0 points per game and making 64.3% of his field goal attempts. In four road games, he is averaging 6.3 points and shooting 47.3%. He also leads UCSB in rebounding at 6.3 per game. He had a season-high nine on Nov. 21 against San Diego, but he has had five or more in seven of eight games and seven or more five times. Finally, Devine's total of six assists in the opener against USF are the most assists that a Gaucho has had this season.

Cam I Am
The fact that senior forward Cameron Goettsche scored a career-high 21 points in Tuesday's win over Sonoma State was nearly forgotten after Cecil Brown's late-game heroics. But while it was Brown who hit the two shots in the final minute, it was Goettsche who kept the Gauchos within shouting distance for most of the game. Goettsche continued his recent offensive emergence with a career-best 21-point performance. He made 7-of-9 shots from the field and 7-of-10 from the free throw line. While he is averaging 7.9 points per game, Goettsche has scored nine or more in each of the last three games. In the last two games, he has averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots. Also, in the last two games, Goettsche has made 11-of-17 shots from the field, 64.7%. Finally, after averaging 23.4 minutes per game in the first five games, he has averaged 27.5 per game in the last two. On Tuesday, he played a season-high 28 minutes.

Grasping A Starting Position
Sophomore swingman Derek Rasp returned in the nick of time for the Gauchos. With the injury to Josh Davis, Rasp got the nod as the starter the three-spot in Tuesday's game against Sonoma State. He is expected to continue in the role of a starter for the time being. After missing the two exhibition games and the first six game of the regular season, Rasp returned with a bang last Saturday at San Diego State. He played 20 minutes, making all four of his field goal attempts, including three three-pointers, and he scored 11 points. On Tuesday he had seven points on 2-of-6 shooting overall and 1-of-5 from three-point range. Last year Rasp set a UCSB record for three-point percentage by a freshman at 40.5%. He has now made 34-of-82 in his brief career, 41.5%, a figure that ranks him tied for third in school history.

After getting off to a sizzling start to the 2005-06 season, senior guard Joe See hit a slump. In three games prior to the San Diego State game, See was scoreless, missing all 12 of his shots overall and all eight of his three-point attempts. Last Saturday, See played a season-low 15 minutes, but he made both of his field goal attempts, both two-pointers. On Tuesday, he scored three points, going 1-for-3 from three-point range. It marked the first time since Nov. 25 at North Carolina that See had made a three-point shot. See's scoring average, which was at 11.0 points per game after three games, has drifted down to 5.0 per game. His shooting percentages, which were 52.6% overall and 64.3% from three-point range after three games, have gone down to 36.1% overall and 40.0% from three-point territory. See scored 17 points, making 5-of-6 shots from three-point range, in the season-opener against San Francisco. He also had 11 points, including 3-of-6 from three-point territory at North Carolina, but in the other six games combined, he scored 12 points.

More Player Notes
Freshman forward Tom Garlepp played a season-low nine minutes in Tuesday's win over Sonoma State. Since scoring 16 points in the season-opener against San Francisco, a record by a Gaucho freshman in his debut, Garlepp has scored a total of just 20 points, 2.9 per game. It must be noted, however, that he has attempted just 13 shots in the last seven games, an average of fewer than 2.0 per game. n After playing in the first six games of the year, sophomore forward Chidi Ajufo has not played in the last two games. n On the other side of the coin, after missing the first six games for academic reasons, sophomore forward Chris Moore has played in two straight. n Senior guard Michael Chambers played three minutes against Sonoma State. It was his first action in three games. n When senior Josh Davis was not in the starting lineup on Tuesday at Sonoma State, it ended a streak of 43 straight starts for him. Last year Davis, who is nursing a sprained left ankle, was the only UCSB player to start all 29 games. n Despite playing a total of just 68 minutes, eighth on the team, and missing two full games, junior forward Glenn Turner is still second on the team with eight blocked shots. His career total of 57 blocked shots ranks him eighth all-time.