December 23, 2009

Gauchos Travel to Golden Bear Classic, Play Furman in First Round Monday

Dec. 23, 2009

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• The Schedule
The Golden Bear Classic - Berkeley, Calif.
Monday, December 28, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara vs. Furman
at Cal's Haas Pavilion (11,877) Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker

The Golden Bear Classic - Berkeley, Calif. Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 7:30 or 5:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal or Utah Valley
at Cal's Haas Pavilion (11,877)
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker

• 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 womens 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
Men's and women's basketball single game tickets are now on sale. You can purchase tickets by calling (805) 893-UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus or to buy online and print at home, click here.

• Purchasing Tickets Has Never Been Easier
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 the Golden Bear Classic at Cal with a record of 4-4. The Gauchos have lost four consecutive games, their first such streak since the end of January and beginning of February in 2009. In its final game prior to Christmas, UCSB lost a 69-42 decision at Arizona State. The defeat was the team's worst since an 87-58 loss at Illinois State on Nov. 30, 2009. The Gauchos started the season with a four-game winning streak. The 4-0 start was their first since 2006-07 and it equaled the best start in the coaching tenure of Bob Williams. Santa Barbara's last win came on Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount, 89-84.

• On The Road Again...
UCSB's trip to Cal for the Golden Bear Classic will be the continuation of its longest span away from home this season. The Gauchos played a home game against San Diego State on Dec. 5 and then had 12 full days off before playing at Montana State on Dec. 18 and Arizona State on Dec. 21. After playing a pair of games in Berkeley, UCSB will remain away from home, opening Big West play on Jan. 2 at UC Irvine and Jan. 4 at UC Riverside. When the Gauchos play UC Davis on Jan. 8, it will have been 34 days since their last Thunderdome appearance.

• Date Changes: UC Davis, Pacific Games Moved
UCSB's home games against UC Davis and Pacific, originally scheduled for Jan. 7 and Jan. 9 respectively, have been moved to Jan. 8 and Jan. 10 to avoid a conflict with the Jan. 7 college football national championship game. The Jan. 8 game against Davis will tip-off at 8:00 p.m., while the game against Pacific will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10. The Friday night game against the Aggies will be televised by ESPNU.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 20 Will Brew, Jr. - Has just 10 turnovers in 180 minutes this season.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Only Gaucho to score in double-figures in all eight games.
G 42 James Powell - Needs five points to become 23rd Gaucho to score 1,000.
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Had season-low one rebound on Dec. 21 at Arizona State.
F 15 Sam Phippen - Since scoring 14 on Nov. 28 at LMU, has 16 points in four games.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1 Chris Brew - Did not attempt a shot in seven minutes on Dec. 21 at ASU.
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Has attempted 13 shots on the year, 11 three-pointers.
G 4 Paul Roemer - In 111 minutes, has taken just 12 shots.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Has 12 assists and just four turnovers.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Scored five points at ASU, his high in the last six games.
G 21 James Nunnally - Made 8-of-13 shots in the last two games, 61.5%.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Had highs of seven points, five rebounds at Montana State.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Produced a blocked shot and a steal at Arizona State.

• The Opponents
UCSB has never played Furman. The Gauchos have an all-time record of 0-7 against Cal in a series that dates back to 1949. The Golden Bears, in fact, were UCSB's first opponent in the Thunderdome in 1979. The last time the teams played was on Dec. 10, 2002 and Cal won that game, 67-60. Santa Barbara and Utah Valley have played twice and the Gauchos have gone 2-0 against the Wolverines. The teams played each of the last two seasons. UCSB won the last meeting by a 62-57 count on Dec. 4, 2008.

• The Gauchos Away From Home
The Gauchos are 1-2 on the road this season. On Nov. 28, UCSB posted an 89-84 win at Loyola Marymount. On their last trip, the Gauchos dropped a 76-64 decision at Montana State on Dec. 18 and a 69-42 game at Arizona State on Dec. 21. Last season, Santa Barbara 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. Overall, they posted a 6-11 record in games away from the Thunderdome.

• Gauchos Look To Rediscover Offense
UCSB has lost four straight games and there are a few reasons why. Right at the top of the list of reasons is a disappearing offense. Since averaging 79.0 points per game through four games, the Gauchos have struggled to score points. In consecutive losses to Santa Clara, San Diego State, Montana State and Arizona State, UCSB has averaged just 59.0 points per game, a drop of 20 points. The teams high over that span was a 68 point effort on Dec. 1 against Santa Clara. In their last game, the Gauchos could muster just 42 points in a loss at Arizona State. The 42 points were the fewest they have scored since going for 36 at Pacific on Jan. 24, 2009. Santa Barbara scoring drought comes on the heels of an 89 point game on Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount. The 89 points were the most scored since the first game of the 2007-08 season.

• Shooting Blanks
One of the primary reasons the Gauchos are not scoring as much in recent games is their shooting. No kidding. UCSB has been below 40-percent in three straight games. In their Dec. 21 loss at Arizona State, the Gauchos made just 17-of-47 shots overall, 36.2%. Overall, in the last three games, they have made just 59-of-156 shots from the field, 37.8%. On the season, UCSB has seen its field goal percentage fall to 43.7%. Through the first four games, Santa Barbara was shooting 47.2%. The team made a season-best 56.0% of its shots on Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount, its highest percentage in nearly two years.

• Three-Point Frenzy
UCSB's last two defeats were no inside job. In the loss at Arizona State, the Sun Devils made 15-of-36 shots from outside the three-point arc. The 15 three-pointers were the most by a Gaucho opponent since Cal Poly made 15 on Feb. 14 2007. It also equaled the second most by a UCSB opponent in school history. One game prior to the game at Arizona State, Montana State made 10-of-23 three-pointers. In the last two games combined, the Gauchos have allowed the opposition to make 25-of-59 three-pointers, 42.4%. In the first six games this season, they allowed just 30 total three-point baskets in 125 attempts, 24.0%.

• Free? Try Costly
UCSB's shooting woes have not been limited to field goals. The Gauchos have suffered through two consecutive poor shooting games from the free throw line as well. In the Dec. 18 game at Montana State, they made just 11-of-22 shots from the stripe, 50.0%. Things got worse on Dec. 21 at Arizona State when UCSB made just 2-of-9 free throws, 22.2%. In the last two games, the Gauchos went 13-of-31, 41.9%, and are now making 65.2% on the year.

• Dot, Dot, Dot...
Through four games this season, the Gauchos were averaging 32.7 free throw attempts per game. In the last three games they have averaged 17.7 per game...Orlando Johnson led UCSB in scoring in each of his first three games, becoming the first newcomer to do so...Four different players have led the Gauchos in scoring this season and six have led them in rebounds...Santa Barbara had two blocked shots on Dec. 21 at Arizona State, ending a streak of two straight games without a block...In four games prior to the game against the Sun Devils, UCSB blocked just one shot...The Gauchos tied their season-low of 10 turnovers on Dec. 18 at Montana State...Freshmen and sophomores have combined to score 350 of the team's 551 points, 63.5%...Santa Barbara's three primary point guards - Will Brew, Justin Joyner, and Paul Roemer -have combined for 50 assists and just 21 turnovers, an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.4-to-1.0...UCSB has not led in the second half of the last four games.

• Orlando's Forecast
Orlando Johnson is coming off of his best offensive game in a while. Johnson, who leads UCSB in scoring at 16.0 points per game and rebounding at 5.9 per game, made 6-of-12 shots, including 3-of-6 from three-point range, and scored 16 points in the Dec. 21 game at Arizona State. In three games prior to the one against the Sun Devils, Johnson averaged 11.0 points per game and shot just 34.4% (11-of-32). He also had four rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot, and one steal against ASU. Johnson is the only Gaucho player to score in double-figures in all eight games this season. He had a season-high 25 points, to go along with nine rebounds, in a Nov. 23 win over San Francisco. He also has produced UCSB's only double-double this season, going for 19 points and 10 rebounds in a Nov. 17 win over Weber State. Johnson is second on the team with 13 three-point baskets, making at least one in seven of eight games, including the last four, and two or more five times. The three three-pointers he made at ASU were a season-high

• Old Buddy, Old Powell
James Powell is tied for second on the team in scoring at 10.6 points per game. He, like most of the rest of the team, did not have his best offensive game at Arizona State. Powell made 2-of-5 shots, including 1-of-4 from three-point range, and finished with five points. After averaging 16.0 points per game over a three-game span, he averaged 7.0 per game in the last two games. Powell scored a season-high 21 points on Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount, making five three-point baskets in the process. On Dec. 5, he had 20 points against San Diego State. In the game against the Aztecs, Powell made six three-point baskets, equaling his second highest total ever. Despite making just 1-of-4 from three-point range at ASU, he is still shooting 50.0% from beyond the arc at 19-of-38. Powell enters the Golden Bear Classic on the verge of becoming the 23rd UCSB player to eclipse the 1,000 point mark. He has 995 points. In addition, he has 179 career three-point baskets, fifth all-time, and needs 18 to move into second on the school's all-time list. Powell is also fifth all-time in three-point attempts with 467.

• Yes, Serna
Jaimé Serna is averaging 7.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. He is second on the team in rebounding. After averaging 11.3 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 63.2% from the field over a three-game stretch, Serna has cooled off in the last three games. While he had a career-high nine rebounds on Dec. 18 at Montana State, he has averaged 4.3 boards per game in the last three. Also, he has averaged just 6.0 points per game while making 6-of-18 shots, 33.3%, over that span. Serna scored a season-high 13 points, making 6-of-7 shots, on Nov. 23 against San Francisco. In the next game, Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount, he had 12 points.

• The Flying Nunnally
James Nunnally is an exception to the shooting rule in the last two games. While many of his teammates have had their shooting problems in the last two games, Nunnally has made 8-of-13 field goal attempts, 61.5%. He was just 2-for-3, including 1-for-1 from three-point range, in the game at Arizona State. On Dec. 18 at Montana State, Nunnally scored 13 points, making 6-of-10 shots from the field. He is currently averaging 10.6 points per game, tied for second on the team, and his 4.4 rebounds per game rank him third. Nunnally scored a season-high 20 points on Nov. 23 against San Francisco. It was the second-highest point total of his career.

• Where There's A Will, There's A Way
Will Brew leads the team in assists at 3.4 per game. He is also averaging 3.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game. Brew was scoreless in the Gauchos' Dec. 21 game at Arizona State. He has had at least two assists in all eight UCSB games, including a career-high six on Nov. 23 against San Francisco. Brew has been quite sure-handed this season. He has a 2.7-to-1.0 assist to turnover ratio with 27 assists and just 10 turnovers in 180 minutes. The Oakland, Calif., native has yet to find his shooting touch and is shooting just 27.6% from the field. Brew has missed all six of his shots in the last two games.

• Sam He Is
Sam Phippen is averaging 6.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. He equaled his season-low with two points in the game at Arizona State and has scored just 16 points in the last four games, 4.0 per game, while making 40.0%. In the game prior to his current slump, Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount, Phippen tied his career-high with 14 points. In the game against LMU, he made 6-of-8 shots. He also had 14 points in the season-opener on Nov. 14 against Cal State Los Angeles. Phippen set a career-high with seven rebounds on Dec. 1 against Santa Clara.

• Justin Time
After missing all of last season recovering from wrist surgery, Justin Joyner missed the first two games of this season with a sprained ankle and he has yet to get back on track. Joyner is second on the team in assist average at 2.0 per game, but he is averaging just 11.2 minutes per game. He has averaged 14.5 minutes in the last four games. Joyner had five of his 12 assists and three of his four steals on Dec. 1 against Santa Clara. Joyner has yet to score in his 67 minutes this season. missing all five of his field goal attempts.

• Never Roemer Alone
Paul Roemer has a torn tendon in the middle finger of his right hand, but he continues to play. Roemer is averaging 2.3 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game. He has played just 22 minutes and scored just one point in the last three games. After averaging 15.8 minutes per game through five games, he has averaged just 7.3 per game in the last three. Roemer had a season-high nine points on Nov. 17 against Weber State.

• Hall Pass
Jon Pastorek scored five points in 15 minutes at Arizona State on Dec. 21. He had scored a total of seven points in the five previous games. In addition, Pastorek's 15 minutes were his highest total in five games. He is now averaging 3.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. He scored a season-high 11 on Nov. 14 against Cal State Los Angeles and his 11 rebounds on Nov. 17 against Weber State are the most by a Gaucho this season.

• Brew Two
Chris Brew, the brother of Will Brew, was activated for the Nov. 28 game at Loyola Marymount. In his first five games, Brew has averaged 5.4 points and 1.2 rebounds, but if his one-minute debut is discounted, he has averaged 6.7 points. He had 12 on Dec. 1 against Santa Clara and 11 on Dec. 5 against San Diego State. In those two games, Brew made 9-of-11 shots, 81.8%. He was scoreless on Dec. 21 at Arizona State and has four points in the last two games.

• Devenny Develops
Freshman Lucas Devenny is averaging 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. In the last two games, however, he has averaged 5.5 points. On Dec. 18 at Montana State, Devenny had career-highs of seven points and five rebounds. Although he did not have a a rebound on Dec. 21 at Arizona State, he did make both of his field goal attempts and scored four points. Devenny also had two assists against the Sun Devils, equaling his personal best. Finally, since averaging 10.0 minutes in the first three games of the season, he has played 10 or more in five straight, averaging 14.4 game over that span.

• Jordan Rules
Jordan Weiner is averaging 2.1 points per game. He was scoreless and missed all three of his field goal attempts on Dec. 21 at Arizona State. Weiner did not play in the Dec. 18 game at Montana State. He scored his season-high of five points in games against Cal State Los Angeles and Santa Clara. Weiner has attempted 13 shots on the season, 11 of them from three-point range. He had career-highs of four assists and three steals on Nov. 14 against Cal State Los Angeles.

• The Bob Williams File
2009-10 is Bob Williams's12th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. In 2008-09, Williams 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 183-150 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 372-250 (.600) at four-year schools.

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